• SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - NOVEMBER 25: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and McLaren leads the field into turn one at the start of the Brazilian Formula One Grand Prix at the Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace on November 25, 2012 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

  • McLaren Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton, front, of Britain, steers his car ahead of Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso of Spain, fourth from right, and Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany, second from left, during the Formula One Brazilian Grand Prix at the Interlagos race track in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)
  • Pilots speed their cars after the start of the Formula One Brazilian Grand Prix at the Interlagos race track in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)
  • SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - NOVEMBER 25: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and McLaren leads the field through turns one and two at the start of the Brazilian Formula One Grand Prix at the Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace on November 25, 2012 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
  • Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany, third from left, and Lotus' driver Kimi Raikkonen, right, speed their cars among the pack during the Formula One Brazilian Grand Prix at the Interlagos race track in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)
  • SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - NOVEMBER 25: Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Red Bull Racing spins after being involved in an incident with Bruno Senna of Brazil and Williams during the Brazilian Formula One Grand Prix at the Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace on November 25, 2012 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
  • Williams driver Bruno Senna of Brazil (19) crahses with Sauber driver Sergio Perez of Mexico as Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany spins during the Formula One Brazilian Grand Prix at the Interlagos race track in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012. Vettel finished sixth and became F1's champion for the third time.(AP Photo/Andre Penner)
  • Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany spins during the Formula One Brazilian Grand Prix at the Interlagos race track in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012. Vettel finished sixth and became F1's champion for the third time.(AP Photo/Andre Penner)
  • SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - NOVEMBER 25: Nico Hulkenberg of Germany and Force India leads from Mark Webber of Australia and Red Bull Racing and Felipe Massa of Brazil and Ferrari during the Brazilian Formula One Grand Prix at the Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace on November 25, 2012 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
  • SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - NOVEMBER 25: Fernando Alonso of Spain and Ferrari drives during the Brazilian Formula One Grand Prix at the Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace on November 25, 2012 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
  • SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - NOVEMBER 25: Jenson Button of Great Britain and McLaren drives on his way to winning the Brazilian Formula One Grand Prix at the Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace on November 25, 2012 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
  • SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - NOVEMBER 25: Jenson Button of Great Britain and McLaren drives on his way to winning the Brazilian Formula One Grand Prix at the Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace on November 25, 2012 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
  • SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - NOVEMBER 25: Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Red Bull Racing leads a train of cars through turn one during the Brazilian Formula One Grand Prix at the Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace on November 25, 2012 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
  • SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - NOVEMBER 25: Michael Schumacher of Germany and Mercedes GP drives in his last race during the Brazilian Formula One Grand Prix at the Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace on November 25, 2012 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
  • Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel, of Germany, drives past his teammate Mark Webber, rear, of Australia, who briefly lost control of his car during the Formula One Brazilian Grand Prix at the Interlagos race track in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)
  • McLaren Mercedes driver Jenson Button, front, of Britain, steers his car ahead of teammate Lewis Hamilton, of Britain, and Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso, of Spain, during the Formula One Brazilian Grand Prix at the Interlagos race track in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012. Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel, of Germany, overcame a first-lap crash to clinch his third straight Formula One championship title on Sunday, finishing sixth in an incident-filled Brazilian Grand Prix won by Button under pouring rain. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)
  • McLaren Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton, of Britain, returns to the garage during the Formula One Brazilian Grand Prix at the Interlagos race track in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012. Hamilton was leading in his final race with McLaren when Force India driver Nico Hulkenberg crashed into him on a slippery track with 17 laps to go. (AP Photo/Yasuyoshi Chiba, Pool)
  • McLaren Mercedes driver Jenson Button of Britain drives among fragments of the car of Force India driver Paul di Resta of Britain behind the safety car during the Formula One Brazilian Grand Prix at the Interlagos race track in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)
  • Williams driver Pastor Maldonado, of Venezuela, walks off his car after crashing on a curve during the Formula One Brazilian Grand Prix at the Interlagos race track in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)
  • McLaren Mercedes drivers Jenson Button, front left, and Lewis Hamilton, front right, both of Britain, pose for an official team photo prior to the Formula One Brazilian Grand Prix at the Interlagos race track in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012. Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel, of Germany, overcame a first-lap crash to clinch his third straight Formula One championship title on Sunday, finishing sixth in an incident-filled Brazilian Grand Prix won by Jenson Button under pouring rain. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)
  • ALTERNATIVE CROP OF XRM138 - Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso of Spain goes briefly off the track during the Formula One Brazilian Grand Prix at the Interlagos race track in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)
  • Red Bull driver Mark Webber, left, of Australia, looses control of his car after colliding with Sauber driver Sergio Perez of Mexico, right, during the Formula One Brazilian Grand Prix at the Interlagos race track in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)
  • Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany, center, steers his car among fragments of the car of Force India driver Paul di Resta of Britain during the Formula One Brazilian Grand Prix at the Interlagos race track in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012. Vettel finished sixth and became F1's champion for the third time. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)
  • Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel, of Germany, steers his car ahead of Ferrari driver Felipe Massa, of Brazil, during the Formula One Brazilian Grand Prix at the Interlagos race track in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012. Vettel overcame a first-lap crash to clinch his third straight Formula One championship title on Sunday, finishing sixth in an incident-filled Brazilian Grand Prix won by Jenson Button under pouring rain. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)
  • Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso of Spain steers his car ahead of Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany during the Formula One Brazilian Grand Prix at the Interlagos race track in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012. Alonso finished second and Vettel sixth and became F1's champion for the third time.(AP Photo/Andre Penner)
  • Red Bull driver Mark Webber of Australia, back, steers his car after colliding during the Formula One Brazilian Grand Prix at the Interlagos race track in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012. (AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan)
  • Sauber driver Kamui Kobayashi, of Japan, steers his car during the Formula One Brazilian Grand Prix at the Interlagos race track in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)
  • Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso of Spain goes briefly off the track during the Formula One Brazilian Grand Prix at the Interlagos race track in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)
  • McLaren Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain breaks his car during the Formula One Brazilian Grand Prix at the Interlagos race track in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)
  • Force India driver Paul di Resta of Britain crahses during the Formula One Brazilian Grand Prix at the Interlagos race track in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012. Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel, from Germany, finished sixth and became F1's champion for the third time.(AP Photo/Andre Penner)
  • Force India driver Paul di Resta, of Britain, gets off the track during the Formula One Brazilian Grand Prix at the Interlagos race track in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012. Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel, of Germany, overcame a first-lap crash to clinch his third straight Formula One championship title on Sunday, finishing sixth in an incident-filled Brazilian Grand Prix won by Jenson Button under pouring rain. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)
  • Force India driver Paul di Resta, of Britain, walks off his car after crashing during the Formula One Brazilian Grand Prix at the Interlagos race track in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012. Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel, of Germany, overcame a first-lap crash to clinch his third straight Formula One championship title on Sunday, finishing sixth in an incident-filled Brazilian Grand Prix won by Jenson Button under pouring rain. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)
  • Force India driver Paul di Resta of Britain leaves his car after crashing during the Formula One Brazilian Grand Prix at the Interlagos race track in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)
  • Teammates greet Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso of Spain after he finished second in the Formula One Brazilian Grand Prix at the Interlagos race track in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012. Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel, of Germany, finished sixth to clinch his third straight Formula One championship title on Sunday. Vettel did what he needed to hold off Ferrari's Fernando Alonso, the only other driver contending for the title. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)
  • Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany celebrates as he sits on his car after the Formula One Brazilian Grand Prix at the Interlagos race track in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012. Vettel overcame a first-lap crash to clinch his third straight Formula One championship title on Sunday, finishing sixth in an incident-filled Brazilian Grand Prix won by Jenson Button under pouring rain.(AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan)
  • ALTERNATIVE CROP OF XRM163 - Mercedes Grand Prix driver Michael Schumacher of Germany, right, greets Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany after the Formula One Brazilian Grand Prix at the Interlagos race track in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012. Vettel overcame a first-lap crash to clinch his third straight Formula One championship title on Sunday, finishing sixth in an incident-filled Brazilian Grand Prix won by Jenson Button under pouring rain.(AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan)
  • Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel, of Germany, celebrates after the Formula One Brazilian Grand Prix at the Interlagos race track in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012. Vettel overcame a first-lap crash to clinch his third straight Formula One championship title on Sunday, finishing sixth in an incident-filled Brazilian Grand Prix won by Jenson Button under pouring rain. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)
  • McLaren Mercedes driver Jenson Button of Britain, center, Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso of Spain, left, and Ferrari driver Felipe Massa, of Brazil, stand at the podium of the Formula One Brazilian Grand Prix in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012. Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel overcame a first-lap crash to clinch his third straight Formula One championship title on Sunday, finishing sixth in an incident-filled Brazilian Grand Prix won by Jenson Button under pouring rain. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)
  • SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - NOVEMBER 25: Race winner Jenson Button (2nd R) of Great Britain and McLaren, second placed Fernando Alonso (L) of Spain and Ferrari, third placed Felipe Massa (R) of Brazil and Ferrari and McLaren Director of Engineering Tim Goss (2nd L) celebrate on the podium following the Brazilian Formula One Grand Prix at the Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace on November 25, 2012 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
  • McLaren Mercedes driver Jenson Button of Britain lifts the trophy after winning the Formula One Brazilian Grand Prix at Interlagos race track in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012. Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel, of Germany, overcame a first-lap crash to clinch his third straight Formula One championship title on Sunday, finishing sixth in an incident-filled Brazilian Grand Prix won by Button under pouring rain. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)
  • Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso, of Spain, gestures at the end of the Formula One Brazilian Grand Prix in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012. Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel, of Germany, finished sixth to clinch his third straight Formula One championship title on Sunday. Vettel did what he needed to hold off Ferrari's Fernando Alonso, the only other driver contending for the title. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)
  • Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso, of Spain, celebrates his second place at the podium of the Formula One Brazilian Grand Prix at Interlagos race track in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012. Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel, of Germany, finished sixth to clinch his third straight Formula One championship title on Sunday. Vettel did what he needed to hold off Ferrari's Fernando Alonso, the only other driver contending for the title. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)
  • SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - NOVEMBER 25: Fernando Alonso of Spain and Ferrari reacts on the podium after finishing second in the race and second in the drivers world championship following the Brazilian Formula One Grand Prix at the Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace on November 25, 2012 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
  • SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - NOVEMBER 25: Team mates celebrate as Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Red Bull Racing crosses the line to finish in sixth position and clinch the drivers world championship during the Brazilian Formula One Grand Prix at the Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace on November 25, 2012 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Ker Robertson/Getty Images)
  • Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel, center, of Germany celebrates with Red Bull's Technical Chief Adrian Newey, left, and Team Principal Christian Horner after the Formula One Brazilian Grand Prix at the Interlagos race track in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012. Vettel overcame a first-lap crash to clinch his third straight Formula One championship title on Sunday, finishing sixth in an incident-filled Brazilian Grand Prix won by Jenson Button under pouring rain. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)
  • Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel, center, of Germany celebrates with the team after the Formula One Brazilian Grand Prix at the Interlagos race track in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012. Vettel overcame a first-lap crash to clinch his third straight Formula One championship title on Sunday, finishing sixth in an incident-filled Brazilian Grand Prix won by Jenson Button under pouring rain. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)
  • Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel, center, of Germany celebrates with members of his team after the Formula One Brazilian Grand Prix at the Interlagos race track in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012. Vettel overcame a first-lap crash to clinch his third straight Formula One championship title on Sunday, finishing sixth in an incident-filled Brazilian Grand Prix won by Jenson Button under pouring rain. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)
  • SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - NOVEMBER 25: Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Red Bull Racing celebrates with team mates on the podium as he finishes in sixth position and clinches the drivers world championship during the Brazilian Formula One Grand Prix at the Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace on November 25, 2012 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
The track between the lakes, the Circuit d'Interlagos in Sao Paulo, Brazil, yet again served up a fitting finale to the Formula One season. There were all kinds of ways for the two Driver's Championship contenders – Sebastian Vettel in the Red Bull and Fernando Alonso in the Ferrari – to win and lose during the 71 laps of the Brazilian Grand Prix, and that was before the rain, before the yellow flags and safety car periods, and before the accidents.

The World Championship lead swapped hands at least three times during the race. By the end of Lap One, in fact, it was a fair question if either driver would have hands, or a car, steady enough to hold it...
Lewis Hamilton
, saying goodbye after this race to a six-year career with McLaren, took pole position from his teammate Jenson Button and Red Bull's Mark Webber, and unlike the last few races it was close between the front three. Vettel was three-tenths back in fourth, followed by Felipe Massa in the Ferrari – again outqualifying his teammate Fernando Alonso, Pastor Maldonado in the Williams, Nico Hülkenberg in his last race for Force India before moving to Sauber next year, then Alonso in eighth, then the Lotus of Kimi Räikkönen and finally the Mercedes-AMG Petronas of Nico Rosberg.

Maldonado was demoted ten places for missing a weigh-in after qualifying, moving Alonso up to seventh. This race Ferrari did not play games with gearboxes, opting to leave Massa in his place in line.



About the only thing regular at the start of the race was the drizzle – but no one knew how wet it would get and the forecast kept changing from updates like "ends in five minutes" to "will continue for 30 minutes." Schumacher, once the rain maestro, started with his car set up for a wet race.

When the lights went out, it all happened in the first three miles of the race. Everyone got away clean except Vettel, who went from fourth to seventh by Turn One. Then, going through Turn Four he speared from the outside of the track down to the apex, not seeing that Bruno Senna was already down inside of him. Vettel slammed into Senna, spun and his RB8 took a bunch of damage to the left rear, carbon fiber bits flying all over the place. Vettel got himself pointed the right way but there was no way they could fix the car – it was now a test to see if it could make it to the end of the race and if he could get it into the points.




Alonso got past Hülkenberg on the lap, and at the end of Lap One Alonso passed both Massa and Webber down the front straight to take third place behind Button. With Vettel at the very end of the pack, Alonso was, on track, World Champion.

Alonso went off the track at the end of the front straight on Lap 5, which compelled teams to switch to rain strategies. Räikkönen was the first to pit for intermediate tires on Lap 6, one lap before Romain Grosjean spun out of the race – again – in his Lotus, two laps before Vettel was officially in eighth, having been 24th just seven laps earlier. Over the next five laps all of the leaders pitted to change to intermediates except for Button and Hülkenberg, who not only stayed out on slicks in the wet, but were doing better times than the drivers who didn't. By Lap 16 it the order was Button, Hülkenberg, Hamilton, Alonso, Vettel, Kobayashi, Webber.



Five laps later, Hülkenberg had got by Button and was leading a Formula One race for the first time in his career, the two of them were putting distance on the rest of the pack, and all the leaders were again pitting for dry tires.

The numerous incidents in the first third of the race left all kinds of debris on the track so the Safety Car emerged on Lap 23 to guide the pack for seven laps. There were a few scraps when the SC darted back to its lair, Kobayashi passing Vettel in what was called "a Leroy Jenkins moment," then Massa passing Vettel and Kobayashi, and getting by Alonso who had pitted again.



After a few laps of calm, Hamilton passed Hülkenberg on Lap 48. Five laps later Hamilton's McLaren career was over in the worst way, Hülkenberg trying to dive inside under braking, losing the back end and clobbering the McLaren, Hamilton limping his car off the track with a broken front suspension. Hülkenberg was given a drive-through penalty which dropped him to fifth. Hamilton received a standing ovation from his team when he got back to the McLaren garage.



This put Button in the lead, followed by Massa and then Alonso. Vettel was in seventh and, on track, still leading the World Championship. The McLaren was well too much for the Ferraris behind, so when Vettel passed Schumacher to take sixth place on Lap 64, as long as his car made it to the end he was going to get a whole lot more carry-on baggage for his trip home. The rain played its last trick on the penultimate lap, when Paul di Resta in the Force India crashed into the outside of the final turn – that brought the Safety Car out again to lead the field home to the end of the season.



It ended as it began: Button won the first race this year in Australia and now wins the last, and this makes the fourth year in a row that P2 on the grid has won the Brazilian Grand Prix. He was followed by Alonso, Massa, Webber, Hülkenberg, Vettel, the retiring Michael Schumacher, Jean-Eric Vergne in the Toro Rosso, the departing Kamui Kobayashi in the Sauber, and the most consistent driver of the entire year, Kimi Räikkönen, took the last points-scoring position in tenth.

Sebastian Vettel took the Driver's Championship with 281 points, Alonso's season-long consistency coming up just short with 278. Ferrari also secured second place in the Constructor's Championship ahead of McLaren.



Full credit to Alonso for keeping his Ferrari, an inferior car almost the entire year, in the hunt down to the last half of the last grand prix of the season. But Red Bull didn't merely turn their season around by making their car competitive, they reengineered a dominant car and claimed win after win, Sebastian Vettel stamping his initials into enough checkered flags for himself and his team to lay claim to another lode of double-championship-winning silverware for the third year in a row.

As a SKY F1 commentator said of the race but we think applies to the entire year, as far as F1 goes 2012 might have been "the best thriller since Michael Jackson went into a recording studio." Bring on 2013. We'll see you then.


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      F1
      • 2 Years Ago
      Truly outstanding drive from Jenson Button. To drive that many laps on a wet track, on slicks, and never to put a wheel wrong, has to rank among the best. Vettel's incredible luck continues... to be hit that hard by Bruno Senna (Vettel's fault by the way), and be able to finish the race still baffles me. Michael Schumacher's embarrassing return to F1 was concluded with even more disappointment. The way he moved over to let Vettel go through towards the end of the race was not only unsportsmanlike, but also truly deplorable to see.
      Pdexter
      • 2 Years Ago
      Was an awesome race. had two drivers i don't personally care much, but i was still on the edge of my seat.
      sanmusa
      • 2 Years Ago
      Brazilian here... it's not Circuit d'Interlagos. It's Circuito de Interlagos. There is no d' in modern Portuguese.
      gtv4rudy
      • 2 Years Ago
      Alonso best driver in 2012, Vettel in the best car wins championship.... not taking away anything from Vettel.
      al4gg10
      • 2 Years Ago
      If Alonzo had Vettels Red Bull car he would have Won the championship in Abu Dabi a long time ago ! Clearly the Ferrari is the 5th or 6th fastest car in the field at most tracks but in the hands of Alonzo he kept the drivers championship very close ! Taking nothing from Vettel as he did a great job to get 3 Titles in a row ... but having the fastest car with probably the best team is a Huge advantage. Looking at the other drivers with the faster cars tells you how good Alonzo was this year ! The sheer number of poles Vettel / Weber had tells you how good the Red Bull car is! McLaren was finally getting its act together at the end of the season but both Hamilton & Button did not have the consistency .
        Gianfranco
        • 2 Years Ago
        @al4gg10
        I don't know if what you are saying is correct, as Ferrari was 2nd in the constructors standing with Webber 60 points ahead of Massa, the exact difference between RBR and Ferrari. The driver's name, anyway, is spelled Alonso...
      Hatzenbach
      • 2 Years Ago
      "Then, going through Turn Four he speared from the outside of the track down to the apex, not seeing that Bruno Senna was already down inside of him" really?
      Bobby_Sards
      • 2 Years Ago
      Alonso is insane
      thePeterN
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'd love to see totals of positions gained in races by each driver. Alonso has got to have blown the rest of the field away in that regard. I suppose Vettel's number of poles would probably equally blow away the rest of the field. It seems ironic to me, in this era of the engine freeze, that reliability was such a factor in keeping the championship hunt so close.
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