Brazil Grand Prix: Lewis Hamilton 'just chilling' as victory sets up finale shootout

Hamilton is still the outsider to win the world championship but has given himself a chance with victory at a soaked Interlagos

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A laid-back Lewis Hamilton insisted he was "just chilling" as he delivered a wet-weather masterclass to triumph in a chaotic Brazilian Grand Prix and take the championship battle to the deciding race of the season.

Hamilton will head to Abu Dhabi in a fortnight's time 12 points behind Nico Rosberg after he blew away his Mercedes team-mate and title rival for a third consecutive grand prix.

Rosberg would have been crowned champion had he won at a rain-soaked Interlagos on Sunday - but Hamilton kept his cool in a marathon race which was suspended on two occasions and took more than three hours to complete as persistent rain wreaked havoc in Sao Paulo.

As chaos erupted behind him - including one of the sport's finest performances in recent memory as Max Verstappen roared from 16th to third in the closing stages - Hamilton, who started from pole position, never looked under threat, as he ensured a second title shootout in three years in the desert later this month.

"I was generally just chilling out front," Hamilton said. "When it rains, it is usually a good day for me.

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Hamilton celebrates with Rosberg on the podium (Getty)

"There were no mistakes, no issues, no spins. It was interesting to hear how many people were spinning behind me, but I didn't have that problem.

"Today was one of the most difficult, in terms of it being wet, but it was probably the most smooth-sailing race I have ever had in 10 years."

Hamilton, who punched his fist in the air after winning in Brazil - the home of his boyhood hero Ayrton Senna - for a first time, has not given up hope of winning the title. For Rosberg, a top-three finish in Abu Dhabi however, will be enough.

"I am hunting," Hamilton added. "All I can do is what I am doing right now. The team have given me a great car and finally the reliability has been really good so the results have shown that.

"I am going to give it everything I have got in Abu Dhabi, but right now I am going to live in the moment."

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