F1 NATION: Mercedes engineer Andrew Shovlin helps unpack how Hamilton won the Sao Paulo GP


"This is what a world championship battle should look like" – those were the words of Lewis Hamilton after he and Max Verstappen staged an all-time classic on-track fight in Sao Paulo on Sunday.

But just how did the defending champion win? With the help of Mercedes' Trackside Engineering Director Andrew Shovlin, F1 Nation hosts Tom Clarkson and Natalie Pinkham wade through grid penalties, that qualifying DSQ and a magnificent Verstappen defence that ultimately couldn't stop Hamilton taking win #101.

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There's also the inside story of Hamilton's DRS infringement that cost him P1 for the Saturday Sprint and why the race has transformed the team's championship hopes.

Also on this week's F1 Nation is Felipe Massa, who tells us why he thinks Verstappen is "ready to win" the title – while Alex Albon gives his take on Losail ahead of the inaugural Qatar Grand Prix. The soon-to-be Williams driver gives his opinion on whether Qatar will suit Red Bull or Mercedes best.

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