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Rosberg dashes Hamilton’s dream of emulating Senna

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Nico Rosberg won the Brazilian Grand Prix and, thus, beat Lewis Hamilton for the second race in succession. The German converted the pole position he had earned in qualifying ( his fifth consecutive pole) into a lead at the first corner itself and controlled the race thereafter. Although Hamilton looked faster he was unable to get close enough to try to pass his team-mate, Rosberg. Mercedes dominated the race but there was plenty of tension between their two drivers as Hamilton’s competitive desire stayed undimmed in spite of him settling his third world title two races ago.

Hamilton had made slightly the better start but was forced to the outside at the first corner by some aggressive driving by the German, and had to settle into second place from the early laps. He didn’t give up though, and kept pushing till the very end, staying just over a second and a half behind until their first pit stops and then making a push to try to pass his team-mate in the first part of the second stint. For nearly 10 laps, Hamilton was within a second of his team-mate, before his tyres began to lose their edge and he had to back off. Nico Rosberg drove a strong, aggressive race in front of him and seldom showed signs of burn out in concentration, energy or spirit. When Hamilton attempted to sling-shot out of his slipstream into the first corner and through the Senna ‘S’ curves, Rosberg gave him no encouragement and little room to manoeuvre.

By winning the Brazilian Grand Prix, Rosberg sealed his place as runner-up in this year’s Formula One world championship.

Triple champion Hamilton has now failed in nine attempts to win in Brazil, something that his idol Ayrton Senna did after 8 attempts.

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