Lewis Hamilton, McLaren, Interlagos, 2012

Top ten pictures from the 2012 Brazilian Grand Prix

2012 Brazilian Grand PrixPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

The top ten pictures which tell the story of the Brazilian Grand Prix weekend.

Narain Karthikeyan, Saturday

Narain Karthikeyan, HRT, Interlagos, 2012

Brazil likely saw the last F1 appearance for Narain Karthikeyan and HRT. The cash-strapped teams’ drivers have been using the FanVision sets made available to fans to follow the track action during timed sessions, seemingly to save money on monitors.

Lewis Hamilton, Saturday

Lewis Hamilton, McLaren, Interlagos, 2012

Lewis Hamilton was in fine form during his last appearance for McLaren and took pole position for the race.

Michael Schumacher, Saturday

Michael Schumacher, Mercedes, Interlagos, 2012

Michael Schumacher was also saying goodbye as Hamilton will take his place at Mercedes next year.

Bruno Senna, 2012 Brazilian Grand Prix

Bruno Senna, Williams, Interlagos, 2012

Last year Rubens Barrichello drove in his home race not knowing if he would be back in an F1 car. The same happened this year to his successor at Williams, Bruno Senna, who retired on the first lap after colliding with Sebastian Vettel.

Start, 2012 Brazilian Grand Prix

Start, Interlagos, 2012

Vettel slipped from fourth to seventh at the first corner and saw title rival Fernando Alonso go past him. But things were about to get even worse for him.

Mark Webber, 2012 Brazilian Grand Prix

Mark Webber, Red Bull, Interlagos, 2012

The other Red Bull driver had a tough day too – Webber came home fourth despite this spin.

Kamui Kobayashi, 2012 Brazilian Grand Prix

Kamui Kobayashi, Sauber, Interlagos, 2012

Kamui Kobayashi is another driver whose future is under doubt. He had a strong race, passing Vettel and even taking the fight to Alonso at one stage, before slipping ninth.

He was officially dropped by Sauber over the weekend and is urging his supporters to pledge money to help him keep his place in F1.

Lewis Hamilton and Nico Hulkenberg

Lewis Hamilton, Nico Hulkenberg, Interlagos, 2012

There was no farewell win for Hamilton as he retired after being hit by Nico Hulkenberg while leading. The Force India driver led 30 laps of the race himself but a drive-through penalty for the collision with Hamilton left him fifth.

Fernando Alonso, Jenson Button and Felipe Massa, 2012 Brazilian Grand Prix

Fernando Alonso, Jenson Button, Felipe Massa, Interlagos, 2012

Mixed feelings on the podium. Alonso put a brave face on missing the championship by three points. Jenson Button looked satisfied with his day’s work while Felipe Massa was overcome with emotion at scoring his second podium of the season on home ground.

Sebastian Vettel

Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Interlagos, 2012

In the Red Bull garage the scene was one of pure joy. Having struggled through the race with a damaged car, Vettel secured sixth place to claim the drivers’ championship for a third consecutive season.

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