Brazilian GP: as it happened

17.38 Hope you enjoyed today’s race, people – we certainly did. Plenty of action out there despite the fact that the rains never came, and in the end the right man won it. That’s it from us – we’re off to throw a massive piece of meat in a sizzling hot pan, snap open a tin of something cold and plan a nice big winter holiday. See you in Australia!

Here’s how they finished the final race of the year:

1. Mark Webber
2. Sebastian Vettel
3. Jenson Button
4. Fernando Alonso
5. Felipe Massa
6. Adrian Sutil
7. Nico Rosberg
8. Paul Di Resta
9. Kamui Kobayashi
10. Vitaly Petrov
11. Jaime Alguersuari
12. Sebastien Buemi
13. Sergio Perez
14. Rubens Barrichello
15. Michael Schumacher
16. Heikki Kovalainen
17. Bruno Senna
18. Jarno Trulli
19. Jerome d’Ambrosio
20. Daniel Ricciardo
21. Vitantonio Liuzzi (DNF)
22. Lewis Hamilton (DNF)
23. Pastor Maldonado (DNF)
24. Timo Glock (DNF)

17.33 And that’s it – after a year spent in Sebastian Vettel’s sizeable shadow, Red Bull’s Mark Webber has finally made an impression on the 2011 Formula One season. It’s far too little far too late, of course and it took a technical problem from his dominant teammate to get him there, but even we have to admit that it’s great to see Marko back in winning ways. Could this mean he’s a contender for next year? Quite possibly – but only as long as Vettel’s car continues to fall to pieces.

17.30 Wonder if Fat Ronaldo’s disinterested son has fallen asleep yet. We certainly won’t be nodding off – this has been a throughly intriguing race. And we’re not just saying that because we’re about to collect £30 from the bookies.

17.24 And there it is – the rear wing flap opens up like an expensive letterbox and Jenson passes Alonso into turn four. Clinical stuff. Meanwhile, Vettel’s taken a little journey off the track – Jenson couldn’t seriously make up the 11 seconds in eight laps, could he?

17.20 We never thought he’d do it, but it looks like Jenson’s finally on the back of Alonso. He’s within DRS striking distance – here’s hoping he can slip through with minimal drama.

17.14 Quick two-thirds distance update then – it’s Webber, Vettel, Alonso, Button, Massa, Sutil, Rosberg, Di Resta, Kobayashi and Petrov. Our £5 punt on Marko is looking good. What sauce shall we have with our steak tonight? Peppercorn? Bernaise? Blue cheese? Decisions, decisions…

17.11 Now, can Vettel’s ropey gearbox hold on until the end of the race? He’s currently five seconds behind Mark Webber and around nine ahead of Alonso. Would be a shame not to have the champ on the podium this afternoon, but we get the feeling that if anyone can nurse it home, it’s him.

17.05 Well, he hasn’t smacked Massa but Lewis is out of the race nonetheless – that croaky gearbox has finally given up on him. Third DNF of the year for the McLaren man. Shame.

17.03 Massa pits as well and it’s back on – Lewis less than a second behind the Ferrari once more. He fully expect post-race violence if he clatters him for the sixth time this season.

17.01 Bah – Lewis ducks into the pits. Still, probably just as well. He rejoins the race in 7th.

16.58 Lewis all over Massa. Could be some carbon fibre flying through the air any second now…

16.57 Schumi’s up to 17th now after his early drama, but still – he’ll be finishing the season with fewer points than teammate Nico Rosberg. Straw poll: should Schumacher give up? Surely it’s a yes…

16.54 Button’s through on Massa! Nice, clean DRS-aided move from JB. Alonso’s a little way down the road though – a good five seconds in fact. It’s not beyond Jenson, but he’ll need to push like a madman for the remaining 32 laps.

16.53 Weather update: still not raining.

16.51 Now Lewis has a gearbox problem – that’s his chances of a podium well and truly kicked in the trousers. Jenson’s behind both the Ferraris now, so chances of seeing a Union Jack amidst the champagne aren’t looking good.

16.46 Feels like an eternity since we’ve seen Mark Webber leading a race – he’s not won since Hungary last year. Still half the race to go yet, but it looks like Marko’s season is finally about to get off the ground. Could have done with a performance like this seven or eight months ago, but still…

16.41 There it is – Vettel lets Webber through to take the lead – but only after clocking a blisteringly fast lap and momentarily extending the gap. A little message to the team from a man unhappy about surrendering his lead, perhaps?

16.40 Having said that, Marko’s definitely closing. There’s a Williams out! Please don’t be Rubens, please don’t be Rubens. Phew – it’s only Pastor Maldonado.

16.34 Incredibly, Vettel’s still keeping Webber at bay, despite his technical issues. So there we have it – Vettel with a gearbox problem is as good as Webber in a perfect car.

16.31 Nearly a third of the race gone then, and it certainly feels as though – whether it rains or not – something spicy could be brewing. After the first round of pitstops it’s currently Vettel, Webber, Alonso, Button, Hamilton, Massa, Kobayashi, Buemi, Perez, Sutil.

16.28 Drive-through for Bruno Senna after that tangle with Michael Schumacher. Extremely harsh, we’d say. Still, Schumi’s running last and in our eyes that’s no more than he deserves.

16.27 Nope.

16.26 Seb drops in for new boots – this could be Marko’s moment. He’s due in this lap but can he leapfrog the world champion?

16.21 Gearbox problem for Vettel! He’s still running well but Webber’s definitely closing on him. We stuck a fiver on Marko earlier – looks like it could be steak for dinner tonight.

16. 20 Some rain would be amazing right about now.

16.18 Meanwhile Alonso’s just nailed one of the best moves of the season around the outside of Jenson Button. Unspectacular race for JB so far – he’s got Lewis all over the back of him now.

16.15 Bloody hell – Schumi’s just annihilated himself after a massively clumsy move on Bruno Senna for 9th. Front wing has fallen to pieces and he’ll be lucky not to have picked up a puncture. Could this be the sixth retirement of the season for Michael?

16.11 Poor old Rubens Barrichello is the race’s biggest loser so far – he’s slipped down five places to 17th. We’ve got a feeling that man’s going to need a hug in a couple of hours time.

16.08 DRS has been activated, and looks like it could be a matter of a couple of laps before Alonso uses it to slip past the second of the two McLarens. Jenson’s about four seconds behind Webber already, so it’ll be no use to him.

16.06 Vettel already looking frighteningly comfortable at the front. Eddie Jordan reckoned he might hand the race to Webber – possibly the most nonsensical opinion EJ’s spouted all season.

16.03 Slick start from the Ferraris – Alonso is through on Lewis with Massa making up some ground off the line too. Vettel’s got a couple of car lengths on Webber already. Looks like everyone made it through the first lap intact…

16.02 We’ve got a sudden strange feeling that something absolutely mental is about to happen.

15.59 Tyre blankets are off, and the formation lap is under way. Quick reminder of the grid – it’s Vettel on pole, then Webber, Jenson, Lewis, Alonso, Rosberg, Massa, Sutil, Senna and Schumacher.

15.56 We’ve just stuck a fiver on Webber (6/1) and two quid on Alonso (14/1). Suffice to say that if Vettel wins again we’ll be doubly miffed.

15.55 321st and possibly final race of Rubens Barrichello’s career. Will be very sad not to see him back next year.

15.51 Fat Ronaldo: still fat. Still really fat.

15.49 What snacks is everyone going for this afternoon? We’ve gone for coffee with hazelnut syrup and chilli flavour Doritos. Surprisingly palatable combination.

15.45 Interesting point from DC there – if Jenson has a good day out today, he’ll have scored more points than anyone else in the second half of the season. If only he hadn’t waited until Canada to start winning….

15.30 This is it, folks – race 20 of 20. The sun’s out over Interlagos but there’s talk of rain, meaning the Brazilian Grand Prix is far from another foregone conclusion for Sebastian Vettel. Can Webber finally get away well and claim his first win of the year? Could one of the midfielders throw caution to the wind and pull off a massive shock? We’re just half an hour from the green light, so stick your feet up and charge your mug with something caffeinated – the final F1 Grand Prix of 2011 starts in just over 20 minutes.

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Given the car Webber should at least have ended the season being the runner up.
Given the car Massa should at least have made an occasional podium.
Hence, they both disappointed.

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Wow, I do not understand the obvious hate for Schumacher. Why can’t TopGear just leave him alone, for chrissakes?

He has shown that, at his age, he’s still a competent driver and is better than quite lot of the young folks out there. He retires when he wants to retire and not when you guys want him to.

Just let it go, will ya?

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My goodness, are you his wife or something?
Face it, he did not live up to his legacy, didn’t he? I was and am a fan but sometimes he gives the impression he regrets this comeback, sure it’s also about the car, but in general Rosberg seems faster.

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Can I just add something to that S2000? I feel that he should retire again because he is preventing new talent from getting into a car. Of course, if there were a chance that he would win another championship then that would be fine. I just don’t see that happening no matter how good the car he’s in is. Does anyone else?

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mister: last season vettel got 1 upgrade that webber complained about, it was at british gp where webber said he did not like the new front wing, after vettel crashed during practice, the team gave the wing to vettel … webber complained about it.. that is after webber said during practice 2 that he did not like the upgraded wing .. this is the only case of one driver getting an upgrade before the other during the season.. webber also finished more races than vettel and had a more reliable car than vettel did in 2010 .. webber had a fair fight for the title, as he did this year., what about 2009, did webber beat vettel in points then? so for last 3 years vettel beat webber because vettel get better treatment lol yeah i know most you hamilton fans would like to think so

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schumi time has passed, added that this year he has made more passes than any other driver, made more passes in the first lap than any other driver also.. the guy is past his prime but is the best we have seen ever except perhaps senna. should never had returned to f1 and if he leaves this season or stay in f1 for years to come, he is still a living legend, michael schumacher.

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Where did the comment about Webber and Vettel come from? I have often stated that I do not really like or DISlike Vettel. The same goes for Webber. If you are interested, the only drivers I particularly like currently are Hamilton, Button, Senna and Kobayashi.

If you include Kimi Raikonnen for next season, that means there are only five drivers I will support winning races (assuming the others have drives). I have no real dislike for any driver, whatever nationality or team they may be, but it really annoys me that everyone who doesn’t support Vettel is branded either wrong or a moron. I see people accused of prejudice on here, yet the people who make said accusations aren’t exactly open minded themselves…

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Indeed shame talent like Hulkenberg had to sit out the season because guys like Schumi and Barrichello (and also Webber and Massa) are stil on the grid (for what?). Also lack of guts by the teams and their managements. Also not sure about this Kimi return, what is in it for him, that team won’t win races , face it. Hope I’m wrong, but fear we are in for a (boring) Vettel decade .. unless some topteam has the guts to put this Hulkenberg in their car ..

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page 1 last comment is what i was referring to …

i dont name call anyone, no moron or whatever, im standing on the facts of the matter…

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I saw Kasabian play Cardiff last night. Disapointed that there was no RB7 on stage or a 2011 season montage in the background :)

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I think you misunderstood me f1 fan, although that is partially my fault. I was simply stating that Red Bull were giving much more support to Vettel and that Webber could have quite easily won the championship instead. I suppose their reason is that Vettel is younger and could win them more championships, but Webber looked more impressive last season. It just seemed like they were playing at being king maker. In so doing they robbed Webber of his best chance to be champion and that was unfair of them.

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I just like to see Mercedes get their act together, and Rosberg and Schumacher back on the podium. I agree that Rosberg is a good driver and just needs a good car. But I wouldn’t write Schumacher off just yet. Is he as good as Vettel? No way, but then, who is (right now)?

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Vettel is a total Red Bull product. Webber was just already with the team when it was still named Jaguar. One could clearly see by the reactions of Horner and Dr.Markko that Vettel is ‘the man’ and right they are, the guy is young and immensely talented and gifted and dedicated. It is like when Schumi was at Ferrari, guess only Vettel will costs RBR less haha. It is up to the other teams to make cars and hire drivers capable of beating this unbeatable combination.
The only experienced driver that positively surprised is Button. The rest was simply filling up the field, hence give new talent a go or put gifted drivers like Sutil (Mercedes?) in a topteam!

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I take it you don’t mean Vettel is sickly sweet and overpriced! He is definitely the future of his team, yes.

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And only Webber was to blame to miss out on his only chance to become WC by crashing out of the Korean and Valencia 2009 GP. Sure Webber has more ‘charisma’ than Vettel will ever have but still this nice and sweet german with the ‘schoolboy’ expression has the ‘fastest chip going on’. Mr.finger hasn’t stolen my heart either but I am sure he will break every record in the book unless someone will find a way to be faster than him. Of the current drivers I can’s see who though..

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RedBull has a harmony going on. The right designer designs the car for the driver who can extract the best out of the car. Nuey/Vettel makes the perfect match. The right team behind Vettel is is winning combination, the guy is hugely talented, more so that anyone else (yes including your precious Hamilton). I expect Vettel to come back stronger in 2012 because as we know, each year he comes back better and he actually learns from his mistakes, we dont see the same mistake twice from him. I’m really looking forward to 2012 season, see you guys there.

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BBC, no new topic about Ferrari and RBR leaving the Fota? And about the looks of the 2012 cars?? What the hell is going on with F1?? Ferrari is right, there should be testing, there should be engine development (and no Turbos) and there should be good looking cars! Ever since the 2009 rules the cars look like aliens. If they would only ban this massive idiotic front wing and go back to the 2008 wing dims. Does the Fia actually care??

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Thanks for the entertainment, its been fun, in 3 months then.

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I love F1 races well done webber yahoo

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Vettel crushes the competition, if it were just the car, webber would be crushing also.

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because vettel was so much faster in 2011,all the rest of the top six to ten drivers have gone backwards,statistics wise.i hope its closer in 2012

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Wow. 2012 cars are all ugly. The McLaren still looks good and the Mercedes is vaguely OK, but the rest are ugly ugly ugly. Why have rules that says the cars must be ugly?

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I actually think the Mclaren is one of the best looking F1 cars in years and the Sauber looks quite nice, purely because of the paintjob. All the other ones I’ve seen are ugly as sin.

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