2016 Brazilian Grand Prix: Looking back over a crazy race

Formula 1's re-running of the full 2016 Brazilian Grand Prix has given us the chance to look back on one of the most exciting grands prix of recent years

2016 Brazilian Grand Prix: Looking back over a crazy race

Here, we reflect on how the main players reacted to a spectacular race, where Lewis Hamilton's brilliant charge to victory around Interlagos set up the prospect of a thrilling season finale in Abu Dhabi.

HAMILTON: EASY WIN

Despite the ultra tricky conditions, which forced delays and race stoppages, Hamilton reckoned things had not be that hard, as he suggested it was the easiest win he had for a very long time.

"It was a very easy race," said Hamilton. "Probably one of the easier ones. I didn't have any spins or moments, it was pretty straightforward. Silverstone 2008 was way harder than this."

VERSTAPPEN'S SENNA MOMENT

But despite Hamilton's success and the implications for the title, he was not actually the main talking point after the race.

That accolade went to Max Verstappen, who pulled off some audacious overtaking moves to bounce back from a wrong strategy call to charge to a podium finish.

His delighted team boss Christian Horner said afterwards that the Dutchman's drive was right up there with some of Ayrton Senna and Michael Schumacher's best wet-weather drives.

"I think it's right up there. You have to compare it to those great moments," he said.

"You don't often witness a motor race like that and I think what we saw today was something very, very special."

VETTEL: MAX WAS NOT FAIR

Not everyone was so happy though, with Sebastian Vettel pretty unimpressed with the way that Verstappen barged past him on his way out of the final corner

"I think I was racing him side-by-side," said Vettel. "He saw me, I still had a little bit of my nose ahead and he was much faster. So it was about the corner where he gets past, not if he gets past. But I don't think it was correct."

MAX PLAYS DOWN COMPARISONS

Verstappen's day wasn't perfect though, and there was one heart-stopping moment when he spun at the top of the hill and nearly crashed in to the barriers. He later revealed that lessons he learned riding quad bikes helped him in that moment.

But despite the rave reviews of his performance, Verstappen was eager to play down talk that compared him to F1's greats.

"It's very nice that people say those things, but for me the most important thing is just to focus on myself and stay very neutral on all those comments," he said. "Always try to improve yourself and fly high.

MASSA's FAREWELL (FOR THE TIME BEING)

One man who did get it wrong and end his race was Felipe Massa, who at that time felt that he was taking part in his final home grand prix.

Reflecting afterwards he said the moment had been 'heartbreaking' for him - as his tears on the way back to the garage showed.

Of course, Massa - who had announced his retirement earlier in the year - returned to Williams in 2017 to take the place of Valtteri Bottas, who was drafted in to replace Nico Rosberg at Mercedes.

For more on the Brazilian GP, check out Autosport's Archive.

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