Mercedes AMG's Nico Rosberg at the 2015 Formula One Brazilian Grand PrixEnlarge Photo
Mercedes AMG’s Nico Rosberg drove flawlessly yesterday at the 2015 Formula One Brazilian Grand Prix to take out the win. But it was no easy task as his Mercedes teammate and newly crowned world champion Lewis Hamilton challenged him throughout the race and only really gave up towards the end. The Briton, who in Brazil claimed his seventh fastest race lap of the season, eventually crossed the line second, approximately 7.7 seconds behind the leader.
Behind them were Ferrari duo Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Räikkönen. The German and the Finn ran third and fourth from lights out to the finish line. Highlighting the improvements made to Ferrari’s power unit, Vettel was only 7.0 seconds behind Hamilton and 14 off the pace of the winner. Räikkönen’s fourth spot is a sure to be a welcome result considering his performance in the past couple of races.
Williams’ Valtteri Bottas finished fifth at the Brazilian race. The Finn made a brilliant start to regain two of the three places he lost to a grid penalty. He settled into fifth position from the first lap and largely held onto it through to the end. After him, there was a good battle between Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg and Red Bull Racing’s Daniil Kvyat for sixth, which in the end the German emerged victorious. Kvyat followed close behind in seventh.
Williams’ other driver Felipe Massa crossed the line eighth. However, his results were excluded after it was discovered by the stewards that the local hero’s right rear tire exceeded the permitted temperature limit at the start of the race. His team has appealed the decision, however.
With Massa’s results out, it meant Lotus’ Romain Grosjean is now classified as eighth, while Toro Rosso’s Max Verstappen and Lotus’ other driver Pastor Maldonado are classified as ninth and tenth respectively. Carlos Sainz was the only driver today who failed to finish. Car trouble saw him start the race from the pits and eventually led to his retirement on the first lap.
Following the weekend’s results, Hamilton’s lead in the 2015 Drivers’ Championship extends to 363 points. Rosberg is second with 297 points and Vettel is third with 266 points. In the Constructors’ Championship, Mercedes enjoys 660 points and is followed by Ferrari with 401 points and Williams with 257 points. The final race on the calendar is the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in a fortnight.
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