Wow! Where to start with this one? Lewis Hamilton once again did all that he could do to keep the World Championship alive, reducing Nico Rosberg’s lead for the third consecutive race. The pair will go to the finale in Abu Dhabi, separated by 12 points, but in Brazil it might have been a very different story as Max Verstappen drove an astonishing race to get ahead of Nico. The Red Bull team called Max in for Intermediates when it looked like it was the right thing to do, but the conditions changed and the Dutchman had to return to the pits 11 laps later to go back to wets, That dropped him to 14th with 17 laps to go and he nailed it, fighting back to finish third. It was terrific stuff. There were great stories right through the field with Sergio Perez doing a great job but losing his podium place to Max with three laps to go. There were more disasters for Ferrari, but Sebastian Vettel manged to get back to fifth, passing Carlos Sainz two laps from home. It was a wild day for Sauber and Manor as they battled to finish 10th in the Constructors’ Championship, a fight that is worth tens of millions. Felipe Nasr drove an astounding race and held on to finish ninth and give Sauber two points to jump to 10th in the title. But it was heartbreak for Manor after an astounding drive from Esteban Ocon, who was running as high as eighth. In the end he could not hold back faster cars and dropped to 12th in the last two laps. And so we head to Abu Dhabi with the likelihood and a highly-charged showdown between the two Mercedes drivers
Also in GP+ this week…
– We talk to Jolyon Palmer about his season
– We look at what it takes to be an F1 team principal
– Charlie Whiting explains the rules of overtaking
– DT is saddened by what is happening at McLaren
– JS has darker thoughts about the state of the world
– The Hack ruminates on Alan Jones, now 70 years of age.
– Plus the usual fabulous photography from a rather soggy Peter Nygaard
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