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“I really wanted to do it for you guys,” he told the crowd from the podium. “I am so thankful for all the support. I could see all the fans on every lap in the corner of my eye and it spurred me on.
Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton celebrates his win on the podium with the trophy
“I just didn’t want to drop it for them,” added the Briton, who had made a sluggish start from pole position as Massa roared through from the second row to lead into the first corner.
“I am so elated you cannot imagine. I started to tear up on that last lap hoping I could do it for all the guys. Thanks for all the support.”
Rosberg, who was fourth at the end of the first lap, said his team mate had made the right call at the right time in pitting for intermediates just as the rain began to come down heavily.
Rosberg stayed out for another slippery lap before also pitting.
Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton celebrates his win on the podium with the champagne and Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg
“I was pushing hard to try and catch Lewis under difficult conditions but he made the better call and that is where I lost it. Fair play to him,” said the German.
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Button retired on the spot but Spaniard Alonso stayed in the race and finished lapped but 10th for his first point of a troubled season.
Only 13 cars finished, with Sauber‘s Brazilian Felipe Nasr retiring before the start when his car was stuck in sixth gear on the track as he headed for the grid.
Williams took fifth place with Valtteri Bottas, who had a thrilling early duel with Massa for the lead, ahead of Red Bull’s Russian Daniil Kvyat.
Williams’ Felipe Massa in action ahead of Williams’ Valtteri Bottas during the race
Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen was eighth and sandwiched between the Force Indias of Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez in seventh and ninth.
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Finishing positions: 1. Hamilton (Mercedes), 2. Rosberg (Mercedes), 3. Vettel (Ferrari), 4. Massa (Williams), 5. Bottas (Williams), 6. Kvyat (Red Bull), 7. Hulkenberg (Force India), 8. Raikkonen (Ferrari), 9. Perez (Force India), 10. Alonso (McLaren).