Lewis Hamilton won Driver of the Day for the 2022 Brazilian Grand Prix, despite finishing second to teammate George Russell in Sao Paulo in a dramatic race.
Hamilton just missed out on keeping his streak of winning a race in every Formula 1 season he’s competed in after an eventful Sunday.
He collided with Max Verstappen on Lap 7 at the first safety car restart, which dropped him to eighth, but fought back through the field.
The final safety car provided the seven-time world champion an opportunity to overtake Russell, but he couldn’t get close and was always just outside of DRS range.
“A huge congratulations to George, what an amazing drive today and he did an amazing qualifying yesterday,” said Hamilton. “He truly deserves it.
“I am so proud of everyone at the factory, this is an incredible result. We worked so hard to get a 1-2 and to get a win. This is hugely, hugely deserved for everybody.
“A big thank you to everyone in Brazil. I have probably had one of the best weeks of my life here with how everyone has accepted me and the warm welcome.”
Second Driver of the Day for Hamilton in 2022
It is only the second Driver of the Day award for Hamilton this year after he received 17 percent of the vote from fans for his fightback in Sao Paulo.
The other event he won the fan vote was at the Spanish GP, when he made another comeback drive following contact with Kevin Magnussen on the opening lap in Barcelona, which dropped him to the back, before he finished fifth.
Hamilton remains fifth in the drivers’ championship, 25 points adrift of Russell and six points ahead of Carlos Sainz with just the Abu Dhabi GP to come.