Rosberg wins in Brazil to cut Hamilton's lead

Sun Nov 9, 2014 5:24pm EST
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By Alan Baldwin

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Germany's Nico Rosberg won the Brazilian Grand Prix on Sunday to end team mate Lewis Hamilton's run of five successive victories and cut the Briton's championship lead to 17 points with one race remaining.

Hamilton took the chequered flag 1.4 seconds behind after setting the fastest lap, with Mercedes breaking Formula One records with 11 one-two finishes and 30 podium placings in a season.

"It was a great weekend," said Rosberg, who started on pole position after lapping fastest in phase of qualifying at Interlagos.

"The whole weekend I've been feeling comfortable in the car, I was able to attack and control the gap to Lewis in the race so that worked out great.

"There's still all to play for. I just need to keep this going now," added the German, whose win made up for last weekend when he started on pole in Texas and lost out to Hamilton.

The final race at Abu Dhabi on Nov. 23 will offer double points for the first time, and 50 for the winner, but Hamilton needs only a second-place finish to wrap up his second title.

Hamilton has 334 points to Rosberg's 317.

The team's victory equaled the record of 15 in a season held jointly by Ferrari and McLaren, with Rosberg now on five to his British rival's 10.   Continued...

(L-R): First runner up Mercedes Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain, winner Mercedes Formula One driver Nico Rosberg of Germany and second runner up Williams Formula One driver Felipe Massa of Brazil react during the podium ceremony after the Brazilian Grand Prix in Sao Paulo November 9, 2014. REUTERS/Paulo Whitaker