When 2017 world champion and Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton crashed out of qualifying, the door was left wide open for Bottas to win the pole and, on Sunday, claim a third victory of the season. With Hamilton out of the picture Vettel put his scarlet car on the front row alongside Valtteri Bottas, and the German effortlessly snatched the lead from the Finn at the first turn.
Speaking with media outlet Autosport after the race, Villeneuve said, "When you see what the Mercedes was capable of, and Bottas wasn't up to pace".
While Vettel pulled clear by 1.9 seconds ahead of Bottas, it was Hamilton setting the fastest laps as he sliced through the field.
"If you consider starting from the pit lane and ending up 5.4 seconds behind the leader, it's quite an astonishing drive".
"When we discussed the race in the morning, we thought fourth would be a realistic target".
For having started 20th, I'd say getting to the finish line in fourth is mightily impressive.
Vettel now heads the race for second place in the drivers' standings by 22 points over Bottas with just Abu Dhabi to come in a fortnight.
Verstappen said: "I don't feel like it. I feel like we have equal material, the team is working really hard on both sides".
'It's an amazing feeling to drive here in Brazil for the last time, ' said Massa, 36. He struggled against Fernando Alonso at Ferrari, which most notably manifested in the infamous "Fernando is faster than you" radio message in Germany in 2010.
"Valtteri had a solid race".
Hamilton produced a brilliant move to overtake Sergio Perez, going around the outside of the first corner and withstanding the Mexican's DRS-charged fightback. It was hugely costly. The Mercedes did, however, reveal again that it does not enjoy following cars - Hamilton's charge overworking its tyres.
In Hamilton's post-race interview, he showed signs of being "furious" at the incident, according to Darren. A decision unlikely from Hamilton, Max Verstappen or Daniel Ricciardo for example.
The Dutch driver has had a mixed season with unreliability hurting him earlier in the year but he has bounced back to earn victories in Malaysia and Mexico. "We need to wait and see how strong we can be as a team".