Vettel defeats Bottas to win Brazilian Grand Prix, Hartley retires with engine trouble

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Sebastian Vettel secured his fifth victory of the 2017 Formula 1 season with an impressive drive to defeat Valtteri Bottas in the Brazilian Grand Prix at Interlagos.

Vettel passed pole-sitter Bottas on the inside into Turn 1 and had the pace to fend off an attack from his Mercedes rival to secure Ferrari’s first victory since Hungary in July.

Bottas crossed the line second, 2.7 seconds adrift, with Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen holding off a charging Lewis Hamilton, who had started from the pitlane, to finish third for the third race in succession.

Vettel made a great start from second on the grid and though Bottas gave him a squeeze into Turn 1, the Ferrari driver made the move stick.

Further down the field, Kevin Magnussen squeezed Stoffel Vandoorne towards Daniel Ricciardo exiting Turn 2.

Ricciardo was spun round, dropping him to the back of the field, but he continued while Vandoorne and Magnussen retired immediately.

That incident sparked a safety car and was not the only clash on the opening lap – Esteban Ocon suffered the first retirement of his F1 career after being tagged by Romain Grosjean, who lost control of his Haas at Turn 5.

Grosjean continued, but was handed a 10-second time penalty for causing the collision, and ultimately finished 15th.

At the restart, Vettel retained the lead from Bottas, Raikkonen and Max Verstappen, with Felipe Massa delighting his home crowd with a pass around the outside of Fernando Alonso into Turn 1 for fifth.

Hamilton, running on soft tyres, made good progress through the field and was up into the points by lap nine, passing Pierre Gasly for 10th.

Bottas was the first to pit for softs, with Vettel pitting a lap later and rejoining just ahead of the Mercedes driver, managing to hold him off into Turn 4.

As those who started the race on the super-softs pitted, Hamilton inherited the lead and pushed on until lap 43, when he pitted, rejoining 15th – 19 seconds behind Vettel.

The four-time world champion was the fastest driver on the track, catching and passing Verstappen around the outside on the run to Turn 4 with 12 laps to go.

He then rapidly caught Raikkonen but a lock-up into Turn 1 dropped him back and he could not attack the Ferrari before the race’s end.

Verstappen, who struggled with his tyres in the closing stages leading to a late stop for super-softs, was fifth ahead of Red Bull team-mate Ricciardo.

Massa held off Alonso to take seventh in his final Brazilian Grand Prix and penultimate race of his F1 career.

Sergio Perez took ninth, crossing the line right behind Alonso, with Nico Hulkenberg scoring Renault’s first point since Singapore with 10th.

Race result

POSDRIVERCARGAP
1Sebastian VettelFerrari1h31m26.262s
2Valtteri BottasMercedes2.762s
3Kimi RaikkonenFerrari4.600s
4Lewis HamiltonMercedes5.468s
5Max VerstappenRed Bull/Renault32.940s
6Daniel RicciardoRed Bull/Renault48.691s
7Felipe MassaWilliams/Mercedes1m08.882s
8Fernando AlonsoMcLaren/Honda1m09.363s
9Sergio PerezForce India/Mercedes1m09.500s
10Nico HulkenbergRenault1 Lap
11Carlos SainzRenault1 Lap
12Pierre GaslyToro Rosso/Renault1 Lap
13Marcus EricssonSauber/Ferrari1 Lap
14Pascal WehrleinSauber/Ferrari1 Lap
15Romain GrosjeanHaas/Ferrari2 Laps
16Lance StrollWilliams/Mercedes2 Laps
Brendon HartleyToro Rosso/RenaultEngine
Stoffel VandoorneMcLaren/HondaCollision
Kevin MagnussenHaas/FerrariCollision
Esteban OconForce India/MercedesCollision

Drivers’ standings

POSDRIVERPOINTS
1Lewis Hamilton345
2Sebastian Vettel302
3Valtteri Bottas280
4Daniel Ricciardo200
5Kimi Raikkonen193
6Max Verstappen158
7Sergio Perez94
8Esteban Ocon83
9Carlos Sainz54
10Felipe Massa42
11Lance Stroll40
12Nico Hulkenberg35
13Romain Grosjean28
14Kevin Magnussen19
15Fernando Alonso15
16Stoffel Vandoorne13
17Jolyon Palmer8
18Pascal Wehrlein5
19Daniil Kvyat5
20Marcus Ericsson0
21Pierre Gasly0
22Antonio Giovinazzi0
23Brendon Hartley0

Constructors’ standings

POSCONSTRUCTORPOINTS
1Mercedes625
2Ferrari495
3Red Bull/Renault358
4Force India/Mercedes177
5Williams/Mercedes82
6Toro Rosso/Renault53
7Renault49
8Haas/Ferrari47
9McLaren/Honda28
10Sauber/Ferrari5

Vettel defeats Bottas to win Brazilian Grand Prix, Hartley retires with engine trouble

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