Fifth Win for Nico Rosberg Massa Excluded from Race
By: S. Harding, Xiro Xone News November 15, 2015
With a well put together strategy by the Mercedes team, Nico Rosberg grabbed his fifth win of the season securing second place in the drivers' championship at the Brazilian Grand Prix.
“It feels great to win the races, for sure. Two in a row now, with pole positions as well. It’s just going a lot better at the moment, which I’m happy about that. I don’t have an exact explanation unfortunately, otherwise it would make it all a lot more simple. But of course I’ve been working at it a lot, because Lewis had the upper hand for the first part of the season and so, yeah, I’m pleased that it’s turned around at the moment,” said Rosberg.
Rosberg’s teammate, the “jedi Knight” Lewis Hamilton kept the pressure on his team-mate for most of the race as they adopted near identical three-stop strategies, a strategy which played into Rosberg’s favor and didn’t give the fans a chance to see any wheel to wheel action between the silver arrows. Hamilton eventually settled for second place after backing off in the closing stages.
“I think the strategy was good. The team had anticipated that the tyres would go longer than they were, which I wasn’t sure would be the case before the race, and it turns out it wasn’t. No, it’s just in the race you’re just trying to see… I love this track, it’s such a great circuit but unfortunately it’s so difficult to overtake. You get to within a second and you just lose downforce and there’s no way you can get any closer. And the DRS zone is kind of maybe not long enough, if that was to be the thing to make the difference, it’s almost not long enough. So I was just trying to see if there was any other kind of strategy. I mean, I’m our there racing so I’m looking for any kind of options. Surely there are not only two options for pit stops,” Hamilton said.
Sebastian Vettel finished third for Ferrari a further with his team-mate Kimi Raikkonen in fourth. Valtteri Bottas made a solid start from seventh on the grid to take fifth, Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg well deserved a well-deserved sixth place ahead of Daniil Kvyat's Red Bull.
Williams driver Felipe Massa faced a investigation after his tyres were found to be above the regulation tread temperature on the grid, Massa was later stripped of his eighth-place finish, promoting Romain Grosjean to eighth, Max Verstappen to ninth and Pastor Maldonado to tenth
Photo: Scuderia Toro Rosso
Max Verstappen once again stood as the man without fear, with a fantastic move on Sergio Perez on lap 33 that forced him wide and also allowed Romain Grosjean to move up a place. In the final stint Rosberg extended his lead over Hamilton again and at that point Hamilton backed off to settle for second.
Every driver up to Raikkonen was lapped by the end of the race displaying the dominance of the top two teams in a race over a short lap distance.
With the final round of the season in just two weeks in Abu Dhabi where Lewis hamilton took his second world title this time only pride is left to play for between the two Mercedes drivers.