Webber's Final Fling In Brazil

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Mark Webber can score his third win at Interlagos. Image courtesy of theaustralian.com.au/AFP
For so long Mark Webber’s nemesis in Formula 1 has been team-mate Sebastian Vettel . The Australia only has to look at the rear end of Vettel’s Red Bull one more time, though, with Monday morning’s race at Interlagos his final trip in an F1 car.

Webber has a very good record in Sao Paulo with two wins, a second and a fourth in the past four years and it would be up there with Monaco and Silverstone as the track where he has had the most success. Vettel has only been on the podium twice in the past five years, although he has finished fourth on two occasions.

A win here would be Webber’s 10th of his career, while Vettel is looking at an even more impressive mark of his ninth straight victory, which would equal Alberto Ascari’s long-standing record. Victory would also equal Michael Schumacher’s F1 best of 13 wins in a season.

Almost unbelievably, it has been rain-free throughout the year, with the intermediates used for just a few laps in Malaysia and the wets not being pulled out at all. There has been rain around all week in Sao Paulo and heavy precipitation is expected on race day.

Roman Grosjean finished second last week in Texas while Lewis Hamilton is on the next line of betting despite a poor record in Brazil where he has retired the past two years and only finished on the podium once in six attempts. The Englishman hasn’t finished in the top three in his last seven Grands Prix. 

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