November 13, 2016 – Lewis Hamilton kept his championship title hopes alive by claiming victory at a rain-hit Brazilian Grand Prix to become the first driver in Formula 1 history to win at 24 different circuits.
Hamilton put in an imperious drive in wet weather to beat team-mate Nico Rosberg to the chequered flag, therefore cutting Rosberg’s championship lead to 12 points going into the decider in Abu Dhabi.
Max Verstappen drove an immense race, passing Rosberg early on but then his Red Bull team stumbled on strategy – putting him on intermediate tyres when the rain then intensified. He stormed his way back to a podium finish with some stunning overtaking moves.
The race was red-flagged twice, firstly for Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen spinning into the wall at a restart, and then after a further aborted attempt to restart under the safety car.
Further down the field, Toro Rosso’s Carlos Sainz finished sixth behind Sergio Perez and Sebastian Vettel while Sauber’s Felipe Nasr finished in ninth in front of his home crowd. It’s a result which means Sauber have climbed above Manor in the Constructors’ Championship.
|3||Max Verstappen||Red Bull||TAG||21.481|
|4||Sergio Perez||Force India||Mercedes||25.346|
|6||Carlos Sainz Jr.||Toro Rosso||Ferrari||29.160|
|7||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India||Mercedes||29.827|
|8||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull||TAG||30.486|
|13||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso||Ferrari||51.192|