Sebastian Vettel came home to take victory in Brazil yesterday after a fairly action-packed race that saw Lewis Hamilton start from the pitlane after his incident on Saturday during qualifying. Bottas , who started from pole was unable to hold his advantage and had to settle for second. Meanwhile, Kimi Raikkonen rounded off the podium as he held of a hard-charging Hamilton.
Vettel took the lead at the start from Bottas but the Finn made him work for the win by applying the pressure throughout the race. Hamilton opted to start on the soft compound tires which really paid off as he was able to stay out on track for a very long stint and only pitted on lap 43. The Brit had quite a few battles throughout the race including a good scrap with Max Verstappen who couldn’t hold on any longer once his tires had completely faded.
Felipe Massa managed to hold onto seventh after a good fight with Alonso who was hot on his heels. Sergio Perez was also applying the pressure to Alonso who did well to hold off the Mexican after a race-long battle. It was Massa’s last home race so to take a strong result was great for him and was really appreciated by the locals.
There were also some retirements from the race including Esteban Ocon, Brendon Hartley, Stoffel Vandoorne and Kevin Magnussen. Renault didn’t have a great race as their best finisher was Nico Hulkenberg in tenth and took only one point home for the team. The exciting moments from the race came from the Massa-Alonso-Perez battle and the sheer determination from Lewis Hamilton to come through the pack and nearly take a podium. We now go into the final race of the season at Abu Dhabi, see you then!