Nico Rosberg claimed his second straight win of the 2015 season at the Brazilian Grand Prix on Sunday, despite coming under pressure from Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton after the second round of pitstop.
Rosberg got away cleanly from pole position, resisting a move from Hamilton at turn 1 to stay at the front of the field.
After Rosberg was slowed down at the second pitstop to avoid an unsafe release, Hamilton closed the gap closed the gap to less than half a second. But the British driver failed to pull a manoeuvre and had to settle for second place.
Behind, Sebastian Vettel cruised to another podium finish for Ferrari, remaining unchallenged en route to third. His teammate, Kimi Raikkonen, also had a lonely race and finished in fourth place.
Valtteri Bottas made a storming getaway at the start of the race to propel himself to fifth place - enough to help Williams seal third place in the constructors standings.
Nico Hulkenberg, likewise, clinched fifth place for Force India with a formidable drive at Interlagos. The German undercut Daniil Kvyat’s Red Bull at the first round of the pitstop after a scrappy start, and held off the Russian during the closing stages of the race to equal his best result of the season.
Felipe Massa, who was unhappy with his car yesterday, failed to put a spectacular show in front of his home crowd, finishing a lowly eighth.
The same couldn’t be said about Romain Grosjean who was in fine form today, overtaking Max Verstappen in the latter part of the race to take ninth place. The latter was equally impressive in the Toro Rosso, pulling off some fine manevoures at the Senna S to move up the order.
Pastor Maldonado incurred a five second time penalty for making contact with Felipe Nasr. He finished just outside the points in 11th.
Daniel Ricciardo was 12th on the road, having started 19th, with the upgraded Renault engine failing to guarantee a spot on the top 10.
A good start propelled Sergio Perez into points scoring positions, but the Mexican failed to hold on to his position, particularly struggling during the second stint. He crossed the line in 13th place.
by Rachit Thukral