Claire Williams provides us with a view of the drivers parade.
I hope you're joining us in the live comments today: https://sidepodcast.com/2010/11/07/live-brazil-2010-the-race/ There's going to be lots to discuss.
Plus there's a poll in there, and you need to vote who you think will win the race!
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They have just tried to explain the title permutations, to very confusing effect. I think we'll stick with Alonso to win, Webber fourth. All you need to know.
F1.com have live timing here: http://www.formula1.com/live_timing/live_timing.html Although it's not started yet.
Here's how the sharp end of the grid will look.
|2||Sebastian Vettel||Red Bull|
|3||Mark Webber||Red Bull|
Button just missed out on the top ten, and starts from 11th.
Tweet from @clubforce: If you could bottle the atmosphere here in interlagos you'd make a fortune
Must get over that and be more professional.
Sutil is having a pretty bad time of it this weekend. He was out in Q1, claiming to be held up by his teammate, and gets a five place penalty as well.
There's tension in the Force India team, it seems.
The pit lane has opened.
Tweet from @autosportlive: Something of a queue forms at the end of the pitlane exit road as a number of drivers make a practice start.
|Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace|
|Local Timezone||-0200 GMT|
|Number of Laps||71|
Here are the standings ahead of the race. I sense we may see a lot of live standings updates this race.
Nico Hulkenberg prepares for his big moment.
Looks nice and sunny out there for now. Martin Brundle is about to start his gridwalk.
Interview with Button: "I'm here to race for myself, thank you very much. I can't tell you which tyre we're starting on, but this is a fun race, you can overtake here. There's a headwind on the straight which should help me. I'm looking forward to it, this is a great place to race. I'm looking forward to the challenge out there. For the team, the best thing I can do is score many points."
Tweet from @sarahholtf1: Oh dear has Christian Klien come to grief for Hispania on his installation lap? Looks like he has stopped out on track. Let's see #f1
Interview with Hulk: "I'm confident I'll have a good start off the line, but you know, anything can happen, always."
Interview with Vettel: "Starting from the front row, I think it looks good. Our starts were good in the last couple of races. Hopefully we can pass Hulkenberg straight away, that would be the easiest. We have to focus on our own race. We know we should be a bit quicker than the Williams, but it's a long race and you never know what's happening. If we don't manage it in the first corner, the target is to get him sometime later."
I'll be closing the poll very shortly, so make sure you vote if you haven't already: https://sidepodcast.com/2010/11/07/live-brazil-2010-the-race/
Tweet from @autosportlive: Klien's HRT is recovered to the pitlane with a tractor but his chances of taking the start are slim.
Klien is out before it's even begun!
Lee chats to Mark, sounding pretty relaxed ahead of the race.
|(data from Williams F1)|
|Fuel Per Lap||2.21kg/5km|
|Pit Lane Loss||16.4s|
|Pit Lane Length||380m|
The poll is closed now, and people are not confident of Hulk's chances for a victory. 52 voters, and only 10% for the Williams driver.
Webber has the most votes, Vettel just behind him, and then Other stands ahead of Lewis and Nico - presumably most Other voters are thinking Alonso.
|(source Daimler AG)|
|Downforce Level||7 / 10|
Williams have the average speed as 213, Daimler as 216. Close but not close enough!
|(forecast data from Brembo)|
|Maximum Pedal load||136kg|
The lap record around Interlagos is 1:11.473 - Juan Pablo Montoya, Williams, 2004.
Pole position yesterday (by Hulkenberg!!!) was 1:14.470.
Tweet from @alanbaldwinf1: Sounds like Fernando Alonso is getting some stick from the local crowd. No doubt who the Ferrari favourite is today.
The formation lap begins, and Hulk leads them away.
Hulkenberg had a terrible start... on the formation lap... having to catch up and repass some cars.
Let's hope he can do a bit better when the lights go out.
He's back leading them again now.
Klien has remained in the pitlane, it's not looking good for the HRT car.
On the first corner, Vettel takes the lead from Hulk, Webber remains ahead of Hamilton.
Webber has passed Hulkenberg, after the Williams ran wide.
No accidents on the first corner.
Alonso makes an attempt on Hamilton down the home straight, but Lewis keeps the position.
Hamilton ran wide, and Alonso has the position - fourth for the Ferrari.
Barrichello is close up behind Kubica, another move may be on the cards.
Schumacher made an attempt on Button, they came close together, not sure if they touched or not.
Schumacher must have fallen behind Button, because he's now managed to pass him for 10th.
Alonso is hounding Hulkenberg now, some defensive driving from the Williams.
Live timing says 0.0, which can't be right. Let's just agree that it's close!
Klien was in the pitlane for ages, but has now left and joined the pack. A couple of laps down.
We're seeing a Hulk train now, which was somewhat expected.
Alonso has done it, now it is Hamilton behind the Williams.
A great pass from Fernando.
Team radio to Alonso: "It was beautiful. So now we use our pace, we are looking very good now."
Team radio from Hamilton: "I have no grip."
Last time I'll mention it, I promise.
Klien is officially three laps down. It seems a bit early to bring out my backmarker watch.
Hamilton made a strong move on Hulkenberg, had the inside line, but Nico kept the position. It can only be a matter of time now, surely? His defensive driving is astounding though.
Hamilton radio suggests he should do everything he can to get past Hulkenberg. As though Hamilton was thinking he might just stay there for the duration.
Button has pitted from 13th place.
He returns to the track in 18th, potentially planning to run 60 laps on one set of tyres.
Hamilton makes the same move on Hulk again, but the Williams keeps it. I'm not going to keep typing this all day!
Massa has pitted - early stops from these guys. He rejoins in 17th.
Delayed team radio to Button: "Other cars are responding to our stop, you need to push now. Everything you've got now."
Schumacher and Barrichello have both pitted. Everyone is reacting to Button's stop even though they don't want to.
Rubens has a right rear problem, long stop. Massa is back in the pits again.
Rob looks quite angry on the pit wall. Massa is back out down in 23rd.
Hulkenberg has pitted, Hamilton looked like he was going to follow but has stayed out. Kubica and Heidfeld both dive into the pitlane.
Hulkenberg returns in 13th.
Massa reported one of his wheels was loose.
The Ferrari is now last of the genuine runners. Klien is bouncing in and out of the pitlane.
Hamilton reports once again that he has no grip, he's sounding a bit panicked.
Massa's problem was a cross-threaded wheel nut, so that explains the double pit stop.
Liuzzi and Glock both pit.
Button has passed Petrov for tenth place.
With di Grassi, Massa and Senna the last three runners (bar Klien), it's not a good day for Brazilians.
Our pole-sitter has a Renault to contend with.
Buemi stops from 8th place. Wait a minute, he was in 8th??
Tweet from @MyLotusRacing: Great stop for Heikki - now out on the primes #fb
The McLaren mechanics are out, it must be Hamilton to come in. There he goes.
Massa just put in the fastest lap so far 1:16.704, from 23rd place.
Schumacher has just pitted for the first time now, so he must not have pitted earlier. Sorry about that.
Ted Kravitz reports that Hamilton had to pit, as Button had suddenly found a burst of speed, and they were concerned he would jump him in the stops. As it is, Lewis has remained ahead.
Hamilton sets the new fastest lap - 1:16.658. Maybe he has found some grip!
Schumacher has closed up behind Sutil for 8th place. Meanwhile, Hulkenberg is down in 10th, although it is fourth of those who have pitted.
Petrov must have stopped to allow Hulkenberg through. Interestingly, Hulk has fallen down behind Massa, 18th for the Renault, despite the Ferrari stopping twice.
Alonso pits from 3rd.
Don't forget lower is better on the line graph.
The Red Bull mechanics swarm into the pitlane. Vettel first from the lead.
He rejoined in second.
Hamilton has passed Kobayashi for fifth place.
Webber was much faster in the pitlane than Vettel, by about half a second.
New fastest lap for Webber, 1:15.838. We're quite far off the lap record here, chaps.
Kobayashi is up to fifth place, but has yet to stop. If he stopped now, I could give you an updated top five.
Di Grassi pits from 22nd.
Team radio to and from Alonso regarding the Red Bulls: "What is their pace compared to us?" "Out of reach, we can't touch them."
Button just overtook Kamui, so here you go!
Tweet from @MikeGascoyne: heikki passing di grassi for position, jarno round the outside into turn 1 also, sweet
Massa has overtaken Liuzzi for 16th place.
We have Vettel ahead of Webber, ahead of Alonso. The question is, if things remain, will the ever-equal Christian Horner make a radio call for the championship?
Barrichello appears to have a problem. He was passing Alguersuari, and they collided to detrimental effect. He's pitting for a new nose.
He has a front left puncture as well.
Hulkenberg remains tenth, but now there are only two people ahead of him that have yet to stop.
Slightly confused by Klien, though. He is definitely out there and definitely five laps down, but live timing does not show him with a 24 beside his name. Is that because he is so far behind?
Again, Hamilton on the radio questioning whether the F duct is working. Team confirm that it is.
Tweet from @autosportlive: Webber would be 8 points behind Alonso if the race ends like this, with Vettel 15 points behind the championship leader.
A new fastest lap from Webber - 1:15.433.
Vettel and Webber are lapping the backmarkers for the second time. Navigating their way past Senna at the moment.
Tweet from @clubforce: Tonio running well - lapping at same pace of the top ten
Team radio to Webber: "Mark, your fronts are getting hot. Try front wing 10, if it's a problem."
Front wing 10 sounds like fun!
Apologies for the slightly crushed text, but it just shows how close it is!
Not a single retirement yet. Very impressive for Brazil.
Kobayashi and Sutil still have yet to pit, whilst Di Grassi is back in again.
Di Grassi is pushed into the garage. I may have jinxed him.
Tweet from @autosportlive: Massa lets the leader through at the Senna S and cleverly uses the move to follow through on Buemi to take over 14th place.
Webber has brought the gap to Vettel down to under two seconds now. First time in a long time.
Comment from Lukeh: Rubens still hasn't overtaken anyone yet... *hopes it works like the retirement thing*
Lucas di Grassi is out of the car, his race is finished. Not good in front of the home fans.
A pic of Trulli via @MyLotusRacing.
They are strapping Lucas back into the car. It may not be over!
Tweet from @InsideFerrari: The race looks freezed. Two Red Bulls in front Alonso firnly third ahead of the McLarens then a big group within 15 seconds
Can't help but love a freezed race.
Team radio to Vettel: "Okay, Sebastian, in front of you there's a train of 8 cars fighting for position. They're all bunched up, fighting for position. The first car in front of you is Massa. Be careful. One at a top."
He's taken Massa. Who's next?
Di Grassi is back out on track. No retirements yet. I was right! HA!
Webber gets held up a little, and Vettel is still making his way through. I don't envy them weaving through this lot.
Kobayashi has pitted again. Now just Sutil remains without having stopped.
Hamilton on the radio again complaining that he is not in good shape.
Liuzzi has crashed into the barriers at turn 2.
Safety car deployed.
Hamilton, Heidfeld, Massa and Petrov have all pitted.
Barrichello and Klien, Rosberg as well.
Liuzzi has climbed out of the car, he looks okay, his helmet is off. The car is trashed!
All eyes on Vettel for the restart, because he's had issues in the past.
Hamilton and Button were both doing really well, so it's strange they have pitted again.
One sorry looking Force India.
Team radio to Vettel: "We're losing front tyre temperature behind the safety car, try to keep that up."
The car is being towed away. They're taking their time, but I'm happy to have a moment to take a breath!
Replays show confusion over Rosberg's wheel changes, a terrible stop by Mercedes.
Tweet from @InsideFerrari: The two McLarens pitted so they can be a problem as they will have fresher tyres at the restart
Behind the Safety Car, Hulkenberg is back in second. Almost as if he hadn't had the terrible race he had.
Safety car in this lap.
Track is clear.
Webber has two backmarkers to pass, Kubica and Hulkenberg, whilst Vettel streaks away.
Live timing shows all drivers from 8th position backwards have been lapped. I am NOT doing the backmarker table now. Silly short track.
Hamilton and Button didn't lose places at all, so their pit stops were fine. I must admit, I am confused.
Vettel posts a new fastest lap - 1:14.903.
Alonso still has to clear Hulkenberg and then he is clear of the backmarkers.
Rosberg has stopped three times and is in 6th, ahead of Schumacher. Martin Brundle says: "Now, how did that happen?" I agree.
Rosberg also had that tyre confusion in his pitstop, and Ted says it was miscommunication over the compound required.
Massa attempted to pass a Toro Rosso, and turned in meaning they touched and the Ferrari ran wide.
Alonso has now cleared the backmarkers - so the top three can streak away. Hamilton and Button still have to pass Hulk, Kubica, Alguersuari and Kobayashi.
Tweet from @eddstrawF1: What's happening shows why it's a good idea to move the lapped cars to the back of the pack under the safety car.
Sutil battles his way past Buemi, but they were wheel to wheel and almost collided.
|(live data from McLaren.com)|
Heidfeld has pitted for a drive through penalty for ignoring blue flags.
Just five laps remaining.
Tweet from @SauberRG: How can you single out one driver for ignoring blue flags? Half of the backmarkers were doing it. #f1
The fastest laps are pouring in now. Hamilton at the moment with a 1:13.851.
Alonso is catching up to Webber, but he has probably run out of laps for this race.
Lots of 313s there. Either live timing has gone weird today, or a lot of spooky things are happening.
Massa passes Petrov, touching into the side of the Renault on his way past.
Final lap and no sign of team orders at Red Bull.
Sebastian Vettel wins the Brazilian Grand Prix!
Red Bull are the constructors champions.
Webber came in second, with Alonso third.
Interview with Horner: "It's just an awesome team result. It's testimony to every single member of the team at Red Bull. Great performance, well managed by the drivers today. A few issues to manage with Mark with his engine. They've done an unbelievable job for us. A very proud Red Bull Racing today."
Tweet from @autosportlive: Lucas di Grassi was still running at the end but was not classified as a finisher and Liuzzi was the only retirement following that crash.
Button is now officially out of the championship. Hamilton remains by the skin of his teeth. For him to win, he would have to claim victory in Abu Dhabi, with everyone else out of the points.
Tweet from @tonyfernandes: Well done guys.Very very proud.Best of new teams.Still10th.2 cars home.Great lap times.On most laps without blue flag very close to renault
Vettel gives the thumbs up on the podium.
|Force India||Finished Ahead|
Sutil has added to his tally, which will make him happy after the earlier issues between the teammates.
Press conference quotes - Sebastian Vettel: "Incredible day. Not an easy race to start with, we knew we were on the dirty side, but we had a good start. I saw that Nico had too much wheelspin, and I used my momentum to squeeze down the inside. The car felt fantastic all throughout the race. It was the right choice not to pull away too much, to have some tyres left. It's pretty incredible, I don't know what to say.
"Incredible effort from the team. Not an easy season, like races we just had in Korea. I think it was the right answer from all the people to come back here, stay focused, getting us both up here and getting the constructors championship one race from the end, is fantastic."
Press conference quotes - Mark Webber: "Most of the race was decided on Saturday, or the first lap. You can follow each other around but in the old days you could play with the strategy a bit, but that's not how it is now. Fair play to Seb, he drove a good race, and won the race. We had to manage a few problems through most of the second part of the race. Had a very, very hot engine, so had to turn it down quite a lot. Then it was about focusing on keeping Fernando out. I am absolutely stoked for the guys and girls, I've known a lot of them at Milton Keynes for a long time. It's a phenomenal effort from them."
Press conference quotes - Fernando Alonso: "I think we lost too much ground at the first laps of the race, trying to overtake Hamilton and Hulkenberg. Those ten or twelve seconds we lost were impossible to catch. We were very close on the race pace. We had a little chance when the safety car came out, but we found ourselves in the wrong position again with seven cars between us and Mark. It was over for the second time, but overall I think a good race for us. Being on the podium, we knew that was not an easy thing to do, but in terms of points we are extremely happy. Congratulations to Red Bull, a great achievement. We'll see what happens in Abu Dhabi with the other championship, I think it's very open now with the win from Sebastian. I think it's a very exciting championship."
Interview with Hamilton - he looks pretty down: "Not really too much to say, it was a tough race. I was nowhere, I had no grip. I feel quite lucky to have finished where I finished."
Lewis admits he knows he needs a miracle, but adds that it could happen. Anything can happen!
Interview with Button: "For me, the race was fantastic, I really enjoyed it. Fighting through the field, and the team making the right calls on pitstop strategy. To finish just behind my teammate who started fourth is not so bad. It's a good way to lose the world championship."
"It's a good way to lose the world championship." Great quote.
Tweet from @redbullf1spy: And thank you (humbly) for your messages. Much appreciated. Right, where can you get a decent pint in Sao Paulo? We made need some.
It wasn't quite the epic race we had hoped for, but it's kept at least one of the championships alive, and Abu Dhabi is going to be fascinating.
Poor Hulkenberg couldn't do anything about the faster cars around him, but he finished in the points, and spiced up the beginning of the race, if nothing else.
I'm still confused how Rosberg had so many pitstops, and not all of them smooth, and still finished so high up. If Schumacher wasn't embarrassed before, he may be now.
Kobayashi did well to pick up the final points position. Otherwise, drivers were mostly getting frustrated with the traffic, which is what comes of a short lap. Abu Dhabi will be far different.
Tweet from @cmckinleyF1: Massive logistical challenge for the teams now to get across the world, first practice starts in Yas Marina in under 111 hours! #F1
See you in 111 hours then!
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