Evening Telegraph (First Edition) - - Uk World Today -

LEWIS Hamilton de­liv­ered a world cham­pion’s fight­back from last to fourth in the Brazilian Grand Prix won by Se­bas­tian Vet­tel.

Vet­tel was vic­to­ri­ous for the first time since the sum­mer af­ter edg­ing past Valt­teri Bot­tas with a gutsy move on the first cor­ner.

How­ever, it was t he Hamilton can­ter through the field which stole the show at this round of his ti­tle-win­ning year.

The Bri­ton, who even led the race at one stage, took the che­quered flag just 0.8 sec­onds adrift of third­placed Kimi Raikko­nen.

He started from the pit lane af­ter his first com­pet­i­tive re­turn to ac­tion since win­ning the ti­tle in Mex­ico two weeks ago lasted less than two min­utes when he crashed out of qual­i­fy­ing.

Hamilton’s Mercedes team took ad­van­tage of his pit lane start to strap on a new en­gine and he took ad­van­tage of a chaotic first lap to progress six places in the open­ing ex­changes.

Daniel Ric­cia­rdo, Stof­fel Van­doorne and Kevin Mag­nussen were in­volved in a three-way tan­gle at the sec­ond cor­ner with the lat­ter at fault for barg­ing into Van­doorne. He, in turn, thud­ded into the side of Ric­cia­rdo’s Red Bull.

Mo­ments later Ro­main Gros­jean and Este­ban Ocon col­lided at turn six and the safety car was de­ployed.

All eyes turned to Hamilton as he be­gan to pick off his op­po­nents oneby-one. His valiant ef­fort re­sulted in a very re­spectable fourth-place fin­ish.

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