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Sebastian Vettel beats Valtteri Bottas to win in Brazil

Sebastian Vettel claimed his fifth win of the season after beating Valtteri Bottas to victory at the Brazilian Grand Prix.

Vettel never looked back after a bold move on the inside saw him take the lead from Bottas in the first corner and Ferrari's strategy ensured he retained the lead through the single round of pit stops.

Kimi Raikkonen completed the podium in third -- his sixth rostrum appearance at Interlagos -- having successfully fended off a late charge from the recovering Lewis Hamilton, who crossed the line just 0.8s behind the Ferrari driver and 5.4s adrift of Vettel in first after starting from the pitlane following his crash in qualifying.

Max Verstappen led Red Bull's charge in a distant fifth, ahead of teammate Daniel Ricciardo, who recovered from 14th to seal sixth place, while Felipe Massa put in a superb drive at his final Brazilian Grand Prix to claim seventh, pipping former teammate Fernando Alonso to the chequered flag.

Sergio Perez followed the McLaren driver home in ninth to continue Force India's impressive run of points-scoring finishes, while Nico Hulkenberg rounded out the top ten to score a point that could prove crucial in the battle for sixth place in the constructors' championship, with the French manufacturer now just four points adrift of Toro Rosso with one round remaining.

How the race unfolded

Vettel made the better start to jump Bottas off the line, while chaos ensued behind. Ricciardo spun through the Senna-S curves after receiving a tap from the squabbling pair of Kevin Magnussen and McLaren's Stoffel Vandoorne behind, who were both out on the spot after coming to blows.

In a separate incident just moments later, Esteban Ocon and Romain Grosjean collided on the run to Turn 7. Grosjean slid into the side of Ocon as the pair diced for position and was later handed a 10-second time penalty for causing a collision. Ocon was unable to continue in his heavily damaged Force India, ending his remarkable run of finishing every single grand prix he has started.

Both incidents prompted the immediate deployment of the Safety Car, which led the remaining runners through the pit lane for five laps to allow marshals to clear the debris at Turns 1 and 2. Vettel made the perfect restart when racing resumed to scamper clear of Bottas.

The German built a steady gap of around 2s until Mercedes called Bottas into the pits on Lap 28, in an attempt to undercut Vettel. The move proved unsuccessful, with Vettel emerging fractionally ahead of Bottas having made his own stop on the following lap. Bottas soon began to drop away as he struggled for pace on his fresh set of softs.

Author: Lewis Larkam, ESPN UK
Source: http://www.espn.co.uk/f1/story/_/id/21386900/sebastian-vettel-beats-valtteri-bottas-win-brazil

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