Vettel firms up runners up spot with F1 Brazlian GP win

  In the penultimate round of the Formula 1 World Championships, Sebastien Vettel came through for the win at the Interlagos Circuit as he edged Valtteri Bottas in the rival Mercedes-AMG F1 outfit. This year’s Champion Lewis Hamilton eased to a fourth place finish, behind the second Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen.

With Vettel win, Ferrari have collected five wins on the year. Vettel’s win came a little too late, but a win is still a win. The Brazilian race was held in hot conditions, with air temperature at 30 degrees, while the track almost hit 60, so it was vital to look after the car components and especially the tyres. Vettel had a fast start and took the lead going into Turn 1, with Raikonen third. Behind the front runners, there were accidents which called fourth the safety car in the early going.

Five laps went by before the race was on again, with the lead positions unchanged. Vettel held a second lead from the second place runner as the field got ready for the first mandatory stops. Second placed Bottas initiated the run of stops, coming in on lap 28, trying for an undercut on Vettel, who pushed flat out to maintain his advantage. He emerged from the pit lane still ahead and immediately pulled out more of a lead. Raikkonen also pitted, nimbly popping out ahead of the two Red Bulls of Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen. At this point, both Ferraris were lapping in under the 1:13 mark.

Hamilton had started from pit lane and did not make his pit stop until lap 44, when Seb led the GP again, controlling his advantage over Bottas. Kimi put in his best lap of the race to fend off Hamilton, which saw him close on Bottas. The final stages were very close, but Vettel and Raikkonen both held on, to bring the total to date in this 2017 season to five wins and 19 podium finishes. Bottas ended second and Hamilton fourth.

The two Red Bulls finished fifth and sixth, Versteppen had leapfrogged his team mate, with Williams’ Felipe Massa seventh, McLaren’s Fernando Alonso eighth, Force India’s Sergio Perez ninth and Renault’s Nico Hulkenberg, who rounded off the top ten.

The final race of the year is set for the Abu Dhabi GP 24 – 26 November.

2017 Formula 1 Brazilian Grand Prix results

1 Sebastian Vettel FERRARI 1:31:26.262
2 Valtteri Bottas MERCEDES +2.762s
3 Kimi Räikkönen FERRARI +4.600s
4 Lewis Hamilton MERCEDES +5.468s
5 Max Verstappen RED BULL RACING +32.940s
6 Daniel Ricciardo RED BULL RACING +48.691s
7 Felipe Massa WILLIAMS +68.882s
8 Fernando Alonso MCLAREN +69.363s
9 Sergio Perez FORCE INDIA +69.500s
10 Nico Hulkenberg RENAULT +1 lap

Drivers standings
1 Lewis Hamilton GBR MERCEDES 345
2 Sebastian Vettel GER FERRARI 302
3 Valtteri Bottas FIN MERCEDES 280
4 Daniel Ricciardo AUS RED BULL RACING 200
5 Kimi Räikkönen FIN FERRARI 193
6 Max Verstappen NED RED BULL RACING 158
7 Sergio Perez MEX FORCE INDIA 94
8 Esteban Ocon FRA FORCE INDIA 83
9 Carlos Sainz ESP RENAULT 54
10 Felipe Massa BRA WILLIAMS 42
11 Lance Stroll CAN WILLIAMS 40
12 Nico Hulkenberg GER RENAULT 35
13 Romain Grosjean FRA HAAS 28
14 Kevin Magnussen DEN HAAS 19
15 Fernando Alonso ESP MCLAREN 15
16 Stoffel Vandoorne BEL MCLAREN 13
17 Jolyon Palmer GBR RENAULT 8
18 Pascal Wehrlein GER SAUBER 5
19 Daniil Kvyat RUS TORO ROSSO 5

Constructors rankings
1 MERCEDES 625
2 FERRARI 495
3 RED BULL RACING 358
4 FORCE INDIA 177
5 WILLIAMS 82
6 TORO ROSSO 53
7 RENAULT 49
8 HAAS 47
9 MCLAREN 28
10 SAUBER 5