Brazilian Grand Prix: Lewis Hamilton wins after backmarker Esteban Ocon hits Max Verstappen

LEWIS HAMILTON toasted his title success with victory in the Brazilian Grand Prix, helping his Mercedes team to retain the constructors' championship.

It was Hamilton's tenth win of the season and the 72nd of his Formula One career meaning he is now just 19 shy of equalling Michael Schumacher's all-time record.

Brazilian Grand Prix: Lewis Hamilton wins after backmarker Esteban Ocon hits Max VerstappenAFP4 Lewis Hamilton continued his title-winning form in Brazil today
Brazilian Grand Prix: Lewis Hamilton wins after backmarker Esteban Ocon hits Max VerstappenGetty4 Max Verstappen lost the lead after being hit by Esteban Ocon

But the Brit was given a massive helping hand here in Brazil as he won a race for the first time having been crowned champion before the season was over.

He was beaten for pace by Red Bull's brilliant Max Verstappen, but the Dutchman was sent spinning after an awful mistake from Force India's Esteban Ocon.

Ocon, who is part of the Mercedes driver programme, was slapped with a ten-second penalty for causing the collision on lap 44.

But that was no comfort for Verstappen, who despite starting in fifth place and having a damaged car, came home in second place.

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