Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : November 10th 2014 Contents SAO PAULO---Nico Rosberg fend-
ed off a strong charge by Lewis
Hamilton to win the Brazilian
Grand Prix yesterday, closing in on
his Mercedes teammate in the For-
mula One title race.
The German cut his points-deficit
to 17 but Hamilton will keep the
upper hand going into the season-
ending race in Abu Dhabi, where
the Briton can clinch his second title
with another second-place finish.
Hamilton has 334 points to 317
for Rosberg. The championship
could not be decided at Interlagos
because the race in Abu Dhabi on
Nov. 23 will be worth double points.
Felipe Massa of Williams finished
third in front of his home crowd,
ahead of Jenson Button of McLaren
and Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull.
It was Rosberg s fifth win of the
season and his first since the German
GP in July. Hamilton was trying to
win his sixth race in a row.
It was also the 11th 1-2 finish for
Mercedes, one more than the pre-
vious record set by McLaren in 1988.
The team s 15th victory of the season
allowed it to match the record held
by McLaren and Ferrari.
Rosberg had been faster through-
out the weekend but had a slower
pace in the race itself. Hamilton was
quickly making up ground near the
mid-point but his chances of getting
close enough to attempt a pass were
hurt when he went off the track and
nearly spun at the end of the back
straight---a mistake that meant he
trailed Rosberg by more than seven
Hamilton moved to within a sec-
ond in the final laps but was never
able to try to pass Rosberg, who
crossed the line 1.4 seconds in front.
Massa, who started third and ran
close to Mercedes all weekend long,
almost threw away his chance to
finish on the podium at home after
a five-second stop-and-go penalty
for speeding on the pit lane during
his first pit stop. He also lost some
time by entering the wrong pit stall
in his final stop.
There were only 18 cars on the
grid for the second race in a row.
Marussia was shut down on Friday,
while Caterham has a crowd-
funding project underway to
try to return to the grid in
Abu Dhabi. (AP)
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two-time champion Marc Mar-
quez won his 13th MotoGP race
of the season at the season-end-
ing Valencia Grand Prix yester-
day, breaking Australian Mick
Doohan s record of 12 wins set
Former seven-time MotoGP
champion Valentino Rossi finished
second as rain began to make the
track slippery to finish as the
Dani Pedrosa was third after
Jorge Lorenzo abandoned the race
when trying to change his motor-
cycle for the spare machine fitted
with rain tires.
Lorenzo finishes the season in
Rossi had started the race on
pole, followed by fellow Italian
Andrea Iannone with Dani Pedrosa
third and Lorenzo fourth.
Although Marquez started fifth,
he soon rose to fourth, before
overtaking Pedrosa, Rossi and Ian-
In the process, Marquez beat
Pedrosa s lap record of one minute,
31.55 seconds set last year at the
four-kilometre (2.4-mile) eastern
Cheste circuit despite a rain-
"I am very, very happy," said
"During the race I sometimes
thought of my brother, but said
to myself that I d better do this
well, especially when it was raining
and I wasn t sure what to do. It
was really hard to maintain my
Younger brother Alex Marquez
won his first Moto3 world cham-
pionship after finishing third in
his category race.
Maverick Vinales won the
Moto2 category, with Mika Kallio
of Finland second and Esteve
Rabat of Spain third.
Rabat is Moto2 champion ahead
of Kallio and third-placed Vinales.
Jack Miller won the Moto3 race
but could not overcome an 11-
point gap to Marquez. Miller fin-
ished second in the overall title
Marquez started third on the
grid behind Australia s Miller after
Italian Niccolo Antonelli had taken
Miller made a clean start to lead
by the first bend while Marquez
dropped to fourth before recov-
ering to clinch the title.
Isaac Vinales finished second
in the race while Alex Rins finished
third in the championship. (AP)
Marquez wins 13th GP of year in Valencia
The 3 Motorcycle World Champions pose on their bikes after the Valencia
Motorcycle Grand Prix, the last race of the season, at the Ricardo Tormo circuit in
Cheste near Valencia, Spain, yesterday. Left to right; Moto 2 rider Esteve Rabat
of Spain, Moto GP rider Marc Marquez of Spain and Moto 3 rider Alex Marquez of
Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg, front
left, of Germany leads the field
ahead of teammate Lewis Hamilton,
of Britain, from the starting grid for
the Formula One Brazilian Grand Prix
at the Interlagos race track in Sao
Paulo, Brazil, yesterday.
Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg of Germany, holds up the trophy at the
podium after winning the Formula One Brazilian Grand Prix at the Interlagos
race track in Sao Paulo, Brazil, yesterday. AP PHOTOS
KEEPING IT TIGHT
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