After the last Grand Prix, I believe even more in the fact that Interlagos is specialising itself in thrilling races.
Before the race, I spent the entire morning watching videos and reading articles about the Grand Prix (to get into the mood of the race). And nearly every one of them ended with something like “but nothing is decided yet, everything can happen, after all we’re in São Paulo”. I really thought it was an overstatement… until the race began.
In the very first lap, the championship leader Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull Racing-Renault) collided with Bruno Senna (Williams-Renault) and spun. Nevertheless, he was able to continue the race in the 22nd position.
On lap 5, Fernando Alonso (Ferrari) missed the breaking point and ran wild in the Senna’s ‘S’, losing his 3rd place to Nico Hülkenberg (Force India-Mercedes).
On lap 7, Lewis Hamilton (McLaren-Mercedes) challenged Jenson Button (McLaren-Mercedes) for the lead and Mark Webber (Red Bull Racing-Renault) spun out in the Senna’s ‘S’.
On lap 19, Hülkenberg overtook Button on the main straight.
On lap 21, Nico Rosberg (Mercedes) had a puncture due to debris.
Because of the debris, safety car was brought out on lap 23. The restart occurred in lap 30.
On lap 54, Kimi Räikkönen (Lotus-Renault) had problems controlling his car on Junção and went out of the track. Then he tried to get back to track using a lane, but the access was closed and he had to turn around and used the grass to return to the track.
On lap 55, Hülkenberg lost control and hit Hamilton in the Senna’s ‘S’ while trying an overtake, which granted a drive through penalty to him.
With just two laps remaining, Paul di Resta (Force India-Mercedes) crashed on the main straight, what brought the safety car out again. In the end, the checkered flag was waved in safety car condition. A tranquil end to an eventful race.
The race positions in the end were:
|2)||Fernando Alonso||+2.7 s|
|3)||Felipe Massa||+3.6 s|
|4)||Mark Webber||+4.9 s|
|5)||Nico Hülkenberg||+5.7 s|
|6)||Sebastian Vettel||+9.4 s|
And the championship standings after the race:
|1)||Sebastian Vettel||281 points|
|2)||Fernando Alonso||278 points|
|3)||Kimi Räikkönen||207 points|
|4)||Lewis Hamilton||190 points|
|5)||Jenson Button||188 points|
With this race, the young German Sebastian Vettel, 25, clinched his third world title (all in a row). And broke another record, becoming the youngest triple world champion, record previously held by Ayrton Senna.