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When this season kicked off nine months ago in neighboring Bahrain, we knew it was going to be a close one. Ferrari had a two-time champion at the helm and a hungry wingman to match. McLaren had the reigning champions from the past two years in what was dubbed a "super team." Brawn GP was bought by Mercedes-Benz, which then brought the most successful driver in F1 history out of retirement. Meanwhile, Red Bull was riding the crest of a fairy-tale ascension that only narrowly failed to materialize the year before. Yes, we knew it'd be close, but not this close.

Heading in to the season finale this weekend in Abu Dhabi, the constructors' championship had just been decided, but the drivers' title was still up for grabs. And for the first time in sixty years of Formula One history, it was down to an unprecedented four drivers. Fernando Alonso looked poised to take his third title, but both Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel were still well in contention for their first, while Lewis Hamilton looked at slim – but still possible – chances at claiming his second. It was down to the line, and for all the marbles. Follow the jump to find out who was crowned champion, and how.


  • Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany leads the field after the start during the Emirates Formula One Grand Prix at the Yas Marina racetrack, in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Nov.14, 2010. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
  • The pack take the first corner of the Emirates Formula One Grand Prix at the Yas Marina racetrack in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Nov. 14, 2010. (AP Photo/Gero Breloer)
  • Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany leads the field after the start during the Emirates Formula One Grand Prix at the Yas Marina racetrack, in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Nov.14, 2010. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
  • McLaren Mercedes driver Jenson Button of Britain steers his car through the first corner ahead of Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso of Spain and Red Bull driver Mark Webber of Australia after the start of the Emirates Formula One Grand Prix at the Yas Marina racetrack in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Thursday, Feb. 15, 2001. (AP Photo/Gero Breloer)
  • The safety car leads ahead of Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany, McLaren Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain and McLaren Mercedes driver Jenson Button of Britain the Emirates Formula One Grand Prix at the Yas Marina racetrack in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Thursday, Feb. 15, 2001. (AP Photo/Gero Breloer)
  • Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany leads McLaren Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain, McLaren Mercedes driver Jenson Button of Britain and Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso of Spain and Red Bull driver Mark Webber of Australia during the Emirates Formula One Grand Prix at the Yas Marina racetrack, in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Nov.14, 2010.(AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)
  • Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso of Spain is followed by Red Bull driver Mark Webber of Australia during the Emirates Formula One Grand Prix at the Yas Marina racetrack in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Nov. 14, 2010. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
  • Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso of Spain, leads Red Bull driver Mark Webber of Australia and Ferrari driver Felipe Massa of Brazil during the Emirates Formula One Grand Prix at the Yas Marina racetrack, in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Nov.14, 2010. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
  • Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany leads the field after the start ahead of McLaren Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain, McLaren Mercedes driver Jenson Button of Britain, Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso of Spain and Red Bull driver Mark Webber of Australia during the Emirates Formula One Grand Prix at the Yas Marina racetrack in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Thursday, Feb. 15, 2001. (AP Photo/Gero Breloer)
  • Safety car leads drivers after a crash between Mercedes Grand Prix driver Michael Schumacher of Germany and Force India driver Vitantonio Liuzzi of Italy during the Emirates Formula One Grand Prix at the Yas Marina racetrack, in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Nov.14, 2010. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
  • Red Bull driver Mark Webber of Australia steers his car during the third free practice at the Yas Marina racetrack , in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Saturday, Nov.13, 2010. The Emirates Formula One Grand Prix will take place on Sunday. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
  • Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso of Spain steers his car during the Qualifying for the Emirates Formula One Grand Prix at the Yas Marina racetrack in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Saturday, Nov. 13, 2010. The Emirates Formula One Grand Prix will take place on Sunday. (AP Photo/Gero Breloer)
  • Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso of Spain steers his car during the Emirates Formula One Grand Prix at the Yas Marina racetrack in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Nov. 14, 2010. (AP Photo/Gero Breloer)
  • ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - NOVEMBER 13: Jaime Alguersuari of Spain and Scuderia Toro Rosso drives his car during qualifying for the Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix at the Yas Marina Circuit on November 13, 2010 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Vladimir Rys/Getty Images)
  • ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - NOVEMBER 13: Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Red Bull Racing drives on his way to finishing first during qualifying for the Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix at the Yas Marina Circuit on November 13, 2010 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
  • Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany passes the Yas Marina hotel during the qualifying session at the Yas Marina racetrack in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Saturday, Nov. 13, 2010. The Emirates Formula One Grand Prix will take place on Sunday. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
  • ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - NOVEMBER 13: Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Red Bull Racing drives on his way to finishing first during qualifying for the Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix at the Yas Marina Circuit on November 13, 2010 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
  • Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso of Spain passes the Yas Marina hotel during the qualifying session at the Yas Marina racetrack in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Saturday, Nov. 13, 2010. The Emirates Formula One Grand Prix will take place on Sunday. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
  • Red Bull driver Mark Webber of Australia passes the Yas Marina hotel during the qualifying session at the Yas Marina racetrack in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Saturday, Nov. 13, 2010. The Emirates Formula One Grand Prix will take place on Sunday. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
  • Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany celebrates as he crosses the finish line to become the 2010 Formula One World champion and winning the Emirates Formula One Grand Prix at the Yas Marina racetrack, in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Nov.14, 2010. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
  • Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany celebrates as he crosses the finish line to become the 2010 Formula One World champion and winning the Emirates Formula One Grand Prix at the Yas Marina racetrack, in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Nov.14, 2010. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
  • Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany reacts after becoming Formula One World Champion 2010 at the Emirates Formula One Grand Prix at the Yas Marina racetrack in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Nov. 14, 2010. (AP Photo/Gero Breloer)
  • Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany gestures "number 1" on the podium after winning the Emirates Formula One Grand Prix at the Yas Marina racetrack in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Nov. 14, 2010. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
  • Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso of Spain leves his car after the Emirates Formula One Grand Prix at the Yas Marina racetrack, in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Nov.14, 2010. He arrived seventh and Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany won the Formula One 2010 championship. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
  • McLaren Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain, Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany and McLaren Mercedes driver Jenson Button, from left, to right, of Britain drink rose water on the podium after the Emirates Formula One Grand Prix at the Yas Marina racetrack in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Nov. 14, 2010. (AP Photo/Gero Breloer)
  • Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso of Spain, Red Bull driver Mark Webber of Australia, Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany and McLaren Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain, from left to right, pose for a group photo before the Emirates Formula One Grand Prix at the Yas Marina racetrack in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Nov. 14, 2010. (AP Photo/Gero Breloer)

[Images: Luca Bruno, Ben Curtis, Gero Breloer/AP | Clive Mason, Vladimir Rys/Getty]

The stakes couldn't have been higher when the contenders lined up for qualifying on Saturday at the Yas Marina circuit. And when the dust settled, it could hardly have been any closer: Sebastian Vettel took pole for Red Bull as he'd been doing all season. Beside him was Lewis Hamilton. Championship frontrunner Fernando Alonso lined up right behind in third, with Jenson Button – any hope of defending his title by now completely dashed – right up there in fourth. Mark Webber was consigned to the third row in fifth, with Felipe Massa beside him in sixth. Rubens Barrichello, Michael Schumacher, Nico Rosberg and Vitaly Petrov rounded out the remaining top ten as the midfielders and backmarkers filled the remaining slots on the grid.

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With the stage set, the lights flashed green and off they went. Fernando Alonso made his first mistake of the day trying to edge out Jenson Button, yielding his spot to drop to fourth off the line as Vettel led the McLarens into the first corner. But almost as soon as the race started, it was reined in again when Schumacher spun his Mercedes and Tonio Liuzzi nearly decapitated him with his Force India. The safety car was deployed and led the procession through an alternate corner for five laps before the mess was cleared and the race could get back under way.

Once it did, the German Nicos drew first blood as Merc's Rosberg passed Williams' Hulkenberg for P13. Meanwhile, farther up the field, Mark Webber ran wide exiting a corner and came into brief contact with the safety barrier. Fearing a potentially catastrophic right rear tire blowout, the Australian hopeful called in a pit stop that dropped him from fifth place to sixteenth.

Felipe Massa was the next to pit, also dropping into the teens as he rejoined behind Webber. The move was speculated as an attempt by Ferrari to let Massa keep Webber at bay, but if that wasn't failure enough, calling Alonso in as well sure was. The title leader dropped from fourth place to twelfth, while up front Hamilton stayed glued to the back of Vettel's Red Bull.



Twenty laps into the race, Vettel lead the McLaren pair of Hamilton and Button as Sauber's Kamui Kobayashi impressively outpaced himself in fourth. Renault's Robert Kubica was fifth, followed by Adrian Sutil (Force India), Sebastien Buemi (Toro Rosso), Nico Rosberg (Mercedes), Nico Hulkenberg (Williams) and Vitaly Petrov (Renault) to tenth place. Alonso and Webber chased in eleventh and twelfth, with Toro Rosso's Jaime Alguersuari separating them from Massa in fourteenth.

About half the field had made their mandatory pit stops at this point, with the top seven leading the charge of those who had yet to. Hamilton became the first of those frontrunners to pit around the halfway mark on lap 24, dropping from second to fifth. Vettel's pit stop came on the following lap, dropping from the lead to second as Button took over P1. Meanwhile Kubica finally got past Kobayashi for P3, and on the next lap Hamilton did the same for P4.

As the race came closer to the finish line, it became clear how vital a role Renault would play in deciding the title. Kubica kept Hamilton at bay in P3 and Petrov did the same with Alonso at P10. At this point, Vettel looked poised to claim the title, with Alonso in second, Webber third and Hamilton fourth in the standings. With so many cars yet to stop, however, and so many reliability factors in play, there were far too many wild cards in the deck to count it over just yet.

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A bounding Kobayashi finally pitted on lap 34 to drop from fifth position to sixteenth, and Button followed a few laps later to hand to the lead back to Vettel and rejoin in fourth place. Kubica was now in second, followed by Hamilton, Button, Sutil, Buemi, Rosberg, Petrov, Alonso, Hulkenberg, Webber, Alguersuari and Massa.

Timo Glock spun his Virgin-Cosworth on lap 46 to join Schumacher and Liuzzi – and eventually Jarno Trulli, who retired his Lotus in the garage – as the only retirements of the day. But the more crucial move came the following lap when Kubica finally took his Renault in to pit lane. Leaving the track in third place, he rejoined in sixth, just ahead of his teammate Petrov and a frustrated Alonso, who could not manage to get around the Russian rookie.

Sutil finally pitted from P4 on lap 48 to rejoin in P12, but those were all the changes in store for the closing laps.

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And so was crowned a tearfully jubilant Sebastian Vettel, the youngest world champion in Formula One history. Beside him on the podium stood F1's last two champions in their McLaren colors. The defeated Alonso was ultimately unable to get past those pesky Renaults with their superior engines – the same that propelled Red Bull Racing to both championships, and which will propel them again next season as they endeavor to defend their maiden crowns. When they do, there'll be no fewer than five world champions defending their honor against another hungry batch of hopefuls. Next year is looking good already.


  • Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany leads the field after the start during the Emirates Formula One Grand Prix at the Yas Marina racetrack, in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Nov.14, 2010. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
  • The pack take the first corner of the Emirates Formula One Grand Prix at the Yas Marina racetrack in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Nov. 14, 2010. (AP Photo/Gero Breloer)
  • Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany leads the field after the start during the Emirates Formula One Grand Prix at the Yas Marina racetrack, in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Nov.14, 2010. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
  • McLaren Mercedes driver Jenson Button of Britain steers his car through the first corner ahead of Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso of Spain and Red Bull driver Mark Webber of Australia after the start of the Emirates Formula One Grand Prix at the Yas Marina racetrack in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Thursday, Feb. 15, 2001. (AP Photo/Gero Breloer)
  • The safety car leads ahead of Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany, McLaren Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain and McLaren Mercedes driver Jenson Button of Britain the Emirates Formula One Grand Prix at the Yas Marina racetrack in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Thursday, Feb. 15, 2001. (AP Photo/Gero Breloer)
  • Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany leads McLaren Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain, McLaren Mercedes driver Jenson Button of Britain and Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso of Spain and Red Bull driver Mark Webber of Australia during the Emirates Formula One Grand Prix at the Yas Marina racetrack, in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Nov.14, 2010.(AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)
  • Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso of Spain is followed by Red Bull driver Mark Webber of Australia during the Emirates Formula One Grand Prix at the Yas Marina racetrack in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Nov. 14, 2010. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
  • Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso of Spain, leads Red Bull driver Mark Webber of Australia and Ferrari driver Felipe Massa of Brazil during the Emirates Formula One Grand Prix at the Yas Marina racetrack, in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Nov.14, 2010. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
  • Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany leads the field after the start ahead of McLaren Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain, McLaren Mercedes driver Jenson Button of Britain, Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso of Spain and Red Bull driver Mark Webber of Australia during the Emirates Formula One Grand Prix at the Yas Marina racetrack in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Thursday, Feb. 15, 2001. (AP Photo/Gero Breloer)
  • Safety car leads drivers after a crash between Mercedes Grand Prix driver Michael Schumacher of Germany and Force India driver Vitantonio Liuzzi of Italy during the Emirates Formula One Grand Prix at the Yas Marina racetrack, in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Nov.14, 2010. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
  • Red Bull driver Mark Webber of Australia steers his car during the third free practice at the Yas Marina racetrack , in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Saturday, Nov.13, 2010. The Emirates Formula One Grand Prix will take place on Sunday. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
  • Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso of Spain steers his car during the Qualifying for the Emirates Formula One Grand Prix at the Yas Marina racetrack in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Saturday, Nov. 13, 2010. The Emirates Formula One Grand Prix will take place on Sunday. (AP Photo/Gero Breloer)
  • Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso of Spain steers his car during the Emirates Formula One Grand Prix at the Yas Marina racetrack in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Nov. 14, 2010. (AP Photo/Gero Breloer)
  • ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - NOVEMBER 13: Jaime Alguersuari of Spain and Scuderia Toro Rosso drives his car during qualifying for the Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix at the Yas Marina Circuit on November 13, 2010 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Vladimir Rys/Getty Images)
  • ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - NOVEMBER 13: Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Red Bull Racing drives on his way to finishing first during qualifying for the Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix at the Yas Marina Circuit on November 13, 2010 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
  • Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany passes the Yas Marina hotel during the qualifying session at the Yas Marina racetrack in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Saturday, Nov. 13, 2010. The Emirates Formula One Grand Prix will take place on Sunday. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
  • ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - NOVEMBER 13: Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Red Bull Racing drives on his way to finishing first during qualifying for the Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix at the Yas Marina Circuit on November 13, 2010 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
  • Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso of Spain passes the Yas Marina hotel during the qualifying session at the Yas Marina racetrack in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Saturday, Nov. 13, 2010. The Emirates Formula One Grand Prix will take place on Sunday. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
  • Red Bull driver Mark Webber of Australia passes the Yas Marina hotel during the qualifying session at the Yas Marina racetrack in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Saturday, Nov. 13, 2010. The Emirates Formula One Grand Prix will take place on Sunday. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
  • Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany celebrates as he crosses the finish line to become the 2010 Formula One World champion and winning the Emirates Formula One Grand Prix at the Yas Marina racetrack, in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Nov.14, 2010. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
  • Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany celebrates as he crosses the finish line to become the 2010 Formula One World champion and winning the Emirates Formula One Grand Prix at the Yas Marina racetrack, in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Nov.14, 2010. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
  • Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany reacts after becoming Formula One World Champion 2010 at the Emirates Formula One Grand Prix at the Yas Marina racetrack in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Nov. 14, 2010. (AP Photo/Gero Breloer)
  • Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany gestures "number 1" on the podium after winning the Emirates Formula One Grand Prix at the Yas Marina racetrack in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Nov. 14, 2010. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
  • Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso of Spain leves his car after the Emirates Formula One Grand Prix at the Yas Marina racetrack, in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Nov.14, 2010. He arrived seventh and Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany won the Formula One 2010 championship. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
  • McLaren Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain, Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany and McLaren Mercedes driver Jenson Button, from left, to right, of Britain drink rose water on the podium after the Emirates Formula One Grand Prix at the Yas Marina racetrack in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Nov. 14, 2010. (AP Photo/Gero Breloer)
  • Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso of Spain, Red Bull driver Mark Webber of Australia, Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany and McLaren Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain, from left to right, pose for a group photo before the Emirates Formula One Grand Prix at the Yas Marina racetrack in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Nov. 14, 2010. (AP Photo/Gero Breloer)


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      • 4 Years Ago
      A great win for Vettel he deserve the world champion title but my heart was with Webber since the beginning. shame he didn't win.
        • 4 Years Ago
        yep, i wished webber would have challanged Alonso more, he had a quicker car.
        but i gues he choose to bring the car to line.

        it was 0.2 seconds in the last meters to the line ... between Alonso and Webber.

        i'm a true Vettel man, Vettel said thursday ... depending on the situation he will help webber.


        i was a thrill of a race.

        Hamilton did great aswel, as did Button.
      • 4 Years Ago
      real happy for vettle.

      sad that Hammy couldnt pull out the championship and he lost his youngest ever title.

      but damn, those redbulls deserved it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Best race ever!!!


      (with no passing)
      • 4 Years Ago
      lets hear it for Red Bull Racing.... world champion!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Just one thing Renault did not have the superior engine, it was the f-duct that worked well
      • 4 Years Ago
      VETTEL wohooooooo!
      • 4 Years Ago
      YEAHHHHHHH long time whitout seen a real agresive driver as king ...mometimes remember me Senna :)
        • 4 Years Ago
        Hamilton is about as aggressive as you get, but Seb is definitely up there as well.

        Congrats to Vettel: definitely the best driver in the best car this year. And to think he had three other wins snatched away due to mechanical problems....
        • 4 Years Ago
        I used to like how Hamilton failed at something every other race and had to climb up from back of the row to win the race. Vettel tends to start from pole position and stay in there - he's a good driver but bit too boring for my taste.
      • 4 Years Ago
      well, that was disappointing. I'm not a fan of Alonso but I am a fan of Ferrari and they clearly need to have some people on the strategy team removed.
      The average person, me included, first thought that having Alonso pit immediately was a good idea, but I cannot imagine a professional tactician not taking into consideration the possibility of him remaining jammed in traffic. Also, they should have fully expected Massa to come out of the pits behind Webber.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @naturalyshocked

        Let's not forget McLaren's always have trouble in the bends. That is why Alonso didn't have too hard of a time.

        Needless to say it was still a great race.

        And now I have to wait until March for more F1 action.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Good win for Vettel, but man was it dull to watch. Everything was decided in the pits. Really don't like these new tracks, finishing in Brazil would have been much more exciting as a fan watching. I ended up fastforwarding through the last 20 laps.
        • 4 Years Ago
        lets serough unscathe the finals decided by a foot race through the cities of Brazil. first to come through unscathed wins; or the one not to be kidnapped wins.

        btw, F1 is always decided in the pits. why ALMS and Rally is best.
        • 4 Years Ago
        it was not ... Vettel pushed it hard on the track ... to stay out of reach from Hamilton.
        (Hamilton did a superb job).

        Vettel was also closing in on Button, while button was leading.
        Vettel had a broken / mal functioning radio and asked for info via the traditional way.
        He was on his own the last 20 laps, the crew decided not to talk to vettel.
        Vettel did not know he won the title until after the race.

        Alonso was trying to overtake Petrov and 3 times missed the brake point.
        Alonso overtoke Hamilton brilliantly last week.
        etc.

        F1 is simple, just pick a driver you like and support him, watch his lap times.
        you try to watch ahead and try to think strats or possible combination.
        hope he wins, that's it.

        no1 ever though vettel would win today, wel that he would win, yes, but also bring the title home, not me.

        F1 is a different sport.
        each team builds or should build his / her car, there is only a handful people with briliant ideas.
        like the F-duct.
        than a driver need to traduce or translate the cars behaviour to the engineer.

        besides it pretty much similar en other racing sports.
        you can't have 20 drivers / riders drive next to each other.

        it's everywhere the same, if you pick motogp, brittish rally cross, brittish f3, volkswagen racing cup, etc, etc.

        unlike nascar.
        i watched the nascar 2010 bristol cup, it's a continious stream of cars, hard to understand what is going on, if it wasn't the tv people and data on screen.









      • 4 Years Ago
      Hey thanks for the SPOILER Headline!!
      I had DVR'd the race, and just glimpsed at the headline and knew from the word "Prince" that Vetel had won. I appreciate you ruining the last race of the year for me.
      Who is WDC next year? Maybe you can save me all those hours of watching the races
        • 4 Years Ago
        What are you talking about? It's the final race of the season, did you think the championsip would not be decided? ...
        • 4 Years Ago
        What is up with the crybabies on here complaining about "title" spoilers? First of all, if I DVR a race, I know to stay off the 'net until I watch it. Heck, I can have friends e-mail me during a game/race or post info on FB and I avoid all of those until I'm able to watch it. So shut-up and watch the race or avoid autoblog. Yeesh, you would think some folks would learn...
      • 4 Years Ago
      These past final races have been truly magical from Kimi winning against all odds, Massa already celebrating when Hamilton passed Timo Glock on the final corner, winning the championship and again Vettel winning against Webber and Alonso that where leading in scores and him being first time leading the score board this season after this race.... like he said just when it mattered.

      Happy to see that Alonso didn't win it and while i'm not biggest fan of Vettel i sure welcome young risk taker to bring some color that Raikkonen did in his McLaren times and same goes for Hamiltons first seasons in F1.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It's always a good day when Alonso doesn't win.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Cheers to that.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Tabs on me fellas, what a great day!
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