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Changing Fortunes Shave Points On Slick Track at F1 Brazilian Grand Prix

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Nico Rosberg got out in front of championship leader and teammate, Lewis Hamilton, at the start of the race, and held on to win the Formula One Grand Prix, in Brazil. The win shaved 7-points away from Hamilton’s 24-point lead.

The day offered a few surprises that started when, the only driver to win a race other than the Mercedes team, Red Bull Daniel Ricciardo, had car problems and could not finish the race after lap 39.  While 4-time champion and Ricciardo teammate Sebastian Vettel, finished fifth.

Pit stop delays due to a loose belt and graining tires cost Williams-Martini’s most promising driver, Valtteri Bottas, a third or fourth place finish. However, the Finn still managed to finish tenth.  

Bottas teammate, the Brazilian Felipe Massa coming in third was a crowd pleaser. He was at home, surrounded by friends, fans and family.  To see Massa standing on the podium, meant a lot to the vibrant crowd and the country.

Out-going McLaren driver and 2009 champion Jenson Button, had an impressive fourth place finish, while Vettel could not push the car higher than fifth.  After a benign battle on the track with his teammate Kimi Raikkonen, Fernando Alonso was sixth, leaving Raikkonen seventh.

In other on-track action, Sauber driver Nico Hulkenberg, who is not sure if he will have a seat in 2015, finished eighth, and the young rookie Kevin Magnussen with McLaren, was ninth.

The championship leader Lewis Hamilton, and second place Nico Rosberg, will have to wait until Abu Dhabi on November 23rd, to see who will be crowned, the 2014 champion.