2016 Brazilian Grand Prix Review: Verstappen the star of the show as Nasr is the hero for Sauber and title race goes to the wire

The Brazilian Grand Prix at the Jose Carlos Pace Autodrome always springs some surprises. I predicted anything could happen in Brazil and after the 2016 edition produced one of the longest races of the decade behind Jenson Button’s 2011 victory in Canada; it did not disappoint. There were cheers, celebrations, heartache and tears alongside boos from the fans in the grandstands after 2 Red Flags during the race and an unbelievable 33 tedious laps behind the Safety Car. Then there was the action when it eventually got going and the emotional farewell from Sao Paulo crowd to home favourite Felipe Massa.

The podium in Brazil with Lewis Hamilton in the centre, Nico Rosberg and a Mercedes team representative to his right and Max Verstappen to his left [Image from Grandprix247]
The podium in Brazil with Lewis Hamilton in the centre, Nico Rosberg and a Mercedes team representative to his right and Max Verstappen to his left [Image from Grandprix247]

After over three hours and a delayed start by 10 minutes, it was Lewis Hamilton who took the chequered flag to take the Drivers Championship battle to the finale in Abu Dhabi. Two records tumbled with Hamilton’s victory. It was his 52nd victory in F1 and now he has 2nd place in the all-time winners list to himself as well as it being a win at the 24th circuit in his F1 career. No another driver in F1 history has won at so many circuits. read more

2016 Brazilian Grand Prix Preview

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Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton on the podium in Mexico [Image from Sky Sports]
Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton on the podium in Mexico [Image from Sky Sports]
Daniel Ricciardo eventually got his hands on the third place trophy but was not on the podium to celebrate it [Image from Sky Sports]
Daniel Ricciardo eventually got his hands on the third place trophy but was not on the podium to celebrate it [Image from Sky Sports]
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2016 Mexican Grand Prix: Lewis Hamilton matches Alain Prost as he closes the gap to 19 points!

Gerard Butler does a shoey was a highlight of the United States Grand prix weekend as Lewis Hamilton won his 4th race in Austin![Image from BBC Sport]
Gerard Butler does a shoey was a highlight of the United States Grand prix weekend as Lewis Hamilton won his 4th race in Austin![Image from BBC Sport]

Lewis Hamilton controlled the United States Grand Prix from pole position to win his 7th win of the season and the 50th of his career (the third man to reach 50 wins in F1 history). He came into the race 33 points behind teammate Nico Rosberg in the Drivers Championship. Rosberg’s second pit stop came under a Virtual Safety Car period which allowed him to effectively steal second place from Red Bulls Daniel Ricciardo; who it must be said had the measure of the Championship leader. Instead, Ricciardo settled for third and a shoey with Gerard Butler. Sebastian Vettel finished a distant 4th while Fernando Alonso and Carlos Sainz matched their best results of the season to finish 5th and 6th respectively. In 7th was Felipe Massa for Williams and was followed by Sergio Perez for Force India in 8th. Jenson Button finished 9th to give McLaren their second double points finish in three races and their fourth of the season while Romain Grosjean marked his 100th Grand Prix with a point for Haas in their first home race.

So, after the joys of Taylor Swift, Usher and Mr Butler, Formula One moved from Texas, south and across the border into Mexico City for the Day of the Dead and the Mexican Grand Prix! read more