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Mercedes continued its winning
streak and Lewis Hamilton his No. 1 position as the Sao Paulo race saw Lewis
and teammate Nico Rosberg come in one and two at the Formula 1 Grande Premio do
Brasil 2016 on November 13, 2016.
Lewis took his 52nd career
victory – his first at the Autódromo José Carlos Pace and ninth of the 2016
season so far while Nico completed a seventh Silver Arrows 1-2 of the season in
P2. The last race of the season on November 27, 2017 in Abu Dhabi will decide
who is the real winner of the 2016 season. Meanwhile, Nico (367) leads the
Drivers' Championship by 12 points from Lewis (355) in P2. In the Constructors’
Championship Mercedes AMG Petronas (722) lead Red Bull (446) by 276 points in
the Constructors' Championship.
Hamilton’s victory moves him
ahead of Alain Prost in the all-time stakes, but also makes him the only man in
history to win on 24 different tracks.
For the boys of Force India,
they were well within the points as Sergio Perez came in 4th and
Nico Hulkenberg came in 7th.
The race witnessed two
red-flag stoppages and several safety-car periods. Cling in third was Red
Bull’s Max Verstappen, whose made a valiant late-race charge that got him into
the Interlagos podium towards the end of the race.
For Hamilton it was his first victory
in the home of hero Ayrton Senna. The race saw some big crashes for the likes
of Sauber’s Marcus Ericsson, Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen and Williams’ Felipe
Perez took fourth place ahead
of Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel, with Toro Rosso’s Carlos Sainz equalling his
career-best finish in sixth. Hulkenberg was followed by Red Bull’s Daniel
Ricciardo. Felipe Nasr finished ninth for Sauber’s first points of the year,
lifting them above Manor at the bottom of the table, while Fernando Alonso
completed the top ten for McLaren.
The race began 10 minutes late
behind the safety car, thanks to the rain that had been falling all morning. Romain
Grosjean crashed his Haas on his initial out-lap to the grid. When the race
finally started Hamilton immediately began to open a gap over Rosberg, and
Verstappen overtook Raikkonen in Turn 1 and took away third place.
POS Driver Team
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes
2 Nico Rosberg Mercedes
3 Max Verstappen Red
4 Sergio Perez Force India
5 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari
6 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso
7 Nico Hulkenberg Force
8 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing
9 Felipe Nasr Sauber
10 Fernando Alonso Mclaren
11 Valtteri Bottas Williams
12 Esteban Ocon MRT Mercedes
13 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso
14 Kevin Magnussen Renault
15 Pascal Wehrlein MRT Mercedes
16 Jenson Button Mclaren Honda
NC Esteban Gutierrez Haas
NC Felipe Massa Williams
NC Jolyon Palmer Renault
NC Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari
NC Marcus Ericsson Sauber DNF
NC Romain Grosjean Haas DNS
Ricciardo received a 5-second penalty for entering the pit lane when
the entry was closed. Massa received a 5-second penalty for overtaking before
the safety car line.
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