Ok, hears mine. It’s a bit rough but I haven’t had a good amount of time to work on it.
After a standard, no surprises qualification, the cars line up as follows:
1) Lewis Hamilton; 2) Sebastian Vettel;
3) Mark Webber; 4) Jenson Button
5) Fernando Alonso; 6) Kimi Raikkonen
7) Romain Grosjean; 8) Michael Schumacher
9) Nico Rosberg; 10) Felipe Massa
11) Pastor Maldonado; 12) Paul Di Resta
13) Nico Hulkenberg; 14) Kamui Kobayashi
15) Sergio Perez; 16) Bruno Senna
17) Daniel Ricciardo; 18) Jean-Eric Vergne
19) Heikki Kovalainen; 20) Vitaly Petrov
21) Timo Glock; 22) Charles Pic
23) Pedro de la Rosa; 24) Narain Karthikeyan
The lights go out and the cars are under way. Michael Schumacher has a great start, gaining three places, only to lose them on the first corner when Pastor Maldonado, who had an even better start, is unable to stop and plows into the back of him. Vettel & Hulkenberg are caught up in the melee Hulkenberg with a damaged front wing, and Vettel suffering a puncture and a damaged front wing.
Safety car is out and remains so for 5 laps while the clear-up takes places. This helps Vettel and Hulkenberg as it gives them time to re-join at the back of the train. On lap 6, the safety car goes in and the running order is as follows: Hamilton; Webber; Alonso; Button; Raikonnen; Massa; Grosjean; Rosberg; Di Resta; Perez
Little change takes place until Lap 27 of 71 as the first cars start coming in. The two stoppers are starting to head in.
By Lap 35, it’s clear to see the majority of the field are two stopping with three exceptions. Kobayashi, Kovalainen & Vettel. This could be a deciding factor later in the race as even the Caterham could have a part to play.
After lap 40, the running order is as follows: Hamilton(1); Kobayashi(0); Alonso(1); Webber(1); Button(1); Vettel(1); Raikonnen(1); Rosberg(1); Kovalainen (1); Perez (1)
Lap 42 and Kobayashi & Vettel both pit, coming back out in 8th and 9th respectively. Lap 43 and Kovalainen pits from 8th. This is the Caterham’s best effort of the year It’s amazing to see them so high up the order.
Lap 50 and there is only 20secs from 2nd to 8th. Vettel is flying as he makes his way up the field. Pushing past Button, his team mate lets him past only to lose the place to Button who sneaks through behind Vettel. Vettel is now on a charge and heading for Alonso. Button, having finally gotten past Webber is now flying as well, keeping Vettel honest in his charge through the field. The running order is:
Hamilton(1); Alonso(1); Vettel(2); Button(1); Webber(1); Kobayashi(1); Raikonnen(1); Rosberg(1); Massa (1); Kovalainen (1);
Lap 52 and Hamilton, with a 32sec lead over Alonso dives into the pits. Over the radio, he said his tyre’s are going off so they’ve brought him in early to make the most of the current lead. The pit stop takes a long time though and he exits right in front of Alonso. Defend, defend, defend.
Alonso clears Hamilton leaving him behind to defend against Vettel while his tyres are still getting up to pressure. Vettel tries a number of times but Hamilton’s tyres are back on again and he finally starts lighting up the sector times, pulling away from Vettel.
Lap 56 and there’s drama in the pits. Hulkenberg, running 11th gets an unsafe release against the HRT of Karthikeyan. The HRT, trying to avoid the collision hits the pit wall and is forced to retire. Hulkenberg is given a drive-through penalty.
Lap 60 and with everyone through the pits and Hulkenberg’s drive through taken, the top 10 running order is as follows: Hamilton; Kobayashi; Alonso; Vettel; Button; Webber; Raikonnen; Rosberg; Massa; Grosjean. It’s worth Noting Kovalainen is on his own on the track currently running 12th. If he keeps this up, Caterham will move above Marussia in the standings.
Lap 61 DISASTER!! For Nico Rosberg at least, this means action for the rest of us. His car’s had a hydraulics failure and spun off on track at turn 12. Safety car is out and you know what that means, we have possibly the tightest final 10 laps of a race this season.
Lap 64 Safety car in and it’s GO, GO, GO!!. Hamilton’s bunched everyone up beautifully and is leaving Kobayashi, Alonso and Vettel behind. Further down the field, Kovalainen tries to take the inside line on Perez into turn 2. A risky manoeuvre and Perez gets the place back on the other side.
Lap 65 Before the safety car, Kobayashi had a safe 10s buffer. After the safety car, his tyres are starting to fade and he can’t hold on to second place. Vettel is going for it and gets past at turn 12, Alonso following close behind. These two are seriously flying although Hamilton looks too far ahead to be caught.
Lap 66 Kovalainen, promoted to 11th after Rosberg went out, finally pushes past Perez but he’s showing signs his tyres are off. If he can stay in front for 5 laps, he’ll get Caterham’s first point. A truly amazing effort.
Lap 67 lots of action as passes are being attempted across the field. Just 1min sparates the entire field, what a way to finish the season.
Lap 68 Button is pushing Kobayashi in the fight for 4th. The two have been tussling for 3 laps now and finally button’s made it stick. Brilliant move around the outside of turn 14 to do it.
Lap 69 Kobayashi’s tyres are going off and Webber’s just been told. He’s 3s behind with 2 laps to go. Can Webber catch up to within a second and use DRS to get past?
Lap70 Vettel’s tyres are going off as well and he can’t hold Alonso behind him anymore. Alonso uses DRS and Ker’s to fly past Vettel. Button knows Vettel is flagging and is on a charge but may not catch him in time.
Lap 71 It’s the last lap of the race and what a last lap. Webber is all over the back of Kobayashi looking for 5th place. Vettel seems to be slowing a great deal and Button is right behind him now. Further back, the Caterham of Kovalainen is having issues itself as his tyres go off. Perez takes him on the finish straight. He’s back in 11th and hoping to stay there. He just needs to stop Di Resta 6s behind him from catching up and getting past.
It’s confirmed on the radio, Vettel as a gearbox problem and has lost all bu the first 2 gears. ?He’s crawling round the track. Alonso is a clear second now so he know’s he must finish 7th to win the championship.
He’s on the last corner in 4th place. With the speed he’s going, Fighting for position themselves, Kobayashi and Webber pass him off the end of the corner on either side. Raikonnen is close behind and Massa is a few seconds back from him. Kobayashi just survives to finish 4th.
300m from the line and Raikonnen goes past, Massa close on his tail. Vettel crosses the line but so does Massa and it’s impossible to tell who made it first. It’s going to a photo finish and it’ll decid the championship. What a finish to Vettel’s campaign.
It’s not over yet though. Here comes Kovalainen and Di Resta, heading for their own photo finish. It’s soo close and there are literally side by side as they cross the line.
Is this the first time in history there’s been two photo finishes in a single F1 race?
The stewards have their work cut-out. The winners ceremony is going ahead and there’s speculation abound on the championship title.
After 30mins, the Stewards come back with both results. Massa is 7th and Vettel 8th. They also mark Kovalainen 11th and Di Resta 12th. What a finish to the race.
The Brazilian Grand Prix has changed so much on the final day of the championship. Here’s the final positions:
Race Result: Lewis Hamilton; Fernando Alonso; Jenson Button; Kamui Kobayashi; Mark Webber; Kimi Raikkonen; Felipe Massa; Sebastian Vettel; Romain Grosjean; Sergio Perez; Heikki Kovalainen; Paul Di Resta; Bruno Senna; Jean-Eric Vergne; Nico Hulkenberg; Daniel Ricciardo; Timo Glock; Vitaly Petrov; Charles Pic; Pedro de la Rosa; Nico Rosberg; Pastor Maldonado; Michael Schumacher; Narain Karthikeyan
2012 Drivers Championship: Fernando Alonso; Sebastian Vettel; Lewis Hamilton; Kimi Raikkonen; Jenson Button; Mark Webber; Felipe Massa; Romain Grosjean; Nico Rosberg; Kamui Kobayashi; Sergio Perez; Nico Hulkenberg; Paul Di Resta; Pastor Maldonado; Michael Schumacher; Bruno Senna; Jean-Eric Vergne; Daniel Ricciardo; Heikki Kovalainen; Timo Glock; Vitaly Petrov; Charles Pic; Pedro de la Rosa; Narain Karthikeyan
2012 Team Championship: Red Bull-Renault; McLaren-Mercedes; Ferrari; Lotus-Renault; Sauber; Mercedes GP; Force India-Mercedes; Williams-Renault; Toro Rosso-Ferrari; Caterham-Renault; Marussia-Cosworth; HRT-Cosworth
Overall, with this result, there are 4 driver and 3 team changes in the championship:
Alonso moves above Vettel into 1st
Hamilton moves above Raikonnen into 3rd
Button moves above Webber into 5th
Kobayashi moves above Perez into 10th
McLaren moves above Ferrari into 2nd
Sauber moves above Mercedes into 5th
Caterham moves above Marussia into 10th