Nico Rosberg surges to Brazil GP victory

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Monday 16th November, 2015 - 3:59am

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Nico Rosberg

Nico Rosberg

Nico Rosberg produced a dominant display to record a lights-to-flag victory over Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton at the Brazilian Grand Prix.

For the second race in succession the German controlled proceedings as the two Mercedes drivers went head-to head for the spoils at Interlagos.

Starting from pole Rosberg managed to fend off Hamilton at the start which gave him the platform to secure his 13th victory of his Formula 1 career.

Rosberg’s victory also secured second spot in the championship standings.

Hamilton piled the pressure on his team-mate on several occasions during the race as the Mercedes duo worked a three stop strategy, but ultimately was unable to challenge for the lead.

The newly crowned world champion was forced to settle for second with the Ferrari of Sebastian Vettel completing the podium.

While the Mercedes pair scampered into the distance, the battle for the remaining podium was fought between the two Ferraris.

Vettel had the measure of his team-mate Kimi Raikkonen throughout with the German edging the Finn at the chequered flag.

A strong start helped Valtteri Bottas convert his seventh place grid slot to a fifth place finish ahead of the Force India of Nico Hulkenberg, who matched his best result of the season in sixth.

The Red Bull of Daniil Kvyat managed to come home in seventh with the sister Williams of Felipe Massa eighth, although the Brazilian faced a post race investigation regarding tyre temperatures prior to the start of the race.

Lotus’ Romain Grosjean and Toro Rosso’s Max Verstappen produced fighting drives to complete the top 10.

Daniel Ricciardo, utilising an upgraded Renault engine, showcased his overtaking skills as he powered from 19th to finish 12th, behind the two stopping Lotus of Pastor Maldonado.

McLaren managed to get both its cars to the finish with Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso finishing in 15th and 16th respectively.

Meanwhile, Carlos Sainz was the only retirement from the race when his Toro Rosso came to a halt on the opening lap.

*Massa was disqualified from eighth position following a post race FIA investigation.

Result: Formula 1 Brazilian Grand Prix (revised)

Position Driver Team Laps Gap
1 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 71
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 71 +7.756s
3 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 71 +14.244s
4 Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 71 +47.543s
5 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 70 +1 Lap
6 Nico Hülkenberg Force India/Mercedes 70 +1 Lap
7 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull/Renault 70 +1 Lap
8 Romain Grosjean Lotus/Mercedes 70 +1 Lap
9 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso/Renault 70 +1 Lap
10 Pastor Maldonado Lotus/Mercedes 70 +1 Lap
11 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 70 +1 Lap
12 Sergio Pérez Force India/Mercedes 70 +1 Lap
13 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 70 +1 Lap
14 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 70 +1 Lap
15 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 70 +1 Lap
16 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 69 +2 Laps
17 Will Stevens Marussia/Ferrari 67 +4 Laps
18 Alexander Rossi Marussia/Ferrari 67 +4 Laps
DNF Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Renault 0 Retirement
DSQ Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes

Championship Standings

Pos Driver Points
1 Lewis Hamilton 363
2 Nico Rosberg 297
3 Sebastian Vettel 266
4 Valtteri Bottas 136
5 Kimi Raikkonen 135
6 Felipe Massa 117
7 Daniil Kvyat 94
8 Daniel Ricciardo 84
9 Sergio Perez 68
10 Nico Hulkenberg 52
11 Max Verstappen 48
12 Romain Grosjean 47
13 Felipe Nasr 27
14 Pastor Maldonado 26
15 Carlos Sainz 18
16 Jenson Button 16
17 Fernando Alonso 11
18 Marcus Ericsson 9
19 Roberto Merhi 0
20 Alexander Rossi 0
21 Will Stevens 0

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