Bottas grabbed the lead away from the startline and was helped additional as Pink Bull’s Max Verstappen – who began on pole – was pushed again to 3rd by Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz. The Dutchman recovered and shortly repassed Sainz to chase down Bottas.
2021 Brazilian Grand Prix dash outcomes
How the Brazilian Grand Prix dash unfolded
With Hamilton banished to the again of the grid after his Mercedes breached the DRS guidelines in qualifying, new polesitter Verstappen led the pack off the startline. However he was overwhelmed into Flip 1 by Bottas, who selected the mushy tyre and launched forward of him on the quick run to the primary nook.
Bottas led Verstappen, who was on medium tyres, the fast-starting Sainz, Sergio Perez and Charles Leclerc. Smooth-shod Sainz handed Verstappen at Flip 4, the Pink Bull driver operating very broad and touching the grass as he rejoined.
Verstappen used DRS to repass Sainz for second into Flip 1 firstly of lap 4 and set off after chief Bottas. Verstappen acquired into Bottas’s DRS vary with 10 laps to go however was unable to essentially get on phrases and Bottas gained by 1.1s.
Because the Ferraris started to wrestle with graining on the mushy tyres, McLaren’s Lando Norris handed Leclerc for fifth on lap 9 at Flip 4. Perez repeatedly attacked Sainz for third however couldn’t discover a well beyond.
Hamilton was the star of the race and, on the medium tyres, rose to fifteenth on the opening lap after a robust begin, and was helped when Kimi Raikkonen spun forward of him after Kimi clipped his Alfa Romeo team-mate Antonio Giovinazzi. By one-third distance, Hamilton handed Fernando Alonso’s Alpine for 11th.
He then moved previous Pierre Gasly’s AlphaTauri with ease for seventh and handed Leclerc at Flip 4 with 4 laps to go. He caught Norris on the ultimate tour, lunging forward at Flip 1 to seize fifth place.
However Hamilton will begin tenth on Sunday, as a result of an engine change grid penalty.