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Hot laps in Brazil as Nico takes win

2014-11-09 19:59

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.

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

Retired
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

Drivers’ points
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

Constructors’ points
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.

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Comments
  • Christopher Choane - 2014-11-09 20:37

    With F1 CEO Bennie E saying he prefers Rosberg winning the championship because he speaks several languages I am sure it was his idea to have double points for Dubai.

      Budirirai Chanyau - 2014-11-09 22:59

      Double points were implemented before the season began

      Kwashirai Chigodora - 2014-11-17 08:33

      to be fair he finsihed off by saying Hamilton would be the better winner in that same interview

  • graeme.swartz - 2014-11-09 20:48

    Worse season in F1 history, boring as hell watching one team dominate every race. Hoping next year will be little more competitive, stopped watching 5 races ago. Even my gran could've won in that car if she was still alive.

      Fanie Gerber - 2014-11-10 09:05

      Can't agree more! Absolutely boring!

      woody - 2014-11-10 09:47

      Red Bull and Vettel dominated for the past 4 years. Wasn't that boring, Oh, i nearly forgot, it is Hamilton involved this time.

      Kwashirai Chigodora - 2014-11-17 08:35

      TEam domination has been part of every season... but this season is the only one where i have seen such tenacity and fights amobng all the drivers....even those not dominating

  • Budirirai Chanyau - 2014-11-09 23:04

    This season reminded me of 2009. Anyway i hope the fastest man wins - Lewis. Also let me say Merc need Button in place of Rosberg for nxt yr if they are to win the constructors because definately the gap btwn them and redbull and ferrari and Honda wont be like this yr and He is not a really fast driver like Alonso , Vettel , Kimi And Riccardo.

  • kohlhoferw - 2014-11-10 00:29

    To make it interesting Merc have made sure neither driver is certain of a win before the final race. Just to keep the people watching.

      Fanie Gerber - 2014-11-10 09:06

      ........keep the people watching! I missed this F1 . . . . . No loss!

  • Ravin Govender - 2014-11-10 03:17

    Boring

  • Vickers Vermeulen - 2014-11-10 06:11

    Best race of the season. Still boring compared to the Le Mans

      Fanie Gerber - 2014-11-10 09:08

      Did not watch, so no comment! Simply to boring!

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