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Vettel wins in Brazil, as Hamilton rises to fourth // Bottas loses lead on first lap

Published by Christine Blachford

Vettel wins in Brazil, as Hamilton rises to fourth
Credit: Ferrari Media
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Valtteri Bottas' pole position lasted only moments as Sebastian Vettel swept past the Mercedes to take the lead into the first corner. There was chaos in the opening laps, as Romain Grosjean picked up a puncture and punted himself and Ocon off track. Daniel Ricciardo spun, dropping him down the field, after he'd made a good start trying to recover from a low grid position.

After an early safety car period to sort through the mess, Hamilton was calmly making his way through the field, providing much of the entertainment. He eventually wound up fourth at the chequered flag after starting last on the grid. Vettel won the race, with Bottas behind and Kimi Räikkönen rounding out the podium.

The Red Bull pair were down on pace, Verstappen very vocal throughout about his inability to keep up and overtake. Ricciardo recovered to sixth, with Massa taking an emotional seventh on his final home race in F1.