Lewis Hamilton turned in a “superhero” performance in Qatar after his victory pulled him back in the F1 title race.
The seven-time world champion won convincingly in Doha to slash Max Verstappen’s advantage from 19 to eight points in the last two races.
The brilliant Brit was cheered on by David Beckham in the desert after bouncing back from a disqualification in qualifying last out in Brazil.
Merc boss Toto Wolff hailed his driver’s turn around in form to crank up the pressure on rivals Red Bull.
He said: “They woke up the lion on Saturday in Interlagos [after being disqualified for a broken rear wing].
“He is absolutely on it and brutal. He’s cold-blooded and on it, this is the best Lewis we have seen in the past, and he is right there.
“When adversity happens, then it takes him to a place where he is able to mobilise superhero powers. It was the adversity that triggered that in Interlagos.
“I never stopped believing this championship was on. Everyone in the team refuses to give up and I am grateful with how the championship has gone.
“I hope it goes all the way to the end and whoever wins will deserve to win.”
Hamilton is now eager to get going again in Saudi Arabia in two week’s time before the finale in Abu Dhabi a week later.