Nico Rosberg achieved his second successive Formula 1 victory with a commanding drive at Interlagos.
The pole sitter came across his Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton on the approach to the Senna S on the opening lap. Nico defended his track position and from there, controlled the pace and record win number 13.
Newly-crowned champion Hamilton asked his team if it could adapt his race strategy to give him an opportunity to beat Rosberg, but in the end, Lewis had to follow his team-mate on a three-stop and crossed the finishing line 7.7 seconds adrift.
During the second stint, the Silver Arrows ran very close but Hamilton dropped away due to heavy tyre wear.
Rosberg’s fifth victory of the season secured second in the drivers’ championship as his main rival Sebastian Vettel could only finish third for Ferrari.
The Brazilian Grand Prix was quite processional with some added action in the midfield. The small threat of rain in the closing stages never materialising and Rosberg lapping everyone up to fourth position.
Ferrari was unable to challenge Mercedes. Vettel tried something different by running a second stint on the softs as most chose mediums but could not get closer and finished comfortably clear of two-stopping team-mate Kimi Raikkonen in third.
Valtteri Bottas made a brilliant start from his penalised seventh on the grid to squeeze past Daniil Kvyat and Nico Hulkenberg for fifth.
But that was as good as it got for the Williams driver, who stayed in that position for the remainder of the race and ensured his Williams team clinched third in the constructors’ championship.
Hulkenberg took the flag in sixth place, ahead of Kvyat and Felipe Massa, whose Williams team was summoned to the stewards after the race in relation to a tyre pressure and temperature discrepancy on the grid.
Romain Grosjean was ninth ahead of Max Verstappen, who made a series of passes in the final stint after choosing to run the soft.
It was Verstappen’s sixth successive points-scoring finish, which is record run for a Toro Rosso driver.
His bold passes at Senna S was the highlight of the Brazilian Grand Prix. Max’s move on Sergio Perez was spectacular.
It was a complete contrast day for Carlos Sainz Jr, who had a problem on the grid and had to start from the pitlane before retiring on the opening lap.
Pastor Maldonado, who ended up P11, collided with Marcus Ericsson at the Senna S, tipping the Sauber into a spin and incurring a five-second penalty.
Daniel Ricciardo, running the updated Renault engine, was P12, ahead of Felipe Nasr and the McLaren duo Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso.
Ericsson, who lost five positions on the first lap when he ran wide at the Descida do Lago, continued after the contact with Maldonado but lost too much ground and finished P17.
The Manor-run Marussias of Will Stevens and Alexander Rossi, who will be replaced by Roberto Merhi for the final race in Abu Dhabi, completed the finishers in P18 and P19 respectively.
Brazilian Grand Prix, race results after 71 laps:
1 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1h31m09.090s
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 7.756s
3 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 14.244s
4 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 47.543s
5 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Mercedes 1 Lap
6 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1 Lap
7 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull-Renault 1 Lap
8 Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 1 Lap
9 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Mercedes 1 Lap
10 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso-Renault 1 Lap
11 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull-Renault 1 Lap
12 Pastor Maldonado Lotus-Mercedes 1 Lap
13 Sergio Perez Force India-Mercedes 1 Lap
14 Felipe Nasr Sauber-Ferrari 1 Lap
15 Jenson Button McLaren-Honda 1 Lap
16 Fernando Alonso McLaren-Honda 1 Lap
17 Marcus Ericsson Sauber-Ferrari 2 Laps
18 Will Stevens Marussia-Ferrari 4 Laps
19 Alexander Rossi Marussia-Ferrari 4 Laps
– Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso-Renault Retirement
1 Lewis Hamilton 363
2 Nico Rosberg 297
3 Sebastian Vettel 266
4 Valtteri Bottas 136
5 Kimi Raikkonen 135
6 Felipe Massa 121
7 Daniil Kvyat 94
8 Daniel Ricciardo 84
9 Sergio Perez 68
10 Nico Hulkenberg 52
11 Max Verstappen 48
12 Romain Grosjean 47
13 Felipe Nasr 27
14 Pastor Maldonado 26
15 Carlos Sainz 18
16 Jenson Button 16
17 Fernando Alonso 11
18 Marcus Ericsson 9
19 Roberto Merhi 0
20 Alexander Rossi 0
21 Will Stevens 0
1 Mercedes 660
2 Ferrari 401
3 Williams-Mercedes 257
4 Red Bull-Renault 178
5 Force India-Mercedes 120
6 Lotus-Mercedes 73
7 Toro Rosso-Renault 66
8 Sauber-Ferrari 36
9 McLaren-Honda 27
10 Marussia-Ferrari 0
Next race: Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Yas Marina. November 27-29.