Sebastian Vettel won Sunday’s Brazilian Grand Prix in style at the Interlagos circuit
It was Scuderia Ferrari’s 229th Formula 1 win – the fifth this season for the team and for Vettel.
Teammate Kimi Raikkonen also made it to the podium having finished third behind runner-up and pole-sitter Valtteri Bottas of Mercedes.
At the start, Vettel managed to get ahead of Bottas and later on had his pit-stop carried out perfectly by his team. He did well to keep his position from a battling Bottas the rest of the way.
Vettel completed the 71-lap race in one hour 31 minutes 26.262 seconds. Bottas was just 2.762 seconds behind, while Raikkonan was 4.600s back.
Mercedes’ World Champion Lewis Hamilton also had a brilliant race. He started from the pit lane but charged through the field and almost took third place away from Raikkonen, who was less than two seconds ahead.
Red Bull Racing’s Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo were fifth and sixth, respectively, while the outgoing Felipe Massa of Williams took seventh in front of his home fans and Fernando Alonso finished eighth for McLaren.
Vettel commented on his win: “I think this was one of the most difficult races of the season, there was no time for mistakes. My start was not perfect, but enough to beat Bottas off the line. Then, Valtteri was always very close and we had the same pace, but I pushed very hard and managed to pull a gap.
“This win is very important for me and for the team. After such a long time, it’s been great to achieve it. I’m happy for the whole team, because it has been through a tough couple of weeks, with long nights, hard work and a big support from the factory.
“I dedicate this win to all of them, to the guys here and to those who’ve been working in Maranello. It’s been very hard for us, but today is a great day and I want to thank my team and our tifosi. Hopefully we’ll have a good race in Abu Dhabi!”
Brazil marked the penultimate round of the 2017 Formula 1 season. The finale takes place on November 26 in the UAE with the Formula 1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
|5||Max Verstappen||Red Bull Racing||+32.940s|
|6||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull Racing||+48.691s|
|9||Sergio Perez||Force India||+69.500s|
|10||Nico Hulkenberg||Renault||+1 lap|
|11||Carlos Sainz||Renault||+1 lap|
|12||Pierre Gasly||Toro Rosso||+1 lap|
|13||Marcus Ericsson||Sauber||+1 lap|
|14||Pascal Wehrlein||Sauber||+1 lap|
|15||Romain Grosjean||Haas||+2 laps|
|16||Lance Stroll||Williams||+2 laps|
|NC||Brendon Hartley||Toro Rosso||DNF|
|NC||Esteban Ocon||Force India||DNF|