Write the script for Interlagos
21st November 2012, 20:05 at 8:05 pm #215595
My original scenario was wrong or at least some of its conditions. Still possible though:
– Race well within 75%
– Vettel leads Alonso
– Suddenly Vettel’s car stops at the first corner
– Alonso takes lead
– Immediately is shown checkered flag (can’t think of a reason but the option of a premature checkered flag is considered in the regulations)
– Race winner – Vettel
This finally should be plausible (somewhat) :D22nd November 2012, 1:01 at 1:01 am #215596
– Vettel arrives just in time to take part of practices because his stolen passport (courtesy of Italian mob).
– Vettel leads all practices and takes pole easily.
– Vettel leads the pack during the first part of a dry race.
– Around turn 60 a dog crosses in front of Vettel’s Red Bull. Vettel, unable to avoid it, destroys his car (and the dog). Vettel is OK but it is not longer up to him to win the WDC.
– Meanwhile, Massa inherits the lead, followed by Hamilton and Alonso who is comfortably in P3, ahead of Grosjean and Maldonado by 30s.
– Eventually Massa wins the race followed by Hamilton, but…
– In the last turn, just in front of the pits, Alonso runs out of fuel. Nobody in Ferrari can believe it. The crowd is silent. It’s the destiny against Alonso and Ferrari again. The clouds start to cry. The long awaited rain finally appears over the circuit. But now is irrelevant. Alonso nod his head in the F2012’s cockpit. Only 20m to his 3rd world championship, but that is now irrelevant too.
– Maldonado is told by radio that Alonso ran out of fuel so if he pass Grosjean he could make it to the podium. Maldonado attacks Grosjean everywhere in the infield but there is no space for the overtake. His last chance is passing the french in the main straight. Grosjean goes wide in Juncao, Maldonado takes the normal line and both are going head to head to the checkered flag. There is no space between the cars and none of them is going to give up. There is almost no grid due to the rain. Both pass the entrance to the pits wheel to wheel. Finally, the unavoidable. The crash.
– Both cars collide and Maldonado smash the pitwall. Fortunately, the pilot is safe. Grosjean, out of control, hits the opposite wall and after that hits the… FERRARI F2102 No 5… WITH ALONSO INSIDE. The impulse is enough to make Alonso cross the finish line, enough to make him claim the 2012 WDC, and enough to beat the 2008 WDC definition. Also, Grosjean is safe.22nd November 2012, 9:32 at 9:32 am #215597
Good effort, only issue would be a niggling little rule that all cars must have 5ltrs of fuel in them. Alonso would likely be given a 30s penalty as it’s after the race. meaning he probably didn’t finish 3rd, handing Vettel the drivers championship. Damn those Rules..22nd November 2012, 14:02 at 2:02 pm #215598
I still don’t know if it is against the rules reaching the finish line the way I described it. But it sounded good. I forgot the fuel rule. Damn!24th November 2012, 11:42 at 11:42 am #215599
Alright, here’s a version that is at least partially realistic.
Martin Brundle notes that the grid resembles Noah’s Ark – two McLarens line up in front of two Red Bulls in front of two Ferraris. Nobody has any idea just how prophetic that is going to be.
Most of the race is run with the drivers matching each other for pace, and making up places in the stops. With six laps to go, Alonso leads Hamilton, Button, Massa and Vettel. And then the heavens open up. Red Bull pit immediately, and Vettel falls down the order, but with Webber, Vergne and Ricciardo between him at the points, it is not long before it is back where he began. The McLarens pit, too, and soon prove to be faster than the Red Bulls in the wet. The trio rapidly starts to reel in the Ferraris, and all looks lost. Alonso and Massa are visibly struggling, and while Alonso has enough of a lead to make it to the end, Massa is looking vulnerable. If Vettel can pass him, he will be champion.
Halfway through the final lap, Hamilton radios his pit wall with the worst possible news: he has what he thinks is a radio problem, and has to nurse the car home. Red Bull give Vettel the order to pounce on Hamilton, but Hamilton’s solution to the problem is to pull out from behind Button and run in clear, cool air as often as he can. Unfortunately for Vettel, this means Hamilton is blocking his only way past the McLarens, and he is stuck in fifth place. Alonso wins the race, with Massa and the McLarens finishing second, third and fourth, all on top of each other. Vettel is fifth, meaning Alonso is a three-time champion.
In the aftermath of the race, Hamilton’s problem is found to be a faulty sensor in his sidepod, which led the team to believe that the temperature was rising. Red Bull is furious, believing that McLaren engineered the entire episode to make Alonso champion. When the FIA refuses to act, Helmut Marko files a suit in a French court claiming that the FIA failed to act on its own charter, which expressly forbids teams from deliberately intentionally affecting the outcome of a race. He demands that the FIA disqualify the McLarens from the race results and recognise Vettel as champion.
Publicly, Red Bull support Marko and Vettel, though privately they move to distance themselves from the court case. Vettel, Christian Horner and Dietrich Mateschitz all recognise Alonso as champion, and move to have the case dropped. Before he can cause any further embarrassment, the Red Bull Young Driver Programme is disbanded, leaving Helmut Marko out of a job as his formal involvement in the team has come to an end. The FIA takes further action against Marko when McLaren prove Hamilton’s sensor was indeed faulty, and Marko is banned from the paddock for bringing the sport into disrepute.24th November 2012, 12:44 at 12:44 pm #215600
@prisoner-monkeys What have McLaren done wrong here (if they’re faking a fault)? Why is Hamilton not allowed to defend from Vettel?24th November 2012, 14:46 at 2:46 pm #215601
After an unpredictable qualifying session, Hamilton secures pole by the slimmest of margins from an unexpected second-placed man, a resurgent Felipe Massa. Vettel is bumped down to third, and Alonso takes a surprising eighth after late improvements by the two Lotuses and one Michael Schumacher.
All eyes focus on the start, and as the lights extinguish, the unexpected happens – a hand reaches out from its cockpit. It’s Webber, and he’s stalled his car. More cars come flying by, diving out of the way and trading positions in the process, but an unsighted Grosjean fails to react in time and ploughs straight into the back of the Red Bull. Fortunately, both drivers walk away from the nasty pile-up, and the running order emerges from Sector One thoroughly shuffled. Hamilton, Massa and Vettel are leading the pack, Alonso staying in a close fifth behind Button, and surprisingly, Kobayashi, in his last race for Sauber, in P6.
Massa’s inner speed demon is at last reawakened by the impassioned fervour of his home crowd, and at the restart, he makes a daring slingshot move past Hamilton down the pit straight, making the move stick with a firm hold of the racing line. Further back, Button struggles to hold off an eager Alonso, ultimately succumbing to the Spaniard’s furious attacks. Elsewhere, Perez, di Resta, Schumacher and Hulkenberg, F1’s young and old, are engaged in a titanic battle at the tail end of the points.
For a while, the unbearable tension in the air is palpable. Massa tries his best to eke out a steady lead over Hamilton, but the latter, in his final race for McLaren, will have none of it. The audience prays that it doesn’t end in tears. Vettel continues circulating in third, closing in on the leading pair, while Alonso sets fastest lap after fastest lap in his relentless pursuit. Raikkonen, meanwhile, is seen to visibly struggle in his car – team radio mentions a tyre heating issue – allowing the midfield train to cleave their way through, at times coming close to nudging wheels. Both Saubers, both Force Indias and the Williams of Maldonado trade positions sporadically in a multi-faceted duel. The global audience watches with bated breath, anticipating the carnage.
The pit stops loom, and the teams are faced with a dilemma – stay out on worn tyres, pitting only when the rain comes, or take an early gamble? As if in answer, the heavens finally unleash the long awaited downpour.
Cars pit and rejoin haphazardly – Alonso deftly executes the “undercut”, and emerges in the race lead. Massa, after pitting, retains the slimmest of gaps over Hamilton – the pair now run second and third. Immediately behind, Button, at home in the mixed conditions, shoots past Vettel for the all-important fourth place. The exciting clash in the midfield all but evaporates, and Perez, recalling his earlier performance at Sepang, pulls ahead on the rain-soaked track, looking to threaten Vettel’s precarious fifth.
In true unpredictable Interlagos fashion, however, the deluge transpires to be but a passing shower. The skies clear rapidly as the race nears its end, and several drivers make the decisive move to go onto slick tyres. The field is once again reshuffled. With a slow McLaren pit-stop, Button disappointingly falls back to the tail end of the points, while Alonso snatches the lead. Vettel is stuck in fifth, now behind Hamilton, and has to contend with the rapidly advancing sixth-placed Perez.
The chequered flag dances, and Alonso streaks past the line to take the race win. He immediately turns to see the screens, and to his delight, sees that Perez has dived down the inside of Vettel, depriving the Red Bull driver of fifth place. This development seemingly secures Alonso his third drivers’ crown. The crowd is then gobsmacked when a Silver Arrow comes in second. In the dying moments of his career, the one-time Regenmeister has returned in full force. Michael Schumacher, with a well-timed pit stop and having mastered the varying conditions, now takes an emphatic final podium of his career. The much-maligned Felipe Massa takes the final place on the podium in front of his home crowd.
On the twisty hills of Interlagos, on the final lap, Perez, in another attempt to one-up the outgoing Lewis Hamilton, closes in on the gearbox of the McLaren. Vettel sees his chance, and makes a Hakkinen-esque move on both of them at Turn 14, raising him to P4, where he stays till the finishing line, taking his third title by the slimmest of margins.
The world championship ends to the words:
“Congratulations, Seb, you’re a triple world champion!”
“Yes! Yes! Ring-ding-ding-ding…”
And the audience can only mutter… good god.24th November 2012, 23:32 at 11:32 pm #215602
What have McLaren done wrong here (if they’re faking a fault)?
They’re not faking a fault. They believe they have a radiator problem that is causing Hamilton’s car to overheat, but it is later found to be a faulty sensor that was telling them the wrong thing. The accusations that they were faking a fault came from Helmut Marko, who used it to try and get them disqualified from the race for intentionally manipulating the outcome of the championship, but he has no evidence of it – he’s just doing whatever he thinks will make Vettel champion.
Why is Hamilton not allowed to defend from Vettel?
He is allowed. He pulls out from behind Button to let cooler air flow through the sidepod, in the hopes that this will delay the failure of the radiator, even though this is later revealed to be unnecessary. But in pulling out from behind Button, he leaves no space for Vettel to try and get past.25th November 2012, 6:14 at 6:14 am #215603
Anonymous25th November 2012, 7:40 at 7:40 am #215604
@catracho504 – Thanks! Here’s hoping the race is half as exciting as some of the suggestions we’ve had here.25th November 2012, 12:49 at 12:49 pm #215605
I had a dream last night in which it rained heavily, with multiple safety cars, Vettel retiring and the race being stopped shortly after 75% race distance. Strangely enough, Schumacher won, with both McLarens on the podium, Alonso only 7th. Considering the likeliness of rain has dropped, I don’t think it was any indication of what’s about to happen.25th November 2012, 13:00 at 1:00 pm #215606
@prisoner-monkeys You really confused me by writing ‘radio’ instead of ‘radiator’ originally.25th November 2012, 14:19 at 2:19 pm #215607
It’s kind of funny.
Everyone in Formula One is prepping up for the big showdown; Sebastian Vettel vs. Fernando Alonso. The German bull versus the Spanish stallion. 200 miles an hour in (possibly) pooring rain.
And the rest of the world continues their business, unaware of the 18,000 horsepowers that will be unleashed on the Brazilian asphalt in less than 2 hours.
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