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The dramatic victory ensured the seven-time world champion slashed his Pink Bull rival’s championship result in simply 14 factors, throwing the title race huge open.

Hamitlon, who has now gained six races this season, had began the race again in tenth after a sequence of time penalties however labored his manner via the grid earlier than racing Verstappen wheel to wheel.

The pair have had memorable battles prior to now and Sunday produced one other controversial flashpoint with the pair working huge on lap 48.

Mercedes complained Verstappen had pushed Hamilton huge unfairly however race stewards took no additional motion.

“I do not bear in mind one other weekend like this. It is fairly overwhelming, to be sincere,” Hamilton mentioned after the race.

“This has been most likely among the best weekends, if not the most effective weekend, that I’ve skilled.”

Lewis Hamilton celebrates winning on Sunday.

‘Top-of-the-line drives I’ve ever seen’

It was a rollercoaster few days for Hamilton who had certified quickest for Saturday’s dash race which set Sunday’s grid.

Nevertheless, he began from the again of the sphere on Saturday after his automotive failed a technical inspection.

The 36-year-old Briton then made his manner again to qualify fifth earlier than being knocked again down once more to tenth on the grid after an engine penalty.

Hamilton, who mentioned he was boosted by the help in Brazil, was unfazed and stored his desires of an eighth world title alive.

“That was among the best drives I’ve ever seen in F1. By anybody. Completely superior,” tweeted 1996 world champion Damon Hill.

Simply three races stay on this yr’s championship with Verstappen nonetheless forward within the standings.

Regardless of being overtaken by his fierce rival, the Dutchman nonetheless mentioned he had enjoyable in what was an enthralling weekend of motion.

“It was a very good battle however on the finish we simply missed somewhat little bit of tempo. We gave it our all at present, it was a whole lot of enjoyable,” Verstappen mentioned.

“We nonetheless have a very good factors lead. At this time was a bit of injury limitation on a weekend that was troublesome for us. I am assured that the approaching races we are going to bounce again.”

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