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Max Verstappen remains confident of his title chances despite an impressive display from Lewis Hamilton

Max Verstappen remains confident of his title chances despite a phenomenal push from Lewis Hamilton that saw him overtake the Dutchman after starting the Brazilian Grand Prix tenth.

  • The gap between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen is now only 14 points
  • Christian Horner was impressed with Mercedes’ ‘unstoppable’ pace
  • Valtteri Bottas finished third to overtake Mercedes in the constructors’ race
  • There are only three races left, starting with the Qatar Grand Prix next weekend.


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Max Verstappen tried to see the positives after Lewis Hamilton’s phenomenal drive at the Brazilian Grand Prix reduced the Dutchman’s title lead to 14 points.

Hamilton started the race tenth, and 21 points behind Verstappen, after the sprint after receiving a five-place grid penalty for bringing a new engine to Interlagos.

However, in a style that characterizes the seven-time world champion, the 36-year-old moved across the field and passed his rival with 12 laps to go to secure a famous victory.

Max Verstappen still confident in his title chances despite big push from Lewis Hamilton

Max Verstappen still confident in his title chances despite big push from Lewis Hamilton

Hamilton moved from 10th on the starting grid to overtake his title rival with 12 laps remaining.

Hamilton moved from 10th on the starting grid to overtake his title rival with 12 laps remaining.

Hamilton moved from 10th on the starting grid to overtake his title rival with 12 laps remaining.

Hamilton and Verstappen have met numerous times during a fiercely competitive year, but the younger man, who finished second, still feels he has a big enough overall advantage to be confident.

“We were losing a bit of a rhythm, but we gave it our all and we had fun,” he said. We still have a good point advantage, today it was a bit of damage limitation. In the next races we will recover. ‘

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner admitted that Mercedes’ ‘pace’ was simply unstoppable ‘on a weekend in which Valtteri Bottas also finished on the podium to increase Brackley’s team lead in the constructors’ championship. to 11 points.

Valtteri Bottas 'performance means Mercedes is 11 points ahead in the constructors' race

Valtteri Bottas 'performance means Mercedes is 11 points ahead in the constructors' race

Valtteri Bottas ‘performance means Mercedes is 11 points ahead in the constructors’ race

Only three races remain in the campaign: two new races, next weekend’s Qatar Grand Prix and the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix on December 3, before the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix completes the calendar on December 10. .

Verstappen won in Abu Dhabi last year, although Hamilton has won the race more times (five) and won the previous two times in 2018 and 2019. There will be fireworks.

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