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2016-11-13 21:18

MAIDEN WIN: Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton won his very first Brazilian GP on Sunday after much drama. Image: AFP / Nelson Almeida

Janine van der Post

Sao Paulo - Probably the most frustrating race of the year, and also dubbed as the most exciting by some - depending which way you look at it.

Most annoying to the poor spectators who spent most of the day soaked in the rain, and hardly to see any proper racing take place until very late in the race.

First win in Brazil

Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton went on to win his very first Brazilian GP after two restarts and with many laps behind the safety car, several times. Team mate Nico Rosberg was second. Rosberg now needs a podium finish in Abu Dhabi if he is to seal his first championship title. There are now only 12 points between the two.

Red Bull's Max Verstappen in a well-driven and deserved P3, all the way from P19!

READ: 2016 Brazilian GP - As it happened

The Brazilian GP got off to a very wet and incredibly slow start behind the safety car.

Haas' Romain Grosjean had crashed out of the race before it even started en route to the grid. The race was then delayed by 10 minutes.

Mercedes' Hamilton was probably the only driver with an advantage starting the race on pole and being behind the safety car (SC).


The SC came off track, but was deployed again when Sauber's Marcus Ericsson had a serious aquaplaning incident and his car came to a halt blocking the pit lane.

At lap 20 the race was red flagged when Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen had a bad spin out on the straight. Verstappen almost lost control as he had to dodge a spinning Kimi.

When the rain came down

The race resumed behind the safety car on Lap 21, and as expected the race was stopped again on Lap 29 due to the rain.

The safety car restarted the race for the second time and for the first time, drivers started attacking and gunning for positions. The spectators were finally seeing some action, especially when Verstappen pulled a brazen move and overtook Rosberg.

The youngster then span out not too long there after and made a brilliant save.

Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari and McLaren's Fernando Alonso displayed some lovely racing just before retirement-bound Felipe Massa crashed out of his final home race and bid an emotional farewell to his beloved fans and everyone at the race showed their respects.


Of course the safety car was out, again, for the countless time.

'Mad Max' gave the crowds what they were waiting for with some outstanding driving.



Haas' Esteban Gutierrez was the sixth retirement of the day.

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