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Vettel wins in Brazil, Vandoorne should specify after collision

Sebastian Vettel has the GP of Brazil won. The Ferrari driver had a better start than polesitter Valtteri Bottas. Stoffel Vandoorne had after the first two bends are already giving up after a collision with Magnussen and Ricciardo.

The GP of Brazil was of no significance to the championship, as Lewis Hamilton’s last race for the world title conquered. The Brit won his first race as a four-time world champion, but otherwise have suggested. Hamilton started the race from the pit lane after a spin in qualifying. Valtteri Bottas started from pole, with both ferraris behind him. The Mercedes driver, and Sebastian Vettel went on the battle for second place in the championship.

Sebastian Vettel made the better start and overtook Valtteri Bottas for the start of the first bend. Also Fernando Alonso knew, as is more often, a very good start and rode quickly when fifth behind Vettel, Bottas, Räikkönen and Verstappen.

Stoffel Vandoorne got involved in an incident with Daniel Ricciardo and Kevin Magnussen in the first bochtencombinatie, making his race immediately opzat. It is his first in twelve races for the Belgian division. Ricciardo was the race to continue. Also Estéban Ocon and Romain Grosjean touched each other, making the race for the driver of Force India also opzat. Reasons enough for the safety car to pick from.

In round five, went the safety car again in the pit lane. Sebastian Vettel got away very well. Felipe Massa went during his last home race from sixth place past former team-mate Fernando Alonso. Also Hamilton and Ricciardo were going well. By lap 15 both of the riders already in the top ten. Hamilton reed as the seventh and Ricciardo drove like tithing.

The front had Vettel two seconds ahead of the Mercedes of Valtteri Bottas. Räikkönen drove on about five seconds of his teammate, while Max Verstappen yacht made on the Fin. After round 21 reed Lewis Hamilton is fifth, 17 seconds of race leader Sebastian Vettel while Valtteri Bottas got the message to the hole of two seconds is to close with the German.

In round 28 tried Mercedes the so-called ‘undercut’ to perform with Valtteri Bottas. Ferrari responded quickly to the pit stop for Sebastian Vettel a lap later. And that was the good decision of Italians, because Vettel came in for Bottas again on to the track. To prevent Bottas a inhaalpoging did beat Vettel immediately a hole with the Mercedes of Bottas. By the pit stops of the frontrunners, reed Lewis Hamilton in the lead of the race.

In round 41 came the painful news for Brendon Hartley to the car in the pits to park. That is the second problem for the New Zealander in three races. A moment later, Lewis Hamilton and Daniel Ricciardo to their pit stop which Sebastian Vettel again in the lead to reed. Bottas followed in about three seconds. Räikkönen was back on two seconds of his countryman. Hamilton came fifth again on the track, behind Max Verstappen.

Lewis Hamilton was in the DRS-zone of Max Verstappen in lap 58 and went quickly over, giving the Brit a fourth reed, and the hunt was on Kimi Räikkönen who, five seconds adrift of the world champion.

Eventually, Lewis Hamilton is still close to Kimi Räikkönen, but he was there just not in order to the stage to drive. Sebastian Vettel won the GP of Brazil for Valtteri Bottas and Kimi Räikkönen. Lewis Hamilton drove from the pit lane to fourth place. On place five and six runner-up both Red Bulls, followed by the farewell-taking Felipe Massa. Fernando Alonso scored points for McLaren with the eighth place.

1. S. Vettel Ferrari 1:31:26.260
2. V. Bottas Mercedes +To 2,762
3. K. Were Times Ferrari +4.600 +1.838
4. L. Hamilton Mercedes +5.468 +0.868
5. M. Verstappen Red Bull +32.940 +27.472
6. D. Ricciardo Red Bull +48.691 +15.751
7. F. Massa Williams +1:08.882 +20.191
8. F. Alonso McLaren +1:09.363 +0.481
9. S. Perez Force India +1:09.500 +0.137
10. N. Hulkenberg Renault +1 lap
11. C. Sainz Jr. Renault +1 lap
12. P. Gasly Toro Rosso +1 lap
13. M. Ericsson Sauber +1 lap
14. P. Wehrlein Sauber +1 lap
15. R. Grosjean Haas +2 laps
16. L. Stroll down Williams +2 laps
17. B. Hartley Toro Rosso +31 laps
18. E. Ocon Force India +71 laps
19. S. Vandoorne McLaren +71 laps
20. K. Magnussen Haas +71 laps


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