In the closing race of the season, Mercedes-Benz managed to scrape 12 points with Nico Rosberg finishing 5th and Lewis Hamilton in 9th position.
Rosberg got off to a perfect start, but struggled with grip on his rear tyres, losing him a few positions in the opening stint. Commenting, Team Principal Ross Brawn said: “Both cars made fantastic starts but it was soon clear that we hadn’t found the sweet spot with the car balance for Nico and he was struggling for rear-end grip.” Despite this, Rosberg still managed to claim 5th position.
Hamilton ran into trouble on lap 47 of the Interlagos circuit when he made contact with Valtteri Bottas of Williams, leaving him with a flat right rear tyre and a drive-through penalty. Bottas’ rear left tyre was shredded, leaving his car to spin off track and out of the grand prix. Hamilton was able to continue after pitting for new tyres and clawed his way back from 12th position to finish in 9th.
Sebastian Vettel claimed his ninth consecutive win, followed by Red Bull’s Mark Webber, Fernando Alonso for Ferrari, and McLaren’s Jenson Button to make up the podium positions.
Mercedes managed to hold on second place in the Constructors’ Championship, finishing ahead of Ferrari and Lotus. The team finished the 2013 season with a total of 360 points, 218 more than in 2012. Red Bull claimed the number one position with 596 points.
Speaking in the paddock after the race, Hamilton said: “Firstly, congratulations to the team today for achieving second place in the Constructors’ Championship. That result means so much to everyone and I’m so grateful to have been a part of it this year.”
Hamilton managed to claim 4th place in the 2013 FIA F1 World Drivers’ Championship with 189, while Rosberg came in sixth place with 171. Sebastian Vettel was the overall winner with 397 points after his impressive run of consecutive wins.