Vettel Wins In Brazil, Gets Overshadowed By Hamilton Recovery To Fourth

Despite already winning the Formula One championship Lewis Hamilton didn't rest on his laurels and finished fourth

Despite this, Hamilton stormed home to finish in fourth position, just 2.7 seconds behind his teammate.

"You must not underestimate that in traffic against the Ferraris it was pretty difficult". The new Mercedes engine used by Hamilton and turned up to No11, was ominously strong. That wouldn't have happened in 'old' F1.

In an exclusive and wide-ranging interview with Martin Brundle for Sky Sports F1's Brazilian GP race show from 3pm, Verstappen responds to the complimentary comments Hamilton made about him after the Mercedes driver clinched his fourth world title in Mexico. The Scuderia will be eager to secure another win in Abu Dhabi to take momentum into 2018.

In the chaos that ensued, Hamilton took advantage and rose to 14th before the Safety Car pulled off and racing resumed.

He eventually wound up fourth at the chequered flag after starting last on the grid. However, as good as the champion was, the W08 exhibited severe understeer when Hamilton was following cars.

"I think this [the crash] has hurt and disappointed Hamilton a lot more than he is letting on", Darren said of the moment.

Bottas admitted he lost the race by getting a poor start and letting Vettel beat him to the first corner, but he believes it was very close in terms of performance between the two.

Daily Star Online spoke exclusively to renowned body language expert Darren Stanton - who revealed the true feelings of the champions towards each other.

A lack of pace at F1's high-speed circuits, a spate of reliability and a crash all meant he can best hope for a runner-up result in this year's championship.

Vettel's championship ambitions were dealt a major blow in September when he crashed out in the first lap in Singapore, after colliding with team-mate Kimi Raikkonen and Red Bull's Max Verstappen. He had wanted to end the season strongly with two wins, a goal that was beyond him after qualifying.

Nico Hulkenberg and Carlos Sainz, in the yellow works Renaults, suffered in a similar way and could only manage tenth and 11th.

Alonso drove the wheels off his McLaren but couldn't get past Massa.

The Brazilian Grand Prix may be axed after five different teams were attacked by armed gangs during the race weekend. Romain Grosjean, who took out Ocon, was handed a 10-second penalty for his part in the early mayhem.

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