Rosberg on a roll with Brazilian GP win

Sun Nov 15, 2015 4:45pm EST
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By Marcelo Teixeira

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Nico Rosberg won the Brazilian Formula One Grand Prix for the second year in a row on Sunday and denied Mercedes team mate Lewis Hamilton a first success in the homeland of his late hero Ayrton Senna.

Triple champion Hamilton, who has now failed in nine attempts to win in Brazil, finished 7.756 seconds behind for Mercedes's 11th one-two in 18 races so far this season.

Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel finished third for his 79th podium finish.

"Yeah guys, awesome," whooped Rosberg after controlling the race from pole to chequered flag.

He and Hamilton had been separated by less than a second for 10 laps after the first pitstop but the gap then widened.

"It was a good challenge from Lewis but I was able to control the pace," added the German, who refrained from too much exuberance on the podium out of respect for the victims of Friday's Paris attacks.

"We saw Lewis dropping off a lot with degradation and that confirmed it was important to take care of the tyres."

The victory in the season's penultimate race was Rosberg's fifth of the year, second in a row and 13th of his career, and secured the German second place in a championship already won by his British rival.   Continued...

Mercedes Formula One driver Nico Rosberg of Germany celebrates after winning the Brazilian F1 Grand Prix in Sao Paulo, Brazil, November 15, 2015.    REUTERS/Nacho Doce