Sebastian Vettel. Picture: REUTERS
Sebastian Vettel. Picture: REUTERS

Sao Paulo — Sebastian Vettel bounced back from his world championship disappointment in fine style on Sunday when he won a sunlit Brazilian Grand Prix for Ferrari.

The four-time world champion took the lead at the start and, apart from a period after his pit-stop, controlled an incident-packed race to finish 2.8sec ahead of pole-sitter Valtteri Bottas of Mercedes.

Another Finn Kimi Raikkonen, the 2007 champion, resisted late challenges from newly-crowned four-time champion Lewis Hamilton to hang on to third ahead of the second Mercedes driver, who had started the race from the pit lane.

Dutchman Max Verstappen came home fifth ahead of his Red Bull teammate Australian Daniel Ricciardo and retirement-bound local hero Felipe Massa, a rousing seventh for Williams.

The Brazilian emerged triumphant in his own private scrap to the line with two-time champion Fernando Alonso, who finished eighth.

Mexican Sergio Perez finished ninth for Force India and German Nico Hulkenberg 10th.

The race got off to a dramatic, crashed-marred start which forced three drivers to retire on the first lap.

Esteban Ocon in a Force India, McLaren’s Stoffel Vandoorne and Kevin Magnussen in a Haas were all out of contention as the safety car was summoned into action.

AFP

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