He made essentially the most of pole place and completed a dominant winner forward of his former Red Bull team-mate Pierre Gasly, now with Toro Rosso, as they delivered a Honda-powered one-two for the Japanese firm for the primary time because the heyday of local hero Ayrton Senna.
Frenchman Gasly got here house 0.062 seconds forward of Hamilton, who completed third for Mercedes however was demoted to seventh following a post-race stewards’ investigation after crashing with luckless Thai driver Alexander Albon, the person who changed Gasly at Red Bull, within the remaining laps.
Hamilton’s demotion gifted McLaren’s Carlos Sainz his first Formula One podium, topic to a number of different stewards’ inquiries.
“Lewis was very quick,” stated Verstappen. “So I needed to preserve pushing on a regular basis. He pitted early so we needed to be on prime of our pit-stops and we had a great transfer on him.
“I may management the race with the tyres I had, so, for me, it was unbelievable. It was numerous enjoyable on the market and nice to win the race.”
Verstappen ‘flat out’
He stated his decisive second overtake of Hamilton was achieved because of his superior pace within the rarefied ambiance of the 700-metre altitude Interlagos circuit.
“I used to be behind so I used to be pushing flat out on my out lap,” he said. “We knew we had nice prime pace the entire weekend — however that was a guess — and I’m very completely satisfied to have gotten previous him!”
Gasly screamed with delight at his luck on his slow-down lap.
“This is my first podium in F1 and, for positive, I’ll always remember it,” he stated. It’s such a particular second. So emotional…
“Toro Rosso have given me such a incredible automotive since I got here again. This is an incredible day… I used to be praying for the engine to offer the whole lot it had — with out Honda, it could not have been doable.”
Hamilton was handed a five-second penalty and two factors on his racing licence.
“I totally settle for it was my fault and I settle for the penalty,” stated the Mercedes driver.
“I used to be the motive force behind and it was my mistake. I apologise massively to Alex — the hole was there, however it closed fairly shortly. It was utterly my fault and I maintain my palms up.”
Albon, who appeared sure to complete on the rostrum, got here house 15th.
Sainz completed fourth on the street for McLaren forward of the 2 Alfa Romeos of Kimi Raikkonen and Antonio Giovinazzi, seventh-placed Daniel Ricciardo of Renault and Lando Norris within the second McLaren.
Sergio Perez of Racing Point completed ninth and Daniil Kvyat was 10th within the second Toro Rosso, however the entire outcomes have been topic to revision because the stewards investigated a string of incidents late into the night.