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Sunday, November 7, 2010

And then there were four...

Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber delivered a 1-2 in Brazil to seal the Constructors for Red Bull, while a third place showing by Fernando Alonso sets up a four-way drivers title showdown for the season-ender in Abu Dhabi.

REFILE - WITH ADDITIONAL INFORMATION  Red Bull Formula One technical chief Adrian Newey (bottom), is congratulated by drivers Sebastian Vettel of Germany (red bull hat) and Mark Webber of Australia (top L, blue cap) and the entire crew after they won the Constructors' Championship title for the 2010 season after the Brazilian F1 Grand Prix at the Interlagos racetrack in Sao Paulo November 7, 2010. Vettel won the race and Webber finished second.   REUTERS/Bruno Domingos (BRAZIL - Tags: SPORT MOTOR RACING)



Vettel got past pole sitter Nico Hulkenberg at the start, Mark Webber following suit a few turns later, to allow the Red Bulls to speed off into the distance. Hulkenberg put in a strong drive, forcing the title challengers to earn their way past and ultimately finishing eighth, a performance that will hopefully seal a seat for the rookie in 2011.

Red Bull Formula One driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany (R) takes the lead from Williams' Nico Hulkenberg of Germany on the first curve of the Brazilian F1 Grand Prix at the Interlagos racetrack in Sao Paulo November 7, 2010.    REUTERS/Rickey Rogers (BRAZIL - Tags: SPORT MOTOR RACING)


All long, Fernando Alonso has maintained all he needs are podiums, and it is proving to be true. The Spaniard's third place at Interlagos keeps Webber eight points adrift. Vettel trails by 15 and will need some luck on his side, while Lewis Hamilton admitted post race only a miracle would give him the championship. Teammate Jenson Button overcame a poor qualifying to finish fifth, but bowed out of the title hunt Sunday.

Red Bull Formula One driver Sebastian Vettel (2nd L) of Germany celebrates with teammate Mark Webber (L) of Australia, Ferrari's Fernando Alonso of Spain and Red Bull team chief Christian Horner, after finishing first, second, and third, respectively, in the Brazilian F1 Grand Prix at the Interlagos racetrack in Sao Paulo November 7, 2010. REUTERS/Paulo Whitaker (BRAZIL - Tags: SPORT MOTOR RACING)


One title down, one to be determined as the circus moves to Abu Dhabi in a week's time for what should be a fitting end to a thrilling season.

Result
  1. Sebastian Vettel (Germany) RedBull - Renault 1:33:11.803
  2. Mark Webber (Australia) RedBull - Renault +00:04.243
  3. Fernando Alonso (Spain) Ferrari 00:06.807
  4. Lewis Hamilton (Britain) McLaren 00:14.634
  5. Jenson Button (Britain) McLaren 00:15.593
  6. Nico Rosberg (Germany) Mercedes 00:35.320
  7. Michael Schumacher (Germany) Mercedes 00:43.456
  8. Nico Hulkenberg (Germany) Williams - Cosworth 1 lap
  9. Robert Kubica (Poland) Renault 1 lap
  10. Kamui Kobayashi (Japan) BMW Sauber - Ferrari 1 lap
  11. Jaime Alguersuari (Spain) Toro Rosso - Ferrari 1 lap
  12. Adrian Sutil (Germany) Force India - Mercedes 1 lap
  13. Sebastien Buemi (Switzerland) Toro Rosso - Ferrari 1 lap
  14. Rubens Barrichello (Brazil) Williams - Cosworth 1 lap
  15. Felipe Massa (Brazil) Ferrari 1 lap
  16. Vitaly Petrov (Russia) Renault 1 lap
  17. Nick Heidfeld (Germany) BMW Sauber - Ferrari 1 lap
  18. Heikki Kovalainen (Finland) Lotus - Cosworth 2 laps
  19. Jarno Trulli (Italy) Lotus - Cosworth 2 laps
  20. Timo Glock (Germany) Virgin - Cosworth 2 laps
  21. Bruno Senna (Brazil) HRT - Cosworth 2 laps
  22. Christian Klien (Austria) HRT - Cosworth 6 laps
  • Lucas Di Grassi (Brazil) Virgin - Cosworth 9 laps
  • Vitantonio Liuzzi (Italy) Force India-Mercedes 22

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