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ALBERT PARK

31 MAR - 03 APR 2016

Rosberg wins as Silver Arrows keep the records coming

A fifth win of 2014 kept Nico Rosberg firmly in the hunt for the Drivers’ World Championship as he and Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton again dominated proceedings in Brazil.

This was the 15th victory for the Silver Arrows in 2014, equalling the record jointly held by Ferrari (2002, 2004) and McLaren Honda (1988).

With Hamilton second, Mercedes set a new record of 11 1-2 finishes in a single season, bettering McLaren Honda’s previous tally of 10, also established in 1988 when Alain Prost and Ayrton Senna were their drivers.

'It's getting tougher but there is still a chance'

That’s Nico Rosberg talking, but the German’s chances of pulling off a minor miracle and denying his Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton a second World Championship look pretty slim: a 24-point deficit with just two races to go.

Hang on a minute: are there two races to go or three?

Effectively there are three, with the last encounter in Abu Dhabi on November 23 counting for double points, so everything is still up for grabs – especially if the unpredictable nature of our next stop, Interlagos in Brazil, gets up and bites Hamilton in particular.

Lewis on top in Texas and at home

Five wins in a row… 10 wins this season… a new British record of 32 Grand Prix victories… his second victory in three visits to Austin: Lewis Hamilton is entitled to think that everything is going his way as he heads into the final two races of the season with a 24-point lead over Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg.

Once again Hamilton led a 1-2 triumph for the Anglo-German team, catching and passing pole-sitter Rosberg before the halfway stage of the 56-lap race and cruising to the win that carried him past Nigel Mansell as the most successful British driver of all time.

Not so big in Texas this time

They like things big in Texas – but they will have to get used to the smallest Formula 1 field for a decade as neither Caterham nor Marussia look likely to be on the Austin grid this weekend.

Both teams have apparently been given dispensation by Bernie Ecclestone to forego their trips to Texas and possibly Brazil the following weekend, but the news that both are now in receivership adds a further cloud to the F1 horizon, already darkened by the terrible accident to Jules Bianchi in Japan.

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