Vettel Takes Win; Alonso Remains Championship Leader
Sebastian Vettel and his Red Bull Racing teammate, Mark Webber, came one-two in this weekend’s Brazilian Grand Prix to save off Fernando Alonso’s world championship celebration.
Alonso managed third palace, but he is now only eight points ahead of Webber in the championship race.
Lewis Hamilton came fourth, all but ending his title hopes, as it would now take some sort of miracle for him to win his second championship. Mind you, at least he has some hope, as his McLaren teammate Jenson Button is now completely out of the running.
"It was an incredible day, not easy to start with. I was on the dirty side but got a good start and I saw Nico [Hulkenberg] had wheelspin. He didn’t give me a lot of room but then it was OK. I could cruise into the distance and control the pace. It’s an incredible effort from the team. It has not been an easy season, but this was the perfect answer after what happened in Korea,” Vettel said to the BBC.
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Vettel dominated most of the race, as he took the lead in the first corner from pole sitter Nico Hulkenberg. Webber followed suit, but the time spent behind the Williams allowed Vettel to get a decent sized lead.
There was a point in time when Webber closed the gap, but for most of the race he never managed to get within three seconds. Part of the reason for this was some engine overheating problems and the other part was down to traffic.
While the Red Bulls managed to skate past the Williams, Alonso and Hamilton got held up by the young German, all but ending their hopes of a win. Still, even when they managed to get past, neither car was fast enough to catch the Red Bull machines.
Button, who started 11th, made an early pitstop for tires and it worked out quite well for the British driver. He managed to get out of the precession following Hulkenberg and into clean air. After Hamilton pitted, Button was right on his tail in fifth place.
On lap 51, a Force India slammed into the turn two wall, bringing out a safety car, but despite bringing the field together, nothing changed up front after the restart. Vettel jumped out right away and, with Webber stuck behind lapped traffic, it was the Germans race to lose.
When the checkered flag fell, it was a Red Bull one-two, with Alonso in third, followed by Hamilton and Button. The remains spots were taken up by Nico Rosberg, Michael Schumacher, Hulkenberg, Robert Kubica and Kamui Kobayashi.