Brazilian Grand Prix: What they said


Nico Rosberg was on top of the podium for a second successive race after winning the Brazilian Grand Prix on Saturday.

The German denied Lewis Hamilton a first win at Interlagos to ensure he will finish second behind his Meredes team-mate in the drivers' standings.

Rosberg started on pole for the fifth successive race and fended off a move from Hamilton to pass him on the outside at Turn One before going on to triumph in Brazil for the second successive year.

Sebastian Vettel finished third, but the Ferrari driver is unable to overhaul Rosberg with just one race in Abu Dhabi to come in a fortnight.

This is how the drivers reacted to Sunday's penultimate race of the year.

"It feels great to win the races, for sure. Two in a row now, with pole positions as well. It's just going a lot better at the moment, which I'm happy about that," Rosberg said. "I don't have an exact explanation unfortunately, otherwise it would make it all a lot more simple. But of course I've been working at it a lot, because Lewis had the upper hand for the first part of the season and so I'm pleased that it's turned around at the moment."

Hamilton said after his latest Interlagos disappointment: "I'm here to race and when you both have to do pretty much the same order it's kind of already set from the beginning, so for sure I'm like 'If there are any other strategies, let's do it, let's take a risk, let's do whatever' and they're [Mercedes on the radio] like 'look after the tyres', and I'm like 'No, I'm racing', you know and I think that's what people want to see, but unfortunately I couldn't get close enough. So it was relatively boring following in tow."

Vettel said after his podium finish: "I think it was a good race for us. I was hoping we could do something at the start, but it wasn't possible. They [Mercedes] were a bit quicker, but we were probably a bit closer than other years. Not very exciting, I didn't have anyone to fight with, but a good race."

Carlos Sainz after starting in the pit lane and losing power on the first lap: "How frustrating not to even be able to start the race. I went to do the first practice start on the way to the grid, but the engine suddenly turned off. I was pushed back to the garage and started the race from the pit lane, but as soon as I left the engine stopped."

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner after Daniil Kvyat and Daniel Ricciardo finished seventh and 12th respectively: "We knew this was going to be a difficult track for us and we were proved right, even though the team and the drivers did their utmost to bring home the best possible result. Overtaking is very difficult here and we couldn't match the pace of the quickest cars down the straight."