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Brazilian Grand Prix as it happened


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By Sam Sheringham

1815: And so the curtain comes down on another fascinating season of Formula 1 and (just as importantly) on our final F1 text commentary of the year. The F1 Forum continues on the Red Button and you can watch it right here in Andrew Benson's race report. I sincerely hope you winter well and we will be back for the first race of the 2012 season in Australia, with first practice on 16 March. Until then, we bid you the warmest of farewells.

McLaren's Jenson Button: "It was a difficult race for me on the softer of the two tyres. Fernando [Alonso] was very close on the first lap at Turn Five. It's normally an easy place to block. I looked at the inside and there was a lot of debris there which I didn't want to drive through. I had to back out of it and Alonso got past. That was disappointing but I just didn't have the pace on the softer of two tyres. Choosing to put the harder tyre on for the last two stints worked pretty well for me. Fernando struggled on the harder tyres and I was able to make the pass near the end but third was as high as we could get."

World champion Sebastian Vettel on second: "It was a real shame as I had a good start and a very good feeling. Very early on I got the call to manage a gearbox problem. I had to turn down the engine and short-shift. It was getting worse through the race and I ended up having to use higher gears. But nevertheless Mark drove a fantastic race and he deserved to win. I don't like calling it bad luck. I tried to stay as close as I could to Mark and keep the gap to Alonso and then Button at the end. We had an amazing season and it would be over the top being upset now, so we take this second place. It has been a phenomenal year and a strong finish as well. We are all looking forward to the break and coming back as strong as this year."

Red Bull's Mark Webber: "I felt good all weekend. Seb did a great lap for pole. Today I had the rub of the green. It would have been nice to have a race with Seb all the way through but he had a problem. It's a win you'll take for sure because I've had bad luck or whatever you want to call it. It's an important win for me and the team to finish on a high. I enjoyed the last few laps. It's always nice when I could pit a bit later than people and cover people off. Nice way to finish. I want to dedicate this win to a close family friend Bob Woods who is very ill man."

1800: I'll bring you reaction from the top three drivers in a moment but first let me mark you cards for the last time this season. Sebastian Vettel finished top of the drivers' championship by a mile with 392 points, with Jenson Button second on 270. Webber's victory lifted him into third on 258, one point ahead of Alonso. Hamilton ended up fifth with 227, with Massa a distant sixth after collecting just 118 points all year.

1755: Towards the end of the race, you may have heard Vettel telling his team that he felt like Ayrton Senna in 1991. It was a reference to Senna's incredible victory at Interlagos depite being stuck in sixth gear for the latter part of the race.

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner: "It was a difficult race for Sebastian. He had a gearbox problem form lap five but he kept it alive. Mark drove well and thoroughly deserved that victory. Mark's had a tough year, but he's kept his head down. He wanted to finish the year on a high after facing a driver in the form of his life and he's done that. I'm sure he'll come back stronger next year."

1746: A few of you conspiracy theorists suggesting Vettel's gearbox problem was just a ruse to allow Webber to win a race, but Eddie Jordan just wants to rejoice in the joy of the Australian's win. "I thought he'd lost his mojo, but he answered a question today," he says.

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Colin Angel from London via text: "As Jenson has finished ahead of Lewis will he get the number 3 on his car next year and Lewis 4?"

1742: Massa treats his home crowd to some fancy "donuts" after the finish. Plenty of pats on the back between our top three before Webber climbs onto the top step for the Aussie anthem.

BBC F1 co-commentator Martin Brundle on Webber's win: "He can head into the winter with some satisfaction and self-belief. If he could find that form all the time he'd be a world champion."

BBC F1 co-commentator David Coulthard on Webber's win: "He is a quality driver and he's got speed but he just lost his way a bit with the Pirelli tyres. That will give him a boost going into the winter."

1737: Phew, I can breathe again. Good race that and a nice way to end a difficult season for Webber. That was the seventh victory of the 35-year-old Australian's career.

Lap 71: Vettel takes second place, with Jenson Button third, Fernando Alonso fourth, Massa fifth and Sutil sixth.

Chequered flag

Lap 70: We are in the car with leader Mark Webber who has just set a fastest lap as he closes in on his first victory of the season.

Lap 69: The gap between Vettel and Button is down to 8.8secs but he is going to have to settle for third, we think. Alonso has a problem with his DRS but looks good for fourth.

Lap 68: Sutil is still sixth and is on course to match his best finish of the season. The Ferraris of Alonso and Massa remain fourth and fifth respectively.

Lap 66: McLaren are urging Button to do more here but he may just be running out of laps and he's now getting stuck in a bit of traffic. Speedwise, Button is by far the quicker car though.

Lap 65: Vettel still leads Button by 10.2secs so the McLaren man has his work cut out if he is to prevent a Red Bull one-two.

BBC F1 pit-lane reporter Ted Kravitz: "How much will it mean to Webber to get that one win that he's craved after getting well and truly beaten by Vettel all season?"

Lap 63: That was a thrilling piece of action with Button using the DRS to overtake Alonso on the straight after turn three. And McLaren are bigging up the Briton to hunt down Vettel for second.


Lap 60: Jenson Button is hot on the heels of Fernando Alonso, looking to exact revenge for that superb overtaking move by the Spaniard on lap 11.

Lap 59: It's a great pit stop from Webber and the Red Bull team and he comfortably retains the lead from Vettel after the German's stop.

McLaren's Lewis Hamilton: "I think it's been an interesting year. Today, I gave it my all. I enjoyed the race and it's a little bit unfortunate that weren't able to get extra points. I was challenging Felipe [Massa] at the end and was hoping I could get him but the gearbox didn't last. It's been a long, long year and I'm looking forward to a little bit of downtime with family and friends. There is a lot to improve on but I feel it's all positive even though we didn't have a great result today."

Lap 58: As things stand, Button is on course to retain second place in the championship. Mark Webber is about to come in for his final stop.

Lap 55: Alonso pits but retains third place. Button is 4.6 seconds behind so maybe we have written off his podium chances too early.

Lap 54: Jenson Button is on a fresh set of medium tyres after an unexpected pit stop which has probably ruined his chances of a podium finish. We'll soon see. Rubens Barrichello fans - your man is 14th after getting passed by Segio Perez.

Lap 51: It looks for all the world like a Red Bull 1-2, with Alonso still some five seconds behind Vettel. Button is fourth, a further 6.4 seconds back.

BBC F1 chief analyst Eddie Jordan: "Adrian Sutil is lighting up the midfield. He needs three more points to finish ninth in the championship which would be massive going into next season."

Lap 50: Adrian Sutil tries to overtake Nico Rosberg for sixth, but the Force India man closes the door. Next time round, he gets the job done though.

Lap 48: Terrible news for Hamilton but that's the luck of the draw, according to Martin Brundle. He parked his car and told his team that his gearbox had gone. Meanwhile, Red Bull give Vettel a slap on the wrists for posting his fastest lap when he is supposed to be looking after his own gearbox.


BBC F1 co-commentator David Coulthard: "That is very early to come in for the hard tyres and try to go to the end of the race. Hamilton must have some issues."

Lap 45: Hamilton pits to change to medium tyres and is swiftly followed in by Massa. Vettel is currently running 4.4secs behind our race leader Webber.

BBC Sport's Andrew Benson in Sao Paulo: "Just a quick word on the Ferraris. Massa can't pass Alonso on the different strategy. Alonso came out ahead after his second stop and is pulling away at nearly a second a lap with both having one stop left."

Lap 44: Poor old Maldonado looks a bit glum as he watches from the side of the track. Still no joy for Hamilton and Massa's team radio tell him "this is good driving".

Lap 42: Lewis is all over the back of Massa but no contact yet. Meanwhile, Alonso is closing the gap slightly on second-placed Vettel.

Lap 41: It really looks like Massa's two-stop strategy is back-firing and all eyes are on the Brazilian and his English nemesis Lewis Hamilton. Just a whisker between them at the minute.

Lap 39: Jenson Button passes Massa for fourth place and Hamilton is catching the Ferrari too. Both Red Bulls pit in quick succession and Webber retains the race lead.

BBC F1 pit-lane reporter Ted Kravitz: "At Red Bull, they're saying good job to Sebastian. He's managing the situation quite well. Felipe Massa's two-stop strategy might work for him. He's putting in the times. He needs to stretch this tyre out to lap 48. He might pass Alonso. On Bruno Senna, apparently he's missing fourth gear."

Lap 37: Sixth-placed Hamilton has a gearbox problem too, but is told to just keep driving because there is nothing he can do about it.

Lap 35: "There could be rain on the way," say the Red Bull team to Vettel as Alonso comes in from third for another set of option tyres. That means he will definitely have to stop again.

Lap 34: McLaren have split their strategy here as Hamilton pits for a fresh set of soft tyres. Despite a dodgy gearbox, Vettel clocks up his fastest lap of the race.

Lap 31: Button makes his second stop at the end of lap 31, changing to the medium tyres, and emerging in sixth. Hamilton is up to fourth for the time being.

Lap 31: So, can Mark Webber finally do it. He won here in 2009 remember, but his victory was somewhat overshadowed by Jenson Button taking the title. Alonso is nearly eight seconds behind Vettel, so the Red Bulls still have a good cushion over the field.


BBC F1 pit-lane reporter Ted Kravitz: "I've come down to Red Bull garage. They're not clearing a space in the garage. The intention is to manage this problem. Vettel is going to effectively give up the place to Webber."

Lap 28: Webber is right behind Vettel now as Pastor Maldonado becomes the second retirement of the race.

Lap 27: Just seen the debris from Bruno Senna's front wing lurking ominously on the track at turn two. Schumacher is gradually fighting his way back through the field. He's up from last to 19th place.

Lap 26: Bad news for Vettel as he is told he has a "serious gearbox problem". Not looking good for the German at the moment and Mark Webber is sniffing the chance off his first victory of the season.

Lap 24: We are on board with the champ Vettel as he burns his way around the track, opening up a 2.7sec lead over Webber. Senna is down in 16th after his penalty.

Lap 23: Good old Barrichello is up to 15th place and it looks like we have our first drop out. It's Timo Glock and he has lost a tyre. Schoolboy error - he set off from the pit lane before his left rear wheel had been screwed on properly!

Lap 21: Vettel uses his fresh set of rubbers to steam past Massa and re-take top spot. Then the Brazilian pits before emerging in sixth behind Hamilton.

BBC F1 commentator Martin Brundle: "Our briefing this morning was suggesting three stops were too slow, but it looks like the tyres are giving up earlier than they thought they would."

BBC pit-lane reporter Ted Kravitz on first round of pit-stops: "There are a circumference line of blisters on Button's McLaren so I think that stop was strategic to try and get past Alonso. Vettel's tyres have slightly fewer blisters than the McLaren when he came in."

Lap 19: So, Felipe Massa is our leader at his home grand prix, but only because he is yet to pit. Mark Webber has pitted too and comes out five second behind Vettel.

Lap 17: Vettel surges back onto the track in third place as we hear that Bruno Senna has been issued wth a drive-through penalty for his clash with Schumacher. "That's harsh" says Brundle.

Lap 16: Alonso and Hamilton are into the pits at the end of lap 16 but the Spaniard retains third place and Hamilton is still behind Button in fifth. Vettel is pitting now.

BBC F1 commentator Martin Brundle: "Bruno Senna was late on the brakes. I don't think Michael did anything wrong but I don't think Bruno did anything wrong either."

Lap 15: Not surprisingly, Schumacher is currently in last place after his puncture. Alonso is 9.6 seconds behind Vettel, and Jenson Button is heading into the pits, which suggests a three-stop strategy.

Lap 14: Sebastian Vettel has a gearbox problem, according to his team radio. Plenty going on, you could say.

David Coulthard on Fernando Alonso's pass on Jenson Button: "That was an incredible pass, you would never dream of going round that corner. That's the mark of a great driver."

Lap 12: The BBC commentary team are purring over that pass from Alonso, who has had a fabulous race thus far, already passing both McLarens to move into third behind the two Red Bulls. Button is fourth and Hamilton is fifth.

Lap 11: Fernando Alonso sails past Jenson Button on the outside on turn five! Michael Schumacher is in the pits.

Lap 10:MICHAEL SCHUMACHER HAS A LEFT REAR PUNCTURE after a clash with Bruno Senna in the fight for ninth place. He turned across Senna there and the Brazilian's front wing looks a bit damaged. The stewards are going to investigate the incident.

BBC F1 pit-lane reporter Ted Kravitz: "Michael Schumacher did not start on brand new set of soft tyres, so it was important for him to get back past Paul di Resta after losing the place at the start. He'll have an extra set for later in the race. I spoke to Williams and they said there was no reason for Rubens Barrichello's poor start."

Lap eight: Button is 7.2 seconds behind leader Vettel already, with Barrichello starting to claw his way back through the field.

BBC F1 co-commentator David Coulthard: "Fernando Alonso gets himself up alongside Jenson Button at the start with Massa getting a good start, too. Good clean stuff from all the runners. Rubens Barrichello bogged down at the start and he just got swamped."

Lap five: All 24 cars are still out on the track so no casualties yet. The Red Bulls are flying already and even at this early stage look odds on to repeat their one-two from last season.

Lap four: We are watching some replays of the start and Rubens Barrichello had an absolutely dreadful one in what could be his final Grand Prix, falling from 12th to 19th. "There will be tears in his helmet," says Coulthard.

Lap three: Vettel has already opened up a 2.2 second lead over his team-mate Webber, with Button a further 0.7 seconds back.

Lap two: Jenson Button got right up alongside Webber at the start, but couldn't quite get his McLaren past the Australian and had to give up the ground. On lap two, Michael Schumacher passes Paul Di Resta to retake 10th place.

Lap one: We are off, and it's a cracking start from Ferraris as Alonso passes Hamilton for fourth and Massa jumps a place to sixth.

1600: All 24 drivers are starting on the quicker soft tyres on this bumpy, undulating track. We are moments from take off...

1558: Nearly there guys. David Coulthard thinks the weather is the only thing that could prevent a Red Bull victory, but could it be Webber who takes the spoils? The grid is clearing now and the drivers are in their cars, readying themselves for the formation lap.

BBC Sport's Andrew Benson in Sao Paulo: "It would be nice to have a really storming race to conclude what has been a fascinating season despite Sebastian Vettel's dominance. Brazil can normally be relied up on to provide one, but ironically the DRS overtaking aid might make that less likely if it's dry. That's because to get the best advantage out of DRS in qualifying, the cars are almost all hitting the rev limiter on the main straight, where most of the overtaking usually takes place. That means overtaking there is less likely than normal. The DRS zone is on the straight between Turns Three and Four, because it was felt that adding DRS on the main straight would make overtaking too easy. So the promised rain might be needed to provide a good race. Expect plenty of action if it is wet, though. Rain makes Interlagos very 'tricky', as both Jenson Button and Mark Webber described it on Saturday."

1554: Oops that wasn't in the script. TV gold as Jake Humphrey interviews Ronaldo in the paddock, and is interrupted by the Brazilian football legend's little son, who says he wants to go home.

Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel: "I feel very happy with my season. It's been incredible but we have one more race to go. I'm looking forward to the race. At the moment it's very sunny but rain is on the way. We'll see what happens. Last year we had a good start so we try to repeat that. We are confident that we should have a good race. The car feels good."

1549: The decidedly upbeat Brazilian national anthem is blaring through the tannoy as I write. Looks like quite some atmosphere out there. They really know their Formula 1 and, of course, have produced some of the biggest names in the history of the sport.

BBC Sport's Andrew Benson in Sao Paulo: "Team Lotus boss Tony Fernandes has been laying out the plans for his F1 team, which will be rebranded as Caterham F1 next season, as well as the other companies that will also fall under the brand. He said that the F1 team and the Caterham sportscar company are likely to move to a new home and be housed together. This is highly likely to be the old TWR/Arrows/Super Aguri factory in Leafield, Oxfordshire, but Fernandes is holding off confirming it because he 'wants to make sure the cars can be built there'. Fernandes was cagey on the plans for the Cologne F1 design office he co-owns with Lotus/Caterham F1 chief technical officer Mike Gascoyne to design and build next year's HRT. I understand this is a proposal but is not confirmed."

DPTheTruth on Twitter: "Best race - Hungary. Best moment - Alonso's start in Spain. Best newcomer - Di Resta."

BBC Sport's Andrew Benson in Sao Paulo: "Some strategy details for you: if it's dry, expect most people to do a two-stop race, with the first stops somewhere between laps 22-25 and the second around lap 48 or so. A pit stop costs only about 19 seconds in total time."

1541: Martin Brundle is dressed all in black for his final grid-walk of the season. The weather looks pretty sunny to me and Paul Di Resta reckons we might be in for a dry race after all. Meanwhile, a Renault bod says we could have a short, sharp shower in about five minutes. It's the usual hive of activity down there. Massa says he will be "ready for anything."

1538: I can hear the revving of the engines. I hope all you F1 junkies are getting ready for your final fix. Who's the favourite if it's wet then? Certainly makes it that much less predictable.

Timo Glock on Twitter: "Some rain drops around the track! Just met @rubarrichello at the last place for a driver before the race ;) hope we see him next year again."

Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali: "We would have liked to have won a few more races but that's the way the season has worked out. We have put down a target for aerodynamic developments and we hope that is enough for next season. As always, we have to see what happens when we transfer that testing to the track. It's an ambitious target and I hope we can achieve it."

1531: Talking of Massa, what price another clash with Hamilton this afternoon? Amusing scenes on TV as Hamilton wins the end-of-season naughty boy award for his persistent bothering of the Brazilian.

BBC Sport's Andrew Benson in Sao Paulo: "There is a definite end-of-season feeling here at Interlagos. Rubens Barrichello and Felipe Massa have both brought their families to the race track, and on Saturday evening Ferrari's Fernando Alonso showed a soft side to his character many might have thought wasn't there as he played with Barrichello's son, who was squealing with laughter. Aaah... But when the helmets go on for the race, Alonso will be as committed as ever. The man who is famous for his relentlessness is still hopeful that he can end the year on a high, pointing out a race in which it rains but then the track dries out could be good news for Ferrari, who have performed well in such conditions already this year - notably when Alonso won at Silverstone."

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James in Salen via text: " My moment of the season was Jenson winning in Japan and the crowd staying in the stands so long. Showed the magic of Formula 1 across the world."

1523: Beeb One are currently having a chin-wag with Ferrari's Felipe Massa standing in front of a special cake to mark his 100th Grand Prix. Atop said cake is an iced figurine of Massa himself. "He's better-looking than me," quips the Brazilian, who is still looking for his first podium of the season.

Brazilian Renault driver Bruno Senna who will start ninth: "I slept well. It was a relaxed feeling. I was pleased with my lap and pleased with the work guys have done after a tough start on Friday. The weather is always changeable at Interlagos. We'll have to see what happens. If the weather plays up it can be a bit more interesting for us. We're on the clean side which is an advantage, we're starting with the right tyres and let's hope we can have a good start."

Sebastian Vettel celebrates winning the 2011 drivers' title

F1 pundits select favourite 2011 moments

BBC Sport's Sarah Holt: "Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull may have romped to second world titles with the fastest car on the track but some fascinating battles on track have belied their dominance. That's why it is super-hard to pick an individual highlight of 2011. I know it's been a mixed season for Lewis Hamilton but he has been mesmerising to watch this year, especially his pursuit of Vettel in the closing laps in Spain, his exchanges with McLaren team-mate Jenson Button in Turkey and his tussles with Michael Schumacher, who has shown glimpses of his vintage form. It has also been revealing talking to Hamilton about the personal and professional battles he has been dealing with this season. So in many ways, Hamilton has had the most intriguing narrative of the year. On a lighter note, I have to say that getting soaked in the first race in Australia and then having Bruno Senna kindly offer to dry me out with a blast of a Renault tyre gun was a personal low. How embarassing. And to hear what Martin Brundle, Lee McKenzie, David Coulthard and Ted Kravitz picked as their highlights we have a little video for you here."

1516: There's a neat graph in today's Observer that shows what a season of two halves this has been. In the first nine races, the red line indicating Vettel soars above those of his closest rivals, but in the second half, the lines are much closer together, with Jenson Button emerging as the most credible pretender to the German's throne. It all bodes well for a closer affair next year.

Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel: "It will be essential to use the winter break to calm down, recharge the batteries and very soon we go again next year." On his Mansell-style moustache: "It just grew over night. I think puberty is over now!"

BBC Sport Andrew Benson in Sao Paulo: "One of the longest-running sagas of this season has been the ongoing row over the Resource Restriction Agreement, which defines limits on what the teams can spend and how much R&D they can do. There has been ill-feeling about this since January, when it first emerged that some people felt Red Bull had exceeded the limits, and talks have gone on all year. There have been more meetings this weekend, and team bosses have agreed on a new approach to try to finally find a solution. McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh, who is also the chairman of the teams' umbrella group Fota, said: 'What we've agreed is there are four teams who are particularly affected (Red Bull, McLaren, Ferrari and Mercedes) and the other teams have agreed to allow those four teams to seek a compromise and accept it.'"

BBC F1 chief analyst Eddie Jordan: "I think this has been an absolutely classic year. I think the highlight for me was the Indian Grand Prix because we had no clear idea what would happen. The welcome, the race and everything about India was just magic."

Mark Webber makes a move on Fernando Alonso at Eau Rouge

Webber on stunning Alonso overtake

1507: I'm delighted to report that Sebastian Vettel is sporting his ginger moustache as he chats to Jake and the BBC boys at the start of the show. Meanwhile, you should now be able to see that brilliant Webber over-taking move from Belgium. Lovely stuff.

BBC Sport's Andrew Benson in Sao Paulo: "Rubens Barrichello's fellow drivers have been paying tribute to his achievement here this weekend, in the expectation that this could well be his last race. Former team-mate Jenson Button said: 'I can't imagine myself being here in another eight years, but four or five years ago I didn't think I'd be here now. I hope he gets a drive next year otherwise we've missed a really big party (this weekend).' While Sebastian Vettel added: 'The really inspiring bit about Rubens is he likes what he does. He is happy when he gets up in the morning, he doesn't think about his age. Sometimes people at that age they are sad time has passed on but for him it is a number and it doesn't mean anything. He is funny and a character, and it would be sad to lose him.'"

Martin Brundle on Twitter: "Spot of rain here in Interlagos. Nelson Piquet just lapping in 1981 Brabham BT49. Crowd go wild, find myself clapping and cheering. Awesome."

1500: What a tune - gets me every time. Fleetwood Mac's The Chain gets BBC One's final race broadcast of the season under way and we are one hour from go, go, go.

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James in sunny Devon via text: "Best race: Canada. Worst race: Valencia (no surprise there to be honest) Biggest flop: Williams. Best move: Webber on Alonso at Belgium."

BBC Sport's Andrew Benson in Sao Paulo: "Sebastian Vettel may have tied up the title in Japan four races ago, but second place in the championship is still up for grabs. Jenson Button is the incumbent - he heads into the race 10 points ahead of Ferrari's Fernando Alonso and 22 points in front of Red Bull's Mark Webber, with 25 for a win. Lewis Hamilton is out of the battle for second, 28 points behind his McLaren team-mate but could still move up ahead of Webber and perhaps even Alonso if results go his way. So far, most of the drivers have said they don't really care about it, but Webber did admit here that 'it would be nice - and if you had a choice you would always take second over fourth, fifth or whatever. JB's had a great season, so has Fernando, given the car he's got.' But Webber, like all the others, would prefer a win."

1453: Thanks Cheuk for kicking us off. Keep them coming guys. For me the best move of the season has to be Mark Webber's supreme over-taking of Fernando Alonso at Spa. Spine-tingling stuff - we'll try to get you video of that one is a sec.

Cheuk Hei on Twitter: "Best race has to be Canada when Button came from last to win on the last lap. Hamilton's has had a bad season."

BBC Sport's Andrew Benson in Sao Paulo: "Mark Webber may have lost out to Red Bull team-mate Sebastian Vettel in qualifying again - the Australian has beaten Vettel only three times this year - but Webber left the impression it had been one of his best qualifying laps of the season. Webber has great respect and high regard for the ability in qualifying of Vettel, who broke Nigel Mansell's 19-year-old record for poles in a season, and after missing out on pole by 0.181 seconds, Webber said: 'I was very happy with that. I tried to help old Nigel out but it didn't work out. In the end we have always been towards the front this weekend and it was a question of who (out of the two of them) was going to get pole. It was close, but not close enough."

1442: The race begins at 1600 GMT, with BBC One's build-up starting at 1500. That gives us plenty of time to reflect on the 2011 season, and I'm keen as mustard to hear from you. What has been the best race, the worst race, the best driving move, the best newcomer, the biggest flop, and all that jazz. Send me your thoughts to @samsheringham via the hashtag #BBCF1, or text us your views to 81111 (UK).

BBC Sport's Andrew Benson in Sao Paulo: "It was another lovely morning here in Sao Paulo, but clouds are building up above the city's many skyscrapers and the F1 teams say there is an 80% chance of rain in the race. The threat has eased slightly overnight. Most still expect it to rain, but in the form of showers rather than heavy downpours. In Brazil, though, you just never know - that unpredictability is part of the charm of the place. The atmosphere has been building nicely since early morning - the grandstands were pretty packed even at 9am - five hours before the start of the race."

1438: Enough talk of fake tashes, tell me about the weather in Brazil, I hear you cry. Are we in for a wet one? I'll level with you, I've no idea, but I know a man who does...

Sebastian Vettel
Sebastian McVettel forgets to shave before the final race of the season
1435: Vettel, of course, starts from pole today after breaking Nigel Mansell's 19-year-old record with his 15th pole position of the season yesterday. And the German has gone way up in my estimations after I saw this brilliant picture of him celebrating in a Mansell-style false moustache. A touch ginger perhaps, but good to see Seb is game for a laugh.

1430: So here we are then, primed for the finale to another sizzling season in the greatest motorsport series of them all. The stage is set at Interlagos in Brazil for the latest battle royale between the Red Bulls and McLarens. Can world champion Sebastian Vettel rack up a 12th victory of his record-breaking season, or can one of his British rivals, Jenson Button or Lewis Hamilton, finish their campaigns in style?

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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
Vettel beats Webber to get record
26 Nov 11 |  Formula One
Brazil Grand Prix qualifying results
08 Mar 11 |  Results
Hamilton heads Vettel in practice
26 Nov 11 |  Formula One
BBC reveals 2012 F1 coverage plan
25 Nov 11 |  Formula One
I needed tough season - Hamilton
25 Nov 11 |  Formula One
Bahrain will happen - Ecclestone
25 Nov 11 |  Formula One
Kubica not writing off 2012 yet
24 Nov 11 |  Formula One
BBC - Languages - Formula 1 Trivia Quiz
26 Nov 11 |  separator
Brazilian Grand Prix Forecast
26 Nov 11 |  Feeds

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