Lewis Hamilton wins Brazil GP after Max Verstappen is hit by backmarker
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With his fifth title already secured, Lewis Hamilton had been explicit he wanted to end the season strongly. Yet while he did the take the win at the Brazilian Grand Prix this was an almost unexpected victory that had turned on a moment. Max Verstappen had put in a superb drive only to be denied the top step after a clash left his chances spiralling away as Hamilton swept into the lead to ensure Mercedes clinched their fifth consecutive world constructors’ championship.
The win was far from one of the relentless dominance Hamilton has displayed in the second half of the season but he and the team did not allow it to dampen their ardour for a remarkable achievement.