Vet­tel wins as Hamil­ton roars back to fourth in Brazil­ian Grand Prix

Tehran Times - - WORLD SPORTS -

Se­bas­tian Vet­tel re­stored Fer­rari pride with vic­tory in the Brazil­ian Grand Prix on Sun­day while newly-crowned four-times world cham­pion Lewis Hamil­ton pro­duced the drive of the day from last to fourth for Mercedes.

Hamil­ton, who clinched the ti­tle in Mex­ico two weeks ago, started from the pit lane af­ter changes to his car fol­low­ing a crash in qual­i­fy­ing then be­gan a thrilling charge through the field.

The Bri­ton was al­ready up to ninth af­ter 10 laps, with the safety car de­ployed af­ter open­ing lap col­li­sions and led the race be­fore the half­way stage as oth­ers pit­ted and he ran longer.

He fin­ished only 5.4 sec­onds be­hind Vet­tel.

“It was fun. It was rem­i­nis­cent of my kart­ing days when I’d start at the back, par­tic­u­larly in my first year or two,” said Hamil­ton, voted driver of the day by fans in an on­line poll.

“I messed up yes­ter­day and put my­self in the worst po­si­tion,” he added.

“Wak­ing up this morn­ing, my goal was re­ally kind of just to re­deem my­self... I was try­ing to get back to third but just ran out of tires at the end.”

Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff de­scribed his stir­ring per­for­mance, with a series of over­takes, as “a cham­pion’s drive.”

Valt­teri Bot­tas, who had lined up on pole po­si­tion for Mercedes, saw his hopes of over­haul­ing Vet­tel for the run­ner-up po­si­tion in the cham­pi­onship ef­fec­tively dis­ap­pear when he fin­ished sec­ond.

The Finn lost the lead at the start to the Ger­man, who had the race un­der con­trol from the first cor­ner on­wards on a sunny af­ter­noon at In­ter­la­gos.

Vet­tel is now 22 points clear of Bot­tas with only the Abu Dhabi sea­son-en­der re­main­ing. Hamil­ton’s unas­sail­able over­all lead was re­duced to 43.

It was the Ger­man’s fifth win of the sea­son, 47th of his ca­reer, and Fer­rari’s first suc­cess since Hun­gary at the end of July when Vet­tel was lead­ing the cham­pi­onship.

Fin­land’s Kimi Raikko­nen held off Hamil­ton to take third place for Fer­rari, the 2007 world cham­pion’s third podium fin­ish in a row.

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