F1 news recap: 2016 Brazilian Grand Prix

Jonathan Noble
motorsport.com

Here, we reflect on how the main players reacted to that spectacular race, where Lewis Hamilton’s brilliant charge to victory around Interlagos set up the prospect of a thrilling season finale in Abu Dhabi...

Hamilton: Easy win

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes AMG

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Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes AMG <span class="copyright">Glenn Dunbar / Motorsport Images</span>
Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes AMG Glenn Dunbar / Motorsport Images

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Podium: Third place Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing

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Podium: Third place Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing Glenn Dunbar / Motorsport Images

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But despite Hamilton's success and the implications for the title, he was not actually the main talking point after the race.

That accolade went to Max Verstappen, who pulled off some audacious overtaking moves to bounce back from a wrong strategy call to charge to a podium finish.

His delighted team boss Christian Horner said afterwards that the Dutchman's drive was right up there with some of Ayrton Senna and Michael Schumacher's best wet-weather drives. 

Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari SF16-H

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Not everyone was so happy though, with Sebastian Vettel pretty unimpressed with the way that Verstappen barged past him on his way out of the final corner.

Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB12

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Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB12 Red Bull Content Pool

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Verstappen's day wasn't perfect though, and there was one heart-stopping moment when he spun at the top of the hill and nearly crashed in to the barriers. He later revealed that lessons he learned riding quad bikes helped him in that moment.

Felipe Massa, Williams, carries a Brazilian flag as he walks back to his garage in tears after crashing

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One man who did get it wrong and end his race was Felipe Massa, who at that time felt that he was taking part in his final home grand prix.

Reflecting afterwards in his column, Massa revealed that he had had a secret farewell later in the evening with his home fans.

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Massa column: My secret farewell to home fans

For more news and reaction from the 2016 Brazilian Grand Prix, click HERE.

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