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"I had good pace - I could follow the guys in front, and I had a good fight with Nico at Turn 3".

"There is definitely something wrong as I don't think I have forgotten how to drive in the wet", said Button, who often revels in the inclement conditions.

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Brazilian Felipe Nasr, whose compatriot Felipe Massa crashed his Williams in his final home race, finished ninth to hand Sauber their first points of the season and allow the Swiss team to seize 10th place from Manor. But a surprise shower at the end of the race allowed Hamilton to get past a few struggling cars and just narrowly get the position he needed at the very last corner of the very last lap.

"I almost lost it", admitted Verstappen, whose Red Bull had a massive twitch on the straight as Raikkonen crashed. The team have given me a great auto and finally the reliability has been really good so the results have shown that.

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No driver has failed to be champion with eight or more wins in a season but Hamilton has nine after Interlagos, a triumph that also put him second on the all-time list. He produced a masterclass of a drive in Brazil, showing that he is a level above Rosberg in wet conditions.

Because of his dedication and diligent consistency Rosberg would make a worthy champion. "It is what we want to see more of in F1". Yes, Hamilton has the best auto, but at one stage of the race he was more than 25 seconds clear of team-mate Nico Rosberg.

"It was not the right result, but I will never forget this day, all of these people will be in my heart for the rest of my life". All but a half-dozen of the early laps were run behind a safety auto with drivers struggling to see through the tire spray. Hamilton, who lost a chunk of points earlier in the season to reliability issues, needs to outscore Rosberg by 13 points, meaning his best chance of winning the title would be securing victory with Rosberg fourth or lower. Maybe Hamilton was so far ahead of everyone else that he missed all the action that was going on behind him. It will be in two weeks at the Yas Marina Circuit, and it should be another good race with everything at stake.

But after Rosberg crossed the line in second place at Interlagos, the title tussle remains firmly in his control.

The Briton is now 12 points adrift with just one race remaining and says he can't do anything other than what he's doing now to overhaul Rosberg in the standings.


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