- FINAL CLASSIFICATION: HAM, ROS, VET, VES, PER, BUT, SAI, MAL, NAS, RIC, ALO, ROS
- HAMILTON CROWNED 2015 WORLD CHAMPION
- Hamilton and Rosberg make contact on Turn 1
- KVY, HUL, ERI, RAI, MAS, GRO, BOT, STE - RETIRED
- Rosberg on pole
- Vettel starts 13th and Raikkonen 18th
- Hamilton needs nine points more than Vettel and two more than Rosberg to win title
Lewis Hamilton was crowned the 2015 Drivers' World Champion in a topsy turvy race, that saw three different drivers lead the race during the course of the 56 laps. The Briton had the fortune of the safety car in the latter part of the race, but drove a brilliant race to take the win, after seeming to have lost it in the middle part of the race. Nico Rosberg finished second, with Sebastian Vettel putting in a great drive to finish third after starting in 13th.
Daniel Ricciardo and Daniil Kvyat showed great promise at the start, and the former even lead the race ahead of the first stops. But once the track dried the Mercedes and Ferrari's were quicker. The Russian failed to finish after a massive crash with a few laps to go, while Ricciardo struggled after a late collision with Nico Hulkenburg, only managing a point in tenth.
Toro Rosso drivers Max Verstappen and Carlos Sainz put in great drives in tough conditions to finish fourth and seventh respectively, with the Spaniard clearly a contender for the drive of the day after starting last on the grid.
The McLaren-Honda cars had a good race, with Jenson Button finishing in sixth place, his best for the season. But Alonso, who was in fifth at one point lost out to Daniel Ricciardo on the last lap and finished in 11th.
Only 12 cars managed to cross the finish line with home favourite Alex Rossi, who was driving only his second race in Formula 1, put in a great drive in tough conditions despite finishing last.
Lewis Hamilton is crowned 2015 Drivers' World Champion. Three-times now!
Hamilton says: "Greatest moment of my life"
It's a Mercedes one-two and with Hamilton leading Rosberg, as Vettel comes in third, which hands Lewis Hamilton his third Drivers' World Championship.
Verstappen takes a great fourth place. Perez comes home in fifth with and Sainz with one of the drives of the day to finish seventh after starting dead last.
LEWIS HAMILTON WORLD CHAMPION!!!!!
LAP 56/56 - FINAL LAP!! Hamilton leading from Rosberg and Vettel.
LAP 55/56 - Vettel is under a second behind Rosberg
LAP 54/56 - Sainz is now in sixth place, great drive from the Spaniard, who start last on the grid.
Vettel has closed to just over one second to Rosberg, the only way he can stop Hamilton winning the title is to finish second.
LAP 53/56 - Hamilton looking good for a third Drivers' World Championship, as Vettel slowly catches up to Rosberg in second.
LAP 50/56 - Ricciardo, who was leading the race at one time, is having a dreadful time after his collision with Hulkenburg, he is now in 11th place.
LAP 50/56 - Great battle between Button, Alonso, Sainz and Maldonado for sixth place. Button leads the pack.
LAP 49/56 - Nico Rosberg lights his rear tyres up and runs wide. HAMILTON LEADS. If it stays like this the Briton will be crowned World Champion.
LAP 48/56 - Alonso having his best race of the season, battling Perez for fifth place. Button in eighth place.
LAP 47/56 - Rosberg gets a good jump at the restart and maintains his lead over Hamilton. Vettel passes Verstappen for third place.
LAP 46/56 - Safety car is in this lap. Verstappen will struggle to keep Vettel behind, as the Ferrari driver is on much fresher rubber.
LAP 44/56 - Hamilton and Vettel stop under the Safety Car, Hamilton out in second and Vettel in fourth. Hamilton will have Rosberg in his sights now. Championship still possible.
LAP 43/56 - SAFETY CAR!! Kvyat goes into the wall on the penultimate corner. The Russian apologises for the mistake.
LAP 42/56 - Rosberg has passed Vettel and into second. The German looks good for the win now
LAP 41/56 - Rosberg is catching Vettel at a rapid pace as Hamilton debates whether to go until the end. It's very unlikely.
LAP 40/56 - Nico Rosberg is in third place behind Hamilton and Vettel. But the Briton will have to stop.
LAP 39/56 - The race is back on! The McLaren's are in the points.
LAP 39/56 - Rosberg comes in for a stop under the Virtual Safety Car. Hamilton yet to stop. Ricciardo and Kvyat are also in.
LAP 36/56 - Hulkenburg and Ricciardo collide and the Force India driver is out of the race. The Australian continues.
LAP 35/56 - Vettel losing time on the Mercedes cars, as Verstappen goes past Ricciardo with Hulkenburg close behind the Australian now