‘One of the greatest drives I’ve ever seen’ – Hill’s Hamilton tribute

The reaction to Lewis Hamilton’s comeback win at Interlagos after his qualifying disqualification had appeared to strike a hammer blow to his world title hopes; 1996 world champion Damon Hill leads the tributes

Last Updated: 15/11/21 1:09pm

Sky F1’s Damon Hill has described Lewis Hamilton’s “utterly awesome” against-the-odds victory in the Sao Paulo GP as “one of the best drives I’ve ever seen in F1”.

Hamilton’s 101st F1 triumph, from 10th on the grid after two separate demotions across the sprint format weekend, keeps him firmly in the title hunt against Max Verstappen just as his Dutch rival had looked poised to edge away.

Showing relentless speed across the Interlagos weekend, Hamilton was comfortably the fastest driver in Friday night’s qualifying session, but was then sent to the back of the grid for Saturday’s short-format sprint due to a technical disqualification.

However, he rose to fifth place in the space of 24 laps. A five-place penalty for an earlier engine change sent him back five rows for the start of Sunday’s main race, but Hamilton was in a podium place inside five laps and overtook Verstappen for the lead on lap 59.

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Anthony Davidson was at the SkyPad to analyse how Lewis Hamilton took the lead from Max Verstappen during the Sao Paulo GP

Anthony Davidson was at the SkyPad to analyse how Lewis Hamilton took the lead from Max Verstappen during the Sao Paulo GP

The performance earned plaudits far and wide – particularly from fellow world champion, Hill.

“That was one of the best drives I’ve ever seen in F1,” tweeted Hill, the 1996 title winner.

“By anyone. Utterly awesome.”

That was one of the best drives I’ve ever seen in F1. By anyone. Utterly awesome. #f1

— Damon Hill (@HillF1)

November 14, 2021

When his countryman’s comments were put to him in the post-race press conference, Hamilton said: “Well, it never gets old hearing positive comments from such a great driver in Damon.

“I remember being such a big fan of his when I was younger, when he was racing and obviously we’re now men, we don’t kind of get too much… but I’ve always admired Damon and I think he’s always been super supportive, so I really do appreciate that.”

Hamilton’s victory charge – the social reaction

A 25-place penalty.

No problem.

He’s Lewis ? Hamilton.

— Mercedes-AMG PETRONAS F1 Team (@MercedesAMGF1)

November 14, 2021

Sensational weekend from @LewisHamilton in Brazil… Further proof that the greatest drivers win the races you don’t expect them to.????

He’s well rewarded by Merc but these are the weekends where he proves he’s worth every cent.

The title battle gets even tighter! #F1 #BrazilGP

— Karun Chandhok (@karunchandhok)

November 15, 2021

I’ll be watching that one back later! Congrats @LewisHamilton, you’re an absolute beast! ? https://t.co/6U76aXhzER

— George Russell (@GeorgeRussell63)

November 14, 2021

Impressive victory for @LewisHamilton after an irresistible comeback. Three more races to go before we know the outcome of the Drivers’ and Constructors’ Championships.#F1 #BrazilGP ?? pic.twitter.com/h9E61WLokL

— Jean Todt (@JeanTodt)

November 14, 2021

WOW! Unbelievable victory for @LewisHamilton. One of the greatest of his stunning career….make that anyone’s career. Truly stunning. The ?????

— Gary Lineker ? (@GaryLineker)

November 14, 2021

Incredible win today for @LewisHamilton. ??? https://t.co/Snkz8w9NQB

— Ben Stiller (@RedHourBen)

November 14, 2021

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