Scuderia Ferrari drivers Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen were unable to match the Mercedes-AMGs of Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton in the 2015 Brazilian GP Sunday, with the two drivers winding up third and fourth, respectively. Rosberg prevailed over his teammate to win the race, his fifth victory of the year, and effectively locked down second place in the championship over Vettel.
Rosberg, who started from pole after out qualifying Hamilton by 0.078 seconds Saturday, was able to hold his lead when the lights went out and never once faltered. With Hamilton struggling behind him, the German finished 7.7 seconds ahead of his teammate to take his second consecutive race win. A determined Vettel was catching Hamilton towards the end of the race but his three-stop strategy ultimately proved ineffective.
Raikkonen, meanwhile, was on a two-stop strategy and drove an uneventful yet consistent race to turn up fourth. He passed fellow Fin Valteri Bottas, with whom he clashed with earlier this season in Russia and Mexico, but was unable to reel in Vettel and finished over 33 seconds behind the German. Bottas turned up fourth, outclassing Williams teammate Felipe Massa, who finished eighth. Massa ended up being excluded from the final running order, however, after F1 found his tire temperature to be too warm at the race’s start.
Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg was sixth, followed by Red Bull’s Daniil Kyvat in seventh, Lotus’ Romain Grosjean in eighth, Toro Rosso’s Max Verstappen in ninth and Lotus’ Pastor Maldonado in tenth. Verstappen was one of the stars of the rather uneventful Grand Prix, with the Dutmach making two impressive passes on both Force India’s Sergio Perez and Sauber’s Felipe Nasr.
The 2015 Formula 1 season will conclude when the series heads to the Yas Marina circuit in Abu Dhabi the weekend of Nov. 27th.
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