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Hamilton wins in Brazil, title race alive

Associated Press logo Associated Press 13/11/2016

Three-time series champion Lewis Hamilton won Sunday's rain-delayed Brazilian Grand Prix, forcing a showdown for the season title with Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg in Abu Dhabi in the finale in two weeks.

The race was stopped by two crashes in driving rain during the first 28 of 71 laps. All but a half-dozen of the early laps were run behind a safety car with drivers struggling to see through the spray.

The second half was less eventful, but still was slowed by another crash and another spell under the safety car.

Rosberg could have claimed his first drivers' championship by winning in Brazil on Sunday, but came up short. The German finished second but still leads the season overall standings with 367 points to 355 for Hamilton.

Red Bull's Max Verstappen finished third after a scintilating and exciting driving display in the wet conditions, while his teammate Australia's Daniel Ricciardo finished seventh.

Ricciardo's race was severely hampered by a five-second time penalty incurred for entering pit lane while it was closed.

With cars crashing all over the soaked circuit, Ricciardo and Red Bull ignored that the pit lane was closed due to the stricken Sauber of Marcus Ericsson blocking the pit entrance and made a stop.

Later team principal Christian Horner would claim that the team felt Ricciardo "had a puncture" to try and allow the pit stop but race officials deemed it not to be fact and slapped Ricciardo with a five-second penalty.

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