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Sebastian Vettel wins Brazil GP

14 Nov 2017, 01:39 ( 14 Nov, 2017)

DF-Xinhua Report
Scuderia Ferrari's German driver Sebastian Vettel kissses the trophy after winning the Hungarian F1 Grand Prix race at Hungaroring in Mogyorod, Hungary on July 30, 2017. File Photo Xinhua.

Germany's Sebastian Vettel won the Brazil Formula 1 Grand Prix on Sunday, giving Ferrari the win in the 19th and penultimate race of the season. He beat out Finland's Valtteri Bottas, who had taken the pole.

However, the already crowned 2017 champion Lewis Hamilton, put on a show for fans going from last place to fourth place, showing the skills that have led him to four world championships.

Vettel, a former three-time champion himself, won his fifth victory of the season and his third in Brazil after 2010 and 2013. Vettel overtook Bottas in the first turn and maintained the lead until the end.

He also counted on his Ferrari teammate, Finland's Kimi Raikkonen, who took third and denied Hamilton a place on the podium.

After the race, the champion said he was happy with the result, although he complained about the state of his tires in the final laps. He said that the day was "excellent" but regretted not being able to overtake Raikkonen due to his tires giving out.

Youngster Max Verstappen from Team Red Bull Racing-TAG Heuer finished fifth and set a record for the fastest lap at the Jose Carlos Pace autodrome in 1:11.044.

His teammate, Daniel Ricciardo, took sixth, another strong performance after he started way back in 14th.

Brazil's homegrown star, Felipe Massa, took part in his last performance on home soil as he will retire at the end of the season. He finished seventh in his Williams car.

The Formula 1 circus now relocates to Dubai for the last race of the 2017 season on Nov. 26. 

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