As was imperative, Lewis Hamilton won the 2016 Formula 1 Brazilian Grand Prix at Interlagos, but the mid-season engine issues that plagued him at one point, meant that Nico Rosberg’s second-place finish was adequate to maintain a 12-point lead in the standing leading into the final race of the season in Abu Dhabi.
Team Red Bull teen sensation Max Verstappen, with typical teenage immunity to hazardous driving conditions, charged through the field from his 14th position on the starting grid to finish third in a rain-slicked track.
For Hamilton, it was his first win in Brazil, following in the footsteps of his hero Aryton Senna, who was legendary for his ability to race in rainy conditions.
Rain delayed the start of the race before it got underway behind the safety car and it required over three hours to run the race, with two red flag stoppages due to a crash by Kimi Raikkonen and another stop when the rain worsened.
For team Red Bull, it was racing strategy that proved their undoing, inasmuch as they could be undone against the superior power of the Mercedes-powered cars, when they changed tyres to adapt to a drying track, only to have to switch back when more rain fell.
Aussie Daniel Ricciardo finished eighth.