Brazilian Grand Prix: Race as it happened

Valtteri Bottas
Adriaan Slabbert Adriaan Slabbert

Follow all the action from Race Day at the Brazilian Grand Prix live right here.

01:44 It’s been a truly thrilling Brazilian Grand Prix, decided by the tiniest of margins.  In two weeks’ time, the sport will be putting on its final show of the 2017 season in Abu Dhabi, and we’ll be ready to talk you through it.  Thank you for your pleasant company, and we’ll be back when the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix rolls around.  Until then, take it easy!

01:39 Here are the top ten finishers for you, as Felipe Massa fends off Alonso to finish P7 in his final home race.

01:35 Sebastian Vettel has been untroubled by the drama behind him, he’s been flawless all day, and he wins in Brazil!  Bottas is P2, while Raikkonen has held off Hamilton to finish P3!

01:30 Hamilton is within a second of Raikkonen now, he’s stalking the Ferrari around the middle part of the lap, but there’s no way past just yet.

01:25 Only four seconds now separate Raikkonen and Hamilton.  The Mercedes man rattles off another fastest lap, and he has the Finn in his sights…

01:20 Hamilton is within a second of Verstappen now.  He attacks!  Verstappen holds the inside line into Turn One, but the the Mercedes man sweeps around the outside into Turn Four and that’s P4 for the world champion!  Raikkonen is five seconds up the road.

01:15 Grosjean has been handed a 10-second penalty for colliding with Ocon at the start, which he has now served.  The Frenchman is 16th and last.  Hamilton is only 3.5 seconds behind Verstappen now, is the Dutchman about to lose P4? He has reported that his tyres “feel like rocks”.

01:10 Hamilton is certainly having fun on his new supersofts.  The Briton sets the fastest lap of  the race, before firing in a time 0.4 seconds faster on his next attempt.  He’s 7.2 seconds behind Verstappen.  Can he possibly reach the podium?

01:05 Hamilton has finally pitted from the lead, and the Mercedes man takes on a set of supersoft tyres, which should take him to the end of the race.  Hamilton emerges in P5, 11 seconds behind Verstappen.  Ricciardo has also stopped for supersofts and is now P8.

01:00 Here’s the order for you:

00:55 It’s all settled for the moment, with Hamilton still leading, albeit with a pit stop to make at some point.  Vettel still looks on course for victory…

00:50 A picture of Bottas’ view as Vettel narrowly pipped him for the lead while coming out of the pits.  Raikkonen has been warned that Hamilton will be a threat for P3 at the end of the race, and the Finn responds by setting the fastest lap of the race.

00:45 Bottas is first of the leaders to pit, and he takes on a set of softs in a slick pit stop.  Vettel responds to the threat from the Mercedes, and a textbook stop from Ferrari ensure that the German just about stays ahead of the Finn.  The Ferrari pit crew were 0.6 seconds faster than the Mercedes crew during that stop, and it made the difference.  Raikkonen and Verstappen have also pitted, while Hamilton now leads, having started on soft tyres.

00:40 Hamilton is doing everything right today.  The Mercedes man is displaying scintillating pace and is only 17 seconds off the lead, despite coming through the field.  Could he be a factor later on?

00:35 Hamilton has caught up to the Massa/Alonso fight, and after a few laps of frustration, he’s past the Spaniard for P6.  The Mercedes man wastes no time and on the next lap, he sweeps past Massa for P5.  Ricciardo is now P9, while Vettel is 1.7 seconds clear of Bottas, and Mercedes have asked the Finn to close the gap.

00:30 Red Bull have asked Verstappen, who is just over a second behind Raikkonen, whether he is faster than the Finn.  The Dutchman responds in the affirmative, but admits that he is stuck.  Can Red Bull engineer a way past the Ferrari for their man?

00:25 Ricciardo has been quietly making up ground after his early setback.  The Red Bull man is now P11, while Hamilton is up to P7 after a pass on Perez.  Meanwhile, Alonso is fighting hard in P6 and is within a second of Massa in P5.

00:20 Hamilton has been busy, and he’s up to P9.  Vettel holds a lead of 1.6 seconds to Bottas, with Raikkonen a further 1.3 seconds behind the Mercedes.

00:15 The Safety Car is in, we’re back underway ! Vettel holds the lead, while Massa passes Alonso for P5!  Hamilotn is up to P13!  Here, meanwhile, is what the opening lap drama looked like from Vandoorne’s McLaren.

00:10 Replays suggest it was Stoffel Vandoorne that made contact with Ricciardo after being squeezed by Kevin Magnussen through Turn Two. The Belgian is out, and he’s joined in early retirement by Ocon and Grosjean.

00:05 Here come the lights, one, two, three, four, five, GO! Vettel makes a top start and is past Bottas into Turn One!  Raikkonen is P3, while Ricciardo suffers contact and spins!  Now a collision between Grosjean and Ocon and the Force India is in the barriers!  Safety Car!

00:00 Here’s the formation lap, Bottas leads them around, Hamilton is at the end of the pit lane…

23:55 We’re only moments away now, everything seems to be just about ready for the big moment…

23:50 The drivers have lined up for the national anthem, what a moment that must be for Massa.

23:45 15 minutes from the start, the cars have made their way to the grid.  It’s a glorious, warm day at Interlagos, which should keep things nice and simple, as much as anything can be simple in Formula 1.  The fastest way to complete the 71-lap race appears to be with one pit stop, although some drivers might try to be really aggressive and go for two stops.

23:40 While Formula 1 will be blessed with the talents of Vettel and Hamilton for years to come, today marks a farewell of sorts for the retiring Felipe Massa.  The Brazilian veteran will start his 268th and penultimate Grand Prix today, and while he will race for the final time in Abu Dhabi in two weeks’ time, there is a palpable feeling that his final home race is the “real” last chapter of his F1 career.  Massa has led more laps than any current driver around Interlagos, and has two Brazilian wins (2006, 2008) to his name.  Can he bow out on a high?

23:35 Speaking of podiums, a top-three finish for Sebastian Vettel would see him claim sole ownership of P4 on the list of all-time podium finishes, behind the likes of Alain Prost, Hamilton and the legendary Michael Schumacher.  The success already achieved by the likes of Vettel and Hamilton is frightening when it is considered that, at the ages of 30 and 32, respectively, there is still much to come from both of them.

23:30 Behind Bottas and the Ferrari pair, Max Verstappen will be aiming to add a second Brazilian podium to his record.  The Dutchman’s effort last year, when he came charging through the field from P14 to finish P3 in torrential rain, will surely live long in the memory as one of the finest drives of recent times.  Fernando Alonso, who did a mighty job of flogging his McLaren onto the third row of the grid, might just be eyeing up a taste of champagne by the day’s end, depending on what happens around him.

23:25 Bottas will have to know his business if he hopes to claim a third victory of the season.  The Finn has never stood on the Interlagos podium in his career, and there are doubts about his race pace relative to the red cars behind him.

23:20 Coming to today, here’s the official starting grid for you.  It’s been shuffled around a fair bit due to some penalties, but this is how the cars will line up when the lights go out.

23:15 For world champion-elect Lewis Hamilton, Qualifying was over before it began as he lost control of his Mercedes heading towards turn six on his first flying lap and ended up crashing heavily into the barriers.  The Briton was unharmed but will start today’s race from the pit lane.  Still, a driver of Hamilton’s quality can never be discounted.

23:10 After missing out by such a tiny margin, the German in the red car admitted that his lap wasn’t perfect, but he hasn’t given up on being first when it matters…

23:05 Yesterday, Valtteri Bottas proved to be fastest over one lap, touring Interlagos in a time of 1.08.322 to secure the third pole position of his Formula 1 career, pipping Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel by a mere 0.038 seconds.

23:00 Hello there, welcome to FOX Sports Asia’s coverage of Race Day at the Brazilian Grand Prix.  In one hour, the finest racing drivers on the planet will play their high-speed chess game around the Autodrom Jose Carlos Pace, commonly called Interlagos.  It promises to be a thriller, so stick with us.

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