F1 Grand Prix of Brazil
  • F1 Grand Prix of Brazil
  • SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - NOVEMBER 09: Nico Rosberg of Germany and Mercedes GP leads Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP and the field during the Brazilian Formula One Grand Prix at Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace on November 9, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
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  • General view of start of the Brazilian Formula One Grand Prix at the Interlagos racetrack in Sao Paulo Brazil on November 9 2014. AFP PHOTO / NELSON ALMEIDA (Photo credit should read NELSON ALMEIDA/AFP/Getty Images)
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F1 Grand Prix of Brazil
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  • SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - NOVEMBER 09: Nico Rosberg of Germany and Mercedes GP leads Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP and the field during the Brazilian Formula One Grand Prix at Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace on November 9, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
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  • Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg front left, of Germany leads the field away from the starting grid for the Formula One Brazilian Grand Prix at the Interlagos race track in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)
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  • Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso, of Spain, (14) steers his car in the middle of the pack after the start of the Formula One Brazilian Grand Prix at the Interlagos race track in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan)
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F1 Grand Prix of Brazil
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  • SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - NOVEMBER 09: Nico Rosberg of Germany and Mercedes GP leads Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP and the field during the Brazilian Formula One Grand Prix at Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace on November 9, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
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F1 Grand Prix of Brazil
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  • SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - NOVEMBER 09: Nico Rosberg of Germany and Mercedes GP leads Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP during the Brazilian Formula One Grand Prix at Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace on November 9, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)
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F1 Grand Prix of Brazil
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  • SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - NOVEMBER 09: Fernando Alonso of Spain and Ferrari drives during the Brazilian Formula One Grand Prix at Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace on November 9, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
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F1 Grand Prix of Brazil
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  • SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - NOVEMBER 09: Jenson Button of Great Britain and McLaren drives ahead of Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Infiniti Red Bull Racing during the Brazilian Formula One Grand Prix at Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace on November 9, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
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F1 Grand Prix of Brazil
  • F1 Grand Prix of Brazil
  • SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - NOVEMBER 09: Nico Rosberg of Germany and Mercedes GP leads Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP during the Brazilian Formula One Grand Prix at Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace on November 9, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
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F1 Grand Prix of Brazil
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  • SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - NOVEMBER 09: Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Infiniti Red Bull Racing leads Daniel Ricciardo of Australia and Infiniti Red Bull Racing during the Brazilian Formula One Grand Prix at Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace on November 9, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
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F1 Grand Prix of Brazil
  • F1 Grand Prix of Brazil
  • SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - NOVEMBER 09: Kevin Magnussen of Denmark and McLaren drives the Brazilian Formula One Grand Prix at Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace on November 9, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
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F1 Grand Prix of Brazil
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  • SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - NOVEMBER 09: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP drives during the Brazilian Formula One Grand Prix at Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace on November 9, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
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F1 Grand Prix of Brazil
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  • SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - NOVEMBER 09: Nico Hulkenberg of Germany and Force India drives during the Brazilian Formula One Grand Prix at Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace on November 9, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
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F1 Grand Prix of Brazil
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  • SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - NOVEMBER 09: Nico Rosberg of Germany and Mercedes GP locks up in front of Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP during the Brazilian Formula One Grand Prix at Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace on November 9, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
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F1 Grand Prix of Brazil
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  • SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - NOVEMBER 09: Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Infiniti Red Bull Racing leads Kevin Magnussen of Denmark and McLaren during the Brazilian Formula One Grand Prix at Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace on November 9, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
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Brazil F1 GP Auto Racing
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  • Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso, of Spain, steers his car ahead of Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel, of Germany, during the Formula One Brazilian Grand Prix at the Interlagos race track in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan)
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F1 Grand Prix of Brazil
  • F1 Grand Prix of Brazil
  • SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - NOVEMBER 09: Nico Rosberg of Germany and Mercedes GP locks up during the Brazilian Formula One Grand Prix at Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace on November 9, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
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F1 Grand Prix of Brazil
  • F1 Grand Prix of Brazil
  • SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - NOVEMBER 09: Valtteri Bottas of Finland and Williams drives during the Brazilian Formula One Grand Prix at Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace on November 9, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
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F1 Grand Prix of Brazil
  • F1 Grand Prix of Brazil
  • SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - NOVEMBER 09: Nico Rosberg of Germany and Mercedes GP locks up in front of Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP during the Brazilian Formula One Grand Prix at Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace on November 9, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
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  • Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen of Finland, is followed by teammate Fernando Alonso of Spain, during the Formula One Brazilian Grand Prix at the Interlagos race track in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014. Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg of Germany, fended off a strong charge by Lewis Hamilton to win the Brazilian Grand Prix on Sunday, closing in on his Mercedes teammate in the Formula One title race. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)
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F1 Grand Prix of Brazil
  • F1 Grand Prix of Brazil
  • SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - NOVEMBER 09: Nico Rosberg of Germany and Mercedes GP leads Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP during the Brazilian Formula One Grand Prix at Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace on November 9, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
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  • Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso, of Spain, steers his car ahead of Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel, of Germany, and Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo, of Australia, during the Formula One Brazilian Grand Prix at the Interlagos race track in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan)
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  • Force India driver Nico Hulkenberg, of Germany, steers his car in the qualifying session for the Formula One Brazilian Grand Prix at the Interlagos race track in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)
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  • Williams driver Felipe Massa, of Brazil, drives his car ahead of teammate Valtteri Bottas, of Finland, during the Formula One Brazilian Grand Prix at the Interlagos race track in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
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F1 Grand Prix of Brazil
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  • SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - NOVEMBER 09: Nico Hulkenberg of Germany and Force India drives during the Brazilian Formula One Grand Prix at Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace on November 9, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
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F1 Grand Prix of Brazil
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  • SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - NOVEMBER 09: Jenson Button of Great Britain and McLaren drives during the Brazilian Formula One Grand Prix at Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace on November 9, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
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Brazil F1 GP Auto Racing
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  • McLaren driver Jenson Button, of Britain, drives his car during the Formula One Brazilian Grand Prix at the Interlagos race track in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
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F1 Grand Prix of Brazil
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  • SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - NOVEMBER 09: Fernando Alonso of Spain and Ferrari leads Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Infiniti Red Bull Racing and Daniel Ricciardo of Australia and Infiniti Red Bull Racing during the Brazilian Formula One Grand Prix at Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace on November 9, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
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  • SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - NOVEMBER 09: Nico Rosberg of Germany and Mercedes GP drives during the Brazilian Formula One Grand Prix at Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace on November 9, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
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  • Williams driver Brazilian Felipe Massa waves upon arriving in the third place in the Brazilian Formula One Grand Prix at the Interlagos racetrack in Sao Paulo, Brazil on November 9, 2014. AFP PHOTO AFP PHOTO/MIGUEL SCHINCARIOL (Photo credit should read Miguel Schincariol/AFP/Getty Images)
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  • SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - NOVEMBER 09: Felipe Massa of Brazil and Williams celebrates on the podium after finishing third in the Brazilian Formula One Grand Prix at Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace on November 9, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
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  • SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - NOVEMBER 09: Nico Rosberg of Germany and Mercedes GP celebrates on the podium following his victory in the Brazilian Formula One Grand Prix at Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace on November 9, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
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  • Mercedes AMG Petronas German driver Nico Rosberg (C), flanked by teammate Lewis Hamilton (L) and Williams' Felipe Massa (R), celebrates on the podium after winning the Brazilian Formula One Grand Prix at the Interlagos racetrack in Sao Paulo, Brazil on November 9, 2014. AFP PHOTO / NELSON ALMEIDA (Photo credit should read NELSON ALMEIDA/AFP/Getty Images)
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  • SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - NOVEMBER 09: Nico Rosberg of Germany and Mercedes GP celbrates next to Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP and Felipe Massa of Brazil and Williams after his victory in the Brazilian Formula One Grand Prix at Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace on November 9, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
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  • Mercedes AMG Petronas German driver Nico Rosberg (2nd-R), flanked by teammate Lewis Hamilton (L) and Williams' Felipe Massa (R), celebrates on the podium after winning the Brazilian Formula One Grand Prix at the Interlagos racetrack in Sao Paulo, Brazil on November 9, 2014. AFP PHOTO/MIGUEL SCHINCARIOL (Photo credit should read Miguel Schincariol/AFP/Getty Images)
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Formula One got the drawn out Driver's Championship it wanted, which won't be decided until the last race in Abu Dhabi, and it didn't even need double points to do it. A trip below the equator turned around more than merely weather patterns, Nico Rosberg throwing his Mercedes AMG Petronas around the Interlagos track faster than teammate Lewis Hamilton every time it counted, beginning with Free Practice 1.

That's how the German lined up on pole, three-hundredths ahead of the Brit. Two-tenths behind them came the Williams duo, Felipe Massa ahead at his home race, teammate Valtteri Bottas following. Jenson Button made a surprising leap up the grid to put his McLaren fifth, after being "nowhere" during the Free Practice sessions. Sebastian Vettel drove the first Infiniti Red Bull Racing to sixth, ahead of the second McLaren of Kevin Magnussen, and Daniel Ricciardo in the second Infiniti Red Bull Racing in ninth split the Ferrari duo of Fernando Alonso in eighth and Kimi Räikkönen in tenth.

When the pedal got put to the carbon fiber on Sunday, Rosberg did his best to make Hamilton earn his position.
Nico Rosberg leads Lewis Hamilton at the 2014 Brazilian F1 Grand Prix.

And by "his position" we actually mean second place. So far this year, Rosberg has only converted four of his 13 pole positions into wins, the last race in Austin being another of the ones that got away. Not so in Brazil. Making this race the anti-USGP, Rosberg pulled away at the start and didn't let Hamilton get closer than half of a second away for all 71 laps. The best chance Hamilton had to take the lead was during the second round of pit stops, going for the undercut. After the German pitted, the Brit put in the fastest lap of the race up to that point, then stayed out for another. On that second lap, his tires went off and he locked up and spun into the run-off area at Descida do Sol, costing himself seven seconds. If he had kept the same pace and kept it pointed in the right direction, it's likely he would have come out in front of Rosberg. But it was Nico's day, thanks to a mistake-free outing and being fastest in the middle sector to overcome Hamilton's advantage in the first and third sectors. His teammate crossed the line right behind him.

Williams driver Felipe Massa leads teammate Valtteri Bottas at the 2014 Brazilian F1 Grand Prix.

Massa crossed the line in third, a welcome podium placing in front of his biggest fans. It looked like his race was ruined by a five second stop-go penalty for speeding in the pit lane during his first stop, and he lost more time on his third stop when he drove through the McLaren pit box. Yet the pace of the Martini Williams saw him catching up to and passing drivers who still hadn't pitted yet. Eventually, he returned to the front of the train behind the Mercedes factory cars, albeit 41 seconds behind.

Button said he didn't know where the extra pace came from in qualifying and race compared to the practices, but the Brit rode it to fourth position at the flag. He kept himself in contention at the front during a quiet race, passed Räikkönen on track toward the end of the race and kept Vettel behind him. The German thought Red Bull might have the pace to challenge McLaren, climbing back up the order after getting swamped by Magnussen and Alonso at the start, but it wasn't to be, and he ended affairs in fifth.

Ferrari drivers Kimi Raikkonen and Fernando Alonso race at the 2014 Brazilian F1 Grand Prix.

Alonso took sixth, the Spaniard in a late-race battle with teammate Räikkönen that began around Lap 65. Räikkönen stopped twice in the race, the last time on Lap 34, Alonso pitted three times, the final time on Lap 52. Fresher tires helped the Spaniard chase down the Finn, but Räikkönen kept the obviously faster Alonso behind him for four laps. When Ferrari didn't ask the slipping, sliding Räikkönen on old tires to move over for the faster sister car, making Alonso get the pass done on track, commentators said that was all the proof they needed that Alonso is leaving the Scuderia. Räikkönen, expected to be with the team next year, finished three seconds behind Alonso, in seventh.

Nico Hulkenberg races at the 2014 Brazil F1 Grand Prix.

Nico Hülkenberg in the Sahara Force India came home eighth after a race in which he passed a few cars, including one adventurous shot down the inside of Bottas into turn one, but really managed to keep his pace up high enough to maintain position. He was followed home by Kevin Magnussen who had a thoroughly anonymous race to ninth.

The second Williams of Bottas suffered plenty of troubles, from a loose seat belt keeping him from driving properly and blowing one pit stop out to almost ten seconds, to bad tire graining, to debris in his front wing, to getting passed by two cars after Hülkenberg's pass, to suffering the seat belt problem again. Considering all of that, it is again a credit to the Williams' pace that he finished in tenth.

The final podium at the 2014 F1 Grand Prix of Brazil.

Rosberg, who has never finished on the podium at Interlagos, rode his victory to get to 17 points behind Hamilton. Rosberg showed the kind of steel that he's been accused of missing all year, but it might be too late: all Hamilton has to do is finish second in Abu Dhabi, and he takes the Driver's Championship. Barring a reliability or a kamikaze incident, after Mercedes' 11th one-two of the year, he should pull that off.

But that's why they race, isn't it? So we can find out. We'll do that in two weeks' time, and we'll see you then.


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