Rosberg wins as Hamilton spins

BY CHARL BOSCH - NOVEMBER 10, 2014

Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg ended teammate and championship leader Lewis Hamilton’s run of five consecutive victories by winning yesterday’s Brazilian Grand Prix at Interlagos, after a spin by the latter relegated him to the second step of the podium. Local hero Felipe Massa came back from a five second stop/go penalty for speeding in the pitlane, to finish third for Williams.

Rosberg’s victory also gave Mercedes their 11th one-two finish of the season, beating McLaren’s record of 10 in 1988 and cutting Hamilton’s lead down to 17 points with double points available in the season ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in the United Arab Emirates on November 23rd.  

Having been fastest throughout the Friday and Saturday practise sessions, which culminated in yet another pole position ahead of Hamilton, Rosberg got the jump on the Brit at the start and was able to resist the title leader’s devastating turn of speed until being ‘gifted’ victory after the second round pitstops.

Staying out two laps longer than the German, Hamilton spun at turn four on lap 28 having just set the fastest time of 1:14.303. Having finished his stop, he re-joined some seven seconds behind Rosberg and despite showing the same form before the spin, had to settle for second, 1.4 seconds behind after the 71 laps.

“That was a fantastic weekend and I felt very comfortable over the whole three days,” Rosberg told Sky Sport F1 after winning his first race since the German Grand Prix at Hockenheim in July.

“I was able to control the pace a bit better and didn't let Lewis come too close. He drove really well and was always right there pushing me. When he spun I had a bit of time to relax and was able to save some life in the tyres for the end of the stint. That worked out perfectly and it was a great day with another one-two for the team.

Speaking after the race, Hamilton admitted that he could only blame himself for the spin but added that his team’s decision to leave out for an extra lap was unexpected.

“When I'm told to push it means the team is bringing me in that lap so that's what I did. In the end, they left me out for another lap which caught me by surprise,” he told Sky.

“By the time I came round to do the second lap my rear tyres were gone from where I'd been pushing so hard. Even so, it was my mistake locking up the rears and ultimately that cost me the win”.

Behind the top three, McLaren’s Jenson Button scored his best finish of the season by finishing ahead of Red Bull’s reigning champion Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso’s Ferrari.

Alonso’s teammate, Kimi Raikkonen, came home seventh ahead of Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg and the second McLaren of Kevin Magnussen, while Williams driver Valtteri Bottas scored the final point in tenth after pitting on lap 27 due to problems with his seatsbelts.

 

CAPTION: Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg acknowledges the cheers of the crowed after winning yesterday's Brazilian Grand Prix ahead of teammate and championship, Lewis Hamilton (left). IMAGE sourced from www.sfchronicle.com

 

 Brazilian Grand Prix Results

Position Driver Team Gap
1. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:30:02.555
2. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes +1.457
3. Felipe Massa Williams +41.031
4. Jenson Button McLaren +48.658
5. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull +51.420
6. Fernando Alonso Ferrari +1:01.906
7. Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari +1:03.730
8. Nico Hulkenberg Force India +1:03.934
9. Kevin Magnussen McLaren +1:10.085
10. Valtteri Bottas Williams + 1 Lap
11. Danill Kvyat Toro Rosso + 1 Lap
12. Pastor Maldonado Lotus + 1 Lap
13. Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso + 1 Lap
14. Esteban Gutierrez Sauber + 1 Lap
15. Sergio Perez Force India + 1 Lap
16. Adrian Sutil Sauber + 1 Lap
DNF Romain Grosjean Lotus 63 laps, engine
DNF Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 39 laps, suspension

 

 

Championship Points after Brazilian Grand Prix

Position Driver Team Points
1. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 334
2. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 317
3. Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 214
4. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull 159
5. Fernando Alonso Ferrari 157
6. Valtteri Bottas Williams 156
7. Jenson Button McLaren 106
8. Felipe Massa Williams 98
9. Nico Hulkenberg Force India 80
10. Kevin Magnussen McLaren 55
11. Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 53
12. Sergio Perez Force India 47
13. Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso 22
14. Romain Grosjean Lotus 8
15. Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 8
16. Pastor Maldonado Lotus 2
17. Jules Bianchi Marussia 2
18. Adrian Sutil Sauber 0
19. Marcus Ericsson Caterham 0
20. Esteban Gutierrez Sauber 0
21.
Max Chilton Marussia 0
22. Kamui Kobayashi Caterham 0