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Brazilian Grand Prix 2021

F1 driver standings: Hamilton closes the gap to Verstappen

After a dramatic weekend that saw him hit with a grid penalty and excluded from Friday's qualifying results, Lewis Hamilton still found a way to cut into Max Verstappen's lead in the Drivers' standings.

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Max Verstappen's lead in the Drivers' standings has been reduced to 14 points after Lewis Hamilton took the chequered flag at the Sao Paulo Grand Prix.

Hamilton battled back from P10 on the grid to take his sixth win of the season on a weekend that saw him excluded from Friday's qualifying results, while also serving a five-place grid penalty for taking a new Internal Combustion Engine.

Although it wasn't an ideal weekend for Verstappen, his push for a first World Championship was aided by his P2 finish in Saturday's Sprint Qualifying race, which secured him two points. He was also helped by teammate Sergio Perez's fastest lap late in Sunday's race, which prevented Hamilton from picking up an extra point.

As for the Constructors' standings, Mercedes have opened up an 11-point gap over Red Bull thanks to Hamilton's win and Valtteri Bottas' P3 finish.

Behind them, Ferrari now lead McLaren by 31.5 points in the fight for third after an impressive showing for the Scuderia in Brazil, with Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz finishing P5 and P6 respectively.

Formula 1 standings 2021

Pos. Driver Team Points
1
Max Verstappen
Red Bull Racing 395.5
2
Lewis Hamilton
Mercedes AMG Motorsport 387.5
3
Valtteri Bottas
Mercedes AMG Motorsport 226
4
Sergio Perez
Red Bull Racing 190
5
Carlos Sainz
Scuderia Ferrari 164.5
6
Lando Norris
McLaren Racing 160
7
Charles Leclerc
Scuderia Ferrari 159
8
Daniel Ricciardo
McLaren Racing 115
9
Pierre Gasly
Scuderia Alpha Tauri 110
10
Fernando Alonso
Alpine F1 81
11
Esteban Ocon
Alpine F1 74
12
Sebastian Vettel
Aston Martin F1 Team 43
13
Lance Stroll
Aston Martin F1 Team 34
14
Yuki Tsunoda
Scuderia Alpha Tauri 32
15
George Russell
Williams Racing 16
16
Kimi Raikkonen
Alfa Romeo Racing 10
17
Nicholas Latifi
Williams Racing 7
18
Antonio Giovinazzi
Alfa Romeo Racing 3
19
Mick Schumacher
Haas F1 0
21
Nikita Mazepin
Haas F1 0
Pos. Team Drivers Points
1
Mercedes
Hamilton & Bottas 613.5
2
Red Bull
Verstappen & Pérez 585.5
3
Ferrari
Leclerc & Sainz 323.5
4
McLaren
Ricciardo & Norris 275
5
Alpine
Ocon & Alonso 155
6
AlphaTauri
Gasly & Tsunoda 142
7
Aston Martin
Vettel & Stroll 77
8
Williams
Latifi & Russell 23
9
Alfa Romeo
Räikkönen & Giovinazzi 13
10
Haas
Mazepin & Schumacher 0

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