Brazil Grand Prix live: Lewis Hamilton wins as Max Verstappen claims thrilling podium after rain masterclass

Follwo lap-by-lap updates from the Brazil Grand Prix at Interlagos

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Lewis Hamilton won the Brazilian Grand Prix to keep his hopes of claiming a third consecutive world championship alive as he heads to Abu Dhabi trailing Nico Rosberg by 12 points, but the day belonged to Max Verstappen after a thrilling third-place finish. Re-live the action here.

  • Hamilton wins after leading every lap
  • Rosberg finishes second to take 12 point lead to Abu Dhabi
  • Verstappen takes third after battling back from 16th
  • Ericsson, Raikkonen and Massa involved in heavy accidents
  • Race red flagged twice after starting behind safety car

Follow the live action below...

Live Updates

Latest:
  • Lewis Hamilton wins the Brazilian Grand Prix
  • Race red flagged twice due to rain
  • Heavy crash for Raikkonen caused first stoppage
  • Hamilton leads from pole after safety car start
  • Top 5: 1. Hamilton 2. Rosberg 3. Verstappen 4. Perez 5. Vettel
  • RET: Grosjean (DNS), Ericcson (Lap 14), Raikkonen (Lap 20), Palmer (Lap 21), Massa (Lap 48), Gutierrez (Lap 62)
Welcome to The Independent's live coverage of the Brazil Grand Prix as Lewis Hamilton fights to keep the championship battle alive, with Nico Rosberg just won win away from being crowned world champion as he leads the standings by 19 points.
So how did qualifying play out? Re-live Saturday's action here as Lewis Hamitlon completed step one in his quest to win the Brazil GP: 
The FIA will not make a decision on the race start until as late as 15 minutes before lights out, but race director Charlie Whiting is determined to go with a normal standing start after facing criticism for his handling of the rain in Silverstone earlier this year. That could play into Hamilton's hands, although the hill start that the drivers face in Brazil will also become much more of a factor.
**30 minutes to go!** 
As the cars head around the Interlagos circuit on their reconnaissance laps, it look incredibly wet... drama!
 
Romain Grosjean has crashed on his way to the grid! He's not going to even start the Grand Prix!
Disaster for Grosjean. As he comes up the hill towards the grid, he loses the rear end on a puddle of water and spins, slamming into the outside wall and snapping both the left front and rear suspension. He climbs out and his day comes to a disappointing and premature end.
UPDATE: Start delayed by 10 minutes!
Confirmation of the delay... 
Who will win in the cold November rain (sorry)... 
Guns N'Roses guitarist Slash is a guest of Mercedes this weekend
 
CONFIRMED: SAFETY CAR START!
Charlie Whiting makes the decision we've all been waiting for, and it's confirmation that the race will start behind the safety car. It's an interesting call, as when they're finally released the cars will hit turn one at full speed. The opposite side of things is that they start normally and are going slower when they hit turn one, although the rest of the lap would then be at full speed.
Lap 1: The race gets underway behind the safety car...
A reminder of how the cars line up:
1 Lewis Hamilton (Gbr) Mercedes GP 1min 10.736secs
2 Nico Rosberg (Ger) Mercedes GP 1:10.838
3 Kimi Raikkonen (Fin) Ferrari 1:11.404
4 Max Verstappen (Ned) Red Bull 1:11.485
5 Sebastian Vettel (Ger) Ferrari 1:11.495
6 Daniel Ricciardo (Aus) Red Bull 1:11.540
7 Romain Grosjean (Fra) Haas F1 1:11.937 - will not start
8 Nico Hulkenberg (Ger) Force India 1:12.104
9 Sergio Perez (Mex) Force India 1:12.165
10 Fernando Alonso (Spa) McLaren 1:12.266
11 Valtteri Bottas (Fin) Williams 1:12.420
12 Esteban Gutierrez (Mex) Haas F1 1:12.431
13 Felipe Massa (Bra) Williams 1:12.521
14 Daniil Kvyat (Rus) Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:12.726
15 Carlos Sainz (Spa) Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:12.920
16 Jolyon Palmer (Gbr) Renault 1:13.258
17 Jenson Button (Gbr) McLaren 1:13.276
18 Kevin Magnussen (Den) Renault 1:13.410
19 Pascal Wehrlein (Ger) Manor Racing 1:13.427
20 Marcus Ericsson (Swe) Sauber-Ferrari 1:13.623
21 Felipe Nasr (Bra) Sauber-Ferrari 1:13.681
22 Esteban Ocon (Fra) Manor Racing 1:13.432 + grid penalty
Lap 1: Hamilton says visibility behind the safety car is very poor and asks to hold back so he can see more clearly. Vettel meanwhile says the straights are much damper this time around.

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Starting grid:

1 Lewis Hamilton (Gbr) Mercedes GP 1min 10.736secs

2 Nico Rosberg (Ger) Mercedes GP 1:10.838

3 Kimi Raikkonen (Fin) Ferrari 1:11.404

4 Max Verstappen (Ned) Red Bull 1:11.485

5 Sebastian Vettel (Ger) Ferrari 1:11.495

6 Daniel Ricciardo (Aus) Red Bull 1:11.540

7 Romain Grosjean (Fra) Haas F1 1:11.937

8 Nico Hulkenberg (Ger) Force India 1:12.104

9 Sergio Perez (Mex) Force India 1:12.165

10 Fernando Alonso (Spa) McLaren 1:12.266

11 Valtteri Bottas (Fin) Williams 1:12.420

12 Esteban Gutierrez (Mex) Haas F1 1:12.431

13 Felipe Massa (Bra) Williams 1:12.521

14 Daniil Kvyat (Rus) Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:12.726

15 Carlos Sainz (Spa) Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:12.920

16 Jolyon Palmer (Gbr) Renault 1:13.258

17 Jenson Button (Gbr) McLaren 1:13.276

18 Kevin Magnussen (Den) Renault 1:13.410

19 Pascal Wehrlein (Ger) Manor Racing 1:13.427

20 Marcus Ericsson (Swe) Sauber-Ferrari 1:13.623

21 Felipe Nasr (Bra) Sauber-Ferrari 1:13.681

22 Esteban Ocon (Fra) Manor Racing 1:13.432 + grid penalty

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