For a long time the Brazilian Grand Prix looked set to be a complete washout, especially after Sao Paulo fans gave it the thumbs down after a second red flag.

But once the race resumed for a third time at Interlagos it was non-stop action until the end featuring emotional goodbyes, stunning drives from teenagers and even crucial twists in the championship.

We take a look at five things we learned following the Brazilian Grand Prix.

Verstappen produces one of the all-time best F1 drives

And he didn't even win! On a day when some drivers couldn't even get to the grid without sticking it into the wall, Verstappen looked by far the most comfortable in the very tricky wet conditions.


The Dutchman had supreme confidence to experiment with driving lines including going around the outside at corners to overtake as he recovered from 16th to third in around 14 laps.

Even when the 19-year-old did make an error by spinning on the exit of Juncao corner he still recovered to hold his race position - and then continued to go faster. It's arguable that it eclipses his first win at the Spanish Grand Prix as his best drive.

All smiles at Mercedes

It's not often you see both Mercedes drivers with a beaming smile on their face after the race - but this was no ordinary grand prix.

Having finally won in Brazil for the first time, Lewis Hamilton was delighted to clinch maximum points at the home of his idol Ayrton Senna, who the world champion paid tribute to this weekend with his race helmet design.

But for Nico Rosberg, he still holds all the aces in the title fight after staying out of trouble and claiming second place. A podium finish at Abu Dhabi and a maiden championship is his.

Sauber steal crucial points to climb above Manor

In the battle at the bottom, Felipe Nasr scored his and Sauber's first points of the season in ninth to crucially lift them above Manor with just one race to go.

Manor's pain didn't stop there. As well as going bottom, Esteban Ocon was passed on the final lap by Fernando Alonso, for the final race point, and Valtteri Bottas.

Manor now need at least a ninth place in Abu Dhabi to claim the extra prize money on offer by finishing tenth in the constructors' championship at Sauber's expense.

Massa crash leads to emotional exit at final home race

Brazilian hearts at Interlagos sunk when Felipe Massa crashed out of the race on his final home grand prix, but that wasn't going to dampen his farewell.

Climbing out the car, the Williams driver was handed a Brazilian flag as he walked down the pit-lane (closed due to his crash) to huge cheers from fans opposite in the grandstands.

Upon arriving in the pit-lane he was given a round-of-applause by Mercedes and Ferrari mechanics as he was greeted by his wife and child. A wonderful moment and there was barely a dry eye in the house as he prepares for his final race in two weeks time after 14 years in the sport.

F1 at crossroads between safety and putting on a show

Not an easy afternoon for the drivers but also the race organisers who were caught in a conflict of interest due to the rain at Interlagos.

With drivers aquaplaning off the circuit - and Kimi Raikkonen especially very fortunate not to to be hit by a fellow driver in a head-on collision - the sport had a duty to protect all involved, especially after the Jules Bianchi tragedy.

But then supporters also do not want to turn up and see cars touring behind a safety car, with conflicting reports from drivers on the track safety not helping matters.

The boos and thumbs down from the Sao Paulo crowd after a second red flag have to be taken to account but at what cost to safety?