Rosberg cruises to Brazilian GP victory

By on Sunday, November 15, 2015
Mercedes AMG Petronas

Mercedes AMG Petronas

Nico Rosberg cruised to victory at the Brazilian Grand Prix, leading home a Mercedes 1-2 to secure the runner-up spot in the championship.

Rosberg controlled proceedings throughout to comfortably beat Lewis Hamilton, while Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel collected third during a processional race.

Rosberg maintained his advantage from pole position despite an effort from Hamilton around the outside of the Senna S, while Vettel slotted into third.

Rosberg led Hamilton by a second across the opening stint but was slowed in his first pit stop due to the arrival of Vettel in the pits.

However, Hamilton’s stop one lap later was also comparatively tardy and their positions were stabilised up front.

Hamilton closed to within half a second of Rosberg but after a few laps exclaimed it was “impossible to follow” and dropped further behind his team-mate.

Rosberg stopped on lap 34 for a second time and Hamilton pitted the next time around, with the German having comfortably extended his lead.

The pair made their third stops on laps 50 and 51 respectively, maintaining their positions at the head of the pack, separated by around two seconds.

Rosberg increased his advantage to win by 7.7 seconds, while Hamilton and Vettel completed the podium.

Kimi Räikkönen was a lonely fourth, while compatriot Valtteri Bottas made a good start and thereafter maintained fifth position.

Nico Hülkenberg used the undercut at the first round of stops to jump ahead of Daniil Kvyat for sixth place, leaving Felipe Massa in eighth.

Romain Grosjean prevailed over Max Verstappen for ninth place, the latter rounding out the top 10 after a spirited drive.

Pastor Maldonado tried an alternate strategy but was 11th via a collision with Marcus Ericsson, for which he was penalised, while Daniel Ricciardo could only recover to 12th.

Sergio Pérez was 13th, ahead of Felipe Nasr, Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso.

Ericsson was a lowly 17th, while Will Stevens beat Alexander Rossi in the battle of the Manor Marussia drivers.

Carlos Sainz Jr. started from the pit lane after his car failed on the reconnaissance lap but he pulled off the circuit exiting Descida do Lago and had to retire.

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