Brazilian Grand Prix: Story of the race

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ESPN looks at the major talking points from a chaotic and rain-delayed Brazilian Grand Prix, as Max Verstappen stole the plaudits and Lewis Hamilton ensured the championship fight goes to Abu Dhabi.

Shock: Red Bull's gamble to go on to intermediate tyres with both Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo after the final race restart. The rain intensified and both men had to pit to swap back to the full-wet tyre. Verstappen's pace at the end suggested a win was there for the taking.

Shocker: The only thing worse than losing control in the rain is doing it before the race has started. Romain Grosjean did just that, spinning off at the final corner of his exploratory lap to the grid and smashing his Haas into the wall. It ended a race that had looked so promising for the Haas driver having qualified in seventh position.

The FIA was saved by the thrilling final half an hour -- the focus would have otherwise been on several questionable Safety Car and red flag calls.

Overtake of the race: Verstappen was on another level. His pass on Rosberg for second through Turns 2 and 3 was remarkable, going around the outside of the championship leader as he struggled for grip, in almost zero visibility. It may well go down as the pass of the season.

Honourable mentions are also Red Bull awards: Daniel Ricciardo opting to pass Felipe Nasr around the outside of Turn 1, which was not the preferred option throughout the weekend. However, Verstappen could have won the award twice over for the heartstopping pass on Perez for third with four laps to go.

Tear-jerker of the race: Felipe Massa was given an emotional send-off in Brazil. He might not have wanted to finish with his car in the wall, but his walk down the pit lane, crying and draped in a Brazilian flag, was followed by a guard of honour from Mercedes and then former team Ferrari in front of his adoring home fans. A fitting send off for one of the sport's best-loved drivers.

Save of the race: Verstappen, again, saving his car on lap 38 when it looked like he was about to brand the pit entry wall with a Red Bull. Not only did he save the car, he held on to second position despite Nico Rosberg getting alongside him into Turn 1.

Drive of the day: Easy awarding this one. This felt like a coming-of-age race for Verstappen, a defining moment in a young career that keeps getting better and better. He's had his critics this year but this race was sublime -- only Lewis Hamilton looked as comfortable in the wet conditions, with Verstappen passing cars like he was on a different circuit.

Honourable mention to Felipe Nasr for an invaluable ninth for Sauber at his home race.