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Nico Rosberg has notched up a second straight win with a comfortable lights-to-flag triumph over Lewis Hamilton in the Brazilian Grand Prix at Interlagos, in turn guaranteeing Mercedes a 1-2 result in the overall drivers' standings.

An accomplished performance akin to his dominant victory last time out in Mexico, though Rosberg was challenged by a later-braking Hamilton into turn one initially, he would successfully resist his team-mate to nose into a lead he'd retain all the way to the chequered flag.

Indeed, it would prove to be as close as the two drivers would get over the course of the 71 laps, Rosberg steadily stretching his advantage through the first stint to always enjoy the more favourable strategic options in a race that featured predominantly three stops.

With the margin between the two Mercedes drivers ebbing and flowing, Hamilton would repeatedly complain that he could not follow in his rival's dirty air, leading him to urge the team to place him on a different strategy if he couldn't challenge on track.

However, with Mercedes concluding a two-stop strategy wouldn't be advisable, Hamilton's closest opportunity would come as the two drivers scythed through lapped traffic - every driver up to fifth place - around the compact venue. However, Hamilton would call off the fight in the closing stages, slipping seven seconds adrift at the chequered flag.

Rosberg's fifth win of the season, the result means he is guaranteed to finish runner-up to already crowned champion Hamilton in the overall standings, ahead of Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel.

The Ferrari driver endured a lonely afternoon in third position as he lost touch with the Mercedes' early on, going on to cross the line 14secs off the lead by the chequered flag.

One of a few drivers to adopt an alternative two-stop strategy, Kimi Raikkonen nonetheless also spent much of his afternoon with no-one to race as he finished 47 seconds behind, but ahead of Valtteri Bottas to help him in their contest for fourth in the overall standings.

As it stands, Bottas retains fourth heading into the final race by a single point after finishing in fifth place, the Finn's rocketing start from seventh getting him into a position he retained to the chequered flag, in turn ensuring Williams will end the 2015 season with third in the constructors' standings once more.

Though overtaken by Daniil Kvyat at the start, Nico Hulkenberg got sixth place back during the first round of pit-stops and proceeded to resist the Russian all the way to the end.

Eighth on the road, Felipe Massa gave the Brazilian fans something to cheer initially, only to be excluded in the hours after the race when it was discovered he started with tyre temperatures that were too high.

On a sombre weekend for the only French driver on the grid following Friday's Paris terror attacks, Romain Grosjean benefited from Massa's disqualification to end up eighth, the four points helping the team edge clearer of Toro Rosso in the fight for sixth in the constructors' standings.

Max Verstappen picked up more points for ninth place, the Dutchman enjoying an eventful race as he attempted to negate his Renault power unit's top speed disadvantage with some ballsy hard-braking moves, most notably his passes Sergio Perez and Felipe Nasr at turn one en route to tenth.

Despite landing a five second post-race penalty for tipping Marcus Ericsson into a spin, Pastor Maldonado made an aggressive strategy pay off by securing the final point in tenth.

In a race of low attrition, only Carlos Sainz would fail to finish after his Toro Rosso came to a halt on the opening lap having started from the pit-lane.


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