Rosberg defeats title rival Hamilton in Brazil

    Rosberg closed team-mate Hamilton's points lead down to 17 heading into the Abu Dhabi GP double-points finale.

    Published On Nov 10, 2014 05:27:00 AM

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    Rosberg defeats title rival Hamilton in Brazil

    Nico Rosberg ended Formula 1 title rival Lewis Hamilton's five-race winning streak by beating the sister Mercedes to victory in the Brazilian Grand Prix.

    By converting his 10th pole position of the 2014 F1 season into victory, Rosberg closed team-mate Hamilton's points lead down to 17 heading into the Abu Dhabi GP double-points finale.

    Hamilton's hopes of challenging Rosberg's supremacy were largely undone when he half spun at the Descida do Lago on lap 28 of 71.

    The Brit ran wide after correcting a snap of oversteer as he braked for the corner. He subsequently revealed over the radio that he had wound his brake bias too far to the rear.

    Hamilton hustled superbly to recover the time lost to Rosberg, and put him under pressure by remaining within DRS range during a franctic final stint (in which both drivers exchanged fastest laps), but ultimately Hamilton had to settle for second.

    Local hero Felipe Massa brought smiles to the faces of the home crowd by completing the podium.

    The Williams driver survived a five-second penalty for speeding in the pitlane at his first stop, and the embarrassment of accidentally driving into the McLaren pit at his last, to finish a distant third.

    Team-mate Valtteri Bottas should have been well-placed to capitalise on Massa's errors, after running fourth early on, but a lengthy delay at his first pitstop set him back badly, and he lost more time when Nico Hulkenberg's Force India forced him wide while overtaking into the Senna S.

    Bottas eventually wound up a lapped 10th.

    McLaren's Jenson Button took that fourth spot with a brave pass around the outside of Kimi Raikkonen's Ferrari at the Descida do Lago with 10 laps to run.

    Their side-by-side duelling also allowed world champion Sebastian Vettel to nip through into fifth in his Red Bull.

    Vettel might have finished higher but for ground lost while battling Kevin Magnussen's McLaren on the opening lap, while team-mate Daniel Ricciardo retired shortly before half-distance with a left front suspension problem on his Red Bull.

    Raikkonen started 10th and dropped behind the Sauber of Esteban Gutierrez on the first lap, but made progress by being the only driver to complete the race on two pitstops.

    The Finn lost time to what appeared to be a front jack problem at his second stop, and defended desperately in a battle of world champions with Fernando Alonso in the closing stages, but ultimately couldn't prevent his Ferrari team-mate passing him for sixth with a handful of laps to go.

    Hulkenberg made good use of alternative tyre strategy - running the soft tyre at the end - to finish eighth, ahead of Kevin Magnussen's McLaren and Bottas, who just held off Toro Rosso's Daniil Kvyat to claim the final point.

    RESULTS - 71 LAPS:

    PosDriverCarGap
    1Nico RosbergMercedes1h30m02.555s
    2Lewis HamiltonMercedes1.457s
    3Felipe MassaWilliams/Mercedes41.031s
    4Jenson ButtonMcLaren/Mercedes48.658s
    5Sebastian VettelRed Bull/Renault51.420s
    6Fernando AlonsoFerrari1m01.906s
    7Kimi RaikkonenFerrari1m03.730s
    8Nico HulkenbergForce India/Mercedes1m03.934s
    9Kevin MagnussenMcLaren/Mercedes1m10.085s
    10Valtteri BottasWilliams/Mercedes1 Lap
    11Daniil KvyatToro Rosso/Renault1 Lap
    12Pastor MaldonadoLotus/Renault1 Lap
    13Jean-Eric VergneToro Rosso/Renault1 Lap
    14Esteban GutierrezSauber/Ferrari1 Lap
    15Sergio PerezForce India/Mercedes1 Lap
    16Adrian SutilSauber/Ferrari1 Lap
    17Romain GrosjeanLotus/RenaultPower Unit
    -Daniel RicciardoRed Bull/RenaultSuspension

    DRIVERS' CHAMPIONSHIP:

    PosDriverPoints
    1Lewis Hamilton334
    2Nico Rosberg317
    3Daniel Ricciardo214
    4Sebastian Vettel159
    5Fernando Alonso157
    6Valtteri Bottas156
    7Jenson Button106
    8Felipe Massa98
    9Nico Hulkenberg80
    10Kevin Magnussen55
    11Kimi Raikkonen53
    12Sergio Perez47
    13Jean-Eric Vergne22
    14Romain Grosjean8
    15Daniil Kvyat8
    16Pastor Maldonado2
    17Jules Bianchi2
    18Adrian Sutil0
    19Marcus Ericsson0
    20Esteban Gutierrez0
    21Max Chilton0
    22Kamui Kobayashi0

    CONSTRUCTORS' CHAMPIONSHIP:

    PosConstructorPoints
    1Mercedes651
    2Red Bull/Renault373
    3Williams/Mercedes254
    4Ferrari210
    5McLaren/Mercedes161
    6Force India/Mercedes127
    7Toro Rosso/Renault30
    8Lotus/Renault10
    9Marussia/Ferrari2
    10Sauber/Ferrari0
    11Caterham/Renault0

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