Formula Racing

Brazil Grand Prix - The Race Review

Button wins a thriller in Brazil as Vettel takes third straight title – By Armaan Ebrahim

I don't think we've had such an eventful race in a long time. For all the fans it was the best season finale they could ask for. No one knew which way the title would go until the last 5 laps. I know I was on the edge of my seat for the entire race. Sebastian Vettel created history by becoming the youngest ever triple world championship while Jenson Button mastered the mixed conditions to dance his way to victory.

Red Bull and Sebastian Vettel had everything thrown at them from being spun around by Bruno Senna on the first lap and dropping to the tail of the field to then coming back to finish 6th and take his third title!No doubt that the mixed weather conditions and other competitors falling out did go Vettel’s way and help him move up the order but that I guess is the beauty and unpredictability this sport has to offer.

Mclaren’s day started off really well and looked like it was going to be a perfect weekend until Lewis Hamilton was taken out by Nico Hulkenberg when the latter made a move for then lead only to lose the rear end of the car because he was on the damp side of the track and hence going into Hamilton who was driving his last race for Mclaren. This worked into his team mate Jenson Button’s hand who inherited the lead and ran away with it to clinch a dominant win.

The next two spots on the podium had the Ferrari boys with Fernando Alonso in second and Filipe Massa in third. Alonso who was in contention for the title managed to beat his rival but just not by enough. Personally, I think he was the more deserving person to win the title but that's not how things work. After the race we could see the shock on his face when he saw his rival finish in the top six. This is the third time Alonso has lost a world title at the last race of the season. On the bright side I think Massa drove a fantastic race and earned his third place.

Sahara Force India and Nico Hulkenberg were on a dream run until the unfortunate incident which was followed by a drive through penalty. Nevertheless I'm sure they are still happy with finishing a strong 5th and finishing the season on a high. The Hulk made use of the slippery conditions and the car looked to be working really well. But his team mate Paul Di Resta had a race to forget, clearly out paced by the Hulk and fighting for a point throughout the Grand Prix which ended up with a big shunt into the wall coming onto the main straight. This brought out the safety car which stayed on till the end of the race.

It was an emotional weekend all together with the one and only legend Michael Schumacher driving in his last race who finished a very creditable 7th. We've been lucky to witness his era of dominance and he will be missed.

This year has I think has been one of or the best seasons, but it’s time to say goodbye for 2012 and get ready for another cracker year in 2013!

Germany GP

31st July 2016

  • Driver Team Time/Lag
  • Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:30:44.200
  • Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing + 6.996s
  • Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing + 13.413s
  • Nico Rosberg Mercedes + 15.845s
  • Sebastian Vettel Ferrari + 32.750s
  • Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari + 37.273s
  • Nico Hulkenberg Force India + 70.049
  • Jenson Button McLaren + 1 lap
  • Valtteri Bottas Williams + 1 lap
  • Sergio Perez Force India + 1 lap

Belgian GP

26th - 28thAug 2016

  • Practice 1 Fri 26th Aug 2016

  • Practice 2 Fri 26th Aug 2016

  • Practice 3 Sat 27th Aug 2016

  • Qualifying Sat 27th Aug 2016

  • Race Sun 28th Aug 2016

standings

Formula One World Championship 2016

  • Driver Points Team
  • Lewis Hamilton 217 Mercedes
  • Nico Rosberg 198 Mercedes
  • Daniel Ricciardo 133 Red Bull Racing
  • Kimi Räikkönen 122 Ferrari
  • Sebastian Vettel 120 Ferrari
  • Max Verstappen 115 Red Bull Racing
  • Valtteri Bottas 58 Williams Mercedes
  • Sergio Perez 48 Force India Mercedes
  • Felipe Massa 38 Williams Mercedes
  • Nico Hulkenberg 33 Force India Mercedes