F1 2015 Brazilian Grand Prix result: Hamilton finishes on the podium at Interlagos
PUBLISHED: 18:18 15 November 2015 | UPDATED: 19:05 15 November 2015
Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton finished on the 2015 Brazilian Grand Prix podium at the Interlagos circuit.
Nico Rosberg took the chequered flag in Brazil today (Sunday) ahead of his 30-year-old Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 colleague from Hertfordshire.
It was Rosberg’s 13th F1 career victory and made it back-to-back grand prix wins and successive victories in Brazil.
He also clinched second place in the championship as a result of today’s victory.
Sebastian Vettel completed the podium positions in Sao Paulo, with his Ferrari team-mate Kimi Raikkonen crossing the line fourth.
Then came the Williams of Valtteri Bottas and Nico Hulkenberg’s Force India, with Red Bull’s Daniil Kvyat, Williams driver Felipe Massa, Lotus star Romain Grosjean and Toro Rosso teenager Max Verstappen completing the provisional top 10 race results.
Afterwards, Hamilton said: “Racing is what people want to see, but I couldn’t get close enough to do a great race.”
Grand Prix winner Rosberg said: “Lewis put on a good challenge but I was able to control it and never give him a chance.”
Hamilton added: “Nico did a fantastic job. My tyres dropped off and I think I damaged the floor a little bit.”
The all-conquering Mercedes pair lined up on the front row of the grid in Brazil, with Hamilton starting second after missing out on pole in Saturday’s qualifying session.
Rosberg held position as the cars ventured through the first sector, with Hamilton in second place and Sebastian Vettel third in the red Ferrari.
Race leader Rosberg stopped for tyres after 13 laps, returning to the track in second place on another set of Primes.
Rosberg’s first pit stop briefly handed Hamilton the lead, but the Mercedes men swapped places when the Stevenage-born racer entered the pits after 14 laps for the harder Prime tyres.
After 18 laps of 71, German driver Rosberg held a narrow lead over his Mercedes colleague, with Hamilton in the DRS zone behind Nico and pushing hard in his team-mate’s wing mirrors.
A third of the way through the race, it was Rosberg from Hamilton, with the Ferraris of Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen third and fourth respectively, followed by the Williams of Valtteri Bottas and Nico Hulkenberg’s Force India. They eventually finished in that order.
Unable to overtake his Mercedes team-mate out on track, Hamilton dropped back and asked the team over the radio: “Can you get me on a different strategy?”
He was told the only option to protect P2, or to go for the win, is to “stretch this stint” and go for it after the final tyre change.
2015 Brazilian Grand Prix result
1 Nico Rosberg (Mercedes) 1:31:09
2 Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) +7.7s
3 Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari) +14.2s
4 Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari) +47.5s
5 Valtteri Bottas (Williams) -1 Lap
6 Nico Hulkenberg (Force India) -1 Lap
7 Daniil Kvyat (Red Bull) -1 Lap
8 Felipe Massa (Williams) -1 Lap
9 Romain Grosjean (Lotus) -1 Lap
10 Max Verstappen (Toro Rosso) -1 Lap
Rosberg, meanwhile, pitted for a second time on lap 33, with Hamilton now leading the race.
Again, it wasn’t for long, with Hamilton pitting a lap later and exiting in third place behind Raikkonen.
Hamilton reclaimed second place when he overtook the Finn at Turn 15.
A cracking lap of 1m 15.304s by Hamilton closed the gap on Rosberg, before the Mercedes pair boxed again.
Rosberg pitted from the lead on lap 48, with Hamilton doing likewise a lap later, and the previous race order was restored.
With Nico two seconds ahead of Lewis, it became a 20-lap race for the line between the Silver Arrows pair.
Hamilton cut the gap to under a second at one point, but Rosberg hit back big time in clear air to move out of DRS range.
Rosberg extended his lead in the closing laps to take the chequered flag, as Mercedes claimed yet another one-two with Hamilton in second place.
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