British Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton, of Mercedes, celebrates after winning the Brazil GP at Interlagos in Sao Paulo.
British Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton, of Mercedes, celebrates after winning the Brazil GP at Interlagos in Sao Paulo. FERNANDO BIZERRA JR.

Race for F1 title goes down to the wire

MOTORSPORT: Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg will battle out the Formula One championship in the season's final race in Abu Dhabi in two weeks.

Three-time series champion Hamilton won the rain-delayed Brazilian Grand Prix, which was stopped by two crashes in driving rain during the first 28 of 71 laps. Drivers had trouble seeing through the tyre spray.

If Rosberg had won he would have claimed his first F1 title, but the German finished second to lead the season overall standings with 367 points to 355 for Hamilton.

Even if Hamilton wins the last race, Rosberg can claim the title by just finishing second or third.

"I was chilling up front,” Hamilton said. "When it rains, it's usually a good day for me.

"I'm hunting. All I can do is what I'm doing now. Abu Dhabi is usually a good track for me.”

Hamilton led from start to finish through all the starts and stops.

The race was run behind a safety car for the first seven laps. The second half was less eventful, but still was slowed by another crash and another spell under the safety car.

The victory, his first in Brazil, but the 52nd of his career, took Hamilton past Alain Prost in the all-time list and is second only to Michael Schumacher's tally of 91.

Max Verstappen came from 11th after a late pit stop to finish third. Australia's Daniel Ricciardo was eighth after a five-second time penalty incurred for entering the pit lane while it was closed.


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