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Lewis Hamilton takes victory in rain disrupted Brazilian Grand Prix

Two red flags and several safety cars disrupted the 2016 Brazilian Grand Prix, but they didn’t prevent Lewis Hamilton taking his ninth win of the season. His first victory in Brazil couldn’t have come at a better time as he prevented Nico Rosberg from wrapping up the championship.

Treacherous conditions greeted teams and drivers on Sunday and the FIA took the decision to start the race behind the safety car. Romain Grosjean became the first driver to get caught out by aquaplaning as he spun on his reconnaissance lap on the way to the grid. The race start was also delayed by ten minutes.

The race eventually concluded three hours after it started with Hamilton crossing the line 11 seconds clear of Rosberg. Max Verstappen was driver of the day as he recovered from a late spin to climb back up the order to third. Sergio Perez was fourth ahead of another spinner Sebastian Vettel. Carlos Sainz was sixth with Nico Hulkenberg and Daniel Ricciardo seventh and eighth.

Local driver Felipe Nasr started last on the grid but finished in ninth place ahead of Fernando Alonso in tenth. Alonso was another driver who spun during the race but recovered to score a point.

Valtteri Bottas was 11th ahead of Esteban Ocon, Daniil Kvyat, Kevin Magnussen and Pascal Wehrlein. Jenson Button struggled throughout the race with the handling of his McLaren and was the last of 16th classified finishers.

Felipe Massa, Kimi Raikkonen, and Marcus Ericsson joined Grosjean on the sidelines after getting caught out by the conditions – their cars being sent into spins by aquaplaning and into the barrier. Jolyon Palmer cited poor visibility for his race ending accident when he made contact with Kvyat who continued. Esteban Gutierrez retired with car problems.

It was a disappointing end to his last Grand Prix for Massa who retired during the race. He was clearly emotional as he climbed out of his car after hitting the barrier, raising the Brazilian flag above his head. There were extraordinary scenes in the pit-lane as Mercedes, Ferrari and Williams congregated outside their garages to give him a guard of honour while the race was still happening. Massa was greeted by his family as he walked down the pit-lane. He later described the moment as overwhelming but said the reaction from the fans made him proud.

The championship will conclude in Abu Dhabi.

 

 

 

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F1 2016: Brazilian GP – Qualifying Times & Laps

Qualifying

Times

  1. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes – 1:10.736
  2. Nico Rosberg – Mercedes – 1:10.838
  3. Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari – 1:11.404
  4. Max Verstappen – Red Bull – 1:11.485
  5. Sebastian Vettel – Ferrari – 1:11.495
  6. Daniel Ricciardo – Red Bull – 1:11.540
  7. Romain Grosjean – Haas – 1:11.937
  8. Nico Hulkenberg – Force India – 1:12.104
  9. Sergio Perez – Force India – 1:12.165
  10. Fernando Alonso – McLaren – 1:12.266
  11. Valtteri Bottas – Williams – 1:12.420
  12. Esteban Gutierrez – Haas – 1:12.431
  13. Felipe Massa – Williams – 1:12.521
  14. Daniil Kvyat – Toro Rosso – 1:12.726
  15. Carlos Sainz – Toro Rosso – 1:12.920
  16. Jolyon Palmer – Renault – 1:13.258
  17. Jenson Button – McLaren – 1:13.276
  18. Kevin Magnussen – Renault – 1:13.410
  19. Pascal Wehrlein – Manor – 1:13.427
  20. Esteban Ocon – Manor – 1:13.432
  21. Marcus Ericsson – Sauber – 1:13.623
  22. Felipe Nasr – Sauber – 1:13.681

Laps

  1. Sergio Perez – Force India – 21
  2. Nico Hulkenberg – Force India – 20
  3. Romain Grosjean – Haas – 18
  4. Fernando Alonso – McLaren – 17
  5. Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari – 15
  6. Daniil Kvyat – Toro Rosso – 15
  7. Carlos Sainz – Toro Rosso – 15
  8. Esteban Gutierrez – Haas – 14
  9. Sebastian Vettel – Ferrari – 13
  10. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes – 12
  11. Nico Rosberg – Mercedes – 12
  12. Max Verstappen – Red Bull – 12
  13. Daniel Ricciardo – Red Bull – 12
  14. Felipe Massa – Williams – 11
  15. Jolyon Palmer – Renault – 11
  16. Valtteri Bottas – Williams – 10
  17. Jenson Button – McLaren – 10
  18. Pascal Wehrlein – Manor – 8
  19. Esteban Ocon – Manor – 8
  20. Marcus Ericsson – Sauber – 8
  21. Felipe Nasr – Sauber – 8
  22. Kevin Magnussen – Renault – 6

F1 2016: Brazilian GP – FP2 Times & Laps

Free Practice 2

Times

Drivers

  1. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes – 1:12.271
  2. Nico Rosberg – Mercedes – 1:12.301 – +0.030
  3. Valtteri Bottas – Williams – 1:12.761 – +0.490
  4. Felipe Massa – Williams – 1:12.789 – +0.518
  5. Daniel Ricciardo – Red Bull – 1:12.828 – +0.557
  6. Max Verstappen – Red Bull – 1:12.928 – +0.657
  7. Sebastian Vettel – Ferrari – 1:13.002 – +0.731
  8. Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari – 1:13.047 – +0.776
  9. Nico Hulkenberg – Force India – 1:13.299 – +1.028
  10. Jenson Button – McLaren – 1:13.440 – +1.169
  11. Fernando Alonso – McLaren – 1:13.572 – +1.301
  12. Daniil Kvyat – Toro Rosso – 1:13.689 – +1.418
  13. Carlos Sainz – Toro Rosso – 1:13.801 – +1.530
  14. Sergio Perez – Force India – 1:13.918 – +1.647
  15. Romain Grosjean – Haas – 1:14.074 – +1.803
  16. Kevin Magnussen – Renault – 1:14.109 – +1.838
  17. Felipe Nasr – Sauber – 1:14.309 – +2.038
  18. Esteban Ocon – Manor – 1:14.317 – +2.046
  19. Jolyon Palmer – Renault – 1:14.436 – +2.165
  20. Esteban Gutierrez – Haas – 1:14.558 – +2.287
  21. Marcus Ericsson – Sauber – 1:14.695 – +2.424
  22. Pascal Wehrlein – Manor – 1:14.958 – +2.687

Teams

  1. Mercedes – 1:12.271
  2. Williams – 1:12.761 – +0.490
  3. Red Bull – 1:12.828 – +0.557
  4. Ferrari – 1:13.002 – +0.731
  5. Force India – 1:13.299 – +1.028
  6. McLaren – 1:13.440 – +1.169
  7. Toro Rosso – 1:13.689 – +1.418
  8. Haas – 1:14.074 – +1.803
  9. Renault – 1:14.109 – +1.838
  10. Sauber – 1:14.309 – +2.038
  11. Manor – 1:14.317 – +2.046

Laps

Drivers

  1. Valtteri Bottas – Williams – 47
  2. Carlos Sainz – Toro Rosso – 47
  3. Kevin Magnussen – Renault – 47
  4. Daniil Kvyat – Toro Rosso – 46
  5. Esteban Ocon – Manor – 46
  6. Max Verstappen – Red Bull – 45
  7. Sebastian Vettel – Ferrari – 45
  8. Felipe Massa – Williams – 43
  9. Daniel Ricciardo – Red Bull – 43
  10. Jolyon Palmer – Renault – 43
  11. Nico Hulkenberg – Force India – 42
  12. Esteban Gutierrez – Haas – 42
  13. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes – 41
  14. Nico Rosberg – Mercedes – 40
  15. Felipe Nasr – Sauber – 40
  16. Sergio Perez – Force India – 38
  17. Romain Grosjean – Haas – 35
  18. Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari – 24
  19. Pascal Wehrlein – Manor – 22
  20. Marcus Ericsson – Sauber – 21
  21. Jenson Button – McLaren – 19
  22. Fernando Alonso – McLaren – 18

Teams

  1. Toro Rosso – 93
  2. Williams – 90
  3. Renault – 90
  4. Red Bull – 88
  5. Mercedes – 81
  6. Force India – 80
  7. Haas – 77
  8. Ferrari – 69
  9. Manor – 68
  10. Sauber – 61
  11. McLaren – 37

 

F1 2016: Brazilian GP – FP1 Times & Laps

Free Practice 1

Times

Drivers

  1. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes – 1:11.895
  2. Max Verstappen – Red Bull – 1:11.991 – +0.096
  3. Nico Rosberg – Mercedes – 1:12.125 – +0.230
  4. Daniel Ricciardo – Red Bull – 1:12.371 – +0.476
  5. Valtteri Bottas – Williams – 1:13.129 – +1.234
  6. Sergio Perez – Force India – 1:13.289 – +1.394
  7. Nico Hulkenberg – Force India – 1:13.293 – +1.398
  8. Felipe Massa – Williams – 1:13.318 – +1.423
  9. Sebastian Vettel – Ferrari – 1:13.567 – +1.672
  10. Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari – 1:13:.569 – +1.674
  11. Carlos Sainz – Toro Rosso – 1:13.711 – +1.816
  12. Daniil Kvyat – Toro Rosso – 1:14.090 – +2.195
  13. Jenson Button – McLaren – 1:14.252 – +2.357
  14. Fernando Alonso – McLaren – 1:14.296 – +2.401
  15. Romain Grosjean – Haas – 1:14.507 – +2.612
  16. Felipe Nasr – Sauber – 1:14.631 – +2.736
  17. Marcus Ericsson – Sauber – 1:14.654 – +2.759
  18. Esteban Ocon – Manor – 1:14.827 – +2.932
  19. Jolyon Palmer – Renault – 1:14.908 – +3.013
  20. Pascal Wehrlein – Manor – 1:14.948 – +3.053
  21. Charles Leclerc – Haas – 1:15.391 – +3.496
  22. Sergey Sirotkin – Renault – 1:15.800 – +3.905

Teams

  1. Mercedes – 1:11.895
  2. Red Bull – 1:11.991 – +0.096
  3. Williams – 1:13.129 – +1.234
  4. Force India – 1:13.289 – +1.394
  5. Ferrari – 1:13.567 – +1.672
  6. Toro Rosso – 1:13.711 – +1.816
  7. McLaren – 1:14.252 – +2.357
  8. Haas – 1:14.507 – +2.612
  9. Sauber – 1:14.631 – +2.736
  10. Manor – 1:14.827 – +2.932
  11. Renault – 1:14.908 – +3.013

Laps

Drivers

  1. Valtteri Bottas – Williams – 36
  2. Nico Hulkenberg – Force India – 33
  3. Felipe Massa – Williams – 33
  4. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes – 32
  5. Jolyon Palmer – Renault – 32
  6. Pascal Wehrlein – Manor – 32
  7. Sergio Perez – Force India – 31
  8. Esteban Ocon – Manor – 30
  9. Max Verstappen – Red Bull – 29
  10. Daniel Ricciardo – Red Bull – 27
  11. Jenson Button – McLaren – 27
  12. Charles Leclerc – Haas – 27
  13. Nico Rosberg – Mercedes – 26
  14. Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari – 26
  15. Fernando Alonso – McLaren – 26
  16. Romain Grosjean – Haas – 25
  17. Sebastian Vettel – Ferrari – 24
  18. Marcus Ericsson – Sauber – 23
  19. Carlos Sainz – Toro Rosso – 22
  20. Felipe Nasr – Sauber – 21
  21. Daniil Kvyat – Toro Rosso – 15
  22. Sergey Sirotkin – Renault – 10

Teams

  1. Williams – 69
  2. Force India – 64
  3. Manor – 62
  4. Mercedes – 58
  5. Red Bull – 56
  6. McLaren – 53
  7. Haas – 52
  8. Ferrari – 50
  9. Sauber – 44
  10. Renault – 42
  11. Toro Rosso – 37

F1 2016: Brazilian GP Preview

The 2016 Formula One grid features five world champions – Fernando Alonso, Kimi Raikkonen, Lewis Hamilton, Jenson Button, and Sebastian Vettel. All five have won one or more of their championships at Brazil and this weekend could see a new champion crowned in the form of Nico Rosberg.

Rosberg currently has a 19 point lead over team-mate and a victory in Sao Paulo will see him become World Champion, regardless of what Hamilton does. There are a number of other ways that Rosberg can become champion as well but he can’t win it if Hamilton wins the race.

Circuit: Autodromo José Carlos Pace
Number of Laps: 71
Circuit Length: 4.309km
Number of Corners: 15
Lap Record: 1:11.473 Juan Pablo Montoya 2004
Previous Brazil winners still on the grid: 5
Most Successful Team: McLaren (12 victories)
DRS Zones: 2
Pirelli Tyres: Hard, Medium and Soft

The Autodromo José Carlos Pace features a number of elevation changes and a number of bumps making it a unique challenge for teams and drivers alike. Throw in often mixed weather conditions and some areas with little run off area and it normally throws up an exciting race. The race no longer hosts the final race of the season – that will be held in Abu Dhabi – but this year’s championship can still be won there as it has so many times before.

It is quite a flowing track meaning that brake wear is low while there is a high demand on ERS deployment. Drivers will change gear approximately 42 times per lap and will sit at full throttle for 60%. It is quite a short circuit meaning drivers will circulate 71 times during the race. There is also a high possibility of safety cars.

In the run up to this year’s race a number of pieces of the 2017 jigsaw have fallen into place. Renault have confirmed that Jolyon Palmer will remain next season to partner Nico Hulkenberg. Kevin Magnussen is expected to sign for Haas – with Esteban Gutierrez recently confirming his departure from the team. Esteban Ocon will move from Manor to Force India to partner Sergio Perez. This leaves just Sauber and Manor to confirm their driver line-ups for next year.

In qualifying, a few teams still have finely poised head-to-head battles between their drivers. In the qualifying head-to-heads Hamilton, Vettel, and Hulkenberg all lead their mates 10-9 so with two races remaining can still be beaten.

This weekend will also be special for Felipe Massa as he prepares to retire from Formula One at the end of the year. He has won his home race once before – a bittersweet victory in 2008. He crossed the line in first and for a few seconds he had done enough to win the world championship, until Lewis Hamilton did enough to become champion by finishing fifth. It was a highly emotional podium for Massa in front of his home crowd which he handled with dignity. It would be a fitting end to his career to have one last podium at home.

 

Lewis Hamilton keeps title hopes alive with a win in Mexico

Lewis Hamilton kept his title hopes alive with a win in Mexico, beating team-mate and championship rival Nico Rosberg. They were joined on the podium by Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel however he later lost it due to a penalty.

The Mercedes driver started from pole position and nearly lost out when he was forced to cut the corner at turn one. He maintained the lead while Nico Rosberg also went wide to avoid contact with Max Verstappen.

Pascal Wehrlein was an early retirement from the race having been tagged which resulted in the Virtual Safety Car. A number of drivers took this opportunity to pit and get rid of the supersoft tyres.

The race settled down in the middle and the focus instead turned to frustrated drivers’ radio messages – namely Vettel. After charging down Verstappen he failed to pass, with Verstappen locking up heavily and cutting across turn one. Vettel felt he had gained an unfair advantage but Verstappen did not give the place back. This led to an expletive filled radio message from the Ferrari driver.

Verstappen was handed a post-race five second penalty resulting in him dropping to fifth. He was in the podium room when it happened and Vettel had to make a last minute dash to make it to the podium. However, later on Vettel was given his own time penalty for a move he pulled on Ricciardo giving the Australian driver the podium eventually.

The final order was Hamilton, Rosberg, Ricciardo, Verstappen and Vettel in the top five. Kimi Raikkonen finished sixth ahead of Nico Hulkenberg and Valtteri Bottas. Felipe Massa had local favourite Sergio Perez behind him for most of the race and he kept them there as they crossed the line to round out the points finishers.

Marcus Ericsson was 11th ahead of Jenson Button, Fernando Alonso, Jolyon Palmer, Felipe Nasr, Carlos Sainz and Kevin Magnussen. Daniil Kvyat, Esteban Gutierrez, Romain Grosjean and Esteban Ocon were the remaining finishers.

As the title fight heads to Brazil, Rosberg has a 19 point lead and can become champion with a win.

F1 2016: Mexican GP – Qualifying Times & Laps

Qualifying

Times

  1. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes – 1:18.704
  2. Nico Rosberg – Mercedes – 1:18.958
  3. Max Verstappen – Red Bull – 1:19.054
  4. Daniel Ricciardo – Red Bull – 1:19.133
  5. Nico Hulkenberg – Force India – 1:19.330
  6. Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari – 1:19.376
  7. Sebastian Vettel – Ferrari – 1:19.381
  8. Valtteri Bottas – Williams – 1:19.551
  9. Felipe Massa – Williams – 1:20.032
  10. Carlos Sainz – Toro Rosso – 1:20.378
  11. Fernando Alonso – McLaren – 1:20.282
  12. Sergio Perez – Force India – 1:20.287
  13. Jenson Button – McLaren – 1:20.673
  14. Kevin Magnussen – Renault – 1:21.131
  15. Marcus Ericsson – Sauber – 1:21.536
  16. Pascal Wehrlein – Manor – 1:21.785
  17. Esteban Gutierrez – Haas – 1:21.401
  18. Daniil Kvyat – Toro Rosso – 1:21.454
  19. Felipe Nasr – Sauber – 1:21.692
  20. Esteban Ocon – Manor – 1:21.881
  21. Romain Grosjean – Haas – 1:21.916
  22. Jolyon Palmer – No Time Set

Laps

  1. Carlos Sainz – Toro Rosso – 24
  2. Nico Rosberg – Mercedes – 22
  3. Nico Hulkenberg – Force India – 22
  4. Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari – 21
  5. Valtteri Bottas – Williams – 20
  6. Felipe Massa – Williams – 19
  7. Lewis Hamilton – Merfcedes – 18
  8. Kevin Magnussen – Renault – 18
  9. Sebastian Vettel – Ferrari – 17
  10. Jenson Button – McLaren – 17
  11. Pascal Wehrlein – Manor – 17
  12. Daniel Ricciardo – Red Bull – 15
  13. Marcus Ericsson – Sauber – 15
  14. Max Verstappen – Red Bull – 14
  15. Sergio Perez – Force India – 14
  16. Fernando Alonso – McLaren – 12
  17. Esteban Ocon – Manor – 10
  18. Romain Grosjean – Haas – 10
  19. Esteban Gutierrez – Haas – 9
  20. Felipe Nasr – Sauber – 9
  21. Daniil Kvyat – Toro Rosso – 4
  22. Jolyon Palmer – Renault – 0