Tweet from @clubforce: It has just started spitting with rain in the paddock. Just over an hour until the race.
Sebastian Vettel starts from pole position - his 15th P1 of the year - with Mark Webber lining up beside him for an all-Red Bull front row.
It looks dry in the pitlane at the moment, so it'll be weather watch all the way until the start of the race.
|Autodromo Carlos Pace|
|Local timezone||+0200 GMT|
|Number of laps||71|
Tweet from @WilliamsF1Team: Looks like the rain is definitely on its way - somewhat annoying as someone's walked off with my rain jacket!
All drivers pose for the official end of season photo, via @MarussiaVirgin.
Interview with Bruno Senna: "I was really pleased with my lap, I'm also pleased with the work these guys have done. We managed to get the car P9 in qualifying, it's massive team work and we have to recognise that. I didn't do the job on my own.
"I'm a local boy but unfortunately I haven't got any experience on this track. Last year was the first time I drove here. The weather's always changeable at Interlagos, I've been here many times when the weather has just been changing and changing. I think we'll just have to play it by ear. The dry strategy is we start the race with the tyres we qualified with, and push, we'll see how the weather's going to play. If the weather plays up then it can be a bit more interesting for us."
|1||S Vettel||Red Bull|
|2||M Webber||Red Bull|
|8||A Sutil||Force India|
Tweet from @InsideFerrari: Showers are developping, around the circuit at the moment. Others may develop nearer or on the track. Due to actual clouds, already few drops, said Meteo France at 1 pm.
We've got the soft and medium compounds this week (depending on rain, of course), so that's the yellow and white sidewalls respectively.
|Free Practice 1||M Webber||1:13.811|
|Free Practice 2||L Hamilton||1:13.392|
|Free Practice 3||S Vettel||1:12.460|
Felipe celebrates his 100th race with Ferrari this weekend, and Stefano Domenicali speaks of the Brazilian: "We have to make some priorities, if we give the right car, I'm sure they can do a right job. We need to make sure everything's going in that direction. Felipe's had a very difficult year this year no doubt. I'm expecting him to show to us and everyone how strong he is."
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The pitlane opens up, the engines start to roar and the drivers make their way to the grid for the final time in 2011.
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Tweet from @InsideFerrari: The nearest shower is 4 km. According to its development, rain expected on the track.
HRT send their cars to the grid, via @HRTF1Team.
|(data from Williams F1)|
|Fuel laptime penalty||0.2s/10kg|
|Pit lane loss||20s|
|Pit lane length||385m|
Williams also suggest the average safety car per race is 0.9. Will we see one today?
In weather watch, it's still hot and sunny on track, but the rain is creeping ever closer.
Interview with Paul di Resta: "The biggest thing just now is trying to use a visor. It's quite bright, but you have to be prepared in case it does rain. It's changing hour by hour but it looks like it's more and more likely not to rain. There are some showers around but they're not coming close to the track. It basically looks like a dry race. Hopefully our new set of option tyres will pay for that.
"We're also on the bit of the hill that's not quite as steep at the ones at the front. It's all about keeping your nose clean and hopefully going forward."
Interview with Alan Permane: "There's some imminently but we don't think it's actually going to affect what tyres we're on. A short shower in five minutes time. If you look at the radar, it's cropping up all over the place."
Interview with Felipe Massa: "Here it can rain, we need to be ready for everything. It will be a difficult race, long, it's hot now. Let's concentrate to take all this power from the grandstand and get a good result for them."
Interview with Adrian Sutil: "Good position, good to start here from P8. Forecast wise we have to look forward to some rain showers. Very hard to predict how it's going to be, we have to be prepared for every situation and see how it goes. There are so many different forecasts and sometimes none are correct. It's hard, especially here in Brazil, we have seen so many different forecasts. Hopefully our one is right, I always trust our one."
Tweet from @MyTeamLotus: Best grid atmosphere of the year. As Rubens appears the chants of "RUBINHO RUBINHO" start. The sun's shining & the stands are packed. Mega!!
Interview with Sebastian Vettel: "I feel very happy, the season so far has been incredible. We have one more to go and I'm actually looking forward to the race. I think it will be a difficult one. At the moment it's very sunny, but rain is on the way.
"Last time we had a good start, we'll try to repeat that, and then try to get further than the first corner. We're confident we should have a good race. The weather is a bit of a mystery but it's the same for all of us."
Tweet from @EliGP: Here's the only accurate prediction you'll read: It may or may not rain in the next 90 minutes or so
Force India have a high tech way of checking the weather, via @clubforce.
Just one DRS zone this weekend, with detection at turn 2, activation after turn 3.
Rubens gives the camera a kiss, albeit through a helmet, as he prepares to climb into his car on the grid.
The lap record around this circuit is held by Juan Pablo Montoya who was driving a Williams and secured a 1:11.473 in 2004.
Team radio to Schumacher: "Okay, Michael, weather update, chances of rain in the next 20 minutes have reduced."
The tyre blankets come off the cars and the mechanics clear the grid ready for the formation lap.
Every single driver is on soft tyres - everyone is banking on rain.
The formation lap begins, Vettel leading the field away for the 15th time this season.
Comment from Sebastian X: So how many places will Webber lose on lap one?
Tweet from @OfficialSF1Team: formation lap. both cars on soft tyres. pushing at the start and see how the race develops. no rain predicted for race start.
Vettel backs the pack up as they round the final corner and head to their grid slots.
Clean start around the first corner, Vettel keeps his lead. Alonso has moved up to fourth, ahead of Hamilton.
It was a super clean first lap from all involved, except Barrichello who appears to have dropped back a long way - currently 20th.
Heikki Kovalainen has improved to 15th for now.
Schumacher lost a place at the start, made the pass on Di Resta into turn one, but is now being hustled by the Force India for 10th.
Vettel puts in the fastest lap of the race so far, early days of course. He's pulled out a 2 second lead already.
Race Control: DRS enabled.
Barrichello is up to 17th, he'll be working to regain the positions lost. He was swamped at the start, having qualified 12th.
Comment from Lukeh: Rubens is making an epic comeback definitely to win
Alonso has closed up to Button, they are battling for third position.
Tweet from @HRTF1Team: Tonio loses one place after being overtaken by DAM, Daniel loses two places (DAM and GLO)
Alonso doesn't quite have enough to get past him this lap. He and Button are fighting for second position in the championship as well.
TedNews: Schumacher didn't start on his brand new set of soft tyres, it was important for him to get past Di Resta. Just popped into Williams and there was no particular reason for Barrichello's bad start.
Kovalainen has dropped back to 19th, falling prey to both Williams drivers. Barrichello leads Maldonado as they chase down Alguersuari.
Sutil is close up behind Rosberg, chasing the Mercedes for 7th place. Behind him, there's a bit of a gap to Senna in 9th.
Official radar says no rain in the next 30 minutes.
Schumacher and Senna came together, Schumi has slowed right down, it looks like a puncture.
Coming down the main straight, Schumacher had Senna in his sights. He got a good slipstream coming over the crest of the hill, went to Senna's right but turned in too early.
Race Control: Incident involving Schumacher and Senna under investigation by the stewards.
Alonso has overtaken Button around the outside to move into 3rd place.
Replays of Schumi's accident show their tyres bashed first, but they touched again at the corner exit which caused the damage.
Schumacher has pitted, he's bolted on a brand new set of soft tyres and is away again.
Michael rejoins a lap down but in front of Hamilton and Button. Both McLaren drivers pass him easily enough, the gap between them just a couple of tenths.
Meanwhile, the Red Bull drivers have pulled out an almighty gap to everyone else. Ten seconds over Alonso, with three seconds between P1 and P2.
Tweet from @EliGP: It's not often you see a driver crashing with two different generations of Sennas
Team radio to Vettel: "We have a gearbox problem."
Both Renault drivers have pitted now, both seem planned stops and both are the first to do so.
Sutil pits from 8th place.
Jenson Button is the next to come in from 6th place. The mechanics move in, tyres come off and softs are bolted on. It's a good clean stop.
It looks like the rear tyres are suffering more than anticipated. Talk was of the first pit window being 20 laps or so, and these are a bit earlier than expected.
TedNews: There's a small line of blisters on Button's tyres, not too bad. I fancy that's strategy to try and get past Ferrari again. See if Ferrari react.
Team radio to Vettel: "Short shift second and third gear."
Both Alonso and Hamilton pit at the same time. Ferrari get the job done quickly, Hamilton's stop seemed a little slower.
Rosberg and Barrichello both stop as well.
Vettel pits from the lead, Webber inherits P1.
Comment from Amy: for those who remember more than me, how long does this race normally go for? closer to 90 minutes or 2 hours?
Race time last year was 1:33:11.803.
Race Control: Drive through penalty for Senna - causing a collision.
Webber pits from the lead, and comes back out on track in P3 behind Vettel. Massa leads having not yet stopped.
We're starting to see drivers lapped already, with Massa making his way past Schumacher down in 24th.
Senna has taken his drive through, which drops him down to 15th.
Buemi pits as Lewis Hamilton puts in a new fastest lap of the race - 1:17.764.
Alguersuari is defending from Rosberg, he hasn't stopped yet whilst the Mercedes has visited the pits once already.
At the front, Vettel is chasing Massa for the lead and passes him easily to regain his P1 position.
Replays show Rosberg taking the position on Alguersuari, moving up to P9.
Ferrari mechanics await Felipe Massa who dutifully comes in. It's a good stop, but I don't think it will gain Massa anything.
All drivers have been into the pitlane at least once, except for Jarno Trulli who is up in 15th for now.
Yellow flags for Jérôme D'Ambrosio, who has an errant wheel.
He just came in for a pit stop but didn't make it very far from the garage before the wheel was flying off.
Replays show the lollipop went up long before the gun was off the tyre.
|10||1||Paul di Resta|
Track is clear.
I didn't see how Petrov managed to improve into the top ten, but he's currently running in the points, whilst Senna's drive through sees him down in 16th.
Forgive me, it was not Jérôme but Timo Glock who has retired. D'Ambrosio is running 21st.
Tweet from @OfficialLRGP: Bruno, post drive through is sat in 17th - time for some Brazilian rain dancing
A bit of Renault front wing is sitting in the middle of the track - will a brave marshal come and retrieve it?
Replays show one of the endplates finally giving up on Senna's car after the collision earlier.
Yellow flag. Pastor Maldonado is off track and into the barriers, waiting for replays to see what happened.
Mark Webber has closed up to Sebastian Vettel, chasing him down for the lead - Vettel hampered by the gearbox problems.
Webber drives right around him at turn one, no fuss from Vettel at all.
Senna pits again, third time for the Brazilian driver so far.
Tweet from @MarussiaVirgin: Investigation after the race but for now the right thing to do is stay focused on the race
Petrov has also come in to the pitlane, both Renault drivers the first to come in for the next stint.
Button is next to come into the pitlane, he rolls up the hill and pulls to a halt outside the garage. Another clean stop from McLaren, and he's away.
Track is clear.
Tweet from @radarguruf1: #F1 radar update lap 31: Showers remain to the east of the circuit on the radar, but are not making any significant move towards the track.
Hamilton pits from P4, and Schumacher comes in from P16. Lewis has soft tyres on, whilst Jenson has the harder compound.
Team radio to Vettel: "There could be some rain on the way, we'd like you to go as far as possible on these tyres."
Fernando Alonso pits from third place, he's put on another set of soft tyres.
As if to make his afternoon worse, Senna is missing fourth gear.
Team radio to Hamilton: "We do have a gearbox problem, there's nothing you can do to help. Just keep driving, keep going."
That's three gearbox problems and counting.
Replays showed Heikki Kovalainen picking up a plastic bag underneath his Lotus as he prepared to take a corner.
Webber pits from the lead, yet more soft tyres going on, meaning a three stop strategy for the Australian.
Button breezes past Massa in the DRS zone, moving in to 4th place. Massa has still only stopped once so far.
Vettel comes into the pitlane from the lead. It's a bumpy run in, but a decent stop and he exits in second.
Kobayashi radio pleads with the driver to avoid an accident with Di Resta as they need the points.
Hamilton has closed up behind Massa. I dread to think what will happen next.
The entire F1 world is on tenterhooks as Hamilton attempts a move on the Ferrari. He's not quite close enough this lap.
Meanwhile, Rosberg comes into the pits from 8th place, and Webber sets a new fastest lap - 1:16.395.
Buemi pits from 12th place, and D'Ambrosio from 21st. Ricciardo follows them in from last place.
Pitstops aplenty, as Kobayashi and Trulli are next in.
Massa keeps the McLaren behind him for another lap, but they're now catching traffic which could have an effect.
Lewis Hamilton gives up the chase and dives into the pitlane for his third stop. The medium compound goes on so he can go to the end of the race.
Massa comes into the pits this time, a good stop from Ferrari and he retains his position ahead of Hamilton.
Vettel's given the radio message that his gearbox problem is very serious. It may be a subtle telling off for setting fastest lap after fastest lap.
Lewis Hamilton slowed, his gearbox has given up. He pulls off track.
That's a shame as the Massa/Hamilton fight was brightening up the race!
The top four drivers are scattered amongst traffic, with Webber leading the race and closing up to Di Resta and Alguersuari who will see blue flags.
Coming into the final corner, Sutil flies past Rosberg for 6th place, but the Mercedes is having none of it and gets the position straight back.
|8||3||Paul di Resta|
Ooh, Sutil has made the place on Rosberg now, taking 6th place at the second time of asking.
Vettel is circling the track with his rain light flashing - they may have gone to a different engine map to try and get around the gearbox trouble.
Button stops for the third time, and he's put on another set of medium compound.
Comment from Mark: Button to try all of the tyres. No point wasting them.
Bruno Senna during one of his many stops, via @OfficialLRGP.
Fernando Alonso and Rubens Barrichello have both taken their third pitstops.
Team radio to Button: "The wear on these tyres is good, you can do qualifying laps to the end now."
In response, Button puts in the fastest lap so far - 1:15.989.
Interview with Lewis Hamilton: "I think it's been an interesting year, today I gave it my all. I feel like I enjoyed the race, it's a bit unfortunate for us and the team that we weren't able to get the extra points. Otherwise, I enjoyed racing out there. I was challenging Felipe, I thought I'd get him, but the gearbox problem came on quite early.
It's been a long old year, looking forward to a little bit of downtime and hopefully some time with family, friends. Some good training and then attacking next year. I've got lots I can improve on. I feel it's all positive even with the retirement today."
Just six drivers remain on the lead lap, Webber, Vettel, Alonso, Button, Massa and Sutil. All the rest have been lapped at least once.
Webber comes in for his final stop of the afternoon, that was a speedy stop from Red Bull.
The Red Bull mechanics jog back into the pitlane with their gear and welcome Sebastian Vettel in for his last stop as well.
Button closes up even further to Alonso, he opens his rear wing in the DRS zone but it doesn't work this lap.
The sun is still shining brightly out there, some grey clouds are piling in but it doesn't look like rain will appear in the next ten laps.
Another lap, and Button doesn't make it work, but he's saving up his KERS for the optimum moment this lap.
They both pass a Toro Rosso backmarker, Button pulls alongside on the home straight but doesn't get the position.
Button moves to the side again in the DRS zone, and this time makes it stick. He moves up into 3rd.
Replays show Vettel running massively wide at turn five. He takes plenty of the green run off and regains the track.
Tweet from @OfficialSF1Team: well done #Checo!!!! he found his pace again. strong performance with medium tyres after he slightly overheated the rear with the softs.
Tweet from @OfficialLRGP: We want strong, consistent laps Vitaly - who promptly sets his fastest lap of the race - that'll do nicely
Yellow flag. Liuzzi has pulled off track, his race over. The marshals come running in to retrieve the stricken car.
Five laps remain. Button is chasing down Vettel now, but there are nine seconds to close up.
Tweet from @tonyfernandes: heikki has now lapped all the new teams twice. 5 laps to go. come on boys.
TedNews: Felipe Massa was told over the radio to speed up, because there's a battle between Barrichello and Schumacher one lap down and they're catching.
As if to demonstrate, Barrichello comes through and unlaps himself. He's currently in 14th place.
Tweet from @F1Racing_mag: All you learn from F1 weather radars is that they don't work #f1
Last lap now. Mark Webber leads.
Mark Webber wins the Brazilian Grand Prix!
Vettel and Button cross the line behind to join Webber on the podium.
Button pulls his car to a stop at turn one - run out of fuel again!
Jenson Button climbs from his car and starts to walk back towards the pitlane - he'll have to hurry, there's a podium waiting.
|8||3||P Di Resta||2|
Felipe Massa does a couple of donuts at the pit entrance to celebrate the race for the home crowd.
Webber and Vettel have a chat as they take on some water and put on their sponsor watches. Webber is understandably happy, Vettel also seems relaxed with the result.
Massa attempts a donut or two.
Button pulls Webber into a big hug, Vettel also gets a share of the back-slapping. They head towards the podium.
|T Glock||Lost a tyre||23|
The national anthems play out loud and clear, although Webber is chatting to Button throughout his.
Webber waves his trophy in the air to many cheers from the Red Bull crew. It's a spiky trophy, you could have someone's eye out with that.
The champagne sprays out and the glitter blasts onto the three podium finishers.
Comment from Adie: Button's run since Germany - 1, 3, 2, 2, 1, 4, 2, 3, 3. Impressive.
Tweet from @MarussiaVirgin: Well done Jerome - P19 - and well done team for being just that - a real Team - through thick and thin, throughout a difficult season
Lots of different things spraying on the Brazilian podium.
Interview with Christian Horner: "It was a difficult race for Sebastian. The gearbox had a problem from lap five. Phenomenal from him to get it to the end. Let's take nothing away from Mark Webber, he drove a phenomenal race today and thoroughly deserves that victory.
"Mark's had a tough year but he's kept his head down, he's kept working hard at it. He wanted to finish the year on a high, it's a great race to win, the final race of the year. He's been up against a teammate in the form of his life... that has to slightly put things into perspective."
Press Conference Quotes - Mark Webber: "Felt good all weekend. Seb did a great lap for pole yesterday... That's a bit of a win which you'll take for sure, I've had enough bad luck and whatever you want to call it. Very important win for me and the team, again, to finish on a high. I enjoyed the last few laps to be honest, it's always nice when you can pit a bit later than people. Enjoyed doing the last few laps, it was a nice way to finish."
Press Conference Quotes - Sebastian Vettel: "It was a real shame because I had a good start and a good feeling. I was able to pull a gap but very early got the call we had to manage a gearbox problem. I had to turn down the engine, shortshift, it was just getting worse throughout the race. I ended up using higher gears throughout the race. Nevertheless, Mark drove a fantastic race, he deserved to win. I don't really like calling this bad luck. Surely, if something like this happens, it's not in your hands... I think we had a pretty amazing season, and I think it would be over the top being upset now. I think we take this second place, this 1-2 finish for the team, which is great. It's been a phenomenal year and a very strong finish. We are all ready for the winter, looking forward to the break... come back as strong as this year at the beginning of next year."
Press Conference Quotes - Jenson Button: "It was a difficult race for me on the softer of the two tyres. Fernando was very close out of turn five, so I covered the line into six, normally an easy place to block... I didn't want to drive through the debris, I had to back out of it and pull in behind Alonso. That was disappointing and a little bit unlucky but I didn't have the pace on the softer of the two tyres. Decided to put the harder tyre on for the last two stints and it worked pretty well for me, especially the last stint when I could hunt down Fernando. Able to make the pass but third was the best I could get."
Comment from Journeyer: Webber's win does prevent us from having the first-ever season of a past or present world champion winning every race.
That brings an eventful year of F1 to a close! It wasn't a spectacular race to finish off with, but it had it's moments and was certainly better than some of the more recent events.
Red Bull finished with a 1-2 to complete their dominance of the year. Button was best of the rest after a great second half of the season. Hamilton's retirement capped off a tricky season for him.
Further back the team battle between Force India, Sauber and Toro Rosso saw them finish in that order. Plenty of speculation over who will be in the STR car next year, and I don't think the boys did anything to secure themselves a seat today.
Finally, Lotus secured their much-desired tenth place, meaning they will get their boost of revenue for 2012.
It's been a great year with you lovely fact fans, thank you for sharing each race with me.
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