Right, that was good fun. Thanks a lot for your company. Giles Richards’s race report will follow here shortly in no time. Bye!
Updated at 1.04pm EST
Vettel speaks. “I’m really happy, especially for all the guys back home in Marinello who have been working really hard,” says the Ferrari driver, and race winner. As for Bottas, he says the outcome is “very disappointing” after losing the race at turn 1 on the first lap. “On to Abu Dhabi,” the Finn says. As for Kimi Raikkonen, he says he “was not too worried” about Lewis Hamilton, who finished just behind him in fourth.
Updated at 12.50pm EST
Sebastian Vettel stands tall, on top of the podium, as he’s serenaded by the German national anthem. It’s all smiles up there.
Updated at 12.49pm EST
Up onto the podium the drivers go. Bottas can still get second in the championship, but his task is now that much harder in two weeks’ time in Abu Dhabi. Bottas trails Vettel by 22 points in the drivers’ championship after today’s race. Meanwhile, Massa is on his way into the pits for the last time. “Thank you, I love you all so much,” the Brazilian says.
Updated at 12.42pm EST
The Ferrari gets over the line, with Valtteri Bottas second. Kimi Raikkonen takes third. Lewis Hamilton, who started from the pit lane, takes a remarkable fourth. The world champion just didn’t have quite enough power in the end to have a go at third.
Updated at 12.39pm EST
Lap 71/71: Is the race Sebastian Vettel’s? He leads Bottas by 2.459secs. Raikkonen is third as it stands ...
Lap 70/71: Hamilton has gained a little on Raikkonen through turns 4 and 5. Has he got anything left in the tank to snatch third?
Lap 69/71: Three laps remain. Stroll has a problem with his front-left tyre. That looks like that could finish his race prematurely.
Updated at 12.31pm EST
Lap 68/71: The race leader Vettel is 2.096secs ahead of Bottas. It looks as though Hamilton is losing ground, and therefore his chances of landing a podium finish.
Lap 66/71: Hamilton gets to within DRS range of Raikkonen but he can’t quite get at the Finn at turn 1. Maybe next time?
Lap 65/71: Vettel leads Bottas by 2.474secs. And after pitting, Verstappen sets a new fastest lap of 1.1.044. That’s a race record here at Interlagos. He’ll get a sweet little bonus for that.
Lap 63/71: And just like that, Hamilton’s set another fastest lap. Crikey, he’s not hanging around out there.
Lap 62/71: “Can we make a pit stop because these tyres are horrible,” Verstappen says. “I am drifting all over the place.” Red Bull want him to stay out there but Verstappen’s adamant that they would hold onto fifth, even if they did stop.
Lap 61/71: Hamilton has just a set a blistering lap of 1.11.932. That’s the fastest lap ever at Interlagos. That new engine is paying dividends.
Lap 60/71: Can fourth-placed Hamilton nab a spot on the podium?
Lap 59/71: Hamilton is gaining on Verstappen. The Red Bull forces Hamilton wide but with a little help from DRS, the Mercedes gets ahead of Verstappen. He’s up into fourth place. “Nothing you could do about that, Max,” say Red Bull.
Updated at 12.20pm EST
Lap 57/71: Massa goes wide as he comes under pressure from Alonso, whose breathing down his neck in eighth. Will Alonso finish? He’s only seen the chequered flag six times this season. That’s just not enough.
Lap 56/71: Hamilton is 12secs off the lead. It’s going to be good ...
Lap 55/71: “The tyres are so stiff,” Verstappen moans down the team radio. He’s not enjoying Interlagos so far. He’s fourth, and has every chance of getting on the podium.
Lap 54/71: Lance Stroll is fuming down the team radio. There’s a few expletives etc, but it’s not clear as to why he’s in a huff. He’s 14th.
Lap 53/71: Hamilton’s on for a podium after starting from the pit lane. Ferrari are confident that Vettel’s high tyre pressures are under control, and that the safety car allowed them to eke out a little more fuel on those opening laps. Vettel’s controlling the pace out in front.
Lap 52/71: The gap between Verstappen in fourth and Hamilton in fourth is now down to five seconds.
Updated at 12.11pm EST
Lap 51/71: “We are not concerned about your wear, only Lewis’s wear,” Mercedes tell Bottas. In other words, get going.
Lap 50/71: Vettel leads Bottas by 3secs. Romain Grosjean has just served his 10-second penalty. He’s not really racing though, he’s last and the back marker out there.
Lap 49/71: “I lost another two seconds just there,” Hamilton says, after Stroll, down in 14th, takes an age to move over and get out of his way.
Lap 48/71: Daniel Ricciardo is having a whale of a time out there. That spat out of turn 1 on the first lap feels a lifetime ago. He’s up into sixth after zooming past Massa.
Updated at 12.09pm EST
Lap 47/71: Hamilton sets a new fastest lap of 1.12.423. Vettel leads Bottas. Then it’s Raikkonen, Verstappen and Hamilton, whose fifth. Massa trails the world champion.
Lap 46/71: Vettel, the new race leader, is quicker than Valtteri Bottas. Elsewhere, Gasly runs into the pits. And Stroll moves up into 16th.
Lap 44/71: Sainz zooms in ahead of Gasly to snatch 11th. Meanwhile, it’s time for Lewis Hamilton to pit. On go the supersoft tyres ... he’s in and out inside 23secs. Ricciardo also pits. Hamilton, previously the race leader, storms out to take fifth. Can he grab himself a podium finish?
Lap 43/71: Bottas is not really troubling Vettel at the moment. He’s made a little ground but not enough to worry the Mercedes. If Ferrari had pitted prior to Bottas, it could have been a different story.
Lap 41/71: Brendon Hartley’s told the retire his Toro Rosso. A second DNF in a row.
Lap 40/71: “Perez, I don’t care,” Alonso says. “I must catch Massa.” Let’s go get him then is the jist of the reply from Renault down the team radio. Grosjean, meanwhile, reclaims 15th from Lance Stroll. “Jesus, he has good traction,” Stroll says. Hamilton has a lot of traffic in front of him.
Lap 39/71: Hulkenberg is up into the points, after swerving around Gasly in the Toro Rosso. Hamilton has just set a new fastest first sector.
Lap 38/71: Hamilton leads Vettel by 3.647secs. “I think I can hold this,” Ricciardo, whose sixth, says of his current pace.
Updated at 11.55am EST
Lap 37/71: Carlos Sainz has the eyes for Pascal Wehrlein’s Sauber. With the help of DRS, drag reduction system, he gets the job done to zoom up into 12th. “He passed me like a train,” Wehrlein says.
Updated at 11.53am EST
Lap 36/71: Hamilton has recorded a couple of fastest sectors but Verstappen is the fastest man out there. Alonso, meanwhile, is told his tyres ought to last the distance.
Lap 34/71: Elsewhere, Carlos Sainz whizzes past Ericsson.
Lap 33/71: So, Lewis Hamilton leads the Brazil GP, with Vettel, who has just pitted, three seconds behind him. The Mercedes is yet to pit, other than starting the race from there 50-odd minutes ago.
Lap 32/71: “Max is on fresh, soft tyres,” Red Bull tell Ricciardo. “Don’t hold him up please.” The reply? “Understood,” says the Australian. Bottas triggers the pit stops. Vettel follows to go onto the soft tyres on the next lap. Vettel comes out back in front of the Mercedes, and all of sudden, Hamilton leads this race.
Lap 31/71: “This is quite a good pace,” Hamilton says. “But it doesn’t feel spectacular.” Ricciardo is up into fifth after bypassing Perez.
Lap 30/71: Ricciardo is flying out there. Meanwhile, Kimi Raikkonen pits too, and he comes out ahead of Verstappen.
Lap 29/71: Sebastian Vettel pits. As does Max Verstappen. Vettel zooms out of the pits, just a few car lengths ahead of the Mercedes. Ferrari have not lost their position but suddenly the gap has been closed.
Lap 28/71: Bottas pits, so Raikkonen moves into second – for now at least. Bottas’s stop is swift and he’s back out into third. Felipe Massa also flies down the pit lane.
Lap 27/71: “I am struggling a lot now,” says the Red Bull, Max Verstappen. Are his tyres giving up the ghost? “It’s almost undriveable now.”
Updated at 11.40am EST
Lap 25/71: “Yes, yes he could,” tweets Austin Baird, of whether Hamilton could do the business and clean up in Brazil this afternoon. As it stands, Vettel leads Bottas. Then it’s Raikkonen, Verstappen and Hamilton in fifth.
Lap 23/71: Romain Grosjean has been slapped with a 10-second penalty for that clash with Sebastian Ocon after turn 1 of the first lap.
Lap 22/71: “Aaaah, the rear tyres, they’re getting warm,” a panicked Verstappen booms down the team radio. It’s a sizzler out there in Interlagos.