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F1: Nico Rosberg rules at Brazilian GP, seals second spot

Sao Paulo: Nico Rosberg sealed his place as runner-up in this year' Formula One World Championship yesterday when he won the Brazilian Grand Prix ahead of his Mercedes teammate and newly-crowned three-time champion Lewis Hamilton.

Mercedes' Formula One German driver Nico Rosberg celebrates after winning the Brazilian Grand Prix, at the Interlagos racetrack in Sao Paulo. Pic/AFP
Mercedes' Formula One German driver Nico Rosberg celebrates after winning the Brazilian Grand Prix, at the Interlagos racetrack in Sao Paulo. Pic/AFP

It was the 30-year-old German's second consecutive triumph following his Mexico win after his unforced error at the United States Grand Prix gifted Hamilton victory and his third title in Texas last month.

Starting from his fifth consecutive pole position, Rosberg made a flawless start and controlled the race from the front, relinquishing the lead only when he pitted three times, while Hamilton chased and challenged in vain.

The 30-year-old Englishman, who arrived in Brazil 24 hours later than scheduled after what he described as "a difficult week" of illness and a road accident, finished second ahead of third-placed four-time champion Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari.

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