Sebastian Vettel Takes Victory In F1 Brazilian Grand Prix As Lewis Hamilton Rallies To Fourth

Sebastian Vettel grabbed his fifth F1 victory of the season and first since July with his win at the Brazilian Grand Prix Sunday.

Meanwhile, newly crowned champion Lewis Hamilton salvaged fourth place after starting from the pit lane.

Vettel was as fired up and wasted no time in taking the lead away from Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas at the start. Getting the stronger start of the two, the German dove down the inside at turn 1 to pull off a move that, had it been attempted by a lesser driver, could have resulted in a crash.

After the problems of recent races and missing out on the world title to Hamilton, Vettel said that the double podium -- Kimi Räikkönen finished third behind Bottas -- was just the lift that the team needed.

“Initially I had a good getaway but then I had a bit of wheel spin, so thought I had missed my chance, but I think that Valtteri was struggling even more off the line, so I really had a chance to squeeze down the inside, and I think it surprised him a bit, which, obviously, was crucial,” said Vettel.

“After that, we were pushing, after the safety car, for the remaining 65 laps flat out. I was trying to give everything to pull a little bit of a gap, control the race from there so I’m really happy. Especially for the guys in the team back home in Maranello. They’ve been working so hard.

“It’s been a tough couple of weeks for us but it’s nice to get it today and have both cars up here.”

After falling victim to Vettel’s first corner lunge, Bottas never really looked as though he was able to challenge the Ferrari for victory, but Vettel added that he never felt comfortable -- needing to wring every ounce of performance from his car to maintain the gap between the two.

“For now, it (the victory) is a great release,” said Vettel. “Obviously, it’s been a tough race. I just spoke with Valtteri and I think the pace, we were all more or less the same. It was really difficult -- no room for mistakes. It was really difficult to control the tires the whole race so I think it will take a while and then I’m sure we will have a drink and see what is coming.”

Second place in Brazil means that Bottas remains in third place in the drivers’ championship standings and it will now be very difficult for him to snatch second from Vettel. Only a win in Abu Dhabi will be enough for Bottas but, even if he can manage to climb onto the top step of the podium, he also needs Vettel to finish outside the top eight. His two retirements aside, Vettel has been inside the top four in all but one Grand Prix, finishing seventh in Britain.

“Well I didn’t want to be sandwiched (by Ferrari’s) honestly,” said Bottas. “We started from pole so, of course, the only goal for us was to win the race today so it’s very disappointing. We lost it in the race start. After that it was very, very close with them. I was trying to put pressure on Sebastian but it didn’t lead to anything more."

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“I have to say also, Lewis did a great comeback. He got some really good point still, so on to Abu Dhabi.”

Hamilton, voted driver of the day, has never won a Grand Prix after wrapping up the title -- possibly a slightly misleading statistic, as he had only guaranteed the title prior to the season finale once before this season -- but he put on a show for fans. He made the most of a brand-new Mercedes power unit to showcase his talent as he fought to fourth. Had it not been for a small lockup or traffic not moving out of his was as easily as it should have with blue flags, he could well have stood on the podium.

“It was fun,” said Hamilton. “It felt a bit reminiscent of my karting days. I’d always start at the back, particularly in my first year or two.

“I messed up yesterday and put myself in the worst possible position. I was quick enough to win the race from pole to the flag and I didn’t do that so I made the job a lot harder today but, I think, waking up this morning the goal was just to try to redeem myself form yesterdays mistake and really do the team proud and try to get the points back.

“I was trying to get back to third but I just ran out of tires at the end but I enjoyed the race. I enjoyed the battle and hopefully that continues to show me but also to everyone that I still have a lot of fire in my heart.”

Hamilton was assisted on his way with two first lap accidents in the midfield. First, Daniel Ricciardo was spun by Stoffel Vandoorne’s McLaren -- himself the victim of a hit from the Haas of Kevin Magnussen and then, later in the lap, the other Haas of Romain Grosjean slid into Esteban Ocon’s Force India.

The incidents saw Vandoorne, Magnussen and, for the first time in his Formula 1 career, Ocon retired from the race while Hamilton leaped into P14 with no effort required.

Once the resulting safety car period ended, it was Ricciardo who took it upon himself to thrill the crowds as he pulled of pass after pass under braking for turn one -- each one seeming to come from further back.

Late in the race, attention switched to Felipe Massa. Racing in his penultimate Grand Prix and his last in his native Brazil, Massa came out on top in a race long duel for seventh place with former teammate Fernando Alonso.

The 2017 Formula 1 season wraps up in two weeks in Abu Dhabi.

 

The win was the 47th of Sebastian Vettel's career and the first for Ferrari in Brazil since 2008. Photo by LAT Photographic

F1 Brazilian Grand Prix Results

Pos

No

Driver

Laps

1

5

Sebastian Vettel

71

2

77

Valtteri Bottas

71

3

7

Kimi Räikkönen

71

4

44

Lewis Hamilton

71

5

33

Max Verstappen

71

6

3

Daniel Ricciardo

71

7

19

Felipe Massa

71

8

14

Fernando Alonso

71

9

11

Sergio Perez

71

10

27

Nico Hulkenberg

70

11

55

Carlos Sainz

70

12

10

Pierre Gasly

70

13

9

Marcus Ericsson

70

14

94

Pascal Wehrlein

70

15

8

Romain Grosjean

69

16

18

Lance Stroll

69

NC

28

Brendon Hartley

40

NC

31

Esteban Ocon

0

NC

2

Stoffel Vandoorne

0

NC

20

Kevin Magnussen

0

 

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