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Updated on: Thursday, May 30, 2019, 11:21 AM IST

‘I am hunting you down’

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Victorious Hamilton’s warning to Rosberg

Sao Paulo : Lewis Hamilton warned Nico Rosberg he was “hunting” a fourth world title after describing his stunning triumph in Sunday’s wet and chaotic Brazilian Grand Prix as one of the easiest of his 52 career victories.

The 31-year-old Briton won in Brazil for the first time at the 10th attempt to complete a hat-trick of consecutive wins and keep alive his championship defence, taking the title battle down to the wire at the final race, the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on November 27.

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“I’m hunting and all I can do is what I am doing,” said a delighted Hamilton, who trails his Mercedes team-mate and championship rival Rosberg, who finished second on Sunday, by 12 points with one race remaining. The team have given me a great car and finally the reliability has been good. Right now, I am living in the moment. This was my dream when I was five or six, watching Nelson (Piquet) and Ayrton (Senna) race. It was one of my easier races, I didn’t have any spins, any moments. It was pretty straightforward.”

His 52nd win from his 60th pole position lifted Hamilton one clear of four-time champion Alain Prost in the record books, leaving only one driver ahead of him with more wins — seven-time champion Michael Schumacher on 91.

Knowing he had to win to keep his title challenge alive, Hamilton — his racing helmet redesigned in tribute to Senna — drove with supreme concentration to claim a flawless victory in a dramatic race littered with accidents and stoppages amid the rainstorms.

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“Not too bad,” he said, with deep irony. “I want to say a big thank you to the fans here, that was a long, long race. I appreciate all the support and they are so welcoming to us here. I was generally just chilling up front and when it rains it is usually a good day for me.”

He added: “A big thank you to my team. We are creating history. It is just incredible and I am so proud to be part of it. No mistakes, no dramas, no spins. It was interesting to hear how many spins there were behind me!”

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Massa in tears

An emotional Felipe Massa received a rapturous reception from his home crowd and a guard of honour from rival teams after crashing out of Sunday’s incident-packed Brazilian Grand Prix.

The retirement-bound Williams driver collided with the barriers when he aquaplaned off in treacherous wet conditions at Interlagos on lap 46 of the 71-lap race.

After climbing from his wrecked car unhurt, he walked back to the pit lane draped in a Brazilian flag and waving to the spectators in the packed main straight grandstand.

As the 35-year-old strolled towards the Williams garage, the Mercedes and Ferrari teams stepped out into the downpour to applaud him, the Italian outfit hugging their former driver in an outburst of affection.

One of the best-liked men in the paddock, Massa was struggling to hold his emotions in check.

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Published on: Tuesday, November 15, 2016, 07:41 AM IST
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