SAO PAULO, Brazil - It began with a stunning start and ended with private races between Mercedes' Nico Rosberg and between Ferrari's Kimi Raikonnen and Felipe Massa - with Rosberg the winner.
THIS WAS JUST THE START...! The 2014 Brazilian F1 GP will go down in history as one of the best with a fight to the end by Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton. Image: AFP / Nelson Almeida
A whole 71 laps of nail-biting driving with Rosberg leading all the way, including the last 20 laps with team mate Hamilton trying unceasingly to find a way past. He didn't make it, but his second place leaves the Drivers' championship still in doubt for the final race in Abu Dhabi.
Going into that race, the points difference between the only two drivers who can take the trophy is down to 17 points.
PODIUM FOR MASSA ON HOME TURF
Hamilton finished 1.4sec behind Rosberg, the pair setting an F1 record of 11 1-2 finishes in one season and equalling Ferrari's record of 15 wins by one team in a single season.
AFP reports that Felipe Massa returned to the podium in front of his home crowd with third place for Williams, though 41sec behind the winner.
The final race in Abu Dhabi on November 23 will offer double points for the first time - 50 for the winner - but Hamilton now needs only second place to take his second Drivers' title.
Result from the 2014 Brazilian F1 GP
1 Nico Rosberg (Germany) Mercedes 1hr30:02.555
2 Lewis Hamilton (Britain) Mercedes +01.457
3 Felipe Massa (Brazil) Williams-Mercedes +41.031
4 Jenson Button (Britain) McLaren +48.658
5 Sebastian Vettel (Germany) Red Bull - Renault +51.420
6 Fernando Alonso (Spain) Ferrari +1min01.906
7 Kimi Raikkonen (Finland) Ferrari +1min03.730
8 Nico Hulkenberg (Germany) Force India - Mercedes +1min03.934
9 Kevin Magnussen (Denmark) McLaren +1min10.085
10 Valtteri Bottas (Finland) Williams-Mercedes +1 lap
11 Daniil Kvyat (Russia) Toro Rosso - Renault +1 lap
12 Pastor Maldonado (Venezuela) Lotus - Renault +1 lap
13 Jean-Eric Vergne (France) Toro Rosso - Renault +1 lap
14 Esteban Gutierrez (Mexico) Sauber - Ferrari +1 lap
15 Sergio Perez (Mexico) Force India - Mercedes +1 lap
16 Adrian Sutil (Germany) Sauber - Ferrari +1 lap
17 Romain Grosjean (France) Lotus - Renault 8 laps
Daniel Ricciardo (Australia) Red Bull - Renault 32 laps
Fastest Lap: Lewis Hamilton,1min13.555, Lap 62.
Drivers’ and Constructors’ points after the 2014 Brazilian F1 GP
1 Lewis Hamilton (Britain) Mercedes - 334
2 Nico Rosberg (Germany) Mercedes - 317
3 Daniel Ricciardo (Australia) Red Bull - 214
4 Sebastian Vettel (Germany) Red Bull - 159
5 Fernando Alonso (Spain) Ferrari - 157
6 Valtteri Bottas (Finland) Williams - 156
7 Jenson Button (Britain) McLaren - 106
8 Felipe Massa (Brazil) Williams - 98
9 Nico Hulkenberg (Germany) Force India - 80
10 Kevin Magnussen (Denmark) McLaren - 55
11 Kimi Raikkonen (Finland) Ferrari - 53
12 Sergio Perez (Mexico) Force India - 47
13 Jean-Eric Vergne (France) Toro Rosso - 22
14 Romain Grosjean (France) Lotus - 8
15 Daniil Kvyat (Russia) Toro Rosso - 8
16 Pastor Maldonado (Venezuela) Lotus - 2
17 Jules Bianchi (France) Marussia - 2
18 Adrian Sutil (Germany) Sauber - 0
19 Marcus Ericsson (Sweden) Caterham - 0
20 Esteban Gutierrez (Mexico) Sauber - 0
21 Max Chilton (Britain) Marussia - 0
22 Kamui Kobayashi (Japan) Caterham - 0
1 Mercedes - 651
2 Red Bull - Renault - 373
3 Williams-Mercedes - 254
4 Ferrari - 210
5 McLaren - 161
6 Force India – Mercedes - 127
7 Toro Rosso - Renault - 30
8 Lotus - Renault - 10
9 Marussia - Ferrari - 2
10 Sauber - Ferrari - 0
11 Caterham - Renault - 0
Full report shortly.