Nico Rosberg beat his Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton for the second race in succession to win the Brazilian Grand Prix and has sealed his place as the runner-up in this year’s Formula One World Championship following his win on Sunday.
It was the 30-year-old German’s 184th Grand Prix making him the second most experienced German driver in F1 history next only to Michael Schumacher.
Making a flawless start, the German converted his fifth pole position into a lead with Hamilton chasing and challenging in vain.
Hamilton seemed faster but was unable to get close enough to pass his team-mate.
Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel was third ahead of team-mate Kimi Raikkonen.
Hamilton who arrived in Brazil a day later than scheduled due to illness and a road accident, made a better start but was forced to the outside at the first corner and had to settle into second place in the early laps.
Hamilton was within a second of his team-mate for about 10 laps before his tyres began to lose their edge and he had to back off.
He pleaded with Mercedes to put him on a different strategy but was refused citing the potential threat from Ferrari behind. But Mercedes did have to change their strategy converting from two pit stops to three after it turned out that tyre degradation seemed more severe than expected.
Hamilton came out from their final stop 1.5 seconds behind and with 20 laps to go but sadly could not get close enough to pass Rosberg.
After winning the race, Rosberg spoke about the Paris terror attacks on the podium. “It was a great weekend for me. Of course everything is relative with what happened back in Paris, but it went perfectly. Lewis put on a great challenge but I was able to control it and I was really happy with that,” he said.
Hamilton said: “I had good pace but you just can’t overtake here. I was behind Nico and in traffic for some time and I just killed my tyres. I don’t know if there was anyone else overtaking, unless you have a huge advantage you can’t get close.”
RESULT: BRAZILIAN GRAND PRIX
- Nico Rosberg (Germany) Mercedes 1:31:09.090
- Lewis Hamilton (Britain) Mercedes +00:07.756
- Sebastian Vettel (Germany) Ferrari 00:14.244
- Kimi Raikkonen (Finland) Ferrari 00:47.543
- Valtteri Bottas (Finland) Williams-Mercedes 1 lap
- Nico Huelkenberg (Germany) Force India – Mercedes 1 lap
- Daniil Kvyat (Russia) RedBull – Renault 1 lap
- Felipe Massa (Brazil) Williams-Mercedes 1 lap
- Romain Grosjean (France) Lotus – Mercedes 1 lap
- Max Verstappen (Netherlands) Toro Rosso – Renault 1 lap
- Daniel Ricciardo (Australia) RedBull – Renault 1 lap
- Pastor Maldonado (Venezuela) Lotus – Mercedes 1 lap
- Sergio Perez (Mexico) Force India – Mercedes 1 lap
- Felipe Nasr (Brazil) Sauber – Ferrari 1 lap
- Jenson Button (Britain) McLaren 1 lap
- Fernando Alonso (Spain) McLaren 1 lap
- Marcus Ericsson (Sweden) Sauber – Ferrari 2 laps
- Will Stevens (Britain) Marussia – Ferrari 4 laps
- Alexander Rossi (U.S.) Marussia – Ferrari 4 laps
- Carlos Sainz Jr (Spain) Toro Rosso – Renault 71 laps
(rank: r = retired, nc = not classified)
Fastest Lap: Lewis Hamilton, 1:14.832, lap 51.