2016 BRAZIL GP: VERSTAPPEN THRILS INTERLAGOS

Lewis Hamilton won a dramatic, rain-lashed and incident-packed Brazilian Grand Prix to take the battle for the Drivers’ Championship title to the final round in Abu Dhabi in two weeks’ time. In a three-hour race repeatedly neutralised by safety cars, crashes and red flags, Hamilton led from start to finish to win ahead of title rival Nico Rosberg. But it was Max Verstappen who provided thrilling entertainment, with the Red Bull driver rising from 14th place in the closing stages to take the final podium place. Force India’s Sergio Perez was fourth ahead of Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel and Toro Rosso’s Carlos Sainz.

Lewis Hamilton actually won the race without making a racing pit stop but he did change tyres twice, going from full wets to another set of wets under both red flag stoppages. Planned strategy was not really a factor today: instead it was all about reacting to changing circumstances and giving drivers the best possible chance to get to the finish.

With Hamilton winning, Rosberg now leads the title fight by just 12 points and the championship battle goes to the wire in Abut Dhabi in two weeks’ time.

2016 Brazilian Grand Prix
Interlagos,Jose Carlos Pace, Sao Paolo
71 laps, 305.909km., Weather: Rain.
CLASSIFIED:
 P.   DRIVER            TEAM        TIME/GAP 
 1. Lewis Hamilton   Mercedes AMG 3h01:01.335
 2. Nico Rosberg     Mercedes AMG  +   11.455
 3. Max Verstappen   Red Bull      +   21.481
 4. Sergio Perez     Force India   +   25.346
 5. Sebastian Vettel Ferrari       +   26.334
 6. Carlos Sainz JR. Toro Rosso    +   29.160
 7. Nico Hulkenberg  Force India   +   29.827
 8. Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull      +   30.486
 9. Felipe Nasr      Sauber        +   42.620
10. Fernando Alonso  McLaren       +   44.432
11. Valtteri Bottas  Williams      +   45.292
12. Esteban Ocon     Manor         +   45.809
13. Daniil Kvyat     Toro Rosso    +   51.192
14. Kevin Magnussen  Renault       +   51.555
15. Pascal Wehrlein  Manor         + 1:00.498
16. Jenson Button    McLaren       + 1:21.994

Fastest Lap: Max Verstappen - 1:25.305       

NOT CLASSIFIED:           
Esteban Gutierrez Haas
Felipe Massa      Williams
Jolyon Palmer     Renault
Kimi Raikkonen    Ferrari
Marcus Ericsson   Sauber
Romain Grosjean   Haas

After 20 races:
 Drivers:                  Constructors:     
 1. Nico Rosberg     367  1. Mercedes AMG 722
 2. Lewis Hamilton   355  2. Red Bull     446
 3. Daniel Ricciardo 246  3. Ferrari      375
 4. Sebastian Vettel 197  4. Force India  163
 5. Max Verstappen   192  5. Williams     136
 6. Kimi Raikkonen   178  6. McLaren       75
 7. Sergio Perez      97  7. Toro Rosso    63
 8. Valtteri Bottas   85  8. Haas          29
 9. Nico Hulkenberg   66  9. Renault        8
10. Fernando Alonso   53 10. Sauber         2
11. Felipe Massa      51 11. Manor          1
12. Carlos Sainz JR.  46
13. Romain Grosjean   29
14. Daniil Kvyat      25
15. Jenson Button     21
16. Kevin Magnussen    7
17. Felipe Nasr        2
18. Jolyon Palmer      1
19. Паскал Верлајн     1
20. Штофел Вандорн     1

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