Sebastian Vettel has done it! In Sunday’s thrilling F1 season finale, Vettel did exactly what he needed to in order to claim the points to crown him champion. His challenger, Fernando Alonso, finished in second place, scoring ten points more than Vettel, but it wasn’t enough.
McLaren’s Jenson Button went on to end his season on a high as well, winning the final race for his British team. The race was dominated by uncertain conditions, with the track spending most of the race damp.
Vettel’s drive to his third crown started off quite badly though, after a poor start and then a spin in the first corner, while Alonso started from eighth and swept round the outside climbing to fifth.
Vettel proceeded to climb is way back up the field after his spin and by lap eight, he had climbed from 22nd place to seventh place. However, at this point, Alonso had gotten himself into a championship winning position, after he passed Webber and Massa in a single move, claiming third place.
Sadly he made an error on the following lap that saw Hulkenberg get passed him. McLaren was still in charge of this race though, with Hamilton in front, holding off Jenson Button.
The entire field would soon pit for intermediate tyres, with Alonso and Vettel dropping into 12th and 17th place, but they were back in the top five within a lap or two.
Hulkenberg managed to get passed Button and took the lead before he picked up a puncture from debris on the track. The safety car was brought out and at the restart and he was able to hold onto his lead, until a half spin ay the Bico do Pato, let Hamilton through.
Hamilton could not escape though and Hulkenberg closed the gap. Sadly though, his car slide into a spin at the Senna S and he collided with Hamilton, who was forced to retire.
This handed the lead over to Jenson Button, who was ahead of Alonso and Massa. Vettel was down in sixth place and despite Alonso finishing the race in second; it was enough to give him the title.
F1 Brazil - results
1. Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:45:22.656
2. Alonso Ferrari + 2.754
3. Massa Ferrari + 3.615
4. Webber Red Bull-Renault + 4.936
5. Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes + 5.708
6. Vettel Red Bull-Renault + 9.453
7. Schumacher Mercedes + 11.900
8. Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari + 28.600
9. Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari + 31.200
10. Raikkonen Lotus-Renault + 1 lap
11. Petrov Caterham-Renault + 1 lap
12. Pic Marussia-Cosworth + 1 lap
13. Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari + 1 lap
14. Kovalainen Caterham-Renault + 1 lap
15. Rosberg Mercedes + 1 lap
16. Glock Marussia-Cosworth + 2 laps
17. De la Rosa HRT-Cosworth + 2 laps
18. Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth + 2 laps
19. Di Resta Force India-Mercedes + 3 laps