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F1: Lewis Hamilton admits that Brazil’s disqualification from pole left him ‘DEVASTATED’ before climbing to fifth place

Lewis Hamilton admits that Brazil’s disqualification from pole left him ‘DEVASTATED’ before moving up to fifth from last in sprint recovery … which left Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff swearing ‘that fuck everyone ‘later


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Lewis Hamilton has admitted that the disqualification from qualifying before the Sao Paulo Grand Prix left him “devastated” before making an incredible recovery in the sprint race.

Hamilton had dominated qualifying for the event at the Interlagos circuit in Brazil, but his rear wing was found to have broken technical regulations following Friday’s drama, in regards to opening too much while being used for the lowering system. resistance (DRS).

This saw him disqualified from the session, but after starting from the back of the grid on Saturday, he advanced through the grid from 20th, and last, to finally finish in fifth place.

Lewis Hamilton admits his disqualification in Brazil after qualifying had left him 'devastated'

Lewis Hamilton admits his disqualification in Brazil after qualifying had left him ‘devastated’

But in Saturday's sprint he charged across the field to fifth in an impressive comeback.

But in Saturday's sprint he charged across the field to fifth in an impressive comeback.

But in Saturday’s sprint he charged across the field to fifth in an impressive comeback.

With a five-place drop on the grid already in place to change an engine early in the weekend, it means he will start Sunday’s Sao Paulo Grand Prix from 10th as he seeks to rekindle his hopes for an eighth world championship.

Hamilton admits, however, that the ruling against him was difficult to take given that it came 18 hours after his car was first investigated, a delay that came after the title challenger was found to be Hamilton’s Max Verstappen had illegally touched the Briton’s rear wing after the session. .

It was definitely hard [waiting for the decision]. The team was working with the stewards. I was just working with my engineers and keeping morale high with the mechanics and concentrating on the job at hand and not thinking about it, ” he told Sky Sports.

Max Verstappen seemed particularly interested in the rear wing of Hamilton's car on Friday.

Max Verstappen seemed particularly interested in the rear wing of Hamilton's car on Friday.

Max Verstappen seemed particularly interested in the rear wing of Hamilton’s car on Friday.

‘[On the punishment] It was devastating, but you have to keep your head down and move on. ‘

Hamilton’s storm on the field made many on the Mercedes team cheer up, including team boss Toto Wolff, who after the race greeted Hamilton over the radio saying “fuck everyone.”

Wolff claimed that his comments were of a mindset rather than directed at someone in particular, before stating that his team was in good shape after Valtteri Bottas’ victory in the sprint race.

Toto Wolff was satisfied with the pace of his Mercedes cars after the sprint.

Toto Wolff was satisfied with the pace of his Mercedes cars after the sprint.

Toto Wolff was satisfied with the pace of his Mercedes cars after the sprint.

“It was not my intention regarding the regulations,” he said. ‘It is a mentality that we have when there are difficulties. The fact is that the car was tested yesterday and two hours before the race we were disqualified, it was sad. There are processes to follow and we had cars that did not comply with the regulations.

“Sometimes after the biggest of frustrations with F1, you see an incredible 60 minutes with Valtteri in full control. We had a great car.

He did not let others get close. Lewis made 15 overtakes to finish fifth. It was great to forget about politics and watch great races. ”

Max Verstappen was forced to settle for second place at Interlagos after a poor start from pole

Max Verstappen was forced to settle for second place at Interlagos after a poor start from pole

Max Verstappen was forced to settle for second place at Interlagos after a poor start from pole

The Dutchman (back) lost to Valtteri Bottas, who won the race.

The Dutchman (back) lost to Valtteri Bottas, who won the race.

The Dutchman (back) lost to Valtteri Bottas, who won the race.

Meanwhile, Verstappen was fined a maximum of £ 43,000 for violating Parc Fermé rules by touching another car, and endured a poor sprint after losing the lead to Bottas at turn one before finishing second, though he opened his world championship lead up to 21 points over Hamilton.

The Dutchman admitted after the race that the reason he checked Hamilton’s rear wing on Friday was because he believes Mercedes is getting an unfair advantage, although Mercedes boss Wolff has stated that his team, in addition to Friday, he has always followed the rules.

Verstappen said: ‘We have our suspicions, and I still think something is going on with the main plane (from the rear wing) giving them top speed. Clearly, something is happening. ‘

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