Second place Rosberg's for the taking in Brazil


Nico Rosberg still has plenty to fight for at the Brazilian Grand Prix this weekend despite the Formula One drivers' championship already having been sealed.

The German was unable to stop Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton winning a third career title earlier in the season, but a victory at Interlagos would guarantee Rosberg second place in the standings.

Rosberg needs to beat Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel by four points to become runner-up for a second successive season.

Both men have enjoyed success in Brazil in recent years - Rosberg winning 12 months ago - and they will be confident of taking maximum points on Sunday.

A win for Vettel would ensure the battle to be runner-up goes to the final race of the season in Abu Dhabi.


Hamilton - who was late arriving in Brazil due to a car accident and illness - is still looking for his first victory at the circuit, the Briton having only claimed two podiums in eight previous attempts.

Williams driver and home favourite Felipe Massa goes into the weekend looking to improve his standing as the best performing Brazilian, the 34-year-old having already won twice and been on the podium five times.

Further down the grid Fernando Alonso is hoping to have a change in fortune after a miserable 2015. The Spaniard has retired on eight occasions and one more would equal his worst performance in a season since his debut with Minardi 14 years ago.


"I love the track, it's one of the best tracks for me and I've always had good results there. I'm really looking forward to hopefully achieving another amazing result this year." - Massa relishing the chance to improve his record on home soil.

"It's amazing to think that it took Ayrton [Senna] eight attempts to win this race and it's one of the few I haven't yet won myself. If I can change that this weekend it would be a salute to him and another highlight to add to this amazing year, so I'll be going all out to make that happen." - Hamilton keen to emulate his idol.

"I don't think I've ever done one [perfect lap of Interlagos], so I've got no secrets. What I have learned is that you shouldn't think ahead too much. You have to take it corner-by-corner and concentrate on the one you're in." - Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo on the focus required to be successful at Interlagos.


One of the shortest tracks in the race calendar at 4.309 kilometres, Interlagos - which runs anti-clockwise - has 15 corners and plenty of opportunity to build up speed over the 71 laps.


Sao Paulo's weather for the weekend looks very unsettled so drivers may need to ready their wet tyre options. Friday's practice sessions and qualifying on Saturday look set to be hampered by thunderstorms, with showers expected to hang on for Sunday's race.


Hamilton may never have won at Interlagos but it holds a special place in his history as the place he sealed his first drivers' title in 2008.

Needing to finish fifth to beat Massa, Hamilton was sixth heading into the final lap before overtaking Toyota's Timo Glock in the closing corners to snatch the title.