Sebastian Vettel can close out the Driver's Championship in Brazil. Image courtesy of skysports.com
The F1 championship will be decided early Monday morning at the Interlagos track in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The 4.3-kilometre circuit has been a happy hunting ground for the Red Bull-Renault team the past three years, with Mark Webber winning in 2011 and 2009, while championship leader Sebastian Vettel triumphed in 2010.
It doesn’t bode well for Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso , who sits 13 points behind Vettel in the standings after they finished third and second, respectively, in the US Grand Prix in Texas. Rain is predicted for Sao Paulo for the coming weekend, and that would likely bring the Red Bull cars back to the track. Interlagos doesn’t really hold happy memories for Ferrari fans; back in 2008, Lewis Hamilton overtook Timo Glock on the last lap to secure the points needed to pip Felipe Massa for the title.
This time around, if Alonso wins, then Vettel will need to finish at least fourth if he’s to retain the Driver’s Championship. The German has finished on the podium the past six races, but will be hoping he isn’t affected by engine problems that forced Webber in the other Red Bull to retire in Texas. It’s not the first time this year the team has suffered from alternator problems.
Lewis Hamilton has also been plagued by retirements this season, but after pulling out in Abu Dhabi whilst in the lead, the Brit managed to hold on to take the chequered flag from Vettel in the United States. The Brazilian GP will be his last race for McLaren before switching to the German-run Mercedes outfit in 2013.
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