Nico Rosberg raced to victory at the Brazilian Grand Prix in Sao Paulo on Sunday, with Lewis Hamilton finishing second, and Sebastian Vettel third. At the end of the qualifiers, Rosberg took pole position for the 21st time, with Hamilton falling short by just 78? thousandths of a second to begin in second place, and Vettel qualifying third. Rosberg took the lead as the lights went off, with Hamilton trying to take the outside on turn one, but deciding against it, with Vettel trailing in third.
After the first 20 minutes, most drivers had switched to medium compound tyres, with the world champion closing the gap between himself and the German, putting pressure on the man in pole. After 29 laps a fierce battle erupted for ninth position, between Sergio Perez, Max Verstappen and Romain Grosjean. Pastor Maldonado attempted to cut inside Marcus Ericsson but collided in the 36th lap, with race officials launching a further investigation.
As halfway passed, the battle for first place continued between Rosberg, Hamilton and Vettel, with Kimi Raikkonen being in third for a short time before Vettel reclaimed his spot, while Maldonado moved up to eighth, looking to pass Daniil Kyvat and Nico Hulkenberg for sixth spot. Lap 48 saw Rosberg pit in for the last time, allowing Hamilton to take the lead, but Rosberg reclaimed the lead during the Briton’s final pit stop.
The final lap ended with Rosberg taking a consecutive first place finish, and his 13th career victory, while Hamilton unable to achieve a first win in Brazil. This result means that Vettel can no longer overtake Rosberg in the Drivers’ Championship standings.
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