Lewis Hamilton wins Brazilian Grand Prix for the first time in his F1 career and to stay in world championship race.
The Championship leader Nico Rosberg was second in the pouring rain, while Red Bull’s Max Verstappen finished third with a sensational performance in the wet.
The Wet race was red-flagged twice due to untrustworthy weather conditions in Sao Paulo. Race was also red flagged two times after two crashes in driving rain during the first 28 of 71 laps. All but a half-dozen of the early laps were run behind a safety car with drivers struggling to see through the tire spray.
Rosberg now needs a podium finish in the final event on November 27 to seal his first title triumph.
“I was just chilling up front. When it rains it is usually a good day for me. Today was tricky for everyone,” said the Briton Hamilton, after denying Rosberg the race win the German needed to lift the title.
“We are creating history in this team,” added Hamilton, who said he was “hunting” his team-mate.
Local hero Felipe Massa was in tears as he walked back to the pits after the crash, a Brazilian flag draped around his shoulders, in what will be his final home race.
Sergio Perez finished fourth, followed by the recovering Vettel, who felt Verstappen pushed him off the track in the closing stages, and Carlos Sainz Jr.
Nico Hulkenberg was seventh, ahead of Ricciardo and Felipe Nasr, who scored Sauber’s first points of the season and moved the team ahead of Manor into 10th in the constructors’ championship. Manor ran in the points with Esteban Ocon for much of the afternoon but he eventually slipped to 12th.
Fernando Alonso completed the top 10 having been another spinner out of Juncao.