Nico Rosberg won the Brazilian Grand Prix on Sunday in a race that will be remembered as one of the most forgetful of all time. The battle for the lead with his Mercedes team mate got as close as half a second in the earlier stages but strangely Hamilton never looked in a position to overtake.
The Ferrari of Sebastian Vettel, who finished third, kept a watchful eye on proceedings. He was never in danger of threatening the Mercedes duo but close enough to prevent the Mercedes engineers from changing Hamilton’s race strategy. The Great Briton who is often prone to whinging when things do not go his way, was clearly audible over the team radio asking for a different strategy to his German team mate. They were not able to produce a magic wand and so he stayed in second. A racing driver relying on his team to produce results, surely not!
Further down the grid Max Verstappen’s meteoric rise continued. The 18 year old finished tenth but completed two audacious moves around the outside of turn 1 into the famous Senna S. The first move on the Force India of Sergio Perez was very close to a collision but both drove magnificently to avoid an incident and the second was around the Brazilian of Felipe Nasr. Not quite as close as when he overtook Perez but still stunning none the less. Respected pundits David Coulthard and Eddie Jordan even compared him to a young Senna or Michael Schumacher. Whether he is that good time will tell, but for now he seems to be the only reason worth tuning in for races. 2016 cannot come soon enough for Formula 1.