Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel won the penultimate Grand Prix of the Formula 1 season in Brazil on Sunday.
Despite the driver’s championship having already been won by Lewis Hamilton last time out in Mexico, Sebastian Vettel was determined to remind everyone he is still a force to be reckoned with in the sport.
The German largely dominated the race, passing Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas early on and rarely coming under any pressure from the Finnish driver. By taking the chequered flag, Vettel won his first Grand Prix since July, when he won in Hungary. Whilst it will serve as little consolation for losing out on the world title, such a comfortable victory demonstrates that both Vettel and Ferrari are more than capable of challenging Lewis Hamilton next season.
However, the crowd focus was all on hometown hero Felipe Massa. The Brazilian racer is set to retire from Formula One at the end of the season and Sunday’s Grand prix was the last time former Ferrari driver will drive in front of his native fans. Massa, who came within moments of being world champion in 2008, came out of retirement following the abrupt retirement of last year’s champion Nico Rosberg, however he insists this time he will be leaving track permanently.