2016 Brazilian Grand Prix

Grande Premio do Brasil

Sunday 13th November 2016
Round:
20
Weather:
Rain
Laps:
71
Fastest Lap:
Verstappen, 1m23.305
Country:
Brazil
Location:
Sao Paulo
2016 season:
Report

Ooh, this was raw, gladiatorial stuff, an old-school high-risk track and hard rain. Combined with wet tyres that had no grip and inters that couldn’t clear the water through the high-risk final part of the lap, cars were flying off the track, phenomenal avoidances spearing either side of their violent trajectories. The safety cars (five of them) and red flags (two of them) had the effect of keeping the tyres cold and hard in their hazardous phase. So the accidents fed on themselves.

It took time to properly get going – five racing laps from the first 20 – but when the cars did finally run long enough to heat up the rubber, a fantastic race unfolded. Lewis Hamilton won it, always in control, but the star of it was Max Verstappen with a quite sensational drive to third. Adventure and jeopardy interspersed with how the changing intensity of rain kept the track on the cusp between inters and wets. Red Bull threw the dice for him, attempting to get the jump on the two Mercs by switching to inters, but it never quite fell right for them. All that fell was the continuing rain – leaving Max to surrender the inters gamble, giving him just 15 laps to charge his way from 14th to third, inventing some of the most outrageous passing places Interlagos has ever seen along the way. His moves, so incisive and inventive, came so quick they barely cost him any time to those further ahead – thus bringing everyone but Hamilton and Rosberg into his voracious reach before the end.

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Results

PositionDriverTimePoints
1Lewis Hamilton
3h 1m 1.340s
25
2Nico Rosberg
3h 1m 12.790s
+11.450s
18
3 ↑ 1Max Verstappen
3h 1m 22.820s
+21.480s
15
4 ↑ 5Sergio Perez
3h 1m 26.680s
+25.340s
12
5Sebastian Vettel
3h 1m 27.670s
+26.330s
10
6 ↑ 9Carlos Sainz jr
3h 1m 30.500s
+29.160s
8
7 ↑ 1Nico Hulkenberg
3h 1m 31.160s
+29.820s
6
8 ↓ 2Daniel Ricciardo
3h 1m 31.820s
+30.480s
4
9 ↑ 12Felipe Nasr
3h 1m 43.960s
+42.620s
2
10Fernando Alonso
3h 1m 45.770s
+44.430s
1
11Valtteri Bottas
3h 1m 46.630s
+45.290s
0
12 ↑ 10Esteban Ocon
3h 1m 47.140s
+45.800s
0
13 ↑ 1Daniil Kvyat
3h 1m 52.530s
+51.190s
0
14 ↑ 4Kevin Magnussen
3h 1m 52.890s
+51.550s
0
15 ↑ 4Pascal Wehrlein
3h 2m 1.830s
+1m 0.490s
0
16 ↑ 1Jenson Button
3h 2m 23.330s
+1m 21.990s
0
REsteban Gutierrez
0
RFelipe Massa
0
RJolyon Palmer
0
RKimi Raikkonen
0
RMarcus Ericsson
0
DNSRomain Grosjean
0
TCharles Leclerc
0
TSergey Sirotkin
0

Circuit

Country:
Brazil
Location:
Sao Paulo
Length:
2.6770 (miles)
Type:
Permanent road course
Record:
Juan Pablo Montoya (Williams FW26-BMW), 1m11.473, 134.837 mph, F1, 2004

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