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Brazilian GP as it happened


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By Mark Orlovac

1812: It's time for me to go. Thank you for your company and all of your messages this weekend. The F1 forum is now running on the Red Button and at the top of this page while you can catch highlights of the race on BBC Three at 2000 GMT. We'll do all this again next week where Alonso, Webber, Vettel or Hamilton will be crowned 2010 champion in Abu Dhabi. Don't miss it. See you Friday.

BBC F1 commentator David Croft on Twitter: "Well done Seb then, Mark didn't look too pleased at the end. Alonso will be happy with 3rd. Very confusing with all the back markers."

Danny_15 on Twitter: "I think Red Bull have missed a trick here by not telling Seb to let Webber pass him. Vettel isn't going to win the championship."

1807: Interesting chat from pundits David Coulthard and Eddie Jordan. They both agree that if the situation in the race is the same in Abu Dhabi as it was in Brazil, then Vettel will let Webber through to win.

1804: Hamilton is pretty downbeat afterwards. "If we're not quick enough here, we won't be quick enough in Abu Dhabi," he tells the BBC. He adds that he really needs a miracle if he is to claim his second world title. He's right. He's 24 points behind Alonso.

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dyrewolfe on 606: "Well, congrats to Red Bull on winning the constructors' title. That was a real masterclass from both Vettel and Webber, showing everyone else just how far ahead they are. Good drive from Alonso and it looks as though only a serious slip-up or car problems in Abu Dhabi can deny him the drivers' title. Good drive from Button too. Shame Hamilton made an almost identical error to Korea to let Alonso past again. Don't think their cars are that bad, as they were pretty much matching the Red Bulls and Alonso for pace towards the end."

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Tom in Essex via text: "Interesting - if Alonso doesn't finish in Abu Dhabi and Vettel and Webber finish one-two, Vettel will win on race wins with the same points as Webber."

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Caz Phipps in Hampshire via text: "Congratulations to Red Bull. I have followed them from the start so party on down in Brazil, the best place to do it."

1756: There's a Red Bull mechanic with a furry bull's head on his bonce. I reckon there could be a bit of party tonight in the Red Bull garage tonight. "Deservedly so," says Eddie Jordan. "They deserve their moment."

1753: In the championship battle, Alonso now has 246 points, Webber 238, Vettel 231. Alonso needs a second place in Abu Dhabi to win his third title. If Red Bull had let Webber overtake Vettel today, the gap between Alonso and the Aussie would have been just one point.

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neish1875 on 606: "Congratulations to the Red Bull team for winning the 2010 Formula One Constructors' Championship - will one of their drivers now go on to win the Drivers' Championship in Abu Dhabi next Sunday?"

BBC F1 pundit Eddie Jordan: "For me, the key is [Red Bull technical chief] Adrian Newey. He is the best and most competent designer out there."

1747: Fountains of ticker-tape fly into the sky, covering Vettel, Webber, Alonso and Horner. Before the quartet pose for photos at the top of the podium, a considerate Webber takes a piece of paper off Alonso's face. Nice.

BBC F1 analyst Martin Brundle: "What will concern Alonso is that Red Bull had him covered today. This is Red Bull's day."

BBC Radio 5 Live F1 analyst Anthony Davidson: "Webber didn't even look over at the pit wall at the finish. That says a lot about the way he feels at the moment. Bear in mind they've just won the constructors' championship."

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner: "It is just an awesome team result and testimony to the team. Today was a great performance controlled by the team. We had a few issues with Mark Webber and his engine which we got through. This is for every one in Milton Keynes and in Red Bull, they have put in so many hours I can't describe. To do this after six seasons is great."

1742: Here's how it finished: Vettel, Webber, Alonso, Hamilton and Button. Defending champion Jenson Button is now out of the drivers' title race. The top three gather behind the stage to get ready for the podium ceremony. There's not a lot of contact between Vettel and Webber. "I gather they have not been speaking a lot recently," says Legard.

BBC Radio 5 Live F1 analyst Anthony Davidson: "Vettel, from start to finish, has driven a perfect race and a very mature race. Will it be enough when we get to Abu Dhabi in a week's time?"

1737: Absolute pandemonium in the Red Bull garage. They have won the constructors' world title. A wonderful achievement. "Great drive Seb," Vettel is told by team boss Christian Horner. "YES BABY," replies Vettel. "It was a cool, controlled race. I am proud to be a part of it."


Lap 70: That should be that. The gap between Alonso and Webber is back to 2.7 seconds. Vettel is coasting. The championship battle is going to go to a final weekend.

Lap 67: Alonso is still closing - 2.4 seconds now. Massa and Petrov brush together at Turn One and pieces of bodywork fly off both cars. "We should be OK," Webber is told. "You can push if you want to." Brundle suggests that means they were a bit light on fuel.

Lap 66: Alonso giving up? Not on your nelly. The gap between him and Webber is down to 2.9 seconds. "There is not really enough time for Alonso," says Brundle. "Mark knows that." Hamilton sets a 1:13.851.

Lap 65: Interesting times. Alonso closes the gap to Webber. It is now 3.3 seconds. Hamilton sets a 1:13.956 and is 8.3 seconds behind Alonso. Maybe it isn't all over after all.

Lap 64: During that safety car period, Rosberg had to pit twice. Here's BBC pit-lane reporter Ted Kravitz with more. "There was a breakdown in communications between Rosberg's race engineer Jock Clear and and his Mercedes mechanics over whether he wanted the super soft or prime tyre on the car. That caused one of the mechanics to say, 'Hang on I've got the wrong tyre here,' before he was told just to get it on." Vettel's lead is down to 4.3 seconds as Hamilton sets a 1:14.082.

Lap 62: Maybe we shouldn't count our chickens just yet. Alonso sets a 1:14.229 and he is 4.2 seconds behind Webber.

Lap 61: This could be all over. We said that in Korea though right? Vettel is 5.0 seconds ahead.

Lap 60: Massa comes down the straight leading to Turn Four, overtakes Buemi for 12th but is then bumped wide by the Swiss at the corner. Vettel is storming clear, he's 4.4 seconds clear of his team-mate. "Webber will find that very difficult to come back from with 10 laps to go," says Martin Brundle. "Vettel seems to have broken him."

Lap 57: The pack is settling down now. This has worked out very well for Vettel as he is three seconds ahead of Webber. The McLarens have maintained their race positions but are currently battling through a lot of traffic. Alonso comes up the start/finish straight trying to get past backmarker Alguersuari but the Toro Rosso driver does not yield easily. There might be some words a bit later on.

Lap 56: It's very messy out there as drivers are in different places on the road than they are on the track. At the restart, Webber does not react as maybe he should and does not overtake the Renault of Robert Kubica until the straight down to Turn Four.

Lap 55: Safety car in at the end of this lap.

Lap 54: They are still trying to lift Liuzzi's car out of danger. "Would have happened a lot quicker in Monaco," say our commentators. "Because it took a lot of time for the safety car to pick up the leaders, McLaren had enough time to get in their stops."

Safety car
Lap 51: Bosh. Liuzzi smacks into the tyres wall at Turn Two. Safety car is deployed. Hamilton pits for a new set of the harder tyre. Button comes in to put on the softer compound. "Maybe McLaren think they have nothing to lose," says Brundle.

Lap 50: "My tyres are not in good shape," says Hamilton. He really is not comfortable. Vettel has extended his gap to 2.4 seconds after Webber lost time on the previous lap. "The traffic has worked out better for Vettel than it has for Webber," says Brundle.

Lap 49: Whoops, Alguersuari is a little indecisive coming up into Turn Six and Webber has to go one way, then the next, in order to avoid him. That will cost the Aussie.

BBC F1 analyst Martin Brundle on Red Bull: "By now, towards the end of a championship year, we have seen in precedent cases, that implicit team orders are absolutely fine. But they don't want to do that so Webber is taking matters into his own hands. If Red Bull won't tell Vettel to allow him through, they cannot stop Webber having a go."

Lap 47: More traffic for the leading two. Vettel is told: "In front of you is a train of eight cars all fighting for position. The first car is Massa. Be patient. One at a time." Lucas di Grassi is in the garage, hops out of his car but then gets in it again and rejoins the race. Maybe he needed to powder his nose.

BBC Radio 5 Live F1 analyst Anthony Davidson: "I don't see Red Bull switching Vettel and Webber. It's for them to fight it out. But Webber is catching him, it's the closest it's been since the start of the race."

Lap 45: Vettel and Webber are weaving their way through the traffic but there are no dramas at the moment. Webber has taken a chunk out of Vettel's lead, it's 1.5 seconds. This could be very, very tasty. Anyone remember Turkey this year?

BBC pit-lane reporter Ted Kravitz on Red Bull: "While Webber is trying to apply this pressure the headache for those on the pit wall is about engines as Vettel is pretty marginal on his engines and is having to push hard in response."

Lap 42: Make that 2.5 seconds. Third-placed Alonso is making no inroads into Webber. He's 14 seconds adrift. Klien did start but is way, way down. Six laps behind the leaders. Don't think he can win this.

Lap 40: The gap between the top two seems to be stabilising. It's 2.8 seconds. Webber is then told that his front tyres are overheating.

BBC F1 analyst Martin Brundle: "Webber has no option but to hunt his team-mate down. He knows he will not get any help."

BBC pit-lane reporter Ted Kravitz on Red Bull: "I'm picking up a lot of discussion on the Red Bull pit wall between team boss Christian Horner, chief technical officer Adrian Newey and head of race engineering Ian Morgan as they watch Mark Webber thrash his car and try to close to gap on his team-mate. If the positions stay the same they will be separated by just seven points come Abu Dhabi. Christian Horner is taking plenty of mobile phone calls from who knows where."

Lap 37: Lewis is still not happy. "Is the 'F-duct' working?" he asks. "You are the fastest car in the final sector," responds his team. "He is the child at Christmas who is disappointed with all his presents," quips Brundle. Webber sets a 1:15.431. Vettel cannot afford to back off here.

BBC Radio 5 Live F1 analyst Anthony Davidson: "Don't forget Mark Webber is the fittest driver out there, and that really plays a part at this circuit. I think he's going to push it right the way until the end. If he wins he'll only be a point behind Alonso and it'll be winner takes all in Abu Dhabi."

Lap 35: Barrichello's woeful luck at Interlogos continues. He looks as if he has a front left puncture after brushing past Toro Rosso's Jaime Alguersuari at Turn One. He has only scored points in five of his 18 races here, says BBC F1 commentator Jonathan Legard.

Lap 32: Webber is closing the gap to Vettel a touch. It's 2.4 seconds now. "I think Mark will attack," says Brundle. "I think he will treat Vettel as the enemy in the same coloured car." This could be interesting. Will they be battle it out?

Lap 30: "It's out of reach, we can't touch them," admits Alonso. I wonder if he is settling for a podium>

Lap 28: Webber now posts a 1:15.839. This is ominous for everyone else. Vettel is leading, 2.7 seconds clear of Webber while Alonso is 13 seconds adrift of the Aussie.

Lap 27: It's Vettel's turn to set the fastest lap of 1:15.969. Match that. If the race stays like this, Alonso, Webber and Vettel would be the top three in the title battle - separated by 15 points. What a finale that would be.

Lap 25: Webber follows suit and he rejoins the race behind Vettel. Red Bull are looking very strong aren't they? Would you bet against this race staying like this?

Lap 24: And Red Bull respond. Vettel is in first. Big booming music here, I feel like I've been transported into a very loud aerobics DVD. Not taking part though, obviously. I don't look good in lycra.

Lap 23: Ferrari do blink. Alonso comes in - and he comes out ahead of Rosberg - who has yet to stop. "Good traffic management," says Brundle. Hamilton sets a 1:16.274.

>Lap 22: Hamilton sets the fastest lap so far, a 1:16.658.

Lap 21: Hamilton makes it... just. I couldn't quite catch what Vettel told his team but it seems he his pretty happy with his tyres. "The Red Bulls will not make a move until Alonso," says Brundle. "They have enough of a gap and they don't have to do anything until Ferrari blink."

Lap 20: Hamilton comes in for his stop... will he come out ahead of Button? It's going to be very close.

Lap 18: Jenson Button is now up to 10th after overtaking Petrov. Will he repeat the heroics he managed with Brawn last year? Vettel still leads, 2.4 seconds ahead of Webber who is 11 seconds clear of Alonso. Hamilton is fourth. Lots of screaming children here at BBC Towers, no idea what that is about.

Lap 17: Hamilton is still complaining about the lack of grip. Massa had to come in again by the way, there was a problem with the wheel nut says Kravitz. Hulkenberg, Kubica and Heidfeld also pitted in that little flurry of stops.

BBC Radio 5 Live F1 analyst Anthony Davidson: "The problem for Hamilton is that Hulkenberg has learned from his mistakes when he was passed by Webber and Alonso, and is carrying a little less speed into the corners."

Lap 13: Webber is 10.7 seconds ahead of Alonso now. "The other teams are responding and we need to push," Button is told. "Give it everything you have got." BBC pit-lane reporter Ted Kravitz: "All the midfield teams have to respond to Button now. It is much earlier than they wanted to pit. Barrichello is in. Williams were not sure he could last the rest of the race from here." Massa comes in for his second stop, I don't know what the problem is.

Lap 11: The main battle now is between Hamilton and the Hulk. Hamilton comes up the inside at Turn One but the Hulk is strong yet again. Brilliant stuff. "You have to do everything you can to try to get past Hulkenberg," Hamilton is told. Hamilton is in danger of being left behind by the top three here. Button comes in for his stop, he's now on the harder 'prime' tyres.

Lap 9: Webber, in second, is 9.3 seconds clear of Alonso. "In clear air, Alonso is still 6/10ths slower than the Red Bull cars," says Brundle. "He is not on a race-winning pace."

Lap 8: "That was beautiful. We use our pace now. We are looking very good," Alonso is told by his team. Hamilton is not yet past the Hulk and then he complains, "I have no grip."

Lap 7: Alonso is all over the Hulk like a cheap suit and eventually the inevitable happens and the Spaniard is up to third after the pair go side by side coming up into Turn Six. Vettel and Webber are streaking away.

Lap 5: Alonso has another sniff at Turn One but again the Hulk holds on. "Alonso has to force Hulkenberg into a mistake," says Brundle.

Lap 4: Wonderful stuff from the Hulk. He defends as Alonso has a look coming into Turn One. The Williams driver is not going to give way for anyone.

Lap 3: It is not looking good for Button. His title hopes are evaporating. Schumacher passes the Briton for ninth.

Lap 2: Great battle between Hamilton and Alonso for fourth. The Ferrari driver takes Hamilton coming down the start/finish straight but the McLaren man sneaks back down the inside at Turn One. But what is that? Hamilton runs wide at Turn Four and Alonso is fourth again. Vettel leads by 2.0 seconds.

Lap 1: Great start for Vettel. He takes the Hulk at Turn One while Webber does the same at Turn Four. "Dream start for Red Bull," says Brundle. Red Bull are one-two.

rrengland3 on Twitter: "Webber and Vettel to collide on the first corner, Alonso to spin off and Hulkenberg to lead the whole race.... I hope!!"

1600: The drivers start their formation lap. "The theory is that the Williams cars are not great starting," says Martin Brundle. Massive pressure on the Hulk. Wonder how he is feeling now? He did have to pass some of the drivers on that lap, we haven't seen what happened but he's in the right place now. So then, 71 laps are about to begin. Ready?

jonny_kelly on Twitter: "I have a niggling feeling that an incident involving Vettel will play a big part today... "

Red Bull's Mark Webber: "The tension goes away at this point, it is worse in the morning for me. I am racing for myself. That is the best strategy at this stage, try and be there at the end which I have managed plenty of times this year so I'll try that again."

1555: Quote-tastic there for a bit. And there's more to come. Five minutes to go now. The tension is building. By the way, remember that we have our driver tracker feature, which you can access in the console at the top of the page or by clicking here.

BBC Sport's Andrew Benson at Interlagos: "Nico Hulkenberg's pole position here on Saturday emphasised the potential the German has increasingly shown in the Williams as the season has developed, and three-time world champion Jackie Stewart was full of praise for the German. 'This boy, whatever else he does in life, in his first year in F1 to be on pole - I don't think I even did that,' the Scot said. It was pointed out to Stewart that Hulkenberg could lose his drive next year because Williams are looking at a pay-driver, to which Stewart responded: 'That's the rules everyone has at the highest level. But he is never going to be without a job. There is no risk of that.'"

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner: "The drivers know it's very important to finish the race and take the championship on to Abu Dhabi. It's vital to finish ahead of Fernando Alonso, and to convert a very good grid position into a result."

Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel: "Our starts were good in the last couple of races and hopefully we can pass Hulkenberg straight away, that would be easiest. It is simple, we have to focus on our own race. We should be quicker than the Williams but it is a long race. If we don't manage to overtake on the first corner then we will try elsewhere."

Williams' Nico Hulkenberg: "I think we did everything we can to prepare well, it is a bit more exciting than usual. It all depends on our speed if we can race but I hope to bring home some points. Obviously I don't want to hurt any of the guys racing for the title behind me but we are racing Force India in our title race and I will race for myself."

BBC F1 pundit David Coulthard: "Nico is there on merit, he has won a lot of races in the past. He has not got 'L plates' on. It's blind going into Turn One and there are many incidents there."

eggomelettee on Twitter: "EJ's shirt going to be auctioned?"

BBC Sport's Andrew Benson at Interlagos: "Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali has just taken his place on the pit wall. But before he went to the Ferrari gantry, he strolled over to McLaren's next door, shook his opposite number Martin Whitmarsh's hand and slapped him on the back. An admirable sporting gesture, and a little vignette that illustrates the respect that has grown between these two teams since the departure of their former bosses Jean Todt and Ron Dennis."

McLaren's Jenson Button: "I'm here to race for myself thank you very much. Yeah, I can do something different. I can't tell you what tyre we are starting on. It is a fun race, you can overtake and there is a headwind that should make things interesting. I'm looking forward to the challenge out there."

seanbhoy87 on Twitter: "Expecting a great race in Brazil. Hope Webber or Hamilton can stop Alonso and Vettel. Also, the Hulk to surprise with a podium!"

1544: Seb Vettel is in good form as he is collared by Brundle. There are quite a few Red Bull heavies standing at the back of his car as Vettel gently leads the BBC camera crew away from it.

1542: I'm glad Brundle is fit. He has to chase down Felipe Massa down the grid as the Brazilian walks away from him. The atmosphere is absolutely superb on the pit lane, the crowd are really up for this. Anyway, Klien is out of his car and walking away. It looks as if his race is over.

BBC Sport's Sarah Holt in Sao Paulo: "After qualifying down in 11th, Jenson Button resigned himself to playing a 'supporting role' to McLaren team-mate Lewis Hamilton, who lines up fourth. On reflection Button quipped: 'I can't really do much even if I wanted to from 11th unless I wait for them to come round again - and that's illegal.' Button won the championship at Interlagos in 2009 with Brawn, clinching it with a determined drive from 14th up to fifth. He needs to win or take second on Sunday to keep his defence alive, and even then he is dependent on other results. 'It is tricky but it is a circuit you can race on,' Button added. 'The best feeling I've had was on high fuel in the dry. It is tricky but I've had some pretty good races here.'"

1538: It's Martin Brundle's gridwalk. Magic. I wonder which member of the world's member he will annoy this afternoon. My boss Andrew Benson has just informed me that Christian Klien's Hispania has stopped out on the track.

BBC F1 pundit David Coulthard: "The title contenders are going to go for it and I would be surprised if Nico Hulkenberg remains in front."

axeljonsson on Twitter: "Do you think Massa will be still be at Ferrari next year? I say Ferrari hire Kubica!"

1532: Thank you to our very own Sarah Holt, who has alerted me to what the crowd were chanting just a minute ago. Courtesy of ToroRossoSpy on Twitter: "Brazilian crowd cheering for Alonso? "Fernando, Fernando, ti amo" we love you Fernando. What about the four local drivers though?"

BBC Sport's Andrew Benson in Sao Paulo: "Governing body the FIA has announced changes to its statutes so it can avoid in the future the embarrassment it suffered over Renault's attempt to fix the 2008 Singapore Grand Prix. It banned former Renault team boss Flavio Briatore for life after his team were found guilty of asking Nelson Piquet Jr to crash deliberately to help team-mate Fernando Alonso win the race, but the ban was overturned in a French court, and Briatore - and the team's former engineering director Pat Symonds, who was banned for five years - have effectively gone unpunished. Now the FIA has changed its rules to say that all competitors are subject to its jurisdiction - although it says the 'procedure for implementing' this has yet to be examined. Other changes include an ability to punish competitors who are involved in road traffic offences, an increase in the maximum fine to 250,000 euros and 'regulations aiming to preserve and maintain the integrity of motor sport when it is endangered by improper betting'."

BBC Sport's Sarah Holt in Sao Paulo: "A BBC maths boffin has worked out that there are thousands of mathematical permutations for the five men still standing in the title race. But for Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel the maths is simple - he needs to beat leader Fernando Alonso on track to stay in contention. 'The race is long and a lot of things can happen,' says Vettel, who is 25 points the Ferrari man. 'We should be quicker in the race. Regarding the championship, I don't bother too much. There are 71 laps; the race has always been very entertaining and no-one predicted the outcome of the race.'"

1525: There were few squabbles in qualifying yesterday, between Force India team-mates Vitantonio Liuzzi and Adrian Sutil after they almost came together, while Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg felt Toro Rosso's Sebastien Buemi held him up. There's a wonderful atmosphere in Brazil by the way, with the crowd chanting loudly although I can't make out what they are saying. Maybe they are shouting 'Eddie! Eddie!' after seeing that shirt.

BBC Sport's Andrew Benson at Interlagos: "Ferrari's Fernando Alonso is the only driver who can win the title here in Brazil today. If the Spaniard wins the race and Red Bull's Mark Webber is lower than fourth, it is all over. But Alonso says he is 'not thinking about the championship'. He has been insistent over the last few races that if he finishes on the podium in all races, he will be champion, and he is sticking steadfastly to that opinion here."

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Nibblewooder on 606: "I really wasn't expecting a shirt like that. Truly superb."
Told you it was good.

KidJustKid on Twitter: "THAT SHIRT! I love just how much conviction Eddie has with his dress sense."
Don't we all. Life would be pretty dull if he didn't!

1517: Eddie Jordan's shirt is now on view to the world. Brilliant isn't it? In case you can't see it, it's pink polka dots on a pale pink shirt. Only certain men would be brave enough to wear something like that and EJ is one of those men. God bless you sir.

1514: Just to let you know that the story on Jenson Button's horrifying carjacking episode yesterday is now up. "If I didn't have about a hundred cameras in my face, I'd be over it by now," he said. "It brings the memories back. But we're lucky, we're all OK. We've just got to hope it was a random attack, because that sort of thing does happen here."

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FoxesofNuneaton on 606: "Shame we wont have rain, how exciting would that be to have rain to decide the front-runners but I can't see the title being decided today but in Abu Dhabi in seven days time. But hope for an exciting race and rain if it happens but then again, its Brazil!"

BBC Sport's Sarah Holt in Sao Paulo: "Lewis Hamilton has been really positive this weekend as he plots a way to reassert himself in the title race. Hamilton is 21 points behind Ferrari's Fernando Alonso in the table and needs results to go his way but the 2008 champion is staying cool. 'The start is going to be interesting,' says Hamilton, who lines up behind Nico Hulkenberg's Williams and the two Red Bulls. 'Hulkenberg could come into play but I am racing all the guys not just one individual and I need to be ahead of both Red Bulls. We've got good race pace and end-of-straight speed so I think we're in a good position. We're definitely still in the world championship fight.'"

1508: As well as Alonso, Red Bull can also claim a title at Interlagos today. If they finish one-two, then they've clinched the constructors' crown. There are other possibilities with which they can win today but frankly my head hurts thinking about them. Telly commentary will keep everyone posted during the race and I'll do my best to pass that onto you. BBC One coverage is now go.

BBC Sport's Andrew Benson at Interlagos: "Michael Schumacher was a disappointed man after qualifying eighth here, feeling that he could have had a shot at pole position in the drying conditions. 'All year we have been very strong in these conditions,' he said, 'but one reason I didn't qualify higher was that when I went out I had Webber and Vettel go through and I had to go off line. The tyres cooled down and I couldn't get them back up to temperature. Also, the pressures were too low. I am confident I can match Nico's (Hulkenberg) on the driving so I should have been able to fight for pole. He has done a great job to be a second quicker but I saw Vettel and Webber having similar issues going off. Nevertheless, Nico did it. He is under pressure for next year and I hope this helps him.'"

1503: I've just done a quick and unscientific straw poll of the F1 desk here in west London and the results are, two votes for Vettel and two for Hamilton. To be honest though, this season has made mugs of us all predictions-wise so I really haven't got a clue as to who is going to win this. Can I also throw in a Kubica podium place? BBC One coverage starts in seven minutes. Then you'll see 'that shirt'. It's a corker.

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From Josh Barber via text: "With the driving style of Lewis Hamilton, turn one into turn two is going to be a nerve wracking time. Not only is he sandwiched between two title contenders, I feel the Hulk is going to play a major part, he has never been in this position before so he could make a mistake, causing the title contenders problems. Come on Lewis!"

maljunaibi on Twitter: "Hulkenberg can pull something off on the first corner. I don't think the Red Bulls will risk it. End of lap one then they'll play."

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BBC Sport's Andrew Benson at Interlagos: "Red Bull have been hugely under the spotlight this weekend after Mark Webber's comments about his title challenge being 'inconvenient' and saying that the team emotionally support Sebastian Vettel more than him. The two men line up second and third for the race, behind Williams's surprise pole position man Nico Hulkenberg. But Ferrari's Fernando Alonso, who is defending a championship lead in a slower car than the Red Bull, said he did not expect the two Red Bulls to tangle here. 'There will be a lot of eyes on them at the start, but I think nothing will happen,' the Spaniard said."

The sun is out
1453: Just getting some telly pictures now from Brazil, the sun is shining and I've got my first glimpse of Eddie Jordan's shirt!! Excellent. Yesterday it was a blue/white paisley pyjama top affair and today it's... well I don't think I should spoil it for you.

BBC pit-lane reporter Lee McKenzie: "I have known today's man on pole, Nico Hulkenberg, for several years now having worked with him in the A1 GP and GP2 racing series and he was also my neighbour in the UK! He won both of those championships in his rookie year and has never lacked in talent or confidence. Nico is a naturally very competitive guy but is also very friendly and loyal and until a few years ago was still driving a fork lift truck to help out his father's business. He's also a very intelligent guy who speaks in a refreshingly direct way. Managed by Willi Weber, the man who shaped Michael Schumacher's career, Nico has always been held in high regard and thought of as a future world champion. The last few weeks have seen him fighting to keep his seat at Williams, but I imagine he will soon be the target of many other teams."

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RantingMrP on 606: "The Hulk - what a lap that was. Wish him the best - if he wins and the rest of the permutations go the fans way, the race for the title goes down to Abu Dhabi. And that wouldn't be bad, now, would it?

NattySupertramp on Twitter: "I can't wait! I hope the Hulk plays a part in today's events!"

anku_thakur on Twitter: "I think that Hulkenberg will get nervous at the start, hence he'll start slowly and Vettel will overtake him at the first turn."

1440: I might be a little distracted today as there is a lot of commotion going on here at BBC Towers. We've got neon lights, large white kite things floating in the sky, dance troupes practising down below as well as intermittent loud music. The music is not anything by Simple Minds so I'm not interested. Anyway, just to let you know that BBC One coverage kicks off at 1510 GMT, with BBC Radio 5 live sports extra getting going at 1555 GMT. There's also the console at the top of this page, which will also have our driver tracker feature. I thank you.

BBC Sport's Sarah Holt in Sao Paulo: "What can Williams rookie Nico Hulkenberg do from pole? With the lightening quick Red Bulls of Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber right behind and Fernando Alonso's Ferrari also ready to pounce on his side of the grid in fifth, Hulkenberg could face a battle off the start. Williams co-owner Patrick Head reckons Hulkenberg will be under pressure going into the first corner. He says 'Nico gained his pole on merit. He isn't going to move over and say "come on you guys after you". They will have to pass him on merit but I think both the Red Bulls and Alonso will be able to get by. They are clearly quicker than us in the dry.'"

Lotus technical chief Mike Gascoyne on Twitter: "Less than a hour to go to pit lane opening. Drivers parade going on and a huge crowd and fantastic atmosphere."

ah2k10 on Twitter: "Gonna be mayhem at first corner, anyone can win today. Think we gonna see a few lead changes as well during race."

1433: That was a pretty memorable lap from the Hulk yesterday as he claimed pole by over a second when he went onto the dry tyres on a damp track before boys from Red Bull, Ferrari and McLaren did. It was the first Williams pole since Nick Heidfeld claimed that honour at the European Grand Prix in 2005 - exactly 100 races ago. "My first pole position is an emotional and hopefully historic moment as I want to be in F1 for many, many years," he said. The timing was absolutely perfect as his future with the team has been the subject of much speculation over the past few weeks.

1430: As I mentioned during Friday practice, my maths is not exactly as it should be despite my 2:2 in Economics from the University of Central England (in Birmingham) so I'll now give you the championship permutations that someone else has prepared earlier. Here we go:
If Alonso wins, he will be champion unless Webber is higher than fifth
If Alonso is second, he will be champion unless Webber is higher than eighth, Hamilton higher than fourth or Vettel wins
If Alonso is third, he will be champion unless Webber finishes in the top 10, Hamilton in the top four and Vettel in the top three
If Alonso does not finish on the podium, it will go to Abu Dhabi
Button can only stay in contention if he finishes first or second but is out if Alonso finishes in the top six or if Webber is in the top two
Vettel must beat Alonso on track to stay in contention.

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Desolation_row on 606: "First corner today should be thrilling, a rookie with three drivers who will feel they have to win to stay in the title behind him. The stuff of F1 dreams and nightmares."

1427: So where does that leave us in the championship battle then? Well Alonso leads Webber by 11 points, with McLaren's Lewis Hamilton 10 points further adrift. Vettel is in fourth, 25 points off the lead. Defending champion Button is still mathematically in the hunt but realistically his chances are very, very slim, as he is 42 points behind with only two races to go.

1424: In case you were not around for the last race in Korea, you didn't miss much. Only torrential rain, a waterlogged track, a safety car start, a red flag, race delay, Mark Webber crashing and taking out Nico Rosberg in the process as well as Sebastian Vettel's engine blowing up as he was strolling to victory, gifting the winning to Alonso. It was all pretty quiet really.

1420: Right, to the action on the track then. As we have an extended build up to the race which starts at 1600 GMT, the floor is open for you to have your say on all things F1. You can join the banter on 606, Tweet me on Twitter or text me on 81111 (UK) or +44 7786200666 (worldwide) with F1 before your message.

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Anon via text: "Hi Mark. Last night's adventures can't have helped Jenson's mindset for the race. Could we see Ferrari overtake them in the WCC?"

basoomen on Twitter: "Couple of hours to go, everything ready here in Hong Kong. Indeed what a great season so far. Prediction: dry race - Vettel."

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MUFC_4_E3VER on 606: "I wonder what was playing before Hulkenberg went to sleep last night: 'I Am The One And Only'?
How about 'Take It To The Limit'?

BBC Sport's Andrew Benson at Interlagos: "Jenson Button's scary experience on the way back to his hotel on Saturday night, when he narrowly escaped a carjacking at gunpoint, has given everyone in the F1 paddock pause for thought. These sorts of things have happened before in Brazil - indeed some Sauber team members were less lucky than Button last night. They were forced to stop their car and had to hand over all their possessions. When I bumped into Mark Webber this morning, he said he had come in to the track in his 'civvies' to avoid drawing attention to himself. Button said: 'It's scary, the situation we found ourselves in, and we're not the first people. But I'm the first driver and it's obviously highlighted the situation. Obviously it hasn't ended here - the amount of police I saw on the street on the way in today was a lot more than yesterday. I'm sure there will be a lot of talks about the future.'"

1409: On a serious note, there was some pretty shocking news regarding Jenson Button yesterday. The British McLaren driver was approached by six men, one of whom the 30-year-old said had a machine gun in a traffic jam after leaving the track and the quick actions of his police driver, who barged through the Sao Paulo traffic to safety, prevented Button, his father, manager and trainer, from being harmed. Horrible. Our very own Andrew Benson has written up an interview with Button and that story will be up on the website soon.

BBC Sport's Sarah Holt in Sao Paulo: "Sunday afternoons were made for watching soap operas and tales of high drama and what could be better than the latest episode in the fascinating 2010 championship at the Brazilian Grand Prix? Interlagos is primed to stage the clash of the Titans in the five-way title fight and German rookie Nico Hulkenberg handily added an extra twist of drama by snatching pole for Williams. Some members of Team BBC say this is their favourite race on the calendar because of the Latin fever that bubbles around the bowl-like Interlagos circuit. The fans are so keen some camped here on Saturday night and within the four walls of BBC HQ I can constantly hear the ebullient cheers as they are blown from the opposite side of the track. The weekend rain has given way to unbroken blue skies and hot springtime sun. Looks like we have all the ingredients for another classic race, doesn't it?"

1404: Good afternoon one and all. How we doing? Welcome to our coverage of the Brazilian Grand Prix. As we all know, this season has been pretty bonkers and F1 2010 served up another delicious surprise yesterday when Williams driver Nico Hulkenberg stunned the paddock by claiming pole with a blistering lap in qualifying. Who saw that one coming?

1400: After the British Grand Prix in July, Fernando Alonso was 47 points behind then leader Lewis Hamilton after a frustrating race in which he came 14th. Even then, the Spaniard was in pretty confident mood. "I am more convinced than before this race that we will win this championship," he said then. Today, he has the chance to wrap up his third world crown. Can he do it at Interlagos or will we go down to the final race in Abu Dhabi next week? That question will be answered in the next four hours or so. Welcome aboard.

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After 60 of 61 laps
Position Driver Team

Race stopped at 60 laps

1 Great Britain L Hamilton Mercedes
2 Germany S Vettel Red Bull
3 Australia D Ricciardo Red Bull
4 Spain F Alonso Ferrari
5 Brazil F Massa Williams
6 France J Vergne Toro Rosso
7 Mexico S Perez Force India
8 Finland K Raikkonen Ferrari
9 Germany N Hulkenberg Force India
10 Denmark K Magnussen McLaren
11 Finland V Bottas Williams
12 Venezuela P Maldonado Lotus
13 France R Grosjean Lotus
14 Russia D Kvyat Toro Rosso
15 Sweden M Ericsson Caterham
16 France J Bianchi Marussia
17 Great Britain M Chilton Marussia
18 Great Britain J Button (ret.) McLaren
19 Germany A Sutil (ret.) Sauber
20 Mexico E Gutierrez (ret.) Sauber
21 Germany N Rosberg (ret.) Mercedes
22 Japan K Kobayashi (ret.) Caterham

FIA Formula 1 World Championsh 2016

Position Driver Team Pts
1 Germany N Rosberg Mercedes 385
2 Great Britain L Hamilton Mercedes 380
3 Australia D Ricciardo Red Bull 256
4 Germany S Vettel Ferrari 212
5 M Verstappen Red Bull 204
6 Finland K Raikkonen Ferrari 186
7 Mexico S Perez Force India 101
8 Finland V Bottas Williams 85
9 Germany N Hulkenberg Force India 72
10 Spain F Alonso McLaren 54
11 Brazil F Massa Williams 53
12 C Sainz Toro Rosso 46
13 France R Grosjean Haas F1 29
14 Russia D Kvyat Toro Rosso 25
15 Great Britain J Button McLaren 21
16 Denmark K Magnussen Lotus 7
17 Brazil F Nasr Sauber 2
18 J Palmer Lotus 1
19 P Wehrlein Manor Marussia F1 1
21 Mexico E Gutierrez Haas F1 0
22 Sweden M Ericsson Sauber 0
23 E Ocon Manor Marussia F1 0

Points projected from latest race positions

see also
Hulkenberg grabs pole in Brazil
06 Nov 10 |  Formula 1
Red Bull dominate Brazil practice
05 Nov 10 |  Formula 1
Webber coy over Red Bull future
05 Nov 10 |  Formula 1
Red Bull favour Vettel - Webber
04 Nov 10 |  Formula 1
Massa to assist Alonso title bid
04 Nov 10 |  Formula 1
Button may play supporting role
03 Nov 10 |  Formula 1
Hamilton happy to chase for title
02 Nov 10 |  Formula 1
McLaren promise to support Button
29 Oct 10 |  Formula 1
Williams impressed by Hulkenberg
29 Oct 10 |  Formula 1
Vettel not giving up title dream
27 Oct 10 |  Formula 1
Button downbeat on title chances
24 Oct 10 |  Formula 1
Red Bull 'will not favour Webber'
24 Oct 10 |  Formula 1

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