That moved Verstappen 19 factors away from Hamilton within the drivers’ championship, with Purple Bull closing the hole to Mercedes within the constructors’ standings to a single level.
The steadiness of energy between Mercedes and Purple Bull has ebbed and flowed all through the season, with Mercedes faster in Turkey however Purple Bull then clearly having the higher hand in Austin and Mexico Metropolis, and subsequent weekend’s Brazilian Grand Prix can also be believed to favour Purple Bull’s automotive.
Hamilton stated he hopes the combat can be extra intently matched in Sao Paulo, as a result of in any other case he fears Mercedes “can be in bother” to salvage each the drivers’ and constructors’ championships.
“There’s nonetheless 4 races, there’s nonetheless… clearly 19 factors is quite a lot of factors and I believe he’s had quite a lot of wins this yr,” Hamilton stated after Sunday’s race.
“I believe as we speak with their superior pace, in the event that they have been to hold that into the subsequent ones then we can be in bother.
“I don’t know in the event that they’ll be utilizing that vast wing that they’d on as we speak, naturally we’ll discover out once we get there, however I hope we’re nearer.”
Max Verstappen, Purple Bull Racing RB16B, Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W12, and Sergio Perez, Purple Bull Racing RB16B
Photograph by: Glenn Dunbar / Motorsport Images
Verstappen’s 19-point lead within the championship signifies that – barring dangerous luck for the Dutchman – Hamilton will probably have to win three of the remaining 4 races if he’s to increase his title streak and take an unprecedented eighth world championship.
When requested if he sees Brazil as a must-win race, Hamilton stated he approaches each single race weekend that method.
“I naturally really feel I should be profitable each race, as a result of we want these additional factors, to not lose these factors, to try to regain,” he defined.
“That was the aim going into the final race and the race earlier than that and earlier than that, and right here this weekend.
“However they’re simply too fast, so giving it completely every thing we’ve acquired however sadly it’s not sufficient in the mean time to compete with them.”
Verstappen would not anticipate Purple Bull’s tempo benefit in Interlagos to be as vital because it was in Mexico and is cautious of the varied methods his maiden world title may but elude him.
Requested if he feels the momentum is now firmly on his aspect, he stated: “I don’t consider in momentum.”
“Each single race we’ve got to try to nail the small print and we didn’t try this [in qualifying], so issues can go mistaken in a short time, or can go proper.
“It’s going to be actually tight and thrilling to the top. This has been at all times a observe actually good for us, so I anticipate Brazil to not be prefer it was as we speak.”