Reigning world champion Lewis Hamilton lost to Nico Rosberg for the second race in succession to place second at the Brazilian Grand Prix today.
Hamilton pushed hard throughout the race in a persistent effort to overtake Rosberg but his teammate converted pole position into a lead at the first corner and maintained control.
Despite securing his third world title two races ago, Hamilton remained fiercely competitive in what turned out to be a tense showdown.
Hamilton, whose grandfather is Grenadian, looked faster but in the turbulent air behind Rosberg’s car he was unable to get close enough to try to pass his teammate.
“I had good pace but you just can’t overtake here. I was behind Nico and in traffic for some time and I just killed my tyres,” Hamilton said.
“I don’t know if there was anyone else overtaking, unless you have a huge advantage you can’t get close.”
For nearly 10 laps Hamilton was within a second of his teammate before his tyres began to lose their edge and he had to back off.
Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel was third ahead of teammate Kimi Raikkonen.