Formula 1 Brazil Preview: Nico Rosberg Can Clinch; Felipe Massa’s Farewell

Sat, Nov 12, 2016 2,333

2016 Brazilian Grand Prix

WHAT: Penultimate round of the 2016 Formula 1 World Championship
WHEN: Sunday, Nov. 13, 10:00 a.m. ET
WHERE: Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace (Interlagos), Sao Paulo, Brazil
TRACK: Interlagos is a 2.68-mile circuit that runs counterclockwise with 15 corners and two DRS zones.
TV: NBC Sports Network
LIVE STREAM: NBC Sports Live Extra

Nico Rosberg is in the unfortunate position of having a world-champion father’s footsteps to fill. And, to his credit, he has surpassed his father Keke in every measurable statistic — except one.
Rosberg has yet to win a world championship in his 10-year career, but that could change come Sunday.

How Nico Rosberg can clinch the title
Scenario 1
— Rosberg finishes P1

Scenario 2
— Rosberg finishes P2
— Lewis Hamilton finishes P4 or lower

Scenario 3
— Rosberg finishes P3
— Hamilton finishes P6 or lower

Scenario 4
— Rosberg finishes P4
— Hamilton finishes P8 or lower

Scenario 5
— Rosberg finishes P5
— Hamilton finishes P9 or lower

Scenario 6
— Rosberg finishes P6
— Hamilton finishes P10 or lower

Felipe Massa’s final home Grand Prix
Felipe Massa heads to Interlagos this weekend to race in front of his home crowd for one last time behind the wheel of a Grand Prix car. Massa is set to retire from F1 after this season after a 14-year-long career, during which he amassed 11 victories, 41 podiums and 16 pole positions.

For the 35-year-old, racing in his home country undoubtedly brings about mixed emotions, as it’s a race he’s won twice. One of those wins, however, Massa couldn’t really enjoy.

In 2008, the championship battle between Massa, then with Ferrari, and Hamilton, then with McLaren, came down to the final round at Interlagos. Massa needed a win to secure the title and Hamilton needed to finish fifth or better. The Brazilian driver did his part by reaching the checkered flag first, but on the last corner Hamilton passed Timo Glock to take P5 and win his first world championship.

The finish was one of the most dramatic in F1 history, and one of the most notable moments in Massa’s career, though, not only because he came so close to the title. What happened after the race was arguably just as memorable.

On the podium, Massa, wrestling with the joy of winning his home race and the gut-wrenching agony of missing out on the championship, was comforted by an entire nation’s fan base. The Brazilian fans were thrilled to see one of their own give it everything he had right until the last lap.

Between Ayrton Senna, Nelson Piquet and Rubens Barichello there have been many talented Brazilian F1 drivers. Regardless of how his season ends, you can add Massa to that list.

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