1ST WIN IN BRAZIL: Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton takes the title showdown to Abu Dhabi with his team mate Nico Rosberg. Image: AFP / Migual Schincariol
Sao Paulo - The Formula 1 world championship will go down to the last race of the season after Lewis Hamilton won a chaotic 2016 Brazilian Grand Prix from title rival Nico Rosberg on Sunday (Nov 13).
Abu Dhabi in a fortnight will be the scene for the title showdown between the Mercedes team mates after reigning champion Hamilton survived a race that was repeatedly disrupted by heavy rain and crashes.
Rosberg now needs a podium finish in the final event on November 27 to seal his first title triumph.
"I was just chilling up front. When it rains it is usually a good day for me. Today was tricky for everyone," said the Hamilton, after denying Rosberg the race win the German needed to lift the title.
"We are creating history in this team," added Hamilton, who said he was "hunting" his team mate.
The three-time world champion showed all his tenacity and skill with a near-flawless drive in treacherous conditions.
Dutch teenager Max Verstappen though produced arguably the most stunning performance of the day - if not the season - when he recovered from falling back to 16th after a late tyre change to claim third place with a series of daring passes in the final laps.
It was Hamilton's first win in Brazil at the 10th attempt and completed a hat-trick of recent wins, following his triumphs in the United States and Mexico last month.
In the process, the Briton also ended Rosberg's hopes of a hat-trick of Brazilian wins after the 31-year-old German had won from pole in 2014 and 2015.
The three-hour race featured two red-flag stoppages, three major high-speed crashes and much high emotion.
Results from the Brazilian Grand Prix:
1. Lewis Hamilton (GBR/Mercedes-AMG) 3hrs 01min 01.335sec
2. Nico Rosberg (GER/Mercedes-AMG) at 11.455
3. Max Verstappen (NED/Red Bull) at 21.481
4. Sergio Perez (MEX/Force India) at 25.346
5. Sebastian Vettel (GER/Ferrari) at 26.334
6. Carlos Sainz Jr (ESP/Toro Rosso) at 29.160
7. Nico Hulkenberg (GER/Force India) at 29.827
8. Daniel Ricciardo (AUS/Red Bull) at 30.486
9. Felipe Nasr (BRA/Sauber) at 42.620
10. Fernando Alonso (ESP/McLaren-Honda) at 44.432
11. Valtteri Bottas (FIN/Williams) at 45.292
12. Esteban Ocon (FRA/Manor) at 45.809
13. Daniil Kvyat (RUS/Toro Rosso) at 51.192
14. Kevin Magnussen (DEN/Renault) at 51.555
15. Pascal Wehrlein (GER/Manor) at 1:00.498
16. Jenson Button (GBR/McLaren-Honda) at 1:21.994
Romain Grosjean (FRA/Haas) did not start, Marcus Ericsson (SWE/Sauber) 12th lap, Kimi Raikkonen (FIN/Ferrari) 20th lap, Jolyon Palmer (GBR/Renault) 20th lap, Felipe Massa (BRA/Williams) 47th lap, Esteban Gutierrez (MEX/Haas) 61st lap
Overall world championship standings
1. Nico Rosberg (GER) 367pts
2. Lewis Hamilton (GBR) 355
3. Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) 246
4. Sebastian Vettel (GER) 197
5. Max Verstappen (NED) 192
6. Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) 178
7. Sergio Perez (MEX) 97
8. Valtteri Bottas (FIN) 85
9. Nico Hlkenberg (GER) 66
10. Fernando Alonso (ESP) 53
11. Felipe Massa (BRA) 51
12. Carlos Sainz Jr (ESP) 46
13. Romain Grosjean (FRA) 29
14. Daniil Kvyat (RUS) 25
15. Jenson Button (GBR) 21
16. Kevin Magnussen (DEN) 7
17. Felipe Nasr (BRA) 2
18. Jolyon Palmer (GBR) 1
19. Pascal Wehrlein (GER) 1
20. Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL) 1
1. Mercedes-AMG 722pts
2. Red Bull 446
3. Ferrari 375
4. Force India 163
5. Williams 136
6. McLaren-Honda 75,
7. Toro Rosso 63,
8. Haas 29,
9. Renault 8,
10. Sauber 2,
11. Manor 1