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Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 17 December 2018

Lewis Hamilton wins Brazilian GP as Max Verstappen clashes on and off track with Esteban Ocon

Result gives Mercedes-GP fifth successive constructors' title, but victory handed to German marque after Verstappen collides while leading with lapped Ocon

New five-time world champion Lewis Hamilton steered his Mercedes to a nail-biting victory in Sunday's Brazilian Grand Prix, as Max Verstappen clashed on and off the track with Force India's Esteban Ocon after their collision had cost the Dutchman victory.

Hamilton took advantage of the clash to triumph, a result that took Mercedes to their fifth successive constructors' championship in the process.

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Kimi Raikkonen finished third on his 150th start for Ferrari ahead of Daniel Ricciardo in the second Red Bull, Valtteri Bottas in the second Mercedes and Sebastian Vettel who came home sixth for Ferrari.

The result ended Ferrari's hopes of stopping Mercedes' title triumph, brought Hamilton his tenth win of the year and 72nd of his career.

It was also the first time he had won a late-season race after winning the drivers' title.

Charles Leclerc finished seventh for Sauber ahead of the two Haas cars driven by Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen with Sergio Perez 10th for Force India.

The decisive moment came on lap 44 of the 71 race when Vertstappen clashed with Esteban Ocon's Force India in the Senna S curves as the Frenchman attempted to un-lap himself.

Ocon was penalised by the stewards with a 10-second stop-go penalty.

"I hope I cannot find him now in the paddock," said a livid Verstappen, who later did confront Ocon and appeared to push him three times before he walked away.

"I don't know what to say," he added later. "I was taken out by an idiot -- I have no words."

Hamilton said: "It was an honour to drive for them (Mercedes) today. I saw it happen. I wasn't surprised by it. I saw them racing and they weren't racing for the same position."