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Hamilton wins wet Brazilian Grand Prix, Verstappen steals the show... again!

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Lewis HamiltonThe battle to be crowned Formula One World Champion will go down to the final race of the season in Abu Dhabi thanks to Lewis Hamilton producing a trouble free drive in the midst of a heavy downpour at the Interlagos circuit in São Paulo, Brazil. The win is Hamilton's first in 10 attempts in Brazil and the perfect time for him to achieve that feat to keep himself in the hunt for the Drivers' Championship.

Hamilton cut Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg's lead at the top of the standings down to 12 points after a flawless performance in conditions that were far too treacherous for racing and saw a couple of drivers escape unhurt from what could have been potentially serious accidents and witnessed two stoppages and a large chunk of time spent behind the safety car.

Hamilton summed up his race perfectly when on the podium, "I was generally just chilling up front, when it rains it is usually a good day for me. A big thank you to my team, we are creating history. It is just incredible and I am so proud to be part of it. No mistakes, no dramas, no spins, it was interesting to hear how many spins there were behind me."

On his part Nico Rosberg continued to do what he needs to win his first ever world title, finish second, though this time he was aided and abetted by the weather gods after Max Verstappen had overtaken him on the track only to make a poor decision to pit at the most unfortunate time for intermediate tyres and then embark on what is becoming one of his trademarks - spin, slide and pass - to battle his way back into the points after slipping down to 16th place before eventually finishing on the podium in 3rd place.

Rosberg said, "It didn't go my way, Lewis did a great job. It was very difficult conditions but I can live with second place today."

Sergio PerezSome clever positioning by the Force India team saw them almost collect a podium with Sergio Perez finishing marginally behind Verstappen, and only denied by the brilliance of the Dutchman, who made up 13 places in the rain in half an hour after returning to the full wets.

Max Verstappen's late burst provided some much needed entertainment after what was largely a farcical race for the opening hour and a half.

Verstappen though may well need to face yet another enquiry from the race stewards before he is guaranteed those points after a truly epic drive. The youngster did muscle Sebastian Vettel off the track on Lap 67, and the former world champion will undoubtedly be lodging yet another complaint. Vettel eventually finished fifth, overtaking the Toro Rosso of Carlos Sainz on the penultimate lap.

Sainz did well to see off pressure in the end from Nico Hulkenberg and Daniel Ricciardo, who were breathing down his neck on the last lap.

Felipe Nasr, racing at home, picked up the first points of the season for Sauber after producing an epic drive of his own, starting from 21st place to come in 9th.

The other local lad, home favourite Felipe Massa crashed late in the race on what was a disappointing way to end his final outing in front of the Brazilian fans, but was given an amazing ovation by all the teams as he made his way back to the Williams garage in tears.

The final race of the season will take place at the Yas Marina Circuit on the 27th of November.

Top 10: 1) Hamilton 2) Rosberg 3) Verstappen 4) Perez 5) Vettel 6) Sainz 7) Hulkenberg 8) Ricciardo 9) Nasr 10) Alonso