São Paulo, in Brazil, is not only a sprawling metropolis but home to one of the world’s great circuits, the legendary Autódromo José Carlos Pace.

There, Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel shrugged off his world championship defeat in style – the 4-time F1 World Champion taking his third win at Interlagos, his 46th overall.

At lights out, Vettel outdragged polesitter Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas to take the lead into Turn 1, with Ferrari’s Kimi Räikkönen slotting into third ahead of Red Bull Racing’s Max Verstappen.

Behind, the action continued with Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo spinning at Turn 3 – after being squeezed by McLaren’s Stoffel Vandoorne and Haas’ Kevin Magnussen out of Turn 2.

At Turn 6, the other Haas of Romain Grosjean crashed into Force India’s Esteban Ocon in an attempt to keep him behind, ending the young gun’s race – and triggering the safety car while the debris was cleared.

At the restart on Lap 6, Vettel retained his lead into turn 1 and set a string of fastest laps to get out of DRS range of Bottas. 
Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton, who started from the pit lane, after a crash in qualifying, was up to fifth by Lap 22. Ricciardo had also recovered to P9.

Bottas, in second, was the first of the lead pack to stop on Lap 27 for a shot at a Vettel undercut but the German covered him off, stopping on the next lap, and again pulled out a gap on the Finn.

Räikkönen’s stop on Lap 29 promoted Hamilton to the lead, which he kept until he pitted Lap 43 – dropping back to fifth. He then set fastest laps to reel in Verstappen, who he passed for fourth on Lap 59. 

Verstappen was safe in fifth so pitted for the supersofts with a free stop in hand, while Hamilton closed in on Räikkönen for the podium. But the Brit had cooked his tyres in the closing laps - and had to settle for fourth.

Vettel, though, was in control up front and with Bottas unable to respond, the German cruised home to take his fifth victory of the year.


As broadcast on  14/11/2017.