George Russell joins Lewis Hamilton at Mercedes
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Lewis Hamilton miraculously came back from 10th on the grid to win in the Brazilian Grand Prix on Sunday to give himself a lifeline in the race to win the F1 Drivers’ Championship. And Sergio Perez – teammate of Hamilton’s title rival Max Verstappen – was wowed by the Brit’s driving style, calling it “really impressive”.
Hamilton started from the back on the grid after receiving a fifth-place penalty for exceeding his quota of internal combustion engines.
The Mercedes driver is in the hunt for a record eighth World Drivers’ Championship to break the record he shares with Michael Schumacher.
And it seemed as though title rival Verstappen would go further ahead in the battle by starting eight places ahead of him.
Yet Hamilton came from nowhere, placing in the top three before half of the race was even completed before overtaking Verstappen just 10 laps before the end.
And Perez detailed just how good Hamilton’s driving was as he overtook him after just 19 laps.
“Their straightline speed is on another planet,” said Perez.
“I looked in my mirror at the corner exit and I felt pretty safe.
“But then I looked back into it again and he [Hamilton] was right next to me. It was really impressive.”
The result means there is a 14-point disparity between the Brit and Verstappen with just three races to go in the calendar.
Mercedes have won the last seven titles as they continue to assert their dominance in the sport.
And the two-time Drivers’ Championship winner has gone on record to say just how good Mercedes are – claiming it won’t be an easy ride for Verstappen to clinch his first title.
“As a driver, it’s like playing basketball and there’s one basket for you and one for the others,” said Alonso.
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“They score their points with a bigger basket and you have to score yours with a smaller one, so you always lose.”
The duo will face off once more in Qatar on Sunday.
And the title race will become a whole lot clearer after the race in the Middle East.
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