Vastavam web: It was all about who got the best start at Sunday’s Brazilian Grand Prix.Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel had it, starting from the second spot on the grid. Pole sitter Valtteri Bottas didn’t, and it probably cost the Mercedes driver the race.”I thought I had a pretty good launch,” said Vettel, who slipped by Bottas on the first turn, a left-hander heading down a slight grade at the rolling Interelagos circuit.
“I knew I had to go for it. There was a little bit of a gap and it turned out to be very important.” Hamilton started last after crashing in qualifying on the first lap, but managed to push his way into contention, staying out longer before pitting while the other leaders changed tires earlier because they were running on softer compounds.Hamilton closed relentlessly, and Vettel was asked if he was ever worried about the Englishman passing him.
Vettel has 302 points with the final race in two weeks in Abu Dhabi. Third-place Bottas has 280. Even if Bottas wins in Abu Dhabi, Vettel can take second place in the season rankings by finishing in eighth place or higher.”He’s got quite a lead now, so it will take a miracle in Abu Dhabi,” Bottas said. “I was very disappointed in the race start. After that, I was trying to catch up on Sebastian but it didn’t lead to anything more.” The victory was a long time coming for Vettel, a four- time champion like Hamilton, who had not won since the Hungarian Grand Prix in July.
Brazilian Felipe Massa finished seventh in his final race in Brazil. He will bow out of Formula One in two weeks and is expected to race next season in the electric-powered Formula E series.He won 11 races in his career and came within a point of taking the season title in 2008, which was won by Hamilton. A year ago he said he was retiring, only to come back with Williams. It won’t happen again, he said, addressing the sellout crowd at the Interlagos track.