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Sunday images from the 2016 Brazilian Grand Prix


Nov 142016

As one race screams to the finish, another relentlessly charges on. The stage is now set for the showdown at sundown. But first to Interlagos; where the Silver Arrows delivered a truly remarkable Brazilian Grand Prix podium lockout; the team’s seventh of the year.

At the final flag, it was Lewis Hamilton who emerged victorious after a chaotic three hours of track action; punctuated by two red flags, multiple safety car periods and thousands of liters of storm rain. Fulfilling a life-long ambition on the home turf of his sporting hero - Ayrton Senna – the reigning world champion nailed a 52nd career victory in effortless style.

It was a truly emotional result for the 31-year-old racer, who, despite winning on 23 other circuits on the intense F1 calendar, had never taken the top step of the podium at Interlagos. Reflecting on the race, keeping his title hopes alive, and a decade of attempts to win in Brazil, Lewis told us: “I've just won my first Brazilian Grand Prix! I remember watching Ayrton win back in 1991 and thinking "one day, that's what I want to do". I shared his emotion that day and now I can finally understand how he felt. It's the 44th Grand Prix here as well, so it's a really special one for me. To win on Senna's turn in front of that crowd... it's a moment I'll never forget and I genuinely can't believe it's finally come. It's crazy - all these years it's been so hard to win this race and then today was one of the easiest wins I've had.


“Of course, in those conditions I could easily have made a mistake at any point. But I was generally very relaxed out there today and felt completely in control. I love driving in the rain. It must come from years of racing around the UK as a kid! It's all in the mind - keeping your cool, not making mistakes, having great reactions and knowing where to put the car. It was one of those races where I was able to focus purely on driving. That one set of tyres just kept going and going, I didn't have any problems at all and the car was really fantastic. I'd like to say a big thank you to everyone back at both factories who have worked so hard to give us such an incredible car. This result is all down to them.


“Every week we're making another piece of history and we've out-and-out proven that we're the best team by far, in every area. Our hospitality is the best, our food is the best, our guys in the garage are the best, the guys back in the factory are the best, our cars are the best... it's so rare to see every area so spot on and I'm proud to be a part of that. I'm glad that it's come down to the last race. All I can do is focus on being as strong as I have been in these past few races. If I can do that, I'll know in my heart what I've achieved this year.”

“The conditions were really tricky out there today. Up the hill there was heavy aquaplaning and a lot of drivers went off the track,” said Nico. “I had a bit of a moment when I spun at one point but luckily this wasn't at high speed, so I was able to catch the car again. Lewis did a better job today and deserved the win, so I must be happy with P2. Max also did a good job.


“We knew that the RedBull’s would be very strong in the wet and he [Max] drove a great race. Thank you very much to my team for choosing the right strategy and letting me stay out on the full wet tyres. Now I look forward to Abu Dhabi, where I have good memories from last year. I will be going all out for the win there.”


While the hardcore fans hanging off the catch fencing at the Autódromo José Carlos Pace were desperate to celebrate a championship result in Brazil, the cans will have to stay on ice for just a few more weeks.


All eyes now turn east – to Abu Dhabi – where after 20 historic Grand Prix, the 2016 Formula One Drivers’ Championship title will go down to the wire. One thing is for sure, on the 27th November, it will be a Silver Arrows driver lifting the silverware. The bottom line is that for Nico to take the title he needs a top-three finish, while if Lewis is to take the drivers’ championship he needs to win the race, with Nico finishing fourth or lower.


Whatever you do, make sure you don’t miss it.


1    Lewis Hamilton    Mercedes            3h01m01.335s
2    Nico Rosberg        Mercedes            11.455s

3    Max Verstappen    Red Bull/Renault        21.481s
4    Sergio Perez        Force India/Mercedes        25.346s
5    Sebastian Vettel    Ferrari                26.334s
6    Carlos Sainz        Toro Rosso/Ferrari        29.160s
7    Nico Hulkenberg    Force India/Mercedes        -
8    Daniel Ricciardo    Red Bull/Renault        -
9    Felipe Nasr        Sauber/Ferrari            -
10    Fernando Alonso    McLaren/Honda        -
11    Valtteri Bottas        Williams/Mercedes        -
12    Esteban Ocon        Manor/Mercedes        -
13    Daniil Kvyat        Toro Rosso/Ferrari        -
14    Kevin Magnussen    Renault            -
15    Pascal Wehrlein    Manor/Mercedes        -
16    Jenson Button        McLaren/Honda        -
-    Esteban Gutierrez    Haas/Ferrari            -
-    Felipe Massa        Williams/Mercedes        -
-    Jolyon Palmer        Renault            -
-    Kimi Raikkonen    Ferrari                -
-    Marcus Ericsson    Sauber/Ferrari            -
-    Romain Grosjean    Haas/Ferrari            -


1    Nico Rosberg        367
2    Lewis Hamilton    355

3    Daniel Ricciardo    246
4    Sebastian Vettel    197
5    Max Verstappen    192
6    Kimi Raikkonen    178
7    Sergio Perez        97
8    Valtteri Bottas        85
9    Nico Hulkenberg    66
10    Fernando Alonso    53
11    Felipe Massa        51
12    Carlos Sainz        46
13    Romain Grosjean    29
14    Daniil Kvyat        25
15    Jenson Button        21
16    Kevin Magnussen    7
17    Felipe Nasr        2
18    Jolyon Palmer        1
19    Pascal Wehrlein    1
20    Stoffel Vandoorne    1
21    Esteban Gutierrez    0
22    Marcus Ericsson    0
23    Esteban Ocon        0
24    Rio Haryanto        0