On Saturday, we saw Nico Rosberg take Pole Position ahead of Lewis Hamilton for the Brazilian Grand Prix.
Before the start of the race, Adrian Sutil encounters problems with his turbo on his Sauber and will have to start the race from the pitlane.
Nico Rosberg leads the grid at the start of the Brazilian Grand Prix. All rights reserved to Sutton Images.
At 2pm local time yesterday, the Brazilian Grand Prix gets underway. Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton both get good starts. As we head into Turn 1, Felipe Massa has locks up but is still in third place. Daniel Ricciardo once again has had a bad start and has slipped down the order.
On Lap 2, Rosberg leads Hamilton by 0.8 seconds. Perez is then able to pass Grosjean for track position. The next lap sees the battle for seventh taking place between Fernando Alonso, Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo. At the end of Lap 4, Pastor Maldonado makes his first pit stop. At the end of Lap 5, Massa pits and at the end of Lap 6, Bottas, Button and Vettel pit.
Nico Rosberg leads Lewis Hamilton in the early stages of the Brazilian Grand Prix. All rights reserved to Sutton Images.
By Lap 7, Rosberg leads Hamilton by 1.2 seconds. During the lap, the stewards announce that Massa is under investigation for speeding in the pit lane. At the end of the lap, Rosberg, Alonso and Magnussen pit. The next lap sees Hamilton leading Gutierrez by 14 seconds. The stewards announce that Massa will receive a five second stop and go penalty for speeding in the pit lane. At the end of the lap, Hamilton pits.
Lap 9 sees Hulkenberg leading Kvyat. The next lap sees Hamilton passing Grosjean for track position at Turn 1. By Lap 12, Hulkenberg now leads the race ahead of Rosberg by 1.4 seconds. Hamilton passes Kvyat for third place. Lap 13 sees Button passing Sutil for eighth place.
Nico Rosberg takes the lead from Nico Hulkenberg on Lap 14 of the Brazilian Grand Prix. All rights reserved to Sutton Images.
Lap 14 sees Rosberg passing Hulkenberg for the lead of the race at Turn 1. On track, the battle for sixth place between Grosjean, Bottas and Button is ongoing. The next lap sees Bottas passing Grosjean for sixth place. Hulkenberg and Hamilton are battling for second. The next lap sees Hamilton passing Hulkenberg for second place. Kvyat and Massa are battling for fourth place and Hulkenberg pits at the end of the lap.
Nico Rosberg leads Lewis Hamilton before his pit stop on Lap 26 of the Brazilian Grand Prix. All rights reserved to XPB.
On Lap 17, Rosberg leads Hamilton by 2.3 seconds. On track Massa passes Kvyat for fourth place. The next lap sees Hamilton reporting that he has a blister on his front right tyre. Five laps later, Magnussen passes Grosjean for sixth place. The next lap sees Alonso trying to pass Grosjean but cannot do so at first. However, a few corners later and Alonso passes Grosjean for seventh place. Vettel is then able to pass Grosjean for eighth place. Both Vettel and Grosjean pit at the end of the lap. At the end of Lap 25, Massa pits.
Lewis Hamilton spins at Turn 3 on Lap 28 of the Brazilian Grand Prix. All rights reserved to XPB.
With the gap being 0.8 seconds between himself and Hamilton, Rosberg pits at the end of the lap. Also Bottas pits but seems to have problems with his seatbelts that need to be fixed and he loses valuable time as a result of this. Lap 28 sees Hamilton leading the race from Button by 21. 6 seconds. But as Hamilton tries to push on track to build the gap to overtake Rosberg in the pit stops, Hamilton spins at Turn 3 losing 7 seconds and at the end of the lap, Hamilton pits and hands the lead back to Rosberg.
Lap 29 sees Rosberg retake the lead ahead of Hamilton by 7.2 seconds. Vettel and Massa are battling each other for eighth place on the track. The stewards then announce that Perez will receive a five second stop and go penalty for speeding in the pit lane. By Lap 31, Button passes Kvyat for sixth place.
Nico Rosberg leads the Brazilian Grand Prix just after half distance. All rights reserved to LAT.
By Lap 35, Rosberg still leads the race ahead of Hamilton by 5.5 seconds. Kvyat and Vettel are battling each other for seventh place. At the end of the lap, Raikkonen pits but suffers from a front jack failure while trying to put on the front right tyre. Also, Hulkenberg pits. The next lap sees Vettel passing Kvyat for fifth place.
Lap 40 sees Rosberg leading Hamilton by 3.9 seconds. Ricciardo is forced to retire from the race due to suspension failure occurred with his left front brake failing alongside it. Two laps later, Hulkenberg passes Bottas for fifth place and Raikkonen behind is also trying to pass Bottas on track but cannot do so. At the end of the lap, Bottas pits.
Alonso is able to pass Magnussen for sixth place on Lap 45 of the race. Two laps later, Kvyat passes Perez for 11th place on the track. Three laps later, Hamilton has closed the gap down to Rosberg to two seconds. At the end of the lap, Rosberg and Massa pit. However, Massa goes to the McLaren bay first before going to the Williams bay after realising his mistake.
Nico Rosberg leading Lewis Hamilton in the latter stages of the Brazilian Grand Prix. All rights reserved to Sutton Images.
Lap 51 sees Hamilton retaking the lead of the Grand Prix and by the next lap, Rosberg retakes the lead once again after Hamilton makes his final pit stop. By Lap 54, the gap between Rosberg and Hamilton is 0.7 seconds. Also on this lap, Massa passes Hulkenberg for third place.
Jenson Button trying to pass Kimi Raikkonen into Turn 1 on Lap 61 of the Brazilian Grand Prix. All rights reserved to Sutton Images.
Lap 61 sees Rosberg leading Hamilton by 0.6 seconds. Into Turn 1, Button tries to make a move on Raikkonen but cannot make it stick. But by Turn 3, Button in a fantastic move passes Raikkonen for fourth place and Raikkonen is then passed by Vettel and closes two places in a few metres on the track.
Kimi Raikkonen and Fernando Alonso battling for sixth place in the final laps of the race. All rights reserved to Sutton Images
Three laps later, Raikkonen and Alonso are battling each other for sixth place in the race. With Alonso trying everything to get past, Raikkonen is defending beautifully. On Lap 66, Grosjean officially retires from the race due to a power unit failure. By Lap 68, Alonso is able to pass Raikkonen and move up to sixth place.
Nico Rosberg wins the Brazilian Grand Prix ahead of his team mate Lewis Hamilton in second place and local driver Felipe Massa who finished in third place. All rights reserved to Sutton Images.
Lap 71 sees Rosberg leading Hamilton by 0.8 seconds. Rosberg completes his final lap and wins the Brazilian Grand Prix takes the Pole Position trophy of the season which is a fantastic achievement.
Rosberg is a credible second 1.4 seconds behind Rosberg, Massa finishes a brilliant third 41 seconds behind Rosberg, Button is a credible fourth 48.6 seconds behind Rosberg, Vettel finished fifth 51.4 seconds behind Rosberg, Alonso was sixth 1.01.9 seconds behind Rosberg, Raikkonen finishes seventh 1.03.7 seconds behind Rosberg, Hulkenberg was eighth 1.03.9 seconds behind Rosberg, Magnussen finished in ninth 1.10.0 seconds behind Rosberg and Bottas picked up the final point in tenth 1 lap down behind Rosberg.
Lewis Hamilton leads the Driver’s championship with 334 points, Rosberg is second with 317 points, Ricciardo is third with 214 points, Vettel is fourth with 159 points, Alonso is fifth with 157 points, Bottas is sixth with 156 points, Button is seventh with 106 points, Massa is eighth with 98 points, Hulkenberg is ninth with 80 points and Magnussen is tenth with 55 points.
Mercedes leads the Constructor’s championship with 651 points, Red Bull is second with 373 points, Williams is third with 254 points, Ferrari is fourth with 210 points, McLaren is fifth with 161 points, Force India is sixth with 127 points, Toro Rosso are seventh with 30 points, Lotus are eighth with 9 points and Marussia are ninth with 2 points.
I feel that McLaren have had a great race today after showing an improvement in their performance throughout the weekend. Even though Button had a good qualifying on Saturday with fifth place, he had a brilliant race to finish fourth especially after passing Raikkonen. Button extracted the pace and the performance to get some much needed points for McLaren and showing that he still has what it takes to race well in Formula One.
Also, Magnussen had a good weekend. He has shown yet again that he is without question a potential talent of the future and had a reasonable weekend that saw him outperform his team mate and brought home some much needed points for the McLaren team, which sees them retain their position in the Constructors Championship.
This weekend has shown that McLaren have had a small step with their performance and pace with the car but the McLaren team have a lot of work to do in order to try and extract performance from their car that they need in order to get back to competitive ways once again. They need to bring updates to the car as quickly as possible in order to try and get back to fighting for strong points finishes as Formula One continues into the fly away leg of the season.
The biggest surprise this weekend for me was Massa getting third place in the race today. I do feel that Massa drove a superb race to gain third today and it is very well deserved. He did a brilliant and strong job in Saturday in qualifying to achieve third place and has shown that despite not having the outright pace to challenge the Mercedes, he drove a great race to claim a podium in front of his home crowd yesterday.
Alonso, Raikkonen, Vettel, Hulkenberg and Bottas do deserve mentions. Firstly Alonso deserves a mention for most of the weekend with the car been able to extract a little bit more pace and performance. As I have already stated before, I believe that Alonso managed to extract some performance from the car and was rewarded with points for his efforts. But I believe that Ferrari took their chance to secure with the good points they have scored this weekend even though they need to work on their race pace throughout the season. But all credit to Alonso for a superb performance today.
Also Raikkonen did extremely well to gain seventh place today. Raikkonen this weekend has managed to extract pace and performance from the car, but has looked a bit uncomfortable And I feel that the results that Raikkonen achieved today will only spur on Ferrari to try and keep this momentum going further into the season.
Vettel did a credible job to finish fifth today. But I do feel that he did struggle with aspects of the car and was only able to finish in that position. Throughout the race, Vettel showed that he can race and race well if provided with the opportunity to do so but I am sure that he will only use this to push himself further to perform throughout the season ahead.
This weekend has saw Bottas picking up a point but has not had a strong weekend as many thought that he would do. He performed very well in Qualifying but he drove a strong race to bring home some much needed point for the team today despite all his issues with his pitstops during the race yesterday.
Hulkenberg did a good job today to secure eighth place today. I believe that Hulkenberg this year has been amazing and is working harder than ever to keep the form he has showed so far going and trying to get some much needed points for Force India in 2014. I really believe that Hulkenberg is a high quality driver and very talented and I was happy to him get some points today after a great drive.
Hamilton had a good race to get second place. Even though there he won’t be happy with his performance today, the main thing is that he scored points today. And this weekend for him had to be damage limitation. But you cannot discount him in the last race to fight for the victory and clinch the championship in style, even if he only needs second to do the job.
All that is left to say about this race is that Rosberg deserved to win today. His driving was brilliant and controlled throughout the race. Mercedes has built on the results that they have gained so far this season with Rosberg. Rosberg for me now needs to make sure that he keeps being consistent and reliable, while it seems he has once again proven this.
There is no denying that Rosberg has done a great job this weekend and has been rewarded for his efforts with the win. He has shown once again that he cannot be discounted for battling for the win and challenging his team mate in the process for the victory too.
With Abu Dhabi in a few weeks time, can Hamilton keep up his momentum of the last five races or can Rosberg continue on what he has achieved last weekend in Brazil?
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