Lewis Hamilton has been the hardest win of the season. Two stops caused by red flags, rain and a lot of water on the track, several dropouts, and up to four safety cars that keep you in the fight for the title, while Nico Rosberg has saved without problems the second post and follow the way to the title. The british, by order, has been removed from the spine of the victory of Interlagos, and it is the broker that has won in more different circuits (24).
The podium was in the air until the final moments of this extremely long proof, but Max Verstappen pulled out all of the possible arguments to one who compares you with Ayrton Senna with a final test of epic and two overtaking Vettel and Perez that earned him a brilliant third place.
In regards to the spaniards, Carlos Sainz was left wanting a podium that smelled very close, but was only sixth. Fernando Alonso, with all the problems we had, finished tenth.
Start behind the safety car
The race was delayed for a few minutes for the rain, which had already stopped before to Romain Grosjean stamped against a wall on the formation lap. After several minutes of waiting, and despite the fact that at first it seemed that they were going to exit in a normal way, Charlie Whiting returned to take his side more conservative and decided to start behind the safety car.
After seven laps, and with several pilots asking for relanzase the race, Bernd Maylander returned to the pits and let the racers do their work. Max Verstappen is shifted to Kimi Räikkönen, while behind as some are not what they thought and put intermediate tyres all. The problem is that the track was still very soggy, and some drivers, such as Sebastian Vettel, suffered the rigors of a track very slippery, but the worst part is the led Marcus Ericsson, which crashed.
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Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo went to switch on intermediate tyres, but while the Dutch came in with the pitlane open, the australian did with it closed. Red Bull defended the consequent investigation saying that she had arrived with a puncture back to the pits, so claimed security reasons. Not earned them anything: Ricciardo took five seconds penalty.
Two red flags and danger of permanent suspension
On lap 20 relaunched the race, but the race was stopped at the time. Kimi Räikkönen lost control of his car when approached the last corner, he spun and ended up crashed against the wall of the straight. Some pilot saved him for a little. Others, such as Nico Hülkenberg, were as the front wing of the Ferrari, but all ended up in boxes for the consequent red flag: they stopped the race until the track was clean of the bits of the car of Kimi.
In the stop some took to retouch the car, such as Mercedes that knocked the front wing of Rosberg, and others, such as Lewis Hamilton, to make new relationships, and change . In est eperiodo stop also came out confirmed the penalties on Ricciardo already Massa, who announced ahead of the line of the safety car.
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The resumption occurred with extreme wet tyres for the needs of the FIA, which slowed down a lot the lap time. The danger of suspension began to probe the heads of the pilots and leaders of the teams, the whole time that the rain forecast increased. In all the chaos, Carlos Sainz was found with a fifth position, that the Nico Hülkenberg prodded and had to stop. The track conditions not only not improved, but behind the safety car got worse. This made Jolyon Palmer, for example, embistiese Daniil Kvyat, because I didn’t see anything.
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When I had just water on the track, and despite the fact that all the pilots affirmed that the track was in terms of filming it was decided to remove the red flag and suspend the test. The words of Hamilton does not leave place to doubts: “I don’t understand why we’re going to stop. Are conditions of extreme wet. It is normal”.
Another half hour later, the race resumed again behind the safety car, but in terms of visibility very low… and got the show of Verstappen.
After several laps behind the safety car, Max Verstappen was to give a show. With Lewis Hamilton to the front, the dutchman ahead of Nico Rosberg on the outside at the exit of the curve 3, showing that he has nothing to fear even in the face of the leader of the championship. In the following turn left to the retinas a spectacular image: a saved after a yaw in semitrompo by the that not even lost the position. “My beats have been a little high”, joked Verstappen.
The thrill was back, the fight between the striking Felipe Nasr, who stood in sixth position, with Fernando Alonso intantando pass and Sebastian Vettel smelling blood. The Ferrari took over the Spanish in action a bit risky, inside in ‘Mergulho’, which fell slightly from track to Spanish.
But there was still a safety car, this time courtesy of Felipe Massa. The brazilian crashed against the protections, led to the departure of Bernd Maylander again and starred in an emotional moment of farewell, in which all the mechanics of other teams fired him applause.
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After the resumption, the Red Bull lost all chance of making the podium at the stop to make your last changes of tires to put back on extreme wet, while Alonso was left with no options of anything for a top.
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Carlos Sainz on the verge of the podium, but it takes Verstappen
Carlos Sainz, without making any noise, was planted on the straight end of the carrrera to the point of making the podium. The spaniard benefited from the bounce up. Sergio Perez was in third position, far from the Mercedes, but with the Toro Rosso relatively close.
Sainz had to put up with Vettel, who in full comeback showed that his Ferrari was much more powerful. Who gave show was Verstappen, as it could not be otherwise: it is shifted to Vettel (with complaints including the German pilot), and after Perez, in the absence of a giro was a podium of the most angry. And of course the prize of rider of the day.
With this victory, Hamilton is 12 points of Rosberg, with third in Abu Dhabi serves.
times Table Race Grand Prix Brasil
|3||Max Verstappen||33||Network Bull||+21.481||71|
|4||Sergio Perez||11||Force India||+25.346||71|
|6||Carlos Sainz||55||Toro Rosso||+29.160||71|
|7||Nico Hulkenberg||27||Force India||+29.827||71|
|8||Daniel Ricciardo||3||Network Bull||+30.486||71|
|12||Esteban Ocon||31||Manor F1||+45.809||71|
|13||Daniil Kvyat||26||Toro Rosso||+51.192||71|
|15||Pascal Wehrlein||94||Manor F1||+60.498||71|
|Ret||Esteban Gutierrez||21||Haas F1 Team||0|
|Ret||Romain Grosjean||8||Haas F1 Team||0|