Lewis Hamilton kept his hopes of winning a fourth world championship alive as he took victory at a chaotic Brazilian Grand Prix.
Hamilton, who started the race from pole position took the win just ahead of his team mate Nico Rosberg with Red Bull Racing’s Max Verstappen overtaking Sahara Force India’s Sergio Perez in the closing stages of the race to claim a third place finish and in doing so has overtaken Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen in the championship.
Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel was fifth and was questioning the decision to continue the race in the treacherous conditions following his team mate Kimi Raikkonen’s retirement from the race. The Finn, who for the fourth race in a row out-qualified his four time world champion team mate retired from the race.
Toro Rosso’s Carlos Sainz did a great job for the Italian team as the Spaniard finished the race in sixth place just ahead of Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg.
Daniel Ricciardo finished the race in eighth place place while Felipe Nasr picked up the Sauber F1 Team’s first points of the season with a ninth place finish while Fernando Alonso rounded out the points in 10th place.
Williams Martini Racing failed to scored points in their crucial battle for fourth place in the championship losing ground to the Force India Formula One Team as Valtteri Bottas finished race in 11th place just ahead of Manor Racing’s Esteban Ocon who replaces Nico Hulkenberg at Force India next season. The Frenchman just missing out on scoring his first Formula One points.
Toro Rosso’s Daniil Kvyat ended the race in 13th place just ahead of Kevin Magnussen’s Renault.
Magnussen was earlier this weekend announced as Romain Grosjean’s team mate at the Haas F1 Team for the 2017 season replacing Esteban Gutierrez. Pascal Wehrlein was 15th while McLaren Honda’s Jenson Button rounded out the field in 16th place.
The start of the race was completely chaotic with a rain delay to poor visibility and when the race finally did get going it did so behind the safety car. One driver who did not get going however was the Haas F1 Team’s Romain Grosjean who skidded off the track into the barriers on the way to the grid.
The Sauber F1 Team’s Marcus Ericsson also went out of the race following a crash. The was red flagged following Kimi Raikkonen’s heavy impact with the wall on the front straight, although the Finn retired from the race he walked away from the accident unhurt.
The Renault Sport F1 Team’s Jolyon Palmer, fresh from signing a new contract with the Enstone outfit was forced to retire from the race as too was the Haas F1 Team’s Esteban Gutierrez whose frustration could be clearly seen when he returned to the garage and threw his gloves to the back of the room and when he was approached by team boss Guenther Steiner the pair appeared to get into a bit of a row.
The race for the Formula One championship now heads to Abu Dhabi in two weeks time with Nico Rosberg holding a 12 point lead over Rosberg.
The most emotional part of Sunday’s race was when Williams Felipe Massa retired from his final home Grand Prix as the Brazilian will retire from Formula One following the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
As he walked back through the pit-lane he was greeted by a Mercedes guard of honor with the team mechanics hugging him as well as his former colleagues at Ferrari who embraced the Brazilian who is one of the nicest drivers on the grid. Massa was than greeted in the pit-lane by his wife and young son who travel to most of the races with him. Massa was then hugged by his Williams crew and it really showed how well respected and liked he is within the paddock and much everyone will miss him.