Ten years later he won his first Formula One title in Interlagos, Lewis Hamilton conquered on Sunday Brazilian Grand Prix, which ensured the coronation of Mercedes in the world championship of teams.
Mercedes He won his fifth consecutive title. And Hamilton celebrated him dancing with a school of samba.
The British driver, who had the title drivers a couple of weeks ago in Mexico, started first in Sao Paulo and ended with an advantage of less than two seconds compared to those of Red Bull Max Verstappen.
Kimi Raikkonen, from Ferrari, completed the podium on the Interlagos track.
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The tenth victory of Hamilton came in for the season Esteban Ocon, Force India's French driver, who collided with Verstappen in the 44th round, when the Dutchman had the advantage.
Verstappen managed to stay in the race and approached Hamilton in the last laps. But that was not enough so that the Dutch got what would be his second consecutive victory.
"This turns us into the fight," acknowledged Hamilton. "Max is one of those pilots who always pursue him … But I'm really proud here. I do not care about someone else."
O Ferrari German Sebastian Vettel arrived in fourth place. The mexican Sergio Pérez, Ocon's teammate, was tenth.
Without luck, the race could be very different for Hamilton, who had difficulties with the engine and intermediate tires, on a day in which he opted for a rain that never came.
Ocon prevented Verstapen from overcoming the 44th lap. Both cars gave their feet. At that time, the Red Bull driver had a five-second lead over Hamilton.
Outside the track, Verstapen faced and pushed Ocon, who was his rival in Formula 3 and who refused to apologize, despite being sanctioned during the race.
The punishment caused Ocon to fall to the sixteenth place.
"Ebut I can not find him in the paddock"Verstapen said about French.
Verstapen, 21, who arrived first in Mexico, was punished for pushing and insulting Ocon. The Dutchman will have to carry out public service tasks for two days, according to the instructions provided by the FIA in the next six months.
Thus, while Hamilton celebrated the victory with samba on the podium. Verstapen was still in ruins.
"We all work for it. This year we are really united as a team," Hamilton said.
His partner Valtteri Bottas was placed in fifth place.
Mercedes now has an unrecoverable advantage of 620 points, against 553 for Ferrari.
It was Hamilton's 72th win in Formula One, and it was celebrated especially after all the problems that preceded it.
"We treat the problem during the last part of the race. We were losing power"Hamilton said.
But everything was fixed. The last race of the season will take place on November 25 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.