Sebastian Vettel wins Brazilian Grand Prix after Lewis Hamilton fightback

• Vettel beats Valtteri Bottas and Kimi Raikkonen into second and third
• Hamilton finishes fourth after starting race in pit lane

Sebastian Vettel won the Brazilian Grand Prix for Ferrari, putting in a commanding performance to beat the Mercedes of Valtteri Bottas into second place, with Kimi Raikkonen taking third. Lewis Hamilton, crowned world champion at the last round in Mexico, had started from the pitlane at the Autódromo José Carlos Pace after crashing in qualifying but came back with a determined and aggressive drive to secure an impressive fourth place.

The championship has been decided but Vettel has been clear he wanted a strong finish to the season and the win will be of some solace for the German and Ferrari. Vettel said on Saturday that he and the team would have “failed” if they did not secure second place in the championship, behind Hamilton. He was 15 points ahead of Bottas and now goes into the final round in Abu Dhabi with a 22-point lead and that second place almost assured.

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