Race 18: Brazil

I really thought that the Brazilian Grand Prix would have more surprises in store, especially with qualifying taking place in the wet. Yes, Nico Hulkenberg was on pole, but he eventually moved back down the pack to where he normally resides. However, he did hold up Fernando Alonso much more than the Ferrari driver would have liked, so that probably influenced his third place finish instead of being able to challenge Mark Webber for second. The person I was really surprised with was Felipe Massa, I thought that he would help his teammate out more than he did and take the fight to the front runners. But, he just isn’t all that great in the wet, and that is what probably hampered his attempts to get toward the front of the grid on Saturday. The race itself was a pretty straightforward affair with only one safety car period. And even when the safety car bunched everyone up, there was too much traffic between the first three cars for anyone to really race each other. Here is how the finishing order stacked up.

1. Sebastian Vettel

2. Mark Webber

3. Fernando Alonso

4. Lewis Hamilton

5. Jenson Button

6. Nico Rosberg

7. Michael Schumacher

8. Nico Hulkenberg

9. Robert Kubica

10. Kamui Kobayashi

With this One-Two finish for the Red Bull squad, they have secured their first Constructor’s Title. This is the one that the teams really want to win, because it means the squad, as a whole, did the best of any other. The Driver’s Title is still on the line, as I said it would be, and it will be a big dog fight this weekend in Abu Dhabi. It’s pretty much a given that there won’t be rain, so whoever gets a handle on the track conditions the fastest should come out on top. I would love to give a prediction now, but there are too many variables between now and then. The title will come down to Alonso, Vettel and Webber though, as Hamilton is simply too far out and needs too many things to go perfectly correct for him. It should be another exciting title fight at the final race of the season.

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