Under the beautiful São Paulo sun which made the track warmer than on Friday and Saturday, Max Verstappen took the best flight with the lights out – in his own way, aggressive – and stole first place from Valtteri Bottas, also surprised by the opportunist Sergio Pérez. Not very far behind, Lewis Hamilton, who started from 10th place, was already pointing his Mercedes in 6th position just behind the Ferraris of Leclerc and Sainz.
The Spaniard and the Monegasque quickly jumped into the S of Senna. Meanwhile, Tsunoda was getting overly optimistic in his attack on Stroll and couldn’t avoid contact. The debris on the track prompted the marshals to launch the safety car to slow everyone down.
After the restart, Hamilton launched an assault on Red Bull Verstappen who failed to widen such a big gap. The Briton continued the attacks, undergoing the muscular defense and often limit of the Dutch until finding the opening in the 59th lap.
Much faster, Hamilton took the lead in the race and won by more than ten seconds, closing the gap to 14 points in the Championship. Bottas completed the podium ahead of Pérez, who nevertheless snatched the lap record in Hamilton in the last loop.
On the French side, Gasly took seventh place with a two-stop strategy against the Alpine stuck on one stop. Ocon took 8th place on the last lap under the nose of his teammate Alonso.