F1: Lewis Hamilton Won a Pole to Flag Brazilian Grand Prix
MercedesAMG’s 3X world champion Lewis Hamilton won a Pole to Flag Brazilian Grand Prix Sunday in the wet, to take the Formula One title battle with team mate Nico Rosberg to the final round in Abu Dhabi.
It was Mr. Hamilton’s 3rd win in a row from Pole position and 1st in Brazil left him 12 points behind Mr. Rosberg, who finished 2nd, both driver have market 9 victories each for this season.
Mr. Rosberg, who would have taken his 1st title with a 3rd successive victory at Interlagos, need now only finish 3rd at Yas Marina in 2 weeks’ time to clinch his first title, even if Mr. Hamilton wins again.
Mr. Hamilton, whose 52nd career win put him 2nd on the all-time list behind 7X champion Michael Schumacher (91) but ahead of Alain Prost.
He led all the way, the only minor drama occurring when water began seeping through his helmet visor during the 1st phase of the race. He changed helmet at the 1st pit stop.
Behind him, there was some chaos in a crash-filled thriller that was twice stopped and re-started, with 5 safety car frames and lengthy delays after cars aquaplaned off the track.
The full race replay above.
Mexican Sergio Perez finished 4th for Force India with Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel 5th and Spaniard Carlos Sainz 6th for Toro Rosso.
Fernando Alonso took a point for McLaren on the 4th anni of the team’s last win.
The race started behind the safety car after a 10-min delay, with Frenchman Romain Grosjean crashing his Haas on the way to the grid, and was twice red-flagged due to accidents and the treacherous conditions.
At one point it looked like half-points might have to be awarded, as heavier rain threatened and drivers got out of their cars and waited.
The first delay was 35 mins, the stoppage coming after Sweden’s Marcus Ericsson hit the wall, and the 2nd for 27 mins after Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen crashed.
The race took just over 3 hours to complete Sunday
Have a terrific week.