Conclusions from the Brazilian GP

He would not win again after the injury and only scored 11 podiums, compared with the 30 before.

"You must not underestimate that in traffic against the Ferraris it was pretty difficult". The then-teenager overtook 11 cars in the final 16 laps in a performance hailed as "one of the best drives I've seen in Formula 1" by Christian Horner, his team boss.

Hamilton produced a brilliant move to overtake Sergio Perez, going around the outside of the first corner and withstanding the Mexican's DRS-charged fightback. That wouldn't have happened in 'old' F1.

Lewis Hamilton was the star of the Brazilian Grand Prix as he came from the back to finish fourth in a race won by Sebastian Vettel.

"Sebastian Vettel extended his sincere apologies to the FIA and the wider motorsport family".

"He's got quite a good lead now so we need some miracles in Abu Dhabi". Hamilton was a second a lap quicker at some points and Vettel admitted that while his car was strong through the corners it was still losing on the straights at Interlagos.

Although Hamilton secured his fourth title two weeks ago in Mexico, he said the mistake was still painful as he aimed for victories at the two remaining races. Fourth place was scant reward for the champion's drive.

"I think, on one side, I messed up yesterday and put myself in the worst position".

This should have been a race where the American team scored points, but a disappointing qualifying and an even more disappointing race saw them leave empty-handed.

The other issue is in the cockpit.

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.

It was Ferrari's first complete weekend in months. Toro Rosso and the French manufacturer also engaged in some verbal sparring about reliability of the power unit.

Alonso drove the wheels off his McLaren but couldn't get past Massa. "So, we probably haven't seen the real race". Romain Grosjean, who took out Ocon, was handed a 10-second penalty for his part in the early mayhem. Team-mate Sergio Perez finished ninth to narrowly extend his lead in one of the closest inter-team battles in the paddock.

  • Ricardo Clara