2017 F1

Hamilton storms to fourth as Vettel wins Brazilian GP

Sebastian Vettel won the Brazilian Grand Prix to take some relief points in the title standings, as newly crowned world champions Lewis Hamilton storms to fourth after starting in the pit lane. The Brit narrowly missed out on a podium as Kimi Raikkonen held on to third.

Pole sitter Valtteri Bottas finishes second after losing out to the Ferrari at the start. Local hero Massa seventh in final Brazilian Grand Prix.

Transcript from podium interview

Sebastian Vettel: “Initially I had a very good start but then I had a bit of wheel spin so I thought I had missed my chance. But I think Valtteri was struggling even more off the line so I was able to squeeze down the inside and I think I surprised him a little bit.

“It was very crucial and after that we were pushing for the remaining laps flat out. I was trying everything to pull a bit of a gap and control the race from there.

“I’m really happy and for all the people in the team and back at Maranello. They’ve been working so hard and it’s been a tough couple of weeks for us but it’s nice to get it today and have both cars up here.”

Valtteri Bottas: “I didn’t want to be sandwiched. We started from pole so the only goal was to win the race today.

“It’s very disappointing we lost in the race start. After that it was very close between them. I was trying to put pressure on Sebastian but it didn’t lead to anything more.

“Lewis did a great comeback. He got some really good points. On to Abu Dhabi.”

Kimi Raikkonen: “I had a little bit tricky balance in the first set of tyres but it improved over the first run and the second set the car handled very well.

“I could catch up with the guys but it’s impossible to get past here if you have this close a speed between cars. Lewis got close to me, I got close to Sebastian and Valtteri but I wasn’t too worried. I had a good run out of the last corner.”

“It’s a great release. It’s been a tough day and race. We were all more or less the same on pace, it was really difficult and no room for mistakes.”

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