Brazilian F1 GP: Nico Rosberg defeats Lewis Hamilton at Interlagos

Nico Rosberg took his second successive Formula 1 victory as he comfortably led home Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton in the Brazilian Grand Prix

Brazilian F1 GP: Nico Rosberg defeats Lewis Hamilton at Interlagos

Polesitter Rosberg came across on Hamilton as the duo approached the Senna S at the start, boldly defending his position to retain the lead and from then dictated the race from the front.

UPDATE: Massa excluded from Brazilian Grand Prix

Newly-crowned champion Hamilton asked his team if it could tweak his strategy to give him a chance to beat Rosberg, but ultimately the Briton shadowed his team-mate on a three-stop and crossed the line 7.7 seconds adrift.

They had briefly been nose to tail in the second stint, before Hamilton fell away with heavier tyre wear.

Rosberg's fifth victory of the season secured second in the drivers' championship as his main rival for the position Sebastian Vettel could only finish third for Ferrari.

It was a largely processional race with a small threat of rain in the closing stages never materialising and Rosberg lapping everyone up to fourth place.

Ferrari was unable to challenge Mercedes. Vettel tried something different by running a second stint on the softs as most chose mediums but could not get closer and finished comfortably clear of two-stopping team-mate Kimi Raikkonen in third.

Williams's Valtteri Bottas made a brilliant getaway from his penalised seventh on the grid to squeeze past Daniil Kvyat and Nico Hulkenberg for fifth.

But that was as good as it got for the Finn, who stayed in that position for the remainder of the race and ensured his Williams team clinched third in the constructors' championship.

Hulkenberg crossed the line sixth, ahead of Kvyat and Felipe Massa, whose Williams team was summoned to the stewards after the race in relation to a tyre pressure and temperature discrepancy on the grid.

Romain Grosjean was ninth ahead of Max Verstappen, who made a series of passes in the final stint after choosing to run the soft.

It was Verstappen's sixth successive points-scoring finish, which is record run for a Toro Rosso driver.

It was a tougher day for his team-mate Carlos Sainz Jr, who had a problem on the grid and had to start from the pitlane before retiring on the first lap.

Pastor Maldonado, who ended up 11th, collided with Marcus Ericsson at the Senna S, tipping the Sauber into a spin and incurring a five-second penalty.

Daniel Ricciardo, running the updated Renault engine, was 12th, ahead of Felipe Nasr and McLaren duo Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso.

Ericsson, who lost five places on the first lap when he ran wide at the Descida do Lago, continued after the contact with Maldonado but lost too much ground and finished 17th.

The Manor-run Marussias of Will Stevens and Alexander Rossi, who will be replaced by Roberto Merhi for the final race in Abu Dhabi, completed the finishers in 18th and 19th respectively.

RESULTS - 71 LAPS:

Pos Driver Car Gap
1 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1h31m09.090s
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 7.756s
3 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 14.244s
4 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 47.543s
5 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1 Lap
6 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1 Lap
7 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull/Renault 1 Lap
8 Romain Grosjean Lotus/Mercedes 1 Lap
9 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso/Renault 1 Lap
10 Pastor Maldonado Lotus/Mercedes 1 Lap
11 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1 Lap
12 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1 Lap
13 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 1 Lap
14 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 1 Lap
15 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1 Lap
16 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 2 Laps
17 Will Stevens Marussia/Ferrari 4 Laps
18 Alexander Rossi Marussia/Ferrari 4 Laps
- Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes Disqualified
- Carlos Sainz Jr. Toro Rosso/Renault Electrical

DRIVERS' 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 Romain Grosjean 49
12 Max Verstappen 49
13 Felipe Nasr 27
14 Pastor Maldonado 27
15 Carlos Sainz Jr. 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

CONSTRUCTORS' CHAMPIONSHIP:

Pos Constructor Points
1 Mercedes 660
2 Ferrari 401
3 Williams/Mercedes 253
4 Red Bull/Renault 178
5 Force India/Mercedes 120
6 Lotus/Mercedes 76
7 Toro Rosso/Renault 67
8 Sauber/Ferrari 36
9 McLaren/Honda 27
10 Marussia/Ferrari 0


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