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Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton, of Britain, steers his auto during qualifying for the Brazilian Formula One Grand Prix at the Interlagos race track in Sao Paulo, Saturday, Nov. 12.

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.

The race, which began with a safety-car start, was twice interrupted with red flags - once for a high-speed crash on the straight by Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen - and in all featured the safety vehicle five times.

In the end Hamilton was a comfortable victor over Rosberg, with Max Verstappen claiming third and providing most of the interest in the final section of the race with his some stunning overtaking moves in the wet. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.theeagleonline.com.ng as the source.

Rosberg will be crowned Formula One's 33rd world champion on Sunday if Hamilton fails to prevent him from winning in Interlagos for a third consecutive year.

Hamilton says it being the 44th Grand Prix at the South American track was a positive omen for him admitting it was "kind of a lucky weekend". "It was very hard out there and I can live with second today, for sure". "Especially in the first part of the race, my mindset was - what can I do to get back forwards again?"

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"Whoever wins it will deserve it, but for his tenacity and determination, I'd edge slightly to Nico". After all, he's still up 12 points, and a race win is only 25 points. I am happy that we as a team have continued to make history and feel how my mechanics given to me at the beginning of the year have gelled so well and doing a fantastic job.

Even before he had left Brazil Lewis Hamilton struck an early psychological blow against his rival and Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg.

That race starts at 1pm GMT. He told the Sky commentator Martin Brundle from the podium: "I was genuinely chilling up front".

"It probably was one of the easiest one", he replied.

"This is the best that I could have hoped for really coming to Brazil".