Max Verstappen may have stolen the show in Brazil, but performance of several other drivers went unnoticed. Here are the five drivers who impressed us the most in Brazil, including the aforementioned Dutch sensation.
5. Fernando Alonso
Although Fernando Alonso admitted that he failed to make most out of a wet Brazilian GP, his recovery from a late spin nonetheless deserves some plaudits.
Alonso lost control of his McLaren at turn 13 just after the final safety car period ended, dropping tothe rear of the pack. Given the struggles of his teammate Jenson Button, points seemed like far fetched at that stage of the race.
But the Spaniard, away from the spotlight, was able to quickly dispatch drivers in front, passing Esteban Ocon on the penultimate lap to secure the final championship point.
4. Felipe Nasr
Felipe Nasr ended Sauber’s pointless streak in Brazil, bringing home two crucial points that elevated the Hinwil-based squad ahead of Manor in the constructors standings.
Nasr made the right call to stay out on track when others pitted for intermediate tyres, gaining track position over his rivals.
After the final safety car period ended, the Brazilian defended well from the faster cars, doing just enough to hold onto ninth place. A fine result on his home turf and one that's worth millions of dollars for Sauber.
3. Nico Hulkenberg
The Brazilian Grand Prix perhaps best summed up Nico Hulkenberg's Formula 1 career. The German was running a creditable fourth when he picked up a puncture, dropping down to 15th in the field.
Hulkenberg, however, was able to stage a fine recovery drive, making some quick moves to finish seventh
In the last few laps of the race, he nearly overtook Toro Rosso’s Carlos Sainz, while holding off a charging Daniel Ricciardo.
However, there's no denying that Hulkenberg, known for his rock-solid consistency, lost a potential podium spot in the race.
2. Lewis Hamilton
Lewis Hamilton took home his first Brazilian GP win on Sunday, showing his supremacy in wet conditions.
It was a faultless drive from the Brit on a day several drivers crashed out or nearly punted into the barriers.
Hamilton was informed when other drivers switched to intermediate compound, but the Englishman was adamant that wets were the tyres to be on. The decision was vindicated and Hamilton went on to claim his ninth win of the season.
The victory keeps his championship hopes alive heading into the final race of the year in Brazil.
1. Max Verstappen
Max Verstappen’s stellar drive in Brazil was another showcase of his talent, ability and the fearless attitude that has made him an overnight star at a tender age of 19.
No wonder Red Bull boss Christian Horner compared his wet-weather drive with some of the finest showings of F1 legends Michael Schumacher and Ayrton Senna.
As soon as the first safety car period ended, Verstappen quickly sensed an opportunity and passed Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen to take third. He later overtook Nico Rosberg in similar fashion.
But it was his final stint that really drew everyone’s attention. Having dropped well outside the top 10 after a pit stop to revert to full-wet tyres, Verstappen blazed through the field, overtaking drivers left, right and center.
The Dutchman also raced hard, but fairly against Sergio Perez, passing the Mexican to secure the final spot on the podium
Honourable mention goes to Sergio Perez for nearly scoring a podium in Brazil.
by Rachit Thukral