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Summary

  1. Hamilton wins, Rosberg 2nd
  2. Title goes on to Abu Dhabi; Rosberg leads by 12 points
  3. Race is stopped twice after crashes in heavy rain
  4. Verstappen overtakes several cars brilliantly, and goes from 13th to third in final 16 laps
  5. Grosjean, Ericsson, Raikkonen, Palmer, Massa, Gutierrez out

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By Jamie Strickland

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Well that was an epic. It was frustrating at times but the 2016 Brazilian GP ultimately delivered in a big, big way.

When we all sat down to watch today there were only two men, Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg, in our thoughts. It was going to take something exceptional to remove them from top billing - and that's exactly what we got.ย 

Max Verstappen's performance was right out of the top drawer, earning deserved comparison with storied wet-weather drives by Ayrton Senna, Michael Schumacher and Hamilton. And as for that save following his half-spin on the pit straight? Well, that will be replayed for years.

Verstappen's heroics have unfairly taken the spotlight off Hamilton, who was also superb throughout and a dominant winner over team-mate Rosberg, whose wait for a maiden world title goes on.

We'll be back with you for the final race in Abu Dhabi in a fortnight, when we will finally learn the destiny of the 2016 world title.ย 

See you then.

There is some great graffiti at the Interlagos track, with a wall of champions (see top video) and an artists impression of the race for the drivers' championship (see bottom video).

That race still has one final act to play out. In two weeks' time comes the last race of the season - the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, where either Nico Rosberg or Lewis Hamilton will win the 2016 world title.

Wall of champions at Interlagos, Brazil
Race to the title wall at Interlagos, Brazil

The rain came and we did it! P6 in one of the most difficult races of my life. Battling with cars that yesterday where 2sec faster was fun!

Listen to an epic rant from Niki Lauda

BBC Radio 5 live

Niki Lauda was furious with the decision to stop the race for a second time, as he told BBC Radio 5 live in an excellent interview.

Listen to the clip here.

Niki Lauda says that Formula 1 is over-regulated

'Stunning stuff'

Listen to BBC Radio 5 live commentary as Red Bull's Max Verstappen moves up to third with a brave move to overtake Sergio Perez.

Verstappen snatches 3rd place from Perez with a daring overtake.

Mark Gallagher

BBC Radio 5 live Formula 1 analyst

Big results today for @SauberF1Team & @ForceIndiaF1 So important that these independent teams thrive. Not easy to do what they do. #F1

'I will never forget this day'

Felipe Massa has been talking about his emotional final Brazilian Grand Prix, which saw him crash before he received a great reaction from the home fans as he walked back to the pits.

"It is so difficult to explain the feeling, this is such a special place for me," Massa tells Sky Sports.

"God knows what to do. Just stopping in that place, the feeling from the people was so special.

"I just say 'thank you' to everyone. It is an honour to be part of this world and it is difficult to explain the feeling. It was not the right result, but I will never forget this day, all of these people will be in my heart for the rest of my life."

Massa and the fans
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'Absolutely fearless'

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner has been giving his views on Max Verstappen's performance and the move where the Dutchman narrowly avoiding crashing after spinning.

"It is one of the best drives I've seen in Formula 1, his recovery was amazing," Horner tells Sky Sports. "We gave it a go on the intermediates, it was the kind of call that could have won him the race, but the rain got heavier.

"We put him on extreme wets and said let's go for it. From the moment he got going after that restart he was determined to get on that podium. He was looking for the grip, he has done a lot of karting and was using that experience and those lines.

"He was absolutely fearless in pretty horrific conditions. It was an amazing drive and he deserved that podium and the reaction from the crowd."

UPDATED DRIVERS' STANDINGS One race left 12 points in it ๐Ÿ˜ฎ #BrazilGP #F1

UPDATED DRIVERS' STANDINGS One race left 12 points in it ๐Ÿ˜ฎ #BrazilGP #F1

It was incredible - Jos Verstappen on son Max

Jos Verstappen, Max's father, started in 106 Formula 1 races and even he was astounded by his son's performance.

"I have never seen something like this, he has surprised even me," Jos told Sky Sports. "I have seen many races he did, but today it was incredible. He did himself proud today. It is what we want to see more of in F1."

'One of my easier races'

More from race winner Lewis Hamilton, who is 12 points behind Nico Rosberg with one race to go.

"I'm hunting, and all I can do is do what I am doing," says Hamilton. "The team have given me a great car and finally the reliability has been good. Right now I'm just living in the moment.

"This was my dream when I was five or six watching Ayrton (Senna) race. This is one of my easier races. I didn't have any spins, any moments. It was pretty straightforward."

Hamilton up to second on all-time wins list

That win was Lewis Hamilton's 52nd in F1, relegating Alain Prost to third on the all-time list.ย 

I remember when I was a nipper looking at 51 wins for Prost and thinking "that won't be beaten".

Well, Michael Schumacher's 91 wins emphatically proved me wrong on that one - and now Hamilton has surpassed the four-time champion too.

Bravo, that man.

Alain Prost
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'Great overtakes'

Red Bull's Max Verstappen, who came third, said: "It was an incredible race, with red flags and difficult conditions, especially on the main straight."

On the incident where he spun and nearly crashed, he said: "Maybe I clipped the kerb, locked all four wheels and managed to keep it out of the rail. After that I was 15th, 14th, I don't know where I was and had some great overtakes to get on to the podium.

"I couldn't see when I was behind them, so I had to take a different line."

Verstappen celebrates
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'When it rains it is usually a good day for me'

Race winner Lewis Hamilton says: "I want to say a big thank you to the fans, that was a long, late race.

"I appreciate all the support and the fans are so welcoming to us. I was generally just chilling up front, when it rains it is usually a good day for me.

"A big thank you to my team, we are creating history. It is just incredible and I am so proud to be part of it. No mistakes, no dramas, no spins, it was interesting to hear how many spins there were behind me."

Lewis Hamilton
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'I can live with second place today'

Nico Rosberg P2: "It didn't go my way, Lewis did a great job. It was very difficult conditions but I can live with second place today."

On Verstappen's amazing half-spin: "I arrived in the straight and saw him pointing 90 degrees towards the wall - I was thinking, 'what the hell?!'"

On race control's decision to twice red-flag the race: "It was on the limit but they got it right, They did a good job judging it."

Nico Rosberg
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Handshake for Max

Podium interviewer Martin Brundle says he "has to shake the hand" of Max Verstappen after that drive.ย 

Brundle has been in this game a long time and I'm sure he knows a special talent when he sees one. And he truly rates this guy.

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C L i N T: I tell you what, Max Verstappen deserves a world championship before Nico Rosberg.

John Service: Absolutely incredible drive from Max Verstappen at the #BrazilGP. From 14th to 3rd in just a handful of laps. Breathtaking stuff.

Podium celebrations
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Scenes down at Sauber

If you could only see and hear what is going on in our garage now..! We have been fighting so hard for this! OMG!!! #BrazilGP #F1

Make sense of that lot...

Andrew Benson's report is being compiled by the BBC F1 elves. It's here for your reading pleasure.

Respect. The 2016 title battle goes down to Abu Dhabi... #BrazilGP ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท #F1

Respect. The 2016 title battle goes down to Abu Dhabi... #BrazilGP ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท #F1

Benson sums it up

Andrew Benson

Chief F1 writer in Sao Paulo

"Hamilton - stunning. Rosberg - bank those points. Verstappen - wow; just wow" ย 

Max Verstappen
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Sauber earn first points of season

What a race! Speechless - great race by Felipe finishing in P9 starting from P21! ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป 2 points ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ #yeah #F1 #BrazilGP #Obrigado

Mark Gallagher

BBC Radio 5 live Formula 1 analyst

That's a big 'Yey' from Lewis, a 'phew' from Nico & a 'Red Bull gives you Wings' from Max. Thank goodness for him; Gave the fans a race #F1

Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton
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That winning feeling ๐Ÿ’ช @LewisHamilton #BrazilGP ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท #F1

That winning feeling ๐Ÿ’ช @LewisHamilton #BrazilGP ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท #F1

Retirements

Gutierrez, Massa, Palmer, Raikkonen, Ericsson, Grosjean ย 

Massa
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Result: 11-16

11 Bottas 12 Ocon 13 Kvyat 14 Magnussen 15 Wehrlein 16 Button ย 

Result: top 10

1 Hamilton 2 Rosberg 3 Verstappen 4 Perez 5 Vettel 6 Sainz 7 Hulkenberg 8 Ricciardo 9 Nasr 10 Alonso

Hamilton celebrates
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Horatio McSherry: Max Vestappen is driving like a man possessed. Utterly extraordinary. One of the greatest drives I've seen in nearly 30 years of F1.

Lauren McCarthy: This driving by Verstappen is simply ridiculous. How on earth is he 19, absolute genius.

JavelBleach: Wow. Best race I've seen from one driver for a very long time.

Team radio - Lewis Hamilton

"Wooooooh! Yes! Brazil!"

Hamilton breaks Brazil duck

What a time to earn his first Brazilian Grand Prix win.ย 

It's taken 10 attempts but finally Hamilton is going to take the top step of the podium in Interlagos.ย 

A stunning, stunning drive. Rosberg never had a sniff of him and his lead in the title race is down to 12 points.ย 

Hamilton is congratulated
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BreakingChequered flag

LEWIS HAMILTON WINS THE BRAZILIAN GRAND PRIX AND THE TITLE RACE GOES TO ABU DHABI

FINAL LAP

We're going to full distance after all.

LAP 67/71 VES attacks VET, and Seb has nowhere to go... VET: He pushed me off the track!" ๐Ÿ—ฃ #BrazilGP ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท #F1
LAP 67/71 VES attacks VET, and Seb has nowhere to go... VET: He pushed me off the track!" ๐Ÿ—ฃ #BrazilGP ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท #F1
LAP 67/71 VES attacks VET, and Seb has nowhere to go... VET: He pushed me off the track!" ๐Ÿ—ฃ #BrazilGP ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท #F1

LAP 67/71 VES attacks VET, and Seb has nowhere to go... VET: He pushed me off the track!" ๐Ÿ—ฃ #BrazilGP ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท #F1

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STONEY: Max Verstappen is the best thing to happen to #F1 in years. Only a matter of time before he's the champion.

Steven Hayhurst: Verstappen reminds me of Schumacher in his prime in wet conditions.

Waั•iyullah Budye: Max Verstappen! There's something about this kid. Love his fearless driving!

Verstappen up to third place

This lad really is special. Don't forget not so long ago he was down in 16th place.ย 

He's just taken Sergio Perez for third place - another typically gutsy move, around the outside of turn 10, over the kerbs and gets the job done into Juncao.ย 

Perez next in Verstappen's sights

Three laps to go (or four minutes)

Order is Hamilton, Rosberg, Perez, Verstappen, Sainz, Vettel

Team radio - Sebastian Vettel

"He pushed me off the track, I was a little ahead with my nose and he just pushed me off the track."

Verstappen passes Vettel - and forces him off

These two won't be sending each other Christmas cards.

Verstappen dives down the inside of Vettel into Juncao and forces the Ferrari onto the grass.ย 

Vertstappen then takes fourth place from Carlos Sainz.

Stunning.

Verstappen
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