Nico Rosberg have found a way to convert pole positions into wins, unfortunately the discovery has come at the end of the season and after his teammate secured the world driver’s championship. Nonetheless, Rosberg has claimed his second successive Formula 1 win in Brazil and his fifth win of the season.
Rosberg’s win cemented his second place in the driver’s championship which was under some threat from Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel. Nico’s teammate, nursing a tough, sleepless week and wrecked Pagani Zonda managed to finish second in Brazil with Vettel rounding out the podium in third.
The Mercedes duo had a brief battle with Lewis Hamilton telling the team that he simply couldn’t follow or challenge for the pass as his tires were being degraded too much in the slipstream of Rosberg. Hamilton did have a couple of passing attempts and seemed to be very dangerous at the end of the main straight into turn one with late braking but just couldn’t get the pass done nor were the team able to get him an undercut strategy in the pits.
A dominant performance as Nico lapped up to fourth place on the track.
A win for Rosberg who repeats his Brazilian win from last year and secured second in the driver’s championship. Of course it’s all a little too late for the main goal of winning the title but interesting to see the change as many wonder why the change in performance now the title has been won. Is Lewis backing off? Is the team focused on Nico now? Who knows.
A win for Nico Hulkenberg who has been bested by his teammate of late and today’s 6th place finish brings him within striking distance of his teammate in the driver’s championship.
Also a win for Kimi Riakkonen who finished 4th and narrowed the gap to Valtteri Bottas to just one point in the final race to secure 4th in the driver’s championship.
A fail for Toro Rosso’s Carlos Sainz who continued a streak of bad luck having DNF’d on lap one having just been towed back to pit lane in the reconnaissance laps.
Pastor Maldonado clashed with Sauber’s Marcus Ericsson garnering a 5-second penalty and this put and end to his incident free run of late. In fact, both Lotus F1 drivers were looking for a possible points finish but missed out on the final laps.
A WTH moment for Daniel Ricciardo who was running a new engine from Renault and struggled to finish 11th and out of the points while his teammate, Daniil Kvyat finished 7th adding to his points lead over his teammate.
I was intrigued by just how much was being made on NBC Sport’s broadcast over the fact that Mercedes only has one race strategist and this is the reason Lewis Hamilton wasn’t being given the best opportunity to beat Rosberg. Sky Sports F1 must have been discussing it too as Martin Brundle alluded to it on the podium interview and Lewis took the bait. No one questioned the situation when Lewis was winning and Nico had no alternative strategies to beat him. Interesting that.
|5||Valtteri Bottas||Williams/Mercedes||1 Lap|
|6||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India/Mercedes||1 Lap|
|7||Daniil Kvyat||Red Bull/Renault||1 Lap|
|8||Felipe Massa||Williams/Mercedes||1 Lap|
|9||Romain Grosjean||Lotus/Mercedes||1 Lap|
|10||Max Verstappen||Toro Rosso/Renault||1 Lap|
|11||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1 Lap|
|12||Pastor Maldonado||Lotus/Mercedes||1 Lap|
|13||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1 Lap|
|14||Felipe Nasr||Sauber/Ferrari||1 Lap|
|15||Jenson Button||McLaren/Honda||1 Lap|
|16||Fernando Alonso||McLaren/Honda||1 Lap|
|17||Marcus Ericsson||Sauber/Ferrari||2 Laps|
|18||Will Stevens||Marussia/Ferrari||4 Laps|
|19||Alexander Rossi||Marussia/Ferrari||4 Laps|
|–||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso/Renault||Retirement|