Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel won the Brazilian Grand Prix at the Interlagos, outpacing Valtteri Bottas by 2.7 seconds.
Vettel took the lead from the pole-sitter Bottas, by moving into the inside line at Turn 1. He maintained a solid pace throughout the race and warded off attacks from the Finn. This was the German’s fifth victory of the season.
Vettel’s teammate Kimi Räikkönen successfully held off Lewis Hamilton’s attacks and ended in third. This was Räikkönen’s third race where he came in third.
Kevin Magnussen squeezed Stoffel Vandoorne, sending the McLaren towards Daniel Ricciardo’s Red Bull and caused a collision that prompted a safety car deployment.
The collision sent Ricciardo into a spin but the Aussie continued from the back of the field while Vandoorne and Magnussen retired.
After the race restarted, Vettel continued to hold the lead, followed by Bottas, Räikkönen and Max Verstappen. Hometown hero Felipe Massa got a big cheer from the crowd when he passed Fernando Alonso from the outside of Turn 1.
Hamilton started from the pits and worked his way through the field. By lap nine, he made into points by passing Pierre Gasly for 10th.
Bottas pitted for softs and Vettel pitted in the next lap and re-joined ahead of Bottas and held off the Finn at Turn 4.
As drivers running on supersofts pitted, Hamilton got the lead and kept it until lap 43. He then pitted and emerged with a 15-19 seconds gap to Vettel.
Hamilton proved to be the fastest driver on the track today, passing Verstappen for fourth at Turn 4 and had 12 more laps to go.
The Briton tried his best to attack Räikkönen for the Podium but a lock-up at Turn 1 set him back a few seconds and he did not have enough laps to mount any more attacks.
Verstappen had a bit of tyre trouble today and asked to pit towards the end of the race to change to supersofts. He finished fifth, ahead of teammate Ricciardo.
Massa withstood Alonso’s incessant attacks and ended the race at seventh in his final hometown grand prix.
Force India’s Sergio Perez came ninth right behind Alonso and was followed by Nico Hulkenberg at the tenth, scoring his first point since Singapore GP.
Esteban Ocon retired from the race after colliding with Romain Grosjean’s Haas at Turn 5 in the first lap. This was Ocon’s first DNF in Formula 1. Grosjean was able to continue the race but was given a 10-second time penalty for the collision and he came at 15th.