Lewis Hamilton won in Brazil but Max Verstappen stole the show

Lewis Hamilton has won his third Formula One race in a row and sounded utterly thrilled about it on his team radio afterwards.

Maybe he was aware that the win took him second on the all-time list for F1 wins, behind only Michael Schumacher.

Hamilton kept his cool in a marathon race which was suspended on two occasions and took more than three hours to complete as persistent rain wreaked havoc in Sao Paulo – eventually though, the Brit coasted to victory.

Nico Rosberg and Max Verstappen made up the rest of the podium.

Conditions were dangerous throughout the race, with Kimi Raikkonen, Felipe Massa and Kevin Magnussen among the drivers unable to finish – with Raikkonen’s crash being particularly scary.

But Hamilton’s win means that Rosberg will have to wait until the final race of the season, in Abu Dhabi in a couple of weeks’ time, to claim the championship. If the Brit wins again then Rosberg cannot afford to finish lower than third, with Hamilton 12 points behind.

“I was generally just chilling at the front… When it rains it’s usually a good day for me,” Hamilton said. “I’m hunting, all I can do is do what I’m doing right now.”

“It was very difficult conditions out there and I can accept second position today for sure,” Rosberg added.

The win will mean a lot to Hamilton given it was his first in the country of his hero, Ayrton Senna.

Despite the ease with which the three-time champion won, Verstappen was the talk of the race having overtaken Rosberg early on before dropping down to ninth after stoppages and pitting, and then climbing his way back up to third at the very end.

In between all that the 19-year-old almost crashed, but saved his spinning car and was even laughing about it on the radio afterwards.

He’s certainly won a lot of new fans.

Roll on Abu Dhabi!

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