Hamilton wins Brazilian GP but Verstappen is the big story

Lewis Hamilton won the Brazilian GP today, his 9th win of the year in very wet conditions. The race which saw a delayed start then two red flags found Nico Rosberg in P2 and Max Verstappen in P3. Rosberg is now just 12 points ahead of Hamilton. The Championship within his grasp, Rosberg needs only finish 3rd in Abu Dhabi to claim it.

 

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Lewis Hamilton Photo ©Andy Fitzpatrick

The big story of the race was the brilliant drive by Max Verstappen. Verstappen started on the 2nd row of the grid and consistently kept the heat on the front runners, however after having intermediate tyres fitted mid way through the race, then the rain intensifying, he changed over to wets and rejoined the race in 13th place. Verstappen then consistently tucked away the 10 positions in front of him, at one point spinning his car but managing superbly to gain control.

The incidents started before the race even got underway with Haas’ Romain Grosjean slamming into a wall and out of the race on a warm up lap. 8 laps into the race itself Sauber’s Marcus Ericsson spun out and onto the pit straight.

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Felipe Massa Photo ©Andy Fitzpatrick

Just a few laps later  Kimi Raikonnen managed to walk away from a horrendous crash on the pit straight, which left debris across the track and stopped the race. Only 7 laps after the race was eventually restarted, it was stopped again due to the difficult conditions. The next restart found Brazilian Felipe Massa crashing out and making an emotional walk back to the pits in front of his home crowd. Crews from the teams in the garages formed a guard of honour as Massa who retires at the end of the season was joined by his family.

 

Allison Remzi                                          Header photo ©Andy Fitzpatrick