F1 2014 Brazilian Grand Prix result: Hamilton second in Brazil
PUBLISHED: 18:18 09 November 2014 | UPDATED: 20:37 09 November 2014
Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton finished second in a thrilling 2014 Brazilian Grand Prix at Interlagos as Mercedes completed yet another podium one-two.
The 29-year-old Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 racer from Hertfordshire crossed the finish line second behind Silver Arrow colleague Nico Rosberg. It was the Mercedes team’s record 11th one-two this season.
Rosberg took the chequered flag less than two seconds ahead of his team-mate in Brazil after a race-long battle, cutting Hamilton’s F1 World Championship lead to 17 points with just the double-points season finale in Abu Dhabi to come.
It was Nico’s fifth victory of the season, and Hamilton’s 15th podium finish from 18 races. A 15th win of 2014 for the Silver Arrows equals the highest number of victories scored in a single season set by McLaren in 1988.
The team now has 651 Constructors’ Championship points – the most ever scored in a single season – surpassing the total set by Red Bull in 2011, with one race remaining.
2014 Brazilian Grand Prix result
1 Nico Rosberg (Mercedes)
2 Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
3 Felipe Massa (Williams)
4 Jenson Button (McLaren)
5 Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull)
6 Fernando Alonso (Ferrari)
7 Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari)
8 Nico Hulkenberg (Force India)
9 Kevin Magnussen (McLaren)
10 Valtteri Bottas (Williams)
Second place in the season-ending Abu Dhabi GP at the Yas Marina Circuit would be enough for Hamilton to claim his second F1 World Drivers’ Championship, after first claiming the title in 2008.
Hamilton said after skidding off track in Brazil: “Naturally, you’ll always be disappointed when you make a mistake and I did that today. But honestly, I felt great out there.
“The car was strong, my pace was good, I didn’t give up, kept pushing and made up the time so that’s what’s most important to me.
“Generally, when I’m told to push it means the team is bringing me in that lap so that’s what I did. In the end, they left me out for another lap which caught me by surprise.
“By the time I came round to do the second lap my rear tyres were gone from where I’d been pushing so hard. Even so, it was my mistake locking up the rears and ultimately that cost me the win.”
Hamilton added: “Nico drove a great race – defending well and not making any mistakes. But it’s clear I had the pace. It’s not a big deal, though. That’s motor racing.
“Obviously, I lost some points which is disappointing. But it’s a great team result with a record-breaking one-two finish and I really enjoyed the race.
“The car is just fantastic – the best I’ve ever driven – so a big thank you to the team for all their hard work. I’ll be pushing just as hard in Abu Dhabi and hopefully we’ll get to have another great race like we saw today.”
2014 World Drivers’ Championship
After 2014 Brazilian GP
1 Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) 334 points
2 Nico Rosberg (Mercedes) 317
3 Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull) 214
4 Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull) 159
5 Fernando Alonso (Ferrari) 157
6 Valtteri Bottas (Williams) 156
7 Jenson Button (McLaren) 106
8 Felipe Massa (Williams) 98
Race winner Rosberg said: “That was a fantastic weekend and I felt very comfortable over the whole three days. I had to learn from Austin, which was a big disappointment, and I think I achieved that.
“I was able to control the pace a bit better and didn’t let Lewis come too close. He drove really well and was always right there pushing me.
“When he spun I had a bit of time to relax and was able to save some life in the tyres for the end of the stint. That worked out perfectly and it was a great day with another one-two for the team.”
Rosberg added: “Now we have a great finale to look forward to in Abu Dhabi. I’m still believing 100 per cent that I can make it but, of course, I will need some help from Felipe or Valtteri or Lewis himself.”
Brazilian Felipe Massa completed the podium positions for Williams in his home race, with Jenson Button scoring a great result for McLaren in fourth place.
Sebastian Vettel was fifth for Red Bull ahead of Ferrari drivers Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen. Nico Hulkenberg was eighth, with McLaren’s Kevin Magnussen ninth and Valtteri Bottas 10th for Williams.
Silver Arrows rivals Rosberg and Hamilton both made clean starts from the front row of the grid to reach the first corner in first and second places respectively.
Pole-sitter Rosberg was the first of the Mercedes pair to enter the pits for fresh rubber after eight laps, with Hamilton following him in a lap later.
World Championship title race
FOR LEWIS HAMILTON TO WIN
* Second place guarantees him the championship.
* Fifth would be good enough if Nico Rosberg can only manage second.
FOR NICO ROSBERG TO WIN
* He has to win the race with Hamilton finishing lower than third.
* If Rosberg finishes second, Hamilton would have to finish lower than sixth.
* If Rosberg comes third, Hamilton has to be seventh or lower.
Rosberg just held the advantage after the first round of stops, with the Mercedes duo down in fourth and fifth places behind others still to change their tyres, with Nico Hulkenberg now leading the race.
The Mercedes drivers soon climbed into second and third respectively behind Hulkenerg, with Rosberg taking the lead again on lap 14.
Hamilton trimmed Rosberg’s advantage to just over a second with a couple of fastest laps and the 2008 F1 world champion from Hertfordshire took the lead when his team-mate stopped a second time.
Pushing hard, Hamilton skidded off the track, ruining his hopes of retaining the lead after his second pit stop, and he found himself seven seconds down on Rosberg after 30 laps.
Lapping faster than his Silver Arrows colleague, Hamilton took chunks out of Rosberg’s lead, with the gap 4.5 seconds after 38 laps.
The deficit was just over three seconds by lap 42 as Hamilton closed in on Rosberg.
The Stevenage-born F1 racer took the lead again when Rosberg pitted for a third time after 50 laps. Hamilton pitted later and exited just behind Rosberg, with less than a second separating the Mercedes drivers.
However, Rosberg successfully defended Hamilton’s charge to take the chequered flag.
2014 World Drivers’ Championship
After Brazilian Grand Prix
1 Mercedes 651
2 Red Bull 373
3 Williams 254
4 Ferrari 210
5 McLaren 161
The title race will now be decided in Abu Dhabi in two weeks’ time.
Today’s grand prix at the Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace was a typically frantic and exciting Brazilian Grand Prix.
The race was dominated by tyre wear, with the front-runners opting to run a three-stop strategy to best manage degradation.
McLaren man Button managed the situation superbly, was always able to push when required, and showed excellent pace throughout.
He quickly settled into fifth place behind the two Mercedes and Williams cars, then established himself in fourth when Valtteri Bottas was delayed at his second stop. He maintained that position to the flag.
McLaren colleague Magnussen struggled with high tyre degradation all afternoon. He initially looked set to make good progress, capably jumping Sebastian Vettel on the opening lap to run sixth just behind Jenson.
Thereafter, however, his tyre problems compromised his ability to prevent himself from sliding back down the order. He eventually finished ninth.
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