Lewis Hamilton’s chances of winning the Formula One world title were hanging by a thread after he was disqualified from qualifying at the Brazilian Grand Prix on Friday. The world champion, however, refused to accept his destiny with his usual tenacious spirit. He put in an outstanding performance in the sprint on Saturday to give himself a chance to keep his title ambitions alive at Interlagos and keep up with Max Verstappen.
Despite the fact that F1 had strictly followed its regulations in punishing Hamilton, it was impossible to overlook the disappointment that accompanied the prospect that the most intriguing title fight in years may be decided in the stewards’ room rather than on the track. Hamilton called the decision “devastating,” but he had no intention of giving up.
After the FIA verified that his Mercedes team had infringed regulations in their rear wing drag reduction system (DRS) during Friday’s qualifying, Hamilton put on a masterclass in controlled, aggressive racing to climb from 20th to sixth in just 24 laps. Valtteri Bottas, a teammate, won the sprint and will start from pole, with Verstappen in second.
“I just tried to get as far up as possible, then all of a sudden, I was chipping away at it much faster,” Hamilton said. “You just can’t give up. You just have to keep going.”
source : guardian sport