Lewis steers clear of the chaos
Victory for Hamilton ahead of Rosberg in Brazil ensures the championship is decided in Abu Dhabi
It would go down to the wire. In relentless rain, Lewis Hamilton did everything he could to keep his world championship dream alive, taking his 52nd grand prix victory to lie second to Michael Schumacher in the all-time winners’ list, while Nico Rosberg nished in his wheeltracks to ensure that the drivers’ title would be decided in more clement conditions in Abu Dhabi.
Here, at Interlagos, the 24th different track at which he has won an F1 race, Hamilton was imperious on his way to his rst Brazilian GP victory. In treacherous conditions, with two redag stoppages, and after many laps spent trailing behind the Safety Car, he never put a wheel wrong on an afternoon where several drivers crashed out of contention.
Rosberg, a driver yet to win in the wet, lacked the speed to contest victory in Brazil. But he didn’t need to. He knew that with a 12-point lead, he could nish third in Abu Dhabi and still claim his rst title, wherever Hamilton nishes.
But the star of Interlagos was unquestionably Max Verstappen. His prodigious talent came to the fore with a breathtaking drive, passing rivals around both the inside and the outside, and nding levels of grip with remarkable ease. In the last 17 laps, albeit on fresh rubber, he was in a class of his own, climbing from outside the top ten to nish on the podium.
Red Bull team boss Christian Horner was asked whether that was a drive worthy of the status of Senna’s Monaco ’84 performance or Schumacher’s ’96 Spanish Grand Prix win.
“It’s right up there,” he agreed. “I don’t think it gets much better than that. I think we’ve all witnessed something very special this afternoon. He made a decisive move on Kimi Räikkönen at Turn 1 at the start that showed he meant business today. You could see behind the Safety