It was a meager consolation, but Will Stevens at least had the satisfaction of ending the Brazilian Grand Prix as Manor's lead driver.
Stevens spent the first half of the 71-lap race hot on the tail of team mate Alexander Rossi before moving ahead and crossing the checkered flag in 17th position.
While the result in itself was nothing to write home about, the British driver did acknowledge that his efforts in practice which were directed towards fine tuning his car's race set-up did pay off.
“I think the focus on race balance has really paid off for me this weekend," Stevens said.
" It wasn’t an easy race because of having to look after the rear tyres, but I knew that if I could get past Alex I would be able to pull away. I’m pleased to regain the advantage over my team-mate and bring the car home in 18th place.
"Yet another two-car finish for the team, which is good news, so we go into the final round in Abu Dhabi eager to end the season on a high note."
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