SAO PAULO, BRAZIL (NOVEMBER 9, 2017)(FOM) – Formula One teams are in Sao Paulo for Sunday’s (November 12) Brazilian Grand Prix, the penultimate round of the 20 race series.
The new 2017 World Champion Lewis Hamilton arrived in the paddock fresh from a holiday with his family.
Hamilton was also fresh from having his financial affairs aired in public after the release of the so-called “Paradise Papers.”
But the champion said that being number one felt like the first time for him – fresh and new.
He also spoke about Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel, currently second in the drivers’ championship but potentially catchable by Hamilton’s Mercedes team mate Valtteri Bottas who is only 14 points behind. Hamilton said Vettel was a fantastic driver who would work on his weak points and return next year, forcing Hamilton to raise his game.
Brazilian Felipe Massa, winner of 11 grands prix with Ferrari and world championship runner-up in 2008, is retiring at the end of the year, and this will be his last Brazilian Grand Prix.
He won the race in 2006 and 2008, losing the championship that year by just one point. He said winning in 2006 was the most incredible day of his career.
New Zealand world champion Brendon Hartley, world endurance champion for Porsche, is driving for Toro Rosso for the third time, having impressed at Austin, Texas and in Mexico.
Hartley, like Hamilton, said the world championship title had hardly sunk in yet and he would wait until the end of the season to reflect on the achievement.