With double points on offer, Rosberg will still need to come first and Hamilton finish third or lower to win the title. However, considering Hamilton’s performance this season (he’s won 10 rounds versus Rosberg’s five), Rosberg will still need a miracle to come out on top.
Either way Mercedes AMG bosses will be happy. With two Silver Arrows up front, Mercedes AMG has now racked up its 11th one-two finish of the season, surpassing the record set by McLaren in 1988. And the victory was also the team’s 15th this season, meaning it has equalled the highest number of victories scored in a single season set by McLaren also in 1988.
But the biggest cheers in Brazil were for Felipe Massa who drove his Williams third across the line. It was a hard-fought race for the local hero, who suffered a five-second stop-and-go penalty when his speed limiter failed to work in his first stop. Massa also comically lost time when he stopped at the McLaren pits by mistake at a later stop.
In the closing stages, Ferrari’s Kimi Räikkönen looked to be safe in fourth but the Finn had no answer to a very daring move round the outside by Jenson Button at the Descida do Lago corner with 10 of the 71 laps remaining. Räikkönen lost a bit of momentum in his battle with Button, which also allowed Infiniti Red Bull Racing’s Sebastian Vettel to get ahead. Button would eventually finish fourth and Vettel fifth.
Unfortunately for Räikkönen, he was also passed by his own teammate Fernando Alonso towards the end. The Spaniard eventually finished sixth with Räikkönen crossing the line seventh less than two seconds behind.
Eighth today went to Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg while McLaren’s other driver Kevin Magnussen crossed the line ninth. Williams’ other driver Valtteri Bottas had a promising start but suffered a delay in his second pit stop and could only muster a 10th-place finish.
Not including Caterham and Marussia, which failed to turn up due to their respective ongoing difficulties, the only teams that had a driver fail to finish were Lotus and Red Bull. Lotus’ Romain Grosjean suffered a power unit failure on lap 63 while Red Bull man Daniel Ricciardo had suspension trouble on lap 39. Going into the final round in Abu Dhabi in two weeks, Lewis Hamilton sits on 334 points in the 2014 Drivers’ Championship, with Nico Rosberg on 317 and Daniel Ricciardo on 214. In the Constructors’ Championship, Mercedes AMG has an unbeatable 651 while Red Bull has 373 and Williams 254.
Below are top ten results of the 2014 Formula One Brazilian Grand Prix:
1) Nico Rosberg, Mercedes AMG
2) Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes AMG
3) Felipe Massa, Williams
4) Jenson Button, McLaren
5) Sebastian Vettel, Infiniti Red Bull Racing
6) Fernando Alonso, Ferrari
7) Kimi Räikkönen, Ferrari
8) Nico Hulkenberg, Force India
9) Kevin Magnussen, McLaren
10) Valtteri Bottas, Williams