Ferrari’s pride was restored by Sebastian Vettel with victory in the Brazilian Grand Prix while Lewis Hamilton, newly-crowned four-times world champion Lewis Hamilton produces the drive of the day from last to fourth for Mercedes.
Hamilton clinched the title in Mexico two weeks ago, started from the pit lane after changes to his car following a crash in qualifying then be began a thrilling charge through the field.
The Briton was already up to ninth after 10 laps, with the safety car deployed after opening lap collisions and led the race before the halfway stage as others pitted and he ran longer.
He finished only 5.4 seconds behind Vettel.
Valtteri Bottas, saw his hopes of overhauling Vettel for the runner-up position in the championship effectively disappear when he finished second.
The Finn lost the lead at the start to the German, who had the race under control from the first corner onwards on a sunny afternoon at Interlagos.
Hamilton’s unassailable overall lead was reduced to 43. Vettel is now 22 points clear of Bottas with only the Abu -Dhabi season-ender remaining.