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2016 Brazilian Grand Prix championship points

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  1. Red Bull binned it with their tyre strategy.. they could have had Max fight for the win if they just stuck him on those tyres.

    Rosberg must be thanking his lucky stars right now… his tactical and safe approach almost back fired on him. It’s a real pity. If Max and Dan didn’t pit for inters, there was a decent chance for Rosberg to finish in P4, which would have made the last race of the season really interesting.

    1. There is still a chance that Rosberg’s more cautious approach could bite him….you never know what may catch you out in the final race….an inopportune safety car? Engine failure? Bad set of tires, or puncture? The Red Bulls are coming on strong, if Nico is nervous (and he for sure will be with what’s on the line) in Abu Dhabi, they could do the job and get past him, which would really gut him. Of course, none of it is going to matter if Hamilton’s engine goes up in flames or he has troubles of his own, but at any rate the race for the championship is still in peril for Nico.

    2. This was what I was thinking after the race. RB absolutely lost it today with those stops to intermediates. Max could have had a shot against Lewis, and Ric on Nico. Probably Lewis was way too far and too quick for Max. However, still unsure that Ric would have got Nico considering the pace difference between Max and Ric.. Lewis’ pace was just absurd today in the wet.

    3. Max would have finished before Nico. But Dan… I guess not. So still with a third position, Nico would not need to win at Abu Dhabi, P2 would be enough.

      But the fun part would have been Max going for the win which would have been a real disaster for Lewis, Nico would need only P6

      Or worse yet, a tangle and a DNF, and the title straight to Nico.

      So I’m not sure the strategic mistake of RBR was so good for Nico, might very well have been the other way around.

  2. Sad to see Manor lose their 10th place.

    And really happy to see Force India finish fourth in the standings. Investing in good drivers pays off in the end, maybe Williams should take notice.

    1. Not only good drivers, force India clearly beat Williams f1 in the aero development side with a single major upgrade, moreover fi beat Williams on their own tracks so thumbs up for them.

    2. Absolutely gutted for Manor, it was looking good for them early on but they just didn’t have the pace to keep others behind them. And I was hoping they’d keep 10th place in the championship.

  3. Fourth place in Abu Dhabi will guarantee him the title.

    Nope. Finishing fourth while Hamilton wins would leave him one point short of the Brit.
    He’s currently 12 points ahead, but the difference between 1st and 4th is 13 points, so he needs a third place finish to secure the title no matter where Hamilton finishes.

    1. Sem (@05abrahamsemere)
      13th November 2016, 19:43

      Exactly what I was going to say…4th place is not enough…

  4. Great drive from Nasr today, hapoy for Sauber

  5. OmarRoncal - Go Seb!!! (@)
    13th November 2016, 20:42

    I can’t help but feel that Hamilton will clinch the title. Rosberg has been racing in ultra conservative mode these last races. And now with the always present threat from Red Bull, any minor mistake, either Nico’s own or somebody else’s, might get things in favor of Lewis.

    1. I’m not so sure.There’s no chance of rain and I’d expect the Mercedes to be at least half a second a lap quicker maybe more. The long straights and DRS mean he could probably start last and end on the podium. Hamiltons only chance is a mechanical problem or a crash, but I don’t see those as likely.

  6. I see Rosberg not making the podium in Abu Dhabi. In a year where Britain has decided to leave the EU and Trump has won this will be the least unlikely outcome, really.

  7. Rosberg must be really sorry that the race was not stopped at half points. If it did, he would have been leading Hamilton by 15.5 points now, so assuming Hamilton wins the last race, even a fifth place would make Rosberg a champion.

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