” Nico Rosberg gave his championship chances a much-needed boost by keeping Lewis Hamilton at bay for 71 laps of the Brazilian Grand Prix at Interlagos.
Rosberg led his Mercedes team-mate throughout the race to close the gap to 17 points in the championship, with a maximum of 50 points left at the final race in Abu Dhabi. Hamilton had his chances to take the lead, but a spin ahead of his second pit stop ruined his best shot at victory. He was within a second of Rosberg in the final 20 laps but did not quite have the speed advantage to make a move stick at the two best overtaking spots at Turns 1 and 4.
Felipe Massa took third at his home race, albeit 39.5s off Hamilton, after a scrappy race in which the Williams driver was penalised for speeding in the pit lane and attempted to stop at the McLaren pit for his final stop. McLaren’s Jenson Button impressed again with a solid race to fourth place ahead of the Red Bull of Sebastian Vettel. Ferrari drivers Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen went into a head-to-head battle in the closing stages as the pair finished sixth and seventh. Raikkonen successfully recovered from a bad start on a two-stop strategy, but his worn tyres were no match for Alonso’s fresher rubber and he eventually lost sixth to his team-mate three laps from the end.
Nico Hulkenberg used an alternative three-stop strategy to finish eighth ahead of Kevin Magnussen and Valtteri Bottas, who finished 10th after two botched pit stops. ”
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