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The Brazilian Grand Prix

Jake Humphrey, David Coulthard, Eddie Jordan and Martin Brundle are in Sao Paulo for live coverage of the Brazilian Grand Prix, the final race of the 2011 Formula One season.


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Sebastian Vettel takes the victory! That was a devastating performance.

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He has lost the front wing! Lewis Hamilton is back!

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 65 seconds

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wide in the Crucible, where success and failure screen by. Two

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contrasting sides, separated by fractions, by a thin, brittle line.

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For a while, perhaps, victory and glory are companions, the world, it

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seems, belongs to you. But never think it is for ever. One slip

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across the line and you are lost. Once a challenger, now no more than

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a follower. You need to maintain the gap.

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Once champions, now supporting players. Those left in the chasing

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pack turn to Pickering, crawling and scratching as they search for

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the elusive glory again. At times, there is also a glimpse through the

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window, to the world outside, where good times and bad have far more

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meaning than mere sport can offer. Some have to leave the stage while

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others linger. Held fast, thinking the triumph is still close at hand.

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It is a fine line between he who Leeds and those left behind.

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Sebastian Vettel has gone wide! What drives them on? It is the

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thought of glory. In the end, it can fall only to one man. A salute

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to those who race, to those who win and lose, succeed and fail in the

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blink of an eye. And a salute to the champion, to the man who enjoys

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the favours and the spoils. But in the quickest of sports, success can

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be fleeting. Savour the glory while it lasts.

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How do you follow that? Good afternoon, welcome to the last race

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of the season. The 2011 Brazilian Grand Prix. It is wonderful that

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you could join us around this wonderful, evocative, historic

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circuit. We started in Australia, we finish in Brazil, the end has

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come, but it has been fun. It has been a classic year. What I love

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about Formula One, it always delivers. The highlight was India,

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we had no clue what was going to happen, and the Wellcome, the race,

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the excitement, it was magic. Formula One delivers every single

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time. We will never forget the share it! Congratulations on how

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many -- how much money that raced. It has been a fantastic season. The

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only thing that was missing was an it into team battle, like we saw in

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Red Bull. Otherwise, we saw the comeback from McLaren. Sebastian

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Vettel lifting his performance and taking it to another level. The

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handing in their a furore, the victory at the British Grand Prix.

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We are here for a classic Grand Prix. Today, we are expecting the

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weather to deliver. It has been raining already, and we have been

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told we are a few minutes away from a shower. This place always

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delivers drama, and plenty of emotion, as well. The emotion is

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part of coming to Brazil. There is never any pain in coming to Brazil,

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it is magic. This is where we saw Michael Schumacher, Damon Hill,

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Fernando Alonso, you can go through the list of drivers, it is

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phenomenal what goes on here. last images, the ticker-tape with

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Felipe Massa, and then him putting his chest as he won in 2008,

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fantastic stuff. For one of the drivers, despite the fact that the

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championship has been one already, it is still a win, to win in Brazil,

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it is still special. There is some extra impetus, because everybody

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would love to finish this year, having beaten Sebastian Vettel on

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this track. It is not only about winning this Grand Prix, it is

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difficult, and this is also part of the development for next year. The

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chassis is have been drawn, the manufacturing will be under way.

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has been quite a journey to get here, and this is the final race of

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the year. We will spend the next 55 minutes warming you up, and then

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and write without their futures secure, but the same does not apply

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to the man alongside us, the only man we could start with, the

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youngest ever double world champion, and others not expecting that!

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Explain yourself. It grew overnight! Puberty is over now! It

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was there this morning! You are looking older, Hallelujah!

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thought you were making reference to a growth here. It is quite a

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long way to get something! After the season that you have had, how

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did you come down off this madness and what do you do for the next

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couple of months? I shake the moustache! That will take you a

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month! It will be essential... I should take it off! It will be

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essential to use the break to come down, to charge the batteries. The

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very soon, we go again next year. We just wanted to say, thank you

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for being such an accessible and available world champion. It is

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great for the millions of our friends at home who cannot come to

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every race. That is a small glimpse of how busy a world champion is,

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and I am glad he has gone, because he has -- he might have given away

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this bit. Until yesterday, he had picked up 14 pole positions this

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season. Could he break Nigel Mansell's record?

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Here is what happened. Sometimes in Formula One, you have

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to applaud greatness way you find it. Sebastian Vettel set pole

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position just as he has done at 14 other tracks this season. It was

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stunning, 0.2 quicker than his team-mate. He broke Nigel Mansell's

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record of most pole positions in a season. You did it! Yes, baby, we

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got it! I am sorry for Nigel, well, I am not really sorry! He took

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three or four races last. But nevertheless, it has been an

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incredible year for us. Almost as excited, Rubens Barrichello and

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Bruno Senna. They used the home support to deliver impressive laps.

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Bruno Senna was 0.7 faster than his team-mate. The other Brazilian was

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less sure footed. Felipe Massa struggled on. He was beaten to

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sixth by Nico Rosberg. It could have been better than that. The

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tyres were not great. I was struggling. You have beaten your

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team-mate in qualifying 16 times this year. That is OK! That is fine.

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That left the rest took battle for the places behind Sebastian Vettel.

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Fernando Alonso his fifth, Lewis Hamilton is fourth, beaten by

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Jenson Button. A great result, considering his record here.

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thought I was further up the grid than I was, but the other guys did

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a great job. The Red Bull is working well around here. It is not

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perfect, but it's a good place to start. Mark Webber made a Sebastian

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Vettel work, but the world champion has his team-mate covered. It was a

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display of genius behind the wheel. I am in a good position for the

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race. It is a long grace. Concentration to the maximum. I

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will get something good out of at the end. I did not finish in the

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last race. One wanted to the chequered flag. The car feels great,

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I start from the front, and this place has always been different,

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special in many ways. It has delivered great races. Red Bull on

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points. Toro Rosso start ahead of Sauber. Heikki Kovalainen is again

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the best of the new teams are. What a disaster for Virgin. They

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will be renamed next season. This car will start ninth, Bruno Senna's.

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We speculated after you left after qualifying and you would sleep

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tonight. How did you sleep? Others relaxed, I was pleased with my lap,

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and the guys have done a good job. We got the car in ninth position,

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massive team work, and we recognise that. What is the strategy for this

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race? We have seen a bit of rain already. You must be able to have

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something up your sleeves. I do not have any experience on this track.

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The weather is always changeable as Interlagos, I have been here many

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times. We will have to play it by ear. We start with the dry strategy.

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We will see how the weather will play. It could be more interesting

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for us. The qualifying yesterday was super. How big a platform do

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you think that is to convince these people that you are the driver for

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them next year? It is important to show a good performance. It is

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difficult to be consistently good. But if you show promise, it does

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you good favours. I hope that the eye can be like this every time in

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the future. -- I hope that I can be like this. We love it when you

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climb out of the Kop. The Grandstand went wild. What are you

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expecting it today? At the start, they might be some difficulty in

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hearing the engine noise! The start is not a flat start. You are just

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as the point where it is running down into the start. Could that

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give you an advantage? It could be an advantage. We will see how the

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conditions are on the track. I am on the queenside, which is an

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advantage. -- beak clean side. We start with the right tyres. We hope

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it will be as good as qualifying. We are delighted you could join us.

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You're on call had his day around here, and hopefully, you will as

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well -- your uncle. Rubens Barrichello starts 12th. He has

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been in over 320 Grand Prix, but he might not be around next year. His

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future is very uncertain, but that I said, I can be there any time you

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want. He said, we want you to drive next year. I went into the house,

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crying, as you know me, with the gratitude of that moment. That was

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one of the best days of my life. Was that a Dream Team, Jenson and

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you? It was, one of the best teammates you could have, but also

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the nicest one. He was the first one to drive the car, and when I

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asked him, he said, we are going to have fun with that. I believed him

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so much. For me, it was magical. memory is Valencia, it is my only

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recollection of any driver walking up the pit lane after winning a

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race, and each and every team and each and every driver coming out

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and applauding you - can you recall that? Very much. Valencia was the

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100th win for a Brazilian driver. To see all the emotion, to see that

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I had to push with one last pit stop, I remember Hamilton coming to

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me and saying, you beat me fair and square today. It was a nice feeling.

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I remember coming into the pit area, and everyone, every one of my old

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mechanics, my old engineer has come everyone was just enjoying it.

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the euphoria of that moment, I really must bring it up to where we

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are, and of course, what looms very large in my memory bank his last

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weekend, how low a point was that for you? I knew it was not my fault.

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I came back thinking, today, I'm going to have a great race. That's

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me nowadays, it's positive thinking. Yes, I was at the back, but within

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what lap, I was already 18th, and I had a great race. It is all about

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the attitude. In the crystal ball, what do you see in two years' time?

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Could you stay and bring all your family back to Europe and be a team

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boss? I don't think so, Eddie. My passion is for driving. I have a

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sense that whenever I'm a team boss, I'm going to grab that driver out

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of the car, and say, let me drive. My this is is for there, all my

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knowledge is there. Although I could build a team, I want to go

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back to Brazil, to come back to Brazil, to live. The press have

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made reference this week to the fact that if you get a chance to

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exit with dignity, following your unbelievable record in Formula 1,

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there would be no better place than this - would you accept that?

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think Felipe has been very protective. As a friend, he does

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not want me to go without saying goodbye to my people. But the fact

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is that I will never say goodbye to my people. I'm a man of Interlagos,

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a man of Brazil, a man of Formula 1. I have no intention of saying

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goodbye to them. One day, yes, maybe I will say goodbye. But right

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now, I'm so much part of it. It is almost like I feel that next year,

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I'm going to be 40 years old, it will be 20 years in Formula 1, I

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have so much experience, but I have so much motivation, so much to go

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through, it would be bad not to use my service right now. So in that

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crystal ball, I cannot see in to years' time, but I can see myself

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here next year. And in just a few moments, expect this part of the

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grandstand to go wild when Rubens Barrichello drives out of his

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garage. Let's go and see the final preparations going on in the

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Williams garage. If I was a team boss in Formula 1, regardless of

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age or anything else, to see the passion that he showed, that would

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be enough for me to sign him up. Yes, but there is a very

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significant aspect to add into that. Just think about how many creches

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he has had, then work out the cost of any creches, Rubens Barrichello

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is a very solid pair of hands. I would not put him out of the

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equation until the very last moment. The engines are getting roughed up,

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they will be going to the grid very soon. More than 320 races for

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Rubens. But he lacks one thing, he's not young. The word potential

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is over used by many an engineer. You cannot actually quantify

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potential, but it gets people excited. That is where or the young

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drivers come in. We know what this guy can do, safe pair of hands, but

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maybe this new young thing will be the new Sebastian Vettel or Lewis

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Hamilton. That is the problem for Rubens right now. But a great

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driver. Time to hear from yet another Brazilian, today is Felipe

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Massa's 100th race for Ferrari. But looking at the size of the cake, I

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think he might be slightly weighed down today. As if this wasn't a big

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enough weekend for you, you have now received the world's largest

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cake - just explain why we are all here. Because it is 10 years in

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Formula 1, and 100 races for Ferrari. It is a very special race.

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Here in Brazil, especially. For my family, and everybody who helps my

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career, so I'm very happy to achieve that. And I hope we can

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have a good race tomorrow, in front of all these nice people. It was

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great to see some of the drivers here to celebrate as well. It must

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make you very proud. Yes, I'm very proud of everybody, all the Great

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fans, the drivers. And also, everybody from the Sauber team who

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was working with me for three years. And everybody from Ferrari, it has

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been a long-time racing for Ferrari, even when I was a test driver and

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everything. It is very special for me. Can you give the crowd

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something to cheer about tomorrow? Yes, for sure. We need to use this

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great moment to put everything into the race tomorrow to have a good

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result again. Do you think it is a good lookalike? I think it is

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better than me. Don't put yourself down, I hope you have a fantastic

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weekend. They're both about as tall as each other, but definitely one

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of the nicest guys on the grid. We hope he has a strong race at home.

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We're here with the Team Principal, Stefano Domenicali. Not quite such

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a successful season this year, Felipe gave himself five out of 10

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for qualifying yesterday. Could you give us a mark out of 10 for

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Ferrari this season? We have to make some priorities. If we give

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the right car, I'm sure they will do a good job. This is the most

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important thing. We have to make sure everything is going in that

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direction. Of course, Felipe had a difficult season, no doubt. But I

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know that he has been through difficult times, and I'm expecting

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for him to show to us and to everyone how strong he is. So, for

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this year, how many out of 10 for the team? I have not understood.

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For the team, how many marks out of 10? I will not do that, because it

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will be used. But I know very well what it is, and my people know very

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well. Maybe you could give us some insight as to where you are

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currently, which is very close. You're running Lewis Hamilton right

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down to the chequered flag in the last Grand Prix. Can you give us an

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insight into the target for the team, in terms of performance? Is

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it half a second, one second? have put down a target, for the

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aerodynamic development in the wind tunnel, week by week. We hope that

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is enough, but as always, we need to see the first race. We saw last

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year, in February testing, it was not so clear where we were in terms

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of performance. We have quite an ambitious target, and we hope that

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first of all we can achieve that, and secondly, that we will be fast

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enough to beat the competitors, who are very strong, no doubt. Luca

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Montes a Millo, the ultimate boss of Ferrari, he has been quite

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critical about what he's expecting from Massa next year - do you think

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that helps? Of course, we need to say that everybody has a different

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way to motivate the people. In any organisation, you do something for

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the benefit of everyone, because otherwise, how can you say, you

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have to be... Do you understand? And of course, the style of a

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President is always to motivate everyone, to make sure that we, all

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together, give the maximum. And I'm sure that he realises that it has

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been a difficult moment, and he wants to show to Felipe that we

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expect a lot from him, but that is the same for everyone in the team.

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We will have a quick look at the standings. Explain to us your

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highlight of the season. I'm guessing it would be the British

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Grand Prix? Yes, of course. That was fantastic for us, celebrating

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60 years of being in Formula 1. And then I would say that we could have

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won a couple of races more. But that's the result of the track, and

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we have to take out what we had. It was not really a good season. So,

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looking forward to finishing this and concentrating on the next one.

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We will let you get to the pit wall. Thank you very much to all of you.

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Bye-bye. We all know what a Golden Globes looks like, we know what an

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Oscar looks like. But this is what everybody wants to get their hands

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on, the BBC 2011 Formula 1 Award. What shall we start with? Best

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start. What springs to mind? It is my old driver Nick Heidfeld.

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Malaysia, if you recall. For me, Alonso, Italian Grand Prix, fourth

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to first place. Actually, on reflection, Alonso, what an amazing

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thing that he did in Spain. I would agree with that. But I'm in shock

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that you admitted you were wrong. I'm here to give you the Best Start

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award for this season, you came from fourth to first, an absolutely

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outstanding achievement. Very well done. Thank you. If F1 is not about

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a decent drive, I'm not sure what it is about. India was probably the

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most emphatic, dominant race win. Fastest lap, pole position, walk

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away with the race, Vettel was supreme. If you cast your mind back

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to Montreal, the longest Grand Prix broadcast in the history of the

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sport. The winner was Jenson Button. I think he was the Driver of the

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year. He was at the back and he came through and won it. Best drive

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for your performance in... Canada? I'm glad you agreed with us. First

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of all, thank you so much. I'm so glad that you have not paid too

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much taxpayers' money on this. Canada was one of those races that

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you will never forget. You will only have one of those in your

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career. Thank you, man. Fond memories. We cannot give out awards

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without including Sebastian Vettel, the guy has been stunning.

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youngest ever two-time world champion. I think he has been head

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and shoulders above everybody else. I have got the perfect award for

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Sebastian Vettel. On behalf of the BBC, for the most number of helmet

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changes in one Formula 1 season. Why do you change your helmet so

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much? To get this award. How does it rank with the World

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Championships? Above everything. and show it to your team, well done,

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we're proud of you. Let's try and pick best overtaking. That is not

:28:07.:28:13.

difficult. It is a slam dunk. German Grand Prix, Nurburgring,

:28:13.:28:16.

Lewis Hamilton taking the Ferrari on the outside, he made it look

:28:16.:28:23.

effortless. It was a classic. me, it was the one when I nearly

:28:23.:28:26.

dropped the microphone in the commentary box. It was Mark Webber

:28:26.:28:36.
:28:36.:28:46.

Taxpayers' money, mate. Why not? Thank you very much. You always get

:28:46.:28:52.

the odd naughty boy in Formula 1... I would nominate Hamilton and Massa

:28:52.:28:54.

for coming-together two corners before the end of the British Grand

:28:54.:29:04.

Prix. I disagree, I think it is Masser -- Massa-Hamilton, their

:29:04.:29:10.

confrontation in India. All good, but actually, what could beat the

:29:10.:29:17.

two of them in Singapore? You have won the award, sharing it with

:29:17.:29:26.

Felipe Massa. Whatever, man! Formula 1's 2011 Naughty Boy award.

:29:26.:29:31.

Do you know what? Have you been speaking to my old headmaster?

:29:31.:29:37.

you naughty at school as well? he thought so. I'm delighted to

:29:37.:29:44.

crown you the Naughty Boy of Formula 1. Thank you. Very nice.

:29:44.:29:48.

Your first win of the season, congratulations. OK, the final

:29:48.:29:54.

award of the season, this is just for someone, something or a group

:29:54.:30:04.
:30:04.:30:07.

of things that have made you think, wow! I've gone for Rihanna at the

:30:07.:30:12.

Korean Grand Prix. It was a great moment. I would have to go for

:30:12.:30:21.

George McCartney! Thanks, George! Put your hand in my pocket. This

:30:21.:30:25.

one goes to the Jourdan for all you're amazing shirts during the

:30:25.:30:35.
:30:35.:30:46.

apologise for those clothes, and I thank you if you bid on the shirt

:30:46.:30:53.

for Children In Need, and you can see Nico Rosberg gearing up to head

:30:53.:30:58.

out on to the grid. It is a big race for him. He was showing great

:30:58.:31:02.

pace in the second part of qualifying yesterday. In the end,

:31:02.:31:08.

he qualified sixth. He beat his team-mate, Michael Schumacher. It

:31:08.:31:13.

has gone quieter, so now we can award the final of Ward, for the

:31:13.:31:23.
:31:23.:31:25.

fastest pit stop. It goes to Mercedes. You will not believe this,

:31:25.:31:31.

but I wanted to give you an award from the BBC, the Golden will not,

:31:31.:31:37.

2.3 seconds for the pit stop in South Korea. People did not think

:31:37.:31:44.

we could get to this kind of speed. If you could accept this, and do

:31:44.:31:49.

you want to dedicate it to anybody? I want is a thank-you for the hard

:31:49.:31:54.

effort the pit crew have put in, to make us the best in the pit lane.

:31:54.:32:00.

And the design team, to provide us with the equipment. Please give it

:32:01.:32:06.

our best congratulations to everybody. You do not get your pit

:32:06.:32:13.

stop down to 2.3 seconds by accident. They start sixth and 10th

:32:13.:32:18.

today. The cars are making their way round to the grid. Lewis

:32:18.:32:22.

Hamilton and Jenson Button start side-by-side, and they need no

:32:22.:32:27.

extra inspiration to race in a place where they have fond memories.

:32:27.:32:34.

It is always special for me to come back here. It is a beautiful place.

:32:34.:32:39.

The murmurs that I remember, being at the circuit after I won the

:32:39.:32:44.

World Championship -- moment that I remember. When I land, I feel and

:32:44.:32:50.

close to Ayrton Senna. I feel his presence. The people are passionate

:32:50.:32:57.

about sport, the atmosphere they create is unlike any other circuit.

:32:57.:33:01.

The previous year, I had been so close to winning the championship,

:33:01.:33:06.

and I lost it by one point. I was in a position to win it, then I

:33:07.:33:11.

lost it, then I had it, then I lost it, then I got it back. My heart

:33:11.:33:21.
:33:21.:33:21.

was in my mouth. I came across the line, and I was the world champion.

:33:21.:33:26.

When I have kids one day, I will be able to play it for them and say,

:33:26.:33:34.

this was a special moment. Team- mate on pole position, Sebastian

:33:34.:33:38.

Vettel as well, I thought, do not be negative, we will win the world

:33:39.:33:48.
:33:49.:33:50.

champion. -- world championship. We are the champions, my friend! I

:33:50.:33:54.

wish I had auto June, some of us cannot sing Clive! A very special

:33:54.:34:04.
:34:04.:34:05.

moment. I gave you a bit hurt in the garage. It was pretty crazy. --

:34:05.:34:12.

a big hug. Great memories. We ha at the back

:34:12.:34:18.

of the Mercedes garage. -- we are at the back. It is great to come

:34:18.:34:22.

somewhere where it is all about passion. It is crumbling in parts,

:34:22.:34:29.

the paddock is cramped, but it is great here. You take this race of

:34:29.:34:35.

the calendar at your peril, because you look for Brazil, and you say,

:34:35.:34:41.

you must be there. You have to experience the passion. It is

:34:41.:34:44.

incredible, anybody who has watched the soccer commentators from Brazil,

:34:44.:34:52.

when they get a goal, it is something similar here. They make

:34:52.:34:59.

it sound so incredibly exciting. This is what the product looks like.

:34:59.:35:06.

The team hospitality is so cramped, we have to hide under here. If

:35:06.:35:13.

Jenson Button wins this race, he will have won the second half of

:35:13.:35:19.

this season. That is a good message to send out to the rest of the grid.

:35:19.:35:23.

That is why each Grand Prix is important. The teams are coming

:35:23.:35:27.

here with new developments, the teams want to win their races.

:35:27.:35:33.

Jenson Button is driving better than one when he won his world

:35:33.:35:38.

championship. If he picks up just one point, he will equal the total

:35:38.:35:43.

that Sebastian Vettel managed which won him the title last year. It

:35:43.:35:49.

puts into perspective how strong the car has been in the second half.

:35:49.:35:54.

The car was not close enough to the pace at the beginning. The

:35:54.:35:58.

championship is not divided in half, it is over a serious number of

:35:58.:36:03.

races. I have been critical of McLaren, because they are such a

:36:03.:36:06.

great team. They did not do their homework well enough at the

:36:06.:36:09.

beginning. Had they done so, we might have had a more exciting

:36:09.:36:18.

season. They may have been closer to getting the championship.

:36:18.:36:21.

have got Lewis Hamilton, Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso behind

:36:21.:36:29.

Red Bull. Fernando Alonso won both of his titles here, 2000 of five

:36:29.:36:37.

and 2006. That will feel so long ago now. Yes, a great double world

:36:37.:36:41.

champion. That seems a distant memory now. He has been one of the

:36:41.:36:47.

great starters this year. He will try to make a move as they get the

:36:47.:36:56.

run into the first corner. It is an open entry. The cars can filter in.

:36:56.:36:59.

Stefano Domenicali has told us Ferrari will be stronger next

:36:59.:37:04.

season. What will Fernando Alonso be doing to apply the pressure, to

:37:04.:37:10.

remind them that this has not been good enough? He will say, I can

:37:10.:37:14.

deliver for you, give me the car, give me a hope, I can win a

:37:14.:37:19.

championship. He has that experience. The problem we have,

:37:19.:37:24.

Ferrari did not seem to be giving us the right vibe that they are in

:37:24.:37:29.

a position to challenge for that. We are getting close to the start

:37:29.:37:33.

of the race, there has been some fantastic races over the years.

:37:33.:37:38.

Martin Brundle is on the grid for us. For the final time in 2011,

:37:38.:37:42.

take it away. One of my favourite grids, so much

:37:42.:37:47.

atmosphere. I like to see the colour of the eyes of the

:37:47.:37:52.

spectators, but they have changed Pit Grandstand. There is still

:37:52.:38:00.

plenty over here. Lewis Hamilton's car is pushed to the grid.

:38:00.:38:05.

Sebastian Vettel coming in behind him. I wonder if that will be what

:38:05.:38:13.

we will say later on. To stop the drivers running into people, the

:38:13.:38:19.

mechanics are forced to pick them up on the back of the grid. The top

:38:19.:38:29.
:38:29.:38:31.

16 are pointing uphill. It is pretty tricky. The tyres coming

:38:31.:38:37.

everywhere, they are still talking about rain. I am getting sunburnt.

:38:37.:38:42.

So many of the teams set their cars up to expect rain this afternoon,

:38:42.:38:48.

and as ever, it has not shown up. Look at these fans, they also close

:38:48.:38:54.

to the racetrack. This grid is narrow. They are looking for their

:38:54.:38:58.

Brazilian local heroes, Rubens Barrichello, Bruno Senna and Felipe

:38:58.:39:04.

Massa. There is Felipe Massa, in the golden crash helmet, to

:39:04.:39:08.

celebrate 10 years in Formula One. That is nothing to his best mate,

:39:08.:39:15.

Rubens Barrichello, 19 years. He is hoping for 20. Let's see if we can

:39:15.:39:23.

talk with Paul di Resta. Let's see if we can learn a few things from

:39:23.:39:32.

him. A change of boots. Do you not like the other bids? I have a

:39:32.:39:38.

problem with the pedal. The biggest thing is trying to choose a visor,

:39:38.:39:42.

because of the forecast. It is quite bright, but you have to be

:39:42.:39:52.
:39:52.:39:53.

prepared for the rain. Never have a part Pfizer in the rain. -- dark

:39:53.:39:59.

visor. The weather forecast is changing, but it is looking more

:39:59.:40:02.

and more likely that it will not rain. The showers are not coming

:40:03.:40:11.

close to the track. It looks like it will be dry, and hopefully a new

:40:11.:40:16.

set of option tyres. You can choose your tyres, it is pretty tight into

:40:16.:40:22.

the first and second corners. and our bit of the hill is not

:40:22.:40:26.

quite as deep, so hopefully our stock will be as good as it has

:40:26.:40:36.
:40:36.:40:36.

been. -- Allah start. See you later. Let's see if we can find Felipe

:40:36.:40:43.

Massa. Bruno Senna's and Renault is on the grid. Pastor Maldonado at

:40:43.:40:52.

the back there. It looks as if Bruno Senna has left the grid. They

:40:52.:40:59.

all dress in the same overalls! Is Pruneau not on the grid? He has

:40:59.:41:06.

just popped off. We do not think it will affect the tyres, the weather.

:41:06.:41:14.

It will be a short shower, and then who knows? It is cropping up all

:41:14.:41:21.

over the place. Let's see if we can find Felipe Massa. He is here with

:41:21.:41:29.

lots of media. All sorts of microphones sticking in there. I

:41:29.:41:35.

suspect he will walk up a tiny pair of steps and wander towards the

:41:35.:41:44.

bathroom. They load up on so many litres of water. He is speaking

:41:44.:41:48.

Portuguese, the language here. I will give it 10 more seconds, then

:41:49.:41:58.
:41:59.:41:59.

have a word. He is the furthest forward on the grid,... How is it

:41:59.:42:07.

that in? Is the car feeling good? It can rain, we need to be ready

:42:07.:42:12.

for everything. It will be a difficult race. It is hot now.

:42:12.:42:16.

Let's concentrate, to take all of this power from the grandstand, and

:42:16.:42:21.

make a good result for them. A wet race is your best chance to win?

:42:21.:42:30.

can be. We have to be ready for everything. Who else can we find?

:42:30.:42:34.

Adrian Sutil is over there with Force India, he has had a great

:42:34.:42:39.

qualifying. We think he could be moving from the team next year. I

:42:39.:42:45.

do not want to talk to him about that on the grid. But I will

:42:45.:42:51.

doorstep him. A great position, what do you think you can do?

:42:51.:43:00.

good position, it is good to start here. But yes, we have to look for

:43:00.:43:04.

the rain showers. It is hard to predict. We have to prepare for

:43:04.:43:09.

every situation. We will see Hamed goes. I have given up listening to

:43:09.:43:15.

Formula One weather forecasts! Sometimes, I think the same! So

:43:15.:43:20.

many different forecasts. Sometimes, none of them are correct. It is

:43:20.:43:25.

hard to say, especially here, we have seen so many different

:43:25.:43:30.

forecasts. But hopefully, ours is right, I always trust hours! Do you

:43:30.:43:35.

care if it is wet or dry? I do not really care. They have done their

:43:36.:43:41.

best to accommodate the weather. The cars are in parc ferme, there

:43:41.:43:47.

is little they can change on them. Let's see if we can talk to a few

:43:47.:43:55.

of the megastars. Nico Rosberg on the left-hand side. Then, we have

:43:55.:44:05.

got Fernando Alonso. Let's keep moving. How are you? Lewis

:44:05.:44:13.

Hamilton's car. Jenson Button, third on the grid. They run the car

:44:13.:44:19.

on a laptop. They start them up using a laptop, you do not be the

:44:19.:44:29.
:44:29.:44:30.

driver anymore. -- you do not need to drive any more. The lead is

:44:30.:44:39.

being closed now so we do not have another look. And surprisingly!

:44:39.:44:43.

Let's see if we can learn something from Mark Webber. How was it

:44:43.:44:49.

looking? Kenya beat Sebastian today? We will see how the race

:44:49.:44:55.

goes. The showers are developing, we will see if any of those hit us.

:44:55.:44:59.

If it is dry, it will be interesting to see Howard goes in

:44:59.:45:09.

terms of tyres. -- how it goes. Have you got the same seventh peer

:45:09.:45:14.

and downforce level as your team- mate? Yes there. It will be nice to

:45:14.:45:19.

see you win. Let's see if we can have a final word of the season

:45:19.:45:25.

with Sebastian Vettel. He is hiding under the umbrella, because of the

:45:25.:45:35.
:45:35.:45:46.

sunburn. We might just have half a that one, after that look! Five

:45:46.:45:52.

drivers have taken the last 48 podium positions, do you intend to

:45:52.:46:02.
:46:02.:46:03.

take another one today? 49 sounds better. Yes, the season so far has

:46:03.:46:06.

been incredible, but we have got one more to go, and I'm looking

:46:06.:46:11.

forward to the race. It is going to be a difficult one. At the moment,

:46:11.:46:15.

rain is on the way, so we will see what happens. It should be a good

:46:15.:46:19.

race. After the puncture in Abu Dhabi, you want to go into the

:46:19.:46:25.

winter after winning his last race of the season, yes? Yes, without

:46:25.:46:29.

punchers. Last time we had a good start, we will try to repeat that.

:46:29.:46:35.

And we will try to get further than the first corner. -- punctures. The

:46:35.:46:42.

car feels good. As you know, the weather is a bit of a mystery. But

:46:42.:46:52.
:46:52.:47:13.

chances of rain are getting less and less. Three races in the rain

:47:13.:47:17.

this year, Red Bull have not won any of them. That's the big

:47:17.:47:21.

question mark for them. But it is what has happened. If it does rain

:47:21.:47:27.

here today, my guess is that it will not rain here today. Let's see

:47:27.:47:31.

what Mark Webber can do. For me, he thinks he can take Sebastian Vettel.

:47:31.:47:37.

It will be a big ask, I'm afraid. Just a few paces back, Felipe Massa,

:47:37.:47:43.

his worst qualifying for ages. But these fans love him. He will be

:47:43.:47:49.

under pressure to perform. Well, not just because he's Brazilian, I

:47:49.:47:53.

think he has to do it because of the connection with Ferrari. We saw

:47:53.:47:58.

him celebrating 100 races with them, and he really needs to get his game

:47:58.:48:06.

on. There's Nico Rosberg, he had high expectations yesterday, he was

:48:06.:48:12.

disappointed with sixth place on the grid. In the last three seasons,

:48:12.:48:15.

48% of the races have been won by Red Bull, incredible dominance,

:48:15.:48:21.

thanks in no small part to their various record-breaking

:48:21.:48:23.

performances. Interlagos, 800 performances. Interlagos, 800

:48:23.:48:30.

metres above sea level, anti- clockwise, here we are with pole-

:48:30.:48:33.

sitter Sebastian Vettel. Get ready for a lesson in how to qualify a

:48:33.:48:39.

Formula 1 car. Goes through the Senna S. Coming through to turn

:48:39.:48:44.

three already, absolutely flat out at Curva do Sol. In seventh gear

:48:44.:48:49.

coming gently downhill, speed building easily. Past the braking

:48:49.:48:57.

point. He's on throttle before the apex! Now, we're up to seventh gear,

:48:57.:49:03.

coming up to the horseshoe, the Ferradura. Coming up hill.

:49:03.:49:07.

Immediately coming into Laranjinha. Cutting heavily across the kerb on

:49:07.:49:13.

the inside. Be patient on the throttle here. Brake in a straight

:49:13.:49:18.

line for this very tricky little right-hander. The front locks, but

:49:18.:49:24.

no problem. 150mph, diving down hill at Mergulho, then up in again

:49:24.:49:29.

to Juncao, the Junction. He controls it nicely. Early on the

:49:29.:49:34.

throttle, just climbing the hill, the never-ending, long left-handers.

:49:34.:49:38.

We're into seventh gear, nothing to do apart from duck into the pit

:49:38.:49:43.

lane, come out of it again, take the shortest route to the line. 15

:49:43.:49:47.

pole position, in one season, a new record for Sebastian Vettel, the

:49:47.:49:55.

only man and a 72 seconds. And there was the finger once again,

:49:55.:49:58.

but we may as well end the season exactly as it has been all year

:49:58.:50:02.

long. A quick mention for Mark Webber, he has been struggling a

:50:02.:50:08.

little bit at the start this season. Sebastian Vettel will not mind that.

:50:08.:50:12.

Virtually every race, he seems to have gone backwards off the start,

:50:12.:50:16.

and that is not his usual form. He needs to be in top form here, if he

:50:16.:50:20.

needs to do what he says he can do, take on Sebastian Vettel in a

:50:20.:50:27.

straight fight. Let's take a quick rain check with McLaren. Jonathan

:50:27.:50:32.

Hyde, would you prefer it to rain, and do you think it will? I have

:50:32.:50:37.

been asked that question honoured yesterday and this morning. The

:50:37.:50:42.

radar says there are showers all round, but it is blazing sunshine

:50:42.:50:47.

at the moment. We expect a shower this afternoon, the indicators are

:50:47.:50:52.

that it will come, the question is, when? Would we like it to rain? Yes,

:50:52.:50:57.

I think we would, actually. With the set-up we have got, we would be

:50:57.:51:02.

up for that. Have a good race. And there are Brazilian superstars

:51:02.:51:05.

every way you look. Look at the crowd gathering around, because

:51:05.:51:10.

Ronaldo has joined us, with his son. Is this the next Brazilian football

:51:10.:51:16.

superstar? I hope. I cannot believe, two races in a row, we have got the

:51:16.:51:23.

great man himself. Are you becoming a real fan or Formula 1? Can we

:51:23.:51:28.

just go home now? Does this young man not realised? There's a

:51:28.:51:33.

wonderful Grand Prix about to happen, are you not excited? No.

:51:33.:51:39.

thank you for coming. Are you excited? I'm very excited. I love

:51:39.:51:45.

Formula 1. Thank you very much for dragging your son down here,

:51:45.:51:52.

obviously against his will. Have a good day. Fantastic, can we go home

:51:52.:51:55.

now? I thought you were a children's presenter, are you not

:51:55.:52:00.

one of those great people with young kids? Why do you think I

:52:00.:52:05.

left? You frightened the poor left? You frightened the poor

:52:05.:52:07.

little chap. Now, we can see the circuit from above, and for the

:52:07.:52:14.

first time here in Brazil, we will be using DRS. They have said they

:52:14.:52:19.

do not want to make the overtaking too easy. Will it make it too easy?

:52:19.:52:23.

Because overtaking does happen here already. The other thing is, if

:52:23.:52:27.

they get the DRS on so quickly, there is a danger that they will

:52:27.:52:31.

lose the back of the car. We saw it with Massa. You try something

:52:31.:52:34.

different and then you're in trouble. Personally I think it is a

:52:34.:52:38.

big ask for the drivers, to employ the DRS that early, you will have

:52:39.:52:43.

to be sure the car will be in good condition. Let's think of some

:52:43.:52:48.

reasons to get young Alex excited about this race now. The first one

:52:48.:52:52.

revolves around Red Bull, Sebastian Vettel would love to win this race

:52:52.:52:55.

and finish the season in the only way that he knows how, picking up

:52:55.:53:00.

the trees. I have a sneaking suspicion, if things go well for

:53:00.:53:05.

Mark, I think inside that team, there is really such a good feeling,

:53:05.:53:11.

I think he might just let Mark go for it. Here's Rubens Barrichello,

:53:11.:53:16.

he said he felt great yesterday. Yes, and bearing in mind where that

:53:16.:53:20.

car has been, languishing at the back for some time, I think it was

:53:20.:53:30.
:53:30.:53:33.

brilliant. A queues for the camera from Rubens, he has taken part in

:53:33.:53:37.

more than a third of the Formula 1 Grand Prix that have ever happened.

:53:37.:53:41.

Would you like to see him here next year? The way he did that interview,

:53:41.:53:45.

it sounded like a swansong. He wanted to make that interview, he

:53:45.:53:50.

loved it, he asked us for a copy of it. Not many drivers do that. It

:53:50.:53:54.

was almost as if, I want to get a lot of things off my chest. He

:53:54.:53:58.

wanted to say that he was not friendly with Michael. It was an

:53:58.:54:02.

expression of emotion. What will Bernie Ecclestone be saying? Thank

:54:02.:54:07.

you for the entertainment but don't do it again please next year?

:54:07.:54:11.

the ultimate. We used to say, we are all puppets in Bernie

:54:12.:54:15.

Ecclestone's little scheme. But in this case, Vettel is not, because

:54:15.:54:19.

he has been so dominant, winning so early in the season, berniemacro

:54:19.:54:23.

would not have liked that. You have not managed this yet, one-word

:54:23.:54:32.

answer, who will win? Vettel. 1973, Interlagos first reverberated

:54:32.:54:39.

to the sound of an F1 engine. But for this season, we bid farewell to

:54:39.:54:49.
:54:49.:55:24.

2011, in high-definition, in a way brilliant in Brazil? There are six

:55:24.:55:26.

drivers on the grid who are desperate to head into the winter

:55:26.:55:30.

break with a victory, and, crucially, have they got to do so.

:55:30.:55:33.

But if it rains, there could well be several more this afternoon. It

:55:33.:55:37.

is always very unpredictable here at Interlagos. We have seen races

:55:38.:55:43.

delayed through sudden downpours, safety cars coming out, a 70%

:55:43.:55:48.

charms of the safety car. It is a short lap, therefore it is a 71 lap

:55:48.:55:58.
:55:58.:56:02.

race. And it is tough, it is a very tough race for the drivers,

:56:02.:56:09.

particularly their necks. We're hearing, as we look at the

:56:09.:56:12.

cityscape of Sao Paolo, rain is two kilometres away, but not heading

:56:12.:56:17.

this way. That's as we understand it at the moment, so, no rain for

:56:17.:56:23.

the next half-an-hour. Nelson Piquet, in 1981, he drove around

:56:23.:56:29.

the track in front of the adoring crowd, and with some style as well,

:56:29.:56:39.
:56:39.:56:54.

beating Vettel here? The pole- sitter has won two of the last 11

:56:54.:57:02.

Grand Prix. Can you see that changing today? I fear the only

:57:02.:57:08.

thing that can stop a Red Bull winning this race is the weather.

:57:08.:57:12.

The starts have been absolutely adequate this year, converting pole

:57:12.:57:15.

positions to getting into that first corner ahead of everybody

:57:15.:57:20.

else. I think Ferrari stand an outside chance, Alonso has made

:57:20.:57:26.

some incredible starts this season. RADIO: The chances are rain in the

:57:26.:57:32.

next 20 minutes have reduced. So, if we have a dry race, we will

:57:32.:57:36.

have to be a bit patient, until we get to the pit stop window. We're

:57:36.:57:40.

expecting to have two stops this afternoon, three stops is

:57:40.:57:44.

considerably slower. If anyone goes for that strategy, it is because

:57:44.:57:48.

they are getting marginal on tyres. We have seen some blistering over

:57:48.:57:52.

the last couple of days, but as you know, as the rubber goes down over

:57:52.:58:02.
:58:02.:58:03.

the weekend, the risk of blistering tends to reduce. At the start of

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this Grand Prix, they will be six or second seven seconds slower than

:58:11.:58:17.

what they were doing in qualifying. The track temperature if anything

:58:17.:58:25.

is rising at the moment, as we hear that the rain risk is receding.

:58:25.:58:35.
:58:35.:58:46.

This is how they line up. Red Bull Senna, he has done a tremendous job

:58:46.:58:56.
:58:56.:59:24.

out there, as far as we are aware. That is Jenson Button, a man who

:59:24.:59:27.

would like to hang on to second place in the Championship this

:59:27.:59:32.

afternoon. You finish second in the World Championship, David, I'm sure

:59:32.:59:36.

it mattered to you. It did, because it represented the best result I

:59:36.:59:40.

ever had. He is the world champion. But no question it makes a

:59:40.:59:43.

difference where you finish in the World Championship, especially if

:59:43.:59:47.

you finish ahead of your teammate, and a teammate as good as Lewis

:59:47.:59:52.

Hamilton. Well, Lewis cannot overtake Jenson Button this

:59:52.:59:55.

afternoon in the Championship now, so I think for the first time in

:59:55.:00:05.
:00:05.:00:07.

his career, he will end up behind his teammate. Red Bull will be

:00:07.:00:12.

sticking with the same drivers next year. Webber would love to beat

:00:12.:00:17.

Vettel this afternoon. He has won this Grand Prix before. Looking at

:00:18.:00:26.

the statistics, Alonso, Hamilton and Button have never won here. So

:00:26.:00:36.
:00:36.:00:39.

that gives those three an extra corner. You were knocked out of

:00:39.:00:45.

your final Grand Prix on that corner. It is a nasty corner.

:00:45.:00:50.

it is a long entry, all the way through to the apex. It is 50

:00:50.:00:55.

metres from where they start to turn in. In many ways, it allows

:00:55.:00:59.

the cars to funnel into the first corner. But it gives a bottle back

:00:59.:01:04.

into the second corner. That is where I went out. A lot will come

:01:04.:01:09.

down to the initial getaway, and the KERS deployment. How much do

:01:10.:01:15.

you use? How much do you use to attack or defend? And collecting

:01:15.:01:19.

data up is quite difficult on this short lap, recharging the system,

:01:20.:01:29.

harvesting. All the cars are on soft tyres. Seventh and 8, Sauber

:01:29.:01:33.

and Toro Rosso, that will be worth several million pounds to the team

:01:33.:01:40.

for next year, who can hold that position. We expect a grudge match.

:01:40.:01:45.

Williams should not be under pressure in ninth. If Lotus stay

:01:45.:01:52.

10th, although they do not have any points, if anybody gets a 12th

:01:52.:01:56.

place from Hispania and Virgin, they would lose that. You have to

:01:56.:02:01.

be in Formula One for two years to get the extra money, and that would

:02:02.:02:09.

destroy Lotus. Their future planning, yes. They will be

:02:09.:02:12.

spending in anticipation of having that extra funding, because they

:02:12.:02:18.

have to develop the package. years in, the three new teams are

:02:18.:02:25.

still on the grid, which is great news. 24 starters, as we are on

:02:25.:02:29.

board with Lewis Hamilton, doing a prescribed number of burnouts to

:02:29.:02:38.

get the tyre temperature. A lot of science goes into that. He rolls

:02:38.:02:44.

back onto his yellow line. The back of the field start finding their

:02:44.:02:54.
:02:54.:02:57.

slots. Mark Webber is pointing towards Sebastian Vettel. The grip

:02:57.:03:06.

slips up. -- decreed slurps up. They are looking at the same five

:03:06.:03:12.

red-light, which will be switched on by Charlie Whiting. The official

:03:12.:03:19.

starter. Looker but never stare. They are away, the Brazilian Grand

:03:19.:03:24.

Prix is under way. Mark Webber is under pressure from Jenson Button.

:03:25.:03:30.

He has got the line. Fernando Alonso, around the outside of Lewis

:03:30.:03:36.

Hamilton. Felipe Massa has had a great start. Ferrari, very quick

:03:36.:03:42.

off the line. It is Sebastian Vettel from Mark Webber, Jenson

:03:42.:03:47.

Button, Fernando Alonso, defending against Lewis Hamilton. Force India

:03:47.:03:55.

going strong plea. Bruno Senna got off the line pretty well. Michael

:03:55.:03:59.

Schumacher has slipped into 11th. They are still jockeying for

:04:00.:04:06.

position as they go into the sixth corner. Sebastian Vettel pulling

:04:06.:04:10.

out a very handsome lead indeed, considering how little distance

:04:10.:04:18.

they have travelled. Nico Rosberg seventh, at Adrian Sutil, Bruno

:04:18.:04:25.

Senna, Paul di Resta. Michael Schumacher tried to reclaim tenth

:04:25.:04:35.
:04:35.:04:40.

place. Jaime Alguersuari has gone a long way back. Heikki Kovalainen, a

:04:40.:04:50.

mighty start of the Lotus, up into 15th place. Michael Schumacher

:04:50.:04:55.

going down the outside of Paul di Resta. The Mercedes has been

:04:55.:05:01.

incredibly fast through the practice sessions. We have to do

:05:01.:05:10.

two laps before the switch on the DRS. Michael Schumacher should

:05:10.:05:19.

defend. He did indeed. It is quite slippery up the inside. That will

:05:19.:05:29.
:05:29.:05:32.

be wedded ers Sony is. -- where the DRS zone is. Rubens Barrichello has

:05:32.:05:37.

slipped the 19th. He was so excited with his qualifying performance.

:05:37.:05:43.

is an emotional chap, I expect a few tears in his helmet now. He

:05:43.:05:50.

does not have a straight line speed. He did better than the car should

:05:50.:05:57.

have yesterday. Sebastian Vettel has broken the one second that will

:05:57.:06:02.

allow Mark Webber to get the activation for that ers. 2.2

:06:02.:06:08.

seconds at the end of the second lap. How does he do that? How does

:06:08.:06:13.

he get so far ahead in five miles? With great racing drivers behind

:06:13.:06:21.

him? He just carries the speed. He picks up the throttle before he

:06:21.:06:26.

gets to any corner these days. the fourth corner, that was

:06:26.:06:33.

incredible, in qualifying. He was on the palate, seemingly, for the

:06:33.:06:43.
:06:43.:06:47.

whole apex. -- on the power. Rubens Barrichello must be up to 16th.

:06:47.:06:51.

Kamui Kobayashi and Sebastian bore any fighting over 13th place.

:06:51.:06:58.

Sauber and Toro Rosso within one world championship point in the

:06:58.:07:03.

Constructors' Championship. Fernando Alonso getting alongside

:07:03.:07:12.

Lewis Hamilton. He defends the position. Felipe Massa getting on

:07:12.:07:22.

the kerb. This is the shot from about. Look how late the apex is.

:07:22.:07:26.

Good, clean stuff from all of the runners. Rubens Barrichello must

:07:26.:07:36.
:07:36.:07:36.

have been slow off the line. Does he use the KERS? Jenson Button goes

:07:36.:07:44.

down the outside. Lewis Hamilton tries to gain on the inside, but he

:07:44.:07:54.
:07:54.:08:05.

slots in between the Ferraris. he was safe. Skilful driving it in

:08:05.:08:13.

the midfield. Sebastian Vettel was pretty cautious. This is Rubens

:08:13.:08:17.

Barrichello. He got swamped with all of the cars. There is nothing

:08:17.:08:27.
:08:27.:08:27.

you can do. You are out of sync with the whole pack. It looks much,

:08:28.:08:35.

from behind the steering wheel. -- it looks much calmer. You get

:08:35.:08:40.

knocked left, right and centre. He lost another five places by having

:08:40.:08:45.

to be careful. Fernando Alonso looking stronger in the race than

:08:45.:08:51.

he did in qualifying. We have seen the Ferrari getting out of shape on

:08:51.:08:55.

the curbs are a couple of times in practice. They have struggled

:08:55.:09:02.

through the bit -- through the first sector. A massive slipstream.

:09:02.:09:09.

That would have been using the DRS. Lewis Hamilton was looking for a

:09:09.:09:19.
:09:19.:09:20.

way past, but he has been dropped. All 24 cars are still remained.

:09:20.:09:26.

Some close battles. A long way to go. Ted Kravitz? Michael Schumacher

:09:26.:09:31.

did not start on his new set of soft tyres. It was important for

:09:31.:09:37.

him to get past Paul di Resta. He still has the benefit of new tyres

:09:37.:09:41.

later. Williams, no particular reason for Rubens Barrichello's bad

:09:41.:09:50.

start. I wonder what McLaren can do to rescue Lewis Hamilton's strategy.

:09:50.:09:55.

Lewis Hamilton, fifth place. Michael Schumacher is on the back

:09:55.:10:03.

of Bruno Senna. I still find it strange to see Senna and Michael

:10:03.:10:13.
:10:13.:10:16.

Schumacher! When Ralf Schumacher was on the grid, it was RSC, and

:10:16.:10:26.
:10:26.:10:30.

Michael Howard MSc. -- Michael had MSC. The DRS will not work here.

:10:30.:10:34.

Unless you or alongside somebody, you are not going to dive at the

:10:34.:10:37.

inside of the fourth corner. obvious place would have been in

:10:37.:10:46.

the last sector, out of the 12th corner. But if you remember 2004,

:10:46.:10:53.

we had Mark Webber lose control on the damp track. Maybe they were

:10:53.:10:59.

worried about the speed at the 14th corner would be marginal. By the

:10:59.:11:04.

time you lose your downforce, due or in the dirty air. Grand Prix

:11:04.:11:09.

cars are like aircraft, if they run in turbulent air, they lose

:11:09.:11:16.

performance. A lot of understeer from Michael Schumacher. He

:11:16.:11:20.

struggling already with the tyres. Bruno Senna does not have the best

:11:20.:11:30.
:11:30.:11:34.

car. Understeer is when the front tyres slide. Because Michael did

:11:34.:11:41.

not do a time, he can choose his tyres. That leaves him with another

:11:41.:11:51.
:11:51.:11:54.

new set of tyres. Mercedes and Paul di Resta have new tyres. Michael

:11:54.:11:58.

Schumacher may well be keeping the fresh set of soft tyres for if we

:11:58.:12:06.

have rain and they go on to intermediates. If you have 80 per

:12:06.:12:11.

tread, it is easier to keep heat in the tyre. -- you have a deeper

:12:11.:12:19.

tread. He becomes more difficult to move the compound and heated up.

:12:19.:12:23.

The strategic play from Mercedes. Time will tell if it comes into

:12:23.:12:29.

play. Let's never mentioned the word rain again until water comes

:12:29.:12:34.

out of the sky! I am fed up talking about it! It does not seem to turn

:12:34.:12:44.
:12:44.:12:44.

up. The lead is 3.5 seconds. 0.7 back to Lewis Hamilton. The first

:12:44.:12:54.
:12:54.:12:54.

pit stops, lap 22, Lab 23. We are expecting two stops. The first

:12:55.:13:04.

round could be between 20 and 25. The cars are heavy with fuel. Less

:13:04.:13:11.

than you would have at normal altitude. It is putting less energy

:13:11.:13:16.

into the tyres, so you should be able to go further. But with

:13:16.:13:22.

altitude, to use downforce, so the car will slide around a bit more. -

:13:22.:13:31.

- you lose downforce. The second stop well between 45 and 48 laps. -

:13:31.:13:35.

- second stop will be between. of cars could pit at the same time

:13:35.:13:45.
:13:45.:13:56.

there. Yes, there will be a few Mercedes, knowing they have had

:13:56.:14:06.
:14:06.:14:09.

difficulties in controlling the where -- tyre Wedd. If they are

:14:09.:14:15.

going to be hitting the limiter on the straight in front of us,...

:14:15.:14:25.
:14:25.:14:27.

That is a four-letter word we are not using! Michael Schumacher, 10th.

:14:27.:14:33.

He has recovered his position. Bruno Senna has driven well this

:14:33.:14:40.

year. He is desperately trying to keep hold of that drive for the

:14:40.:14:47.

future, and he is making a good claim of it. Do you go for

:14:48.:14:52.

potential, up or as a known quantity? The French driver has

:14:52.:14:59.

done seven races. He is 0.5 away from Fernando Alonso. He has won

:14:59.:15:03.

the GP2 championship. He thinks he has come back more mature, fitter

:15:03.:15:09.

and more able to deliver. Renault are spoilt for choice. Bruno Senna

:15:09.:15:13.

has put down a good case for him to stay with the team. That was a

:15:13.:15:17.

great qualifying yesterday. That is a lot of pressure, because the car

:15:17.:15:27.
:15:27.:15:29.

has not been great in the second enough of the slipstream. Michael

:15:29.:15:34.

cut across! He hit the front of his wing. I would like to see a replay

:15:34.:15:39.

of that, it looks like he has a puncture. As we watched, Michael

:15:39.:15:43.

went from the outside, hit the brakes and immediately went across

:15:43.:15:49.

Bruno Senna. There was not much Bruno could do in that situation.

:15:49.:15:52.

Bruno looked like he had a second bite at him in the middle of the

:15:53.:16:00.

corner. It will not slow down. He tries desperately to get out of

:16:00.:16:07.

everybody's way. He wants to hope that carcass flies off the tyre so

:16:07.:16:11.

it doesn't start disintegrating and breaking his bodywork. Let's look

:16:11.:16:15.

at the front wing of that Renault. It is looking tatty but

:16:15.:16:19.

fundamentally still OK. He did definitely lose the leading edge,

:16:19.:16:24.

which will affect the overall downforce. Maybe he has a little

:16:24.:16:28.

bit of oversteer and taking off a bitter front wing might run the car

:16:28.:16:34.

and bring him into balance. -- a bit of front wing. His middle

:16:34.:16:41.

sector was not too bad, 41.3. That compares very well with Sutil in

:16:41.:16:48.

front, also 41.3. He stays out so he will be just monitoring that.

:16:48.:16:53.

The team at do have data beamed back to the pits. Fernando Alonso

:16:53.:16:58.

on Jenson Button... There is an investigation into that incident

:16:58.:17:02.

between cars seven and nine. Alonso got so much more speed coming out

:17:02.:17:11.

of five. He has gone around the outside! Unbelievable. That was an

:17:11.:17:13.

incredible pass. You would never dream of going around the outside

:17:13.:17:18.

into that corner. I would never even set the car up to try it.

:17:19.:17:28.

is the difference between great drivers and... Yes. Well, maybe six

:17:28.:17:34.

and two threes from that angle. agree. And then the secondary...

:17:34.:17:40.

Michael turning in an Bruno not doing an awful lot to get out of

:17:40.:17:47.

his way. Obviously a little bit anxious. There goes -- they go

:17:47.:17:52.

those Brenn new set of tyres on Schumacher's car. -- brand new.

:17:52.:17:57.

There was not much damage. The floor was OK, bits missing, but the

:17:57.:18:05.

tyre was a complete mess. Outside shoulder... Understood. That is

:18:05.:18:08.

something we are hearing on the team Radia from other drivers, the

:18:08.:18:15.

rear tyres are starting to hurt on hot track conditions. I wonder if

:18:15.:18:19.

they might have to bring the stops forward. If they can make it to lap

:18:19.:18:23.

20, they might be able to stay on two laps, but they might have to go

:18:23.:18:28.

with three. Michael Schumacher joins in the scrap between the two

:18:28.:18:34.

McLarens. He is a lap down after that pit stop. As soon as Jenson

:18:34.:18:38.

got wrong-footed in turn six, if he had to defend heavily in four and

:18:38.:18:47.

was slow around five. I think the first... I think the first point of

:18:47.:18:54.

contact was Senna going a little bit deep on the brakes. They have

:18:54.:18:59.

already touched at that point. don't think Michael did anything

:18:59.:19:03.

wrong and nor did Bruno. That was a racing incident. Michael was a

:19:03.:19:07.

little bit aggressive with the braking, but he can't judge exactly

:19:07.:19:12.

where Bruno is at that point. After that Bruno is on the inside line.

:19:12.:19:17.

You can't remove your car from the action. I would put that down as a

:19:17.:19:23.

racing incident. Let's wait for the stewards. Alexander Watts, Formula

:19:23.:19:27.

One driver, Le Mans winner. We have heard very little from the stewards

:19:28.:19:32.

this weekend. Now they have something to do. Senna comes into

:19:32.:19:38.

the pits for Renault. Do you think he is in a three-stop strategy?

:19:38.:19:44.

will have to be now. They have not changed it. Remarkable. Unless

:19:44.:19:48.

their strategy was to do three stops. The top leading-edge was

:19:48.:19:56.

flapping around. Sometimes if it doesn't really her the performance

:19:56.:20:01.

of the car. Alonso pulling out a gap on Button and Hamilton. Right

:20:01.:20:08.

behind them is Rosberg. Remarkable. It is Schumacher. Massive then

:20:08.:20:18.

Rosberg. -- Massa. The McLarens are struggling. Somebody said to me

:20:18.:20:23.

this morning that McLaren are not as fast here as they have been in

:20:23.:20:28.

recent races. Compared to Red Bull. That is beginning to look correct

:20:28.:20:33.

in the race. It is interesting and confusing at the same time. A lot

:20:33.:20:37.

of downforce you get at altitude, it should affect the cars the same

:20:37.:20:47.
:20:47.:20:50.

way. The lap times of the front few runners,... Lenny is at McLaren.

:20:50.:20:55.

For a say there was nothing wrong with Jenson Button's car. Vitaly

:20:55.:21:00.

Petrov stopping. Short shrift, second gear, we have a gearbox

:21:00.:21:09.

problem. My goodness! A gearbox problem for Sebastian Vettel. He

:21:09.:21:15.

had a KERS issue, but no indication of any gearbox issues this weekend.

:21:15.:21:19.

We will see how that affects his lap times. McLaren are telling

:21:19.:21:23.

their drivers to nurse their cars and tyres as much as possible. I

:21:23.:21:30.

think Red Bull are getting ready.. Don't use the full 18,000 revs in

:21:30.:21:36.

second gear. That is an indication of an overheating gearbox. It could

:21:36.:21:40.

be a synchronisation issue. They have this seamless shift.

:21:40.:21:46.

Thankfully for Vettel, they have only used second beer in two places

:21:46.:21:54.

on the racetrack, 108 and turned 10. -- second year. The gap between

:21:54.:22:01.

Vettel and Webber is reducing. Vettel went a little bit wide in

:22:01.:22:06.

the pine tree corner. He might have been listening to the radio call.

:22:07.:22:11.

It is interesting, I don't remember ever going faster while listening

:22:11.:22:16.

to a team radio. It never affected my lap time when I was transmitting,

:22:16.:22:19.

but when the radio starts a new start listening to the engineer, it

:22:19.:22:23.

takes away a little bit of concentration. You don't slow down

:22:23.:22:29.

on the road when you are listening to Cliff Richard! These guys are

:22:29.:22:36.

going a lot faster. The this is a Buemi ahead of Perez and

:22:36.:22:44.

Alguersuari in 13th place. Sutil is making his way through the pack. He

:22:44.:22:50.

has just pitted. That is why he is back down there. That suggests

:22:50.:22:55.

three stops. Our briefing this morning was that they were

:22:55.:22:59.

suggesting three is too slow. You said it at the start. It seems like

:22:59.:23:07.

the tyres are giving up earlier than they thought. We have got the

:23:07.:23:13.

McLaren boys out, Jenson Button coming in. The briefing was to

:23:13.:23:19.

expect two, the reality is we are on for three starts this afternoon.

:23:19.:23:25.

-- stops. Not a lot of degradation between the hard and soft tyre.

:23:25.:23:30.

they overheating or blistering? at this stage, we heard the radio

:23:30.:23:33.

message from Sebastian Vettel to his engineer, saying right rear

:23:33.:23:38.

blisters. They ran on Friday with a lot of blistering, but providing it

:23:38.:23:42.

doesn't take away the surface, the carcass remains intact, they can

:23:42.:23:47.

run happily. Jenson comes out in front of Paul di Resta after that

:23:48.:23:54.

pit stop. The tyres that came off are right in front of me. A small

:23:54.:23:58.

circumference line of blisters, they are not too bad. I fancy that

:23:58.:24:03.

his strategic to try to get past a Ferrari again. We will see a

:24:03.:24:07.

Ferrari react, no sign of them doing that yet. What size are the

:24:07.:24:14.

blisters? Five pence piece? Half a centimetre, tiny. For short shift,

:24:14.:24:21.

second and third gear. We need this. Second and third gear did he say?

:24:22.:24:27.

Yes. I think it is an overheating thing. That is when you put the

:24:27.:24:34.

most talk. Alonso and Hamilton pit at the end of lap 16. We have a

:24:34.:24:44.
:24:44.:24:51.

straight fight between Ferrari and total on a good stop. 3.9 against

:24:51.:24:57.

3.7, Hamilton against Alonso. There's Alonso, wears Button? Was

:24:57.:25:07.
:25:07.:25:08.

Hamilton? Paul di Resta might have a chance. No changes. Rosberg is in

:25:08.:25:18.
:25:18.:25:21.

as well for Mercedes. He has been some senior engineers in the

:25:21.:25:25.

morning, they give us the benefit of all of their experience through

:25:25.:25:30.

practice. The Red Bull crew are coming into the pit lane. Will this

:25:30.:25:37.

before Vettel? I believe it is. There they are. 22 people waiting

:25:37.:25:43.

for him. Pretty scary driving at a garage of men at 60 mph. That

:25:43.:25:49.

looked quick! It did. Now he has to use first gear in the pit lane and

:25:49.:25:52.

he will have to short shift through second and third when he gets out

:25:52.:25:55.

the end. You think it is the heating issue with the gearbox?

:25:56.:26:01.

That would be my guest. If you go into third in the pit lane, often

:26:01.:26:06.

you can drop out of your limiter and earned a penalty. Ted was

:26:07.:26:12.

looking at Vettel's Tyre's. couple of things. Vettel's were

:26:12.:26:17.

about the same if not slightly less blistered than the McLaren. They

:26:17.:26:21.

looked in better shape. He also overshot his pit box by about 10

:26:21.:26:26.

centimetres. The mechanics had to shift up a bit. That could prove

:26:26.:26:32.

crucial. It was a very small Gatka Mark Webber. This could be his

:26:32.:26:39.

opportunity to jump up. Car number nine, Bruno Senna, has a penalty.

:26:39.:26:43.

The stewards have decided that it was Senna's fault for causing a

:26:43.:26:49.

collision. Pretty tough, I reckon. I think that is a bit unfair. You

:26:49.:26:53.

would not like to be the stewards leaving the Brazilian track! Red

:26:53.:26:58.

bill are in the pit lane so Mark Webber is coming in. -- Red Bull.

:26:58.:27:03.

They have far more camera angles than we have. They have G Pearce,

:27:03.:27:09.

they can compare previous laps. -- GP yes. A great stop for Mark

:27:09.:27:19.
:27:19.:27:23.

well behind. Vettel must have some traffic on his in-lap. Vettel is

:27:23.:27:27.

coming through, Mark Webber was just over a second when he went

:27:27.:27:30.

into the stock before he took that lead. That looks like a much bigger

:27:30.:27:37.

gap now. Alonso in the background ahead of Button, who seems to be

:27:37.:27:41.

pulling away from Hamilton in this phase. They can't seem to catch the

:27:41.:27:46.

Ferrari at the moment. It seems like the McLarens are hurting their

:27:46.:27:49.

rear tyres this afternoon. I can't understand why that would be on

:27:49.:27:55.

this track. Not many corners, 15 corners, only seven or eight of

:27:55.:28:00.

them are put in any load into the core -- car. Her Senna's drive-

:28:00.:28:03.

through penalty, one unhappy Brazilian. If you had to put your

:28:03.:28:08.

money on straight-line speed between the McLaren or the Red Bull,

:28:08.:28:13.

you would go with McLaren. 70% of the flat is full throttle. Why

:28:13.:28:17.

would McLaren not be performing? Because so much time is lost in the

:28:17.:28:23.

midfield. The rest is relatively easy. Pretty much all year, Red

:28:24.:28:27.

Bull have been slower than a slow things down the straights. They

:28:27.:28:32.

have gone for downforce, corner speed, and it has paid dividends.

:28:32.:28:38.

By getting out in front, nobody can mug them down the straights. Sutil

:28:38.:28:43.

on Perez. Sutil has stopped. Perez has and. That is di Resta, isn't

:28:43.:28:51.

it? No, it is Sutil. It is Sutil and Perez. Sutil on the better

:28:51.:28:56.

tyres. Will Perez come up the inside? Sutil making his way back

:28:56.:29:05.

up into eighth place. Kobayashi will be his next target up the road.

:29:05.:29:09.

What about Paul di Resta? He is back down in 14th place at the

:29:09.:29:16.

moment. We will see how that works out. Felipe Massa leads the Grand

:29:16.:29:21.

Prix. The man who has won twice, been on pole position three times.

:29:21.:29:24.

Thought he had won the World Championship here in 2008 but

:29:24.:29:31.

hadn't. Was Burke against Alguersuari. -- Rosberg. This is

:29:31.:29:39.

for tenth place. This is going to cost and delay -- cost them dearly.

:29:39.:29:49.
:29:49.:29:56.

Mrs Vettel catching Massa, who has activation point. He will know that

:29:56.:30:02.

if he gets... He can now open his rear wing. This is where we are

:30:02.:30:07.

seeing it. He will have a perfect run down the outside into the

:30:07.:30:12.

braking zone. Massa got out of it, he would be on the dirty part of

:30:12.:30:18.

the track. Who do we have in the background? Perez has pitted.

:30:18.:30:28.
:30:28.:30:31.

out. He just has to be careful in the second and third. I'd used to

:30:31.:30:35.

breathe a sigh of relief if I got through the third corner without

:30:35.:30:40.

being on the opposite lock. The cars are so good now, you can dump

:30:40.:30:46.

8% of your downforce and go faster. It is a different world. It replay

:30:46.:30:52.

of a straight forward overtake from Nico Rosberg. That is all night.

:30:52.:30:59.

Nico Rosberg recovering, having made his first pit-stop. Ferrari in

:30:59.:31:07.

the pit lane. Where will that dropping out? He will, at behind

:31:07.:31:17.

Lewis Hamilton. He is currently in sixth place. A very clever front

:31:17.:31:26.

Jack, so he could swing out of the way and saved another 0.1 seconds.

:31:26.:31:33.

Ted Kravitz was watching the stops. A slow getaway from Felipe Massa,

:31:33.:31:43.
:31:43.:31:44.

but it will be interesting to see if he only needs to make two stops.

:31:44.:31:49.

It could be interesting if he does and the others need to make three.

:31:49.:31:55.

Mark Webber had a slow in coming lap. Fernando Alonso gained 3.5

:31:55.:32:05.
:32:05.:32:07.

seconds on him. He was really penalised. We did not see anything.

:32:07.:32:14.

We still have 24 cars in this race. That underlines the tremendous

:32:14.:32:19.

reliability we have had this year, despite over 1000 overtakes this

:32:19.:32:26.

year. And 100 -- hundreds of pit stops. So much action, if you do

:32:26.:32:36.
:32:36.:32:49.

not know where to block next. The skinny wind on his car. -- wing.

:32:49.:32:56.

Jarno Trulli is up to 15th, he is yet to stop. One Stop all the way

:32:56.:33:06.

down, until we get to Jarno Trulli. Rubens Barrichello passing Jarno

:33:06.:33:16.

Trulli. Then, having a think about Jaime Alguersuari. It is getting

:33:16.:33:26.
:33:26.:33:30.

busy. We have a Virgin dropping out. Will we will not made a bid for

:33:30.:33:39.

freedom, and we have our first retirement. -- the wheel nut made a

:33:39.:33:49.
:33:49.:34:02.

onto the track. -- locally, of the wheel. The lead is 2.8 seconds, he

:34:02.:34:07.

is managing the car and the gap. has had to respond, because Mark

:34:07.:34:14.

Webber was chipping away. He has sent the message back to Mark

:34:14.:34:24.
:34:24.:34:26.

Webber. It will have been broadcast from his engineer. RADIO: Good job.

:34:26.:34:30.

Everybody likes a bit of encouragement, even if you are a

:34:30.:34:36.

multiple champion. Whatever issue he has got, he is managing it

:34:36.:34:42.

superbly, he is that chink Mark Webber. -- he is matching up Mark

:34:42.:34:49.

Webber. Do you think they could have increased the calling or

:34:49.:34:59.
:34:59.:35:00.

anything like that? Once the race starts,... It is only going up to

:35:00.:35:10.
:35:10.:35:11.

the start line but you cannot do anything. They too often have

:35:11.:35:20.

gaffer tape, which they can rip-off. Maybe Ted Kravitz can give us some

:35:20.:35:30.
:35:30.:35:31.

information? RADIO: How are the tyres? They are OK. After that

:35:31.:35:36.

drive through, Bruno Senna in 16th place. I wonder what he will think

:35:36.:35:45.

about the penalty. I think it was harsh. I think he than a bit deep

:35:45.:35:51.

into the braking zone and made the first contact. You can squeeze a

:35:51.:35:59.

Pollet a little bit. -- you can squeeze your opponent. You cannot

:35:59.:36:04.

crowd someone towards the white line. But I agree, it was a racing

:36:04.:36:14.
:36:14.:36:31.

problem. You have to short shrift. -- shift. Bruno Senna under

:36:31.:36:38.

pressure from Pastor Maldonado. They are fighting over 16th place.

:36:38.:36:46.

The gap at the front is down to 2.3 seconds. Mark Webber is closing in.

:36:46.:36:53.

It must be temperature related, it is not mechanically related.

:36:53.:37:00.

could be a synchronisation issue. Part of what they do is make sure

:37:00.:37:05.

they synchronise the gears. Mark Webber is sniffing the chance of

:37:05.:37:10.

victory. He is only 2.3 seconds behind. They used to synchronise

:37:10.:37:17.

better when you changed at peak revs. We are destined to an extent

:37:17.:37:25.

what the problem might be. -- we are guessing. Ted Kravitz will find

:37:25.:37:35.
:37:35.:37:47.

out, if Red Bull will tell us. It seemed like he did a double shift.

:37:47.:37:54.

If that was an error from Bruno Senna or, it has cost him a place.

:37:55.:38:03.

I did that in the Pirelli test, daytimes are. -- many times. That

:38:03.:38:13.
:38:13.:38:25.

is not a good place. It is on the racing line, really. They should

:38:25.:38:31.

not be any need to... A slow-motion replay of Michael Schumacher coming

:38:31.:38:38.

back through the field. Batty's passing Jarno Trulli for 19th. --

:38:38.:38:45.

that is passing Jarno Trulli. Have we got something else loose? That

:38:45.:38:55.
:38:55.:38:57.

is just helicopter tapir. -- tape. That is his mother. Ayrton Senna's

:38:57.:39:04.

sister. She is nervously watching her son. There must be tremendous

:39:04.:39:10.

emotion for that family. Kravitz? I have come to Red Bull,

:39:10.:39:15.

the intention is for Sebastian Vettel to manage this. All of the

:39:15.:39:19.

messages have been played out on the team radio feed cover so we

:39:19.:39:27.

know as much as all of the people in the garage. RADIO: Short shrift

:39:27.:39:37.
:39:37.:39:39.

every corner. But then I will fall behind. He said he will give up the

:39:39.:39:49.

place to his team-mate. They are looking at the telemetry. There was

:39:49.:39:56.

a lot of red on detail and a shave. -- on the telemetry. It sounds like

:39:56.:40:03.

it is getting even worse. Pastor Maldonado in the barriers. I

:40:03.:40:08.

understood Sebastian Vettel to say, or I will not hold him up. They

:40:08.:40:12.

have got seven seconds over Fernando Alonso. What of the

:40:12.:40:17.

problem it is getting worse. -- whatever the problem is, it is

:40:17.:40:25.

getting worse. I was focused on the Williams, I missed the end of the

:40:25.:40:31.

radio. Sebastian Vettel will not get in the way of the interests of

:40:31.:40:41.
:40:41.:40:44.

the team. He does not know if he can make it to the end of the race.

:40:44.:40:48.

It is a difficult position, where Pastor Maldonado is. They need to

:40:48.:40:55.

recover it. Would this be a moment for a safety car? The verbal

:40:55.:41:00.

engineers discussing. I would expect to see Mark Webber passing

:41:00.:41:06.

Sebastian Vettel for the lead any time soon. Sebastian Vettel has

:41:06.:41:14.

pulled out a bit, if anything. I would love to hear the radio

:41:14.:41:21.

message again. Maybe we can transcribe it. Maybe he meant, I

:41:21.:41:27.

would rather it blow up and I give this up. The gap is back-up. Now,

:41:27.:41:35.

he lets him through. He did a faster lap, and let him through.

:41:35.:41:39.

is managing the situation. That confirms what you've heard on the

:41:39.:41:49.
:41:49.:41:56.

lot of time. It was not the greatest race to do that at --

:41:56.:42:06.

greatest place to do that. Team orders are allowed now. It was him

:42:06.:42:13.

saying to the world, I have a problem, I am moving over. Mark

:42:13.:42:22.

Webber leads. Can he take his first victory of the season? Mark Webber,

:42:23.:42:27.

he has won six races before this. He has regularly been on the podium

:42:27.:42:37.
:42:37.:42:37.

this year. Jenson Button still ahead of Lewis Hamilton. Lewis

:42:37.:42:43.

Hamilton is closing the gap again. Michael Schumacher there, he is a

:42:43.:42:53.

lap down. It does not like Hamilton is coming back. Jenson Button was

:42:53.:43:00.

better at activating his tyres. Michael Schumacher running over

:43:00.:43:09.

some of the debris. I was wondering when we would see some action.

:43:09.:43:15.

There was a little lifting of the hand. He may have felt he needed to

:43:15.:43:20.

do that, because there was a yellow flashing. He needed to make it

:43:20.:43:29.

clear that he was being allowed through. There is the yellow now.

:43:30.:43:35.

He went past the yellow sign, what else could he do? Michael was

:43:35.:43:45.
:43:45.:43:49.

fielding. Ted Kravitz? Renault have made their second of two stops. I

:43:49.:43:53.

listened to the team radio again for Sebastian Vettel. He said, I

:43:53.:43:59.

will fall behind. He did not say, I will not fall behind. He was just

:43:59.:44:05.

repeating the message. The problem seems to be with second and third

:44:05.:44:10.

gear. It is the harder tyre for Jenson Button. Interesting. He will

:44:10.:44:17.

have used both types of tyre. Will he get to the end on that? It is

:44:17.:44:26.

the slower tyre. Maybe he is just getting this out of the way.

:44:26.:44:31.

Although he said he was better with the balance on the harder tyre. But

:44:31.:44:35.

the lap time is ticking. He would rather have that and be unhappy

:44:35.:44:38.

with the balance than running around, smiling, with a slow lap

:44:38.:44:44.

time. It is easy to make a fool of yourself, sweeping around the

:44:44.:44:50.

inside of the third corner. It is easy to crash. Jenson Button is

:44:50.:44:57.

behind Felipe Massa. We watched eagerly to see what kind of times

:44:57.:45:02.

Jenson Button can extract out of a brand new set of medium compound

:45:02.:45:11.

tyres. All of the engineers here will be looking at that information

:45:11.:45:21.
:45:21.:45:23.

Sebastian Vettel, who is about half a second a lap slower than Webber

:45:23.:45:28.

at the moment. Quicker than Alonso. Let's see what Alonso has just

:45:28.:45:32.

delivered, the same lap time. That gap is still about 7.5 seconds

:45:32.:45:38.

between Vettel and Alonso. Hamilton now in fourth place. Button has

:45:38.:45:47.

done his personal best middle sector on his out-lap. Still shiny

:45:47.:45:54.

tyres from the releasing agent when they come out of the moulds. You

:45:54.:45:57.

know you are about to receive an extra helping of grip when you get

:45:57.:46:06.

those on. Mark Webber is the race leader. Lap 33. The gap to battle

:46:06.:46:14.

was two seconds. He is 9.5 seconds ahead of Alonso, who is 6.5 ahead

:46:14.:46:18.

of Lewis Hamilton. Felipe Massa just about hanging on, 28 seconds

:46:18.:46:23.

off the lead. Button, having made that second stop, beginning to

:46:23.:46:31.

close down Massa. Rosberg cruising along in seventh place. He has not

:46:31.:46:37.

had the speed in that Mercedes-Benz. We want the prettied --

:46:37.:46:46.

precipitation now. We need it now. We need it for the race. Mr angry

:46:46.:46:55.

from Norfolk is now listening up -- loosening up. I can't see any dark

:46:55.:47:00.

clouds around us now. Soft tyres, a different strategy for Hamilton

:47:00.:47:10.
:47:10.:47:18.

against what they put on the other left before down the hill, a right

:47:18.:47:25.

and a long left and then you feed straight into the side of anybody...

:47:26.:47:31.

He is still behind Button. But he is on a different tyre, this will

:47:31.:47:36.

be very interesting indeed. McLaren have split their strategy. They are

:47:36.:47:42.

trying to hang on to Alonso now. Red Bull are too far-out, surely.

:47:42.:47:47.

Button has managed a 17.6 on his first flying lap on those hard

:47:47.:47:56.

tyres. Hamilton did a 17.9 on his in-lap on the soft. Vettel and

:47:56.:48:05.

Webber doing 1:17.0s at the moment. Vettel has just done his fastest

:48:05.:48:10.

lap of the race with a dodgy gearbox! The track will be evolving.

:48:10.:48:15.

Fuel burning off, card getting lighter and more responsive. A

:48:15.:48:20.

little bit more comfortable in the braking zones. The change of

:48:20.:48:30.
:48:30.:48:31.

direction, the acceleration, less mass. Great, great racetrack.

:48:31.:48:36.

Consistently above four g for the drivers. You will start to see a

:48:37.:48:40.

few of them resting their heads inside those cockpits. The most

:48:40.:48:44.

pathetic feeling when your neck goes and you can't do anything with

:48:44.:48:48.

it. You don't want to touch the brake pedal or the throttle pedal

:48:48.:48:52.

and you really don't want to turn the steering wheel, but somehow you

:48:52.:48:59.

hang on when you're my neck muscles have given up. -- your neck muscles.

:48:59.:49:04.

It is always incredible how fear and adrenalin can focus the mind.

:49:04.:49:09.

They could be some rain on the way. Could be rain on the way. Go as

:49:10.:49:17.

fast as possible on these tyres. Very clear message. 2.5 seconds is

:49:17.:49:25.

the gap, Webber to Vettel. Alonso comes into the pits for Ferrari.

:49:25.:49:33.

These men are waiting for their hero, Fernando Alonso. A set of

:49:33.:49:38.

soft tyres going on so he will have to stop again this afternoon.

:49:38.:49:48.
:49:48.:49:49.

for Hamilton. Button will not have to stop. Perez recovering. That was

:49:49.:49:54.

out of turn nine. The corner where you said in the commentary

:49:54.:50:04.
:50:04.:50:07.

yesterday, it comes up and mugs you. That is the corner he span on to

:50:07.:50:13.

staff to wear Maldonado's car was there because the barriers. Sergio

:50:13.:50:20.

Perez almost running in 12th place. Is the cart OK? Can you continue.

:50:20.:50:27.

Yes, I can continue, no problem. Ted? At Red Bull they are saying

:50:27.:50:32.

good job to Sebastian Vettel, keep going. He is managing the gearbox

:50:32.:50:37.

well. McLaren, they said it was tactical for Button to go on to

:50:37.:50:47.

that tyre. We will see whether he prefers it. Felipe Massa strategy

:50:47.:50:52.

might work for him, two stops. He is putting in the times. He will

:50:52.:50:57.

have to stretch this tyre out of 48 to make two stops work for him. He

:50:57.:51:01.

might go past Alonso on that strategy. Bruno Senna is missing

:51:01.:51:07.

fourth gear. We heard sunburst -- then a struggling for gears when he

:51:07.:51:12.

got past by Maldonado. Here is that piece of plastic bag. I have seen

:51:12.:51:17.

that so many times down the back straight. A wild crowd down there.

:51:17.:51:24.

Even when you go on the formation lap, there's debris everywhere.

:51:24.:51:30.

Sutil coming up the inside of di Resta. Sutil has had two stops so

:51:30.:51:38.

that his game played by the Force India team. -- that is gameplay.

:51:38.:51:42.

do have a gearbox problem. There's nothing you can do out there to

:51:42.:51:50.

help. Just keep driving, keep going. They are all the fashion today.

:51:50.:51:56.

never rains, but it pours. Sorry for mentioning the rain again.

:51:56.:52:04.

Lewis Hamilton also nursing a box of cogs that don't fancy 71 laps of

:52:04.:52:11.

the Interlagos circuit. Vettel is maintaining the gap to 2.6 seconds.

:52:11.:52:15.

Only one stop so far from the Red Bulls so they are 26 clear of

:52:15.:52:21.

Alonso. Alonso has just done a 17.0 and that is quick. Massa is hanging

:52:21.:52:29.

on to him, just about. Button beginning to catch Massa. He is in

:52:29.:52:36.

the DRS zone. On board with Hamilton. Button lining up for a

:52:36.:52:42.

pass on the Ferrari. Doesn't look like it at this stage. But he is

:52:42.:52:51.

certainly hounding Massa. Only done that one stop, of course. Let's run

:52:51.:52:59.

through... Massa is up three places, Button down two. Jenson has used

:52:59.:53:07.

both types of Tyre. He could go to the end if he wanted to. What will

:53:07.:53:13.

they put on Mark Webber? Another set of the soft tyres. He will have

:53:13.:53:23.
:53:23.:53:24.

to stop again. Three stops for Mark Webber. Jenson is on a different

:53:24.:53:29.

strategy compared to Hamilton and Webber. Let's see what they do with

:53:29.:53:39.
:53:39.:53:45.

Vettel. Alonso has just done a personal best. A long way behind

:53:45.:53:51.

Webber. Barrichello has been lapped. This is the fight and the DRS Open.

:53:51.:53:59.

The Jenson Button sails past with his rear wing open. Job done. Off

:53:59.:54:09.
:54:09.:54:14.

he goes. Look at the distance leads, will he pit? Yes, I can see

:54:14.:54:18.

the Red Bull mechanics. Nice to see the pit lane from the commentary

:54:18.:54:24.

box. It is essential. Now we know this man is pitting from what was

:54:24.:54:34.
:54:34.:54:34.

the lead. A problem on the down shift. Soft tyres have gone on,

:54:34.:54:39.

same strategy as Webber. And also Hamilton and Alonso. Where is Mark

:54:39.:54:47.

Webber? Turn One, he is well in the lead. They are on a three stock

:54:47.:54:54.

strategy this afternoon, we expect them to come in again around lap 55.

:54:54.:54:58.

Maybe even later if they can make these tyres last and give

:54:58.:55:01.

themselves the shortest run possible on the hard tyre. It is

:55:01.:55:08.

not holding Jenson Button back at the moment, 17.3 on his last lap.

:55:08.:55:13.

Comparing favourably with Alonso on 17.0. Hamilton is catching Massa as

:55:13.:55:22.

well. Fifth and sixth, Massa and Hamilton. Here we go with a replay.

:55:22.:55:26.

Massa went to the inside, it was all he could do. He must have had a

:55:26.:55:31.

problem because Jenson was out of the slipstream so early. He must

:55:31.:55:41.
:55:41.:55:41.

have lifted. Must have scared himself around there. As you say,

:55:41.:55:48.

DRS doesn't account for all of that extra speed. No. Massa trying age

:55:48.:55:52.

two-stop strategy this afternoon and looking as if that is not

:55:52.:56:01.

working. Close your DRS-1 second per lap. Please save. We need your

:56:01.:56:07.

points. Be careful with di Resta. We need your points against Toro

:56:07.:56:11.

Rosso, not Force India. Don't run into a Force India. Mark Webber

:56:11.:56:21.
:56:21.:56:25.

does a new fastest lap, 1:16.484. Fernando Alonso, another second set

:56:25.:56:31.

and - seven seconds. Ted has news on gearboxes. For Lewis Hamilton,

:56:31.:56:36.

it is a shift problem. They are trying to get him to manage it.

:56:36.:56:43.

They are keeping Lewis in. Paul di Resta comes in for a pit-stop for

:56:43.:56:47.

up Vettel's problem is with second and third years particularly, but

:56:47.:56:54.

he seems to be managing that. We're getting to the end of the gearboxes

:56:54.:56:59.

on their four recycles, but because Vettel didn't finish the race in

:56:59.:57:09.
:57:09.:57:19.

flying in the first sector. Quickly catching Felipe Massa. They have

:57:19.:57:23.

completed the second sector. A very short run up the hill, just 18

:57:23.:57:33.
:57:33.:57:33.

seconds. Lewis Hamilton has stopped twice, Massa has stopped once.

:57:33.:57:41.

Webber leads Anne Vettel by 4.1. Alonso just 6.9 behind Vettel. He

:57:41.:57:48.

is beginning to catch. This is his opportunity. He was not as close as

:57:48.:57:56.

Button. Hamilton was a bit late. Surely just a matter of time, he

:57:56.:58:02.

has used up all of his KERS. Not quite enough momentum. He has used

:58:02.:58:06.

up his KERS and that will make it difficult for him on the run out of

:58:06.:58:13.

turn 12, the last turn. It can only be a matter of time. A lot of

:58:13.:58:18.

debris they have to be careful of through 5 and 6. It came off

:58:18.:58:24.

Michael Schumacher's car. Diarrar is not available until after turn

:58:24.:58:32.

three. -- DRS. It is all about getting a good exit speed out of

:58:32.:58:40.

Juncao. Timo Glock's release will be investigated after the race.

:58:40.:58:44.

That will be quick and easy as it only have three wheels on it when

:58:44.:58:52.

it was released. The Ferrari has scampered away! He would presumably

:58:52.:59:02.
:59:02.:59:13.

look at the different strategies playing out, Button has a hard tyre

:59:13.:59:18.

on, he needs to keep within 20 seconds of the Red Bulls, which is

:59:18.:59:22.

not doing at the moment, to be able to use that strategy, but he is in

:59:22.:59:27.

the hunt for Alonso. Third plays is on the cards for Jenson Button.

:59:27.:59:35.

Let's transport the fans into the crash helmet. These two have come

:59:35.:59:40.

together five times this year. Do you think Lewis will be giving him

:59:40.:59:46.

a slightly wider berth? He has not been pushing his luck too much, has

:59:46.:59:51.

he? I don't think so. Lewis is clearly struggling with the balance

:59:51.:59:56.

a round this track and looked like coming off turn 10. It looked like

:59:56.:00:00.

he had left one black line off the inside tyre. Maybe a differential

:00:00.:00:05.

issue as well. But he is not getting close enough at the end of

:00:05.:00:10.

the lap to then put himself in a position to capitalise. Is he

:00:10.:00:18.

within a second here? He is. He has to get a good run through. You are

:00:18.:00:21.

fighting the car in the middle of the turn and he is too far back

:00:21.:00:31.
:00:31.:00:40.

again. Ferrari is winding up on the middle of turn three, whereas

:00:40.:00:50.
:00:50.:00:54.

about beating McLaren, rather than trying to win the race, quite

:00:55.:01:04.
:01:05.:01:10.

clearly, and sensibly so. Vettel is now 4.6 seconds behind Webber.

:01:10.:01:16.

Lewis was trying to get as close as he could through turn 12. Felipe

:01:16.:01:21.

Massa gets a psychological gold star from his engineer. And Lewis

:01:21.:01:26.

Hamilton going into the pit. they're fed up losing time behind

:01:26.:01:32.

the Ferrari. They have now lost 7.5 seconds to Jenson Button. They were

:01:32.:01:38.

quite close, if you remember. On go the medium compound tyres. He can

:01:38.:01:42.

now drive to the end of the Grand Prix. They have obviously seen a

:01:43.:01:46.

nice slot where they can put Lewis back on to the racetrack, where he

:01:46.:01:54.

will not be in too much traffic. Let's see where that might be.

:01:54.:01:58.

There's a bit of back marker traffic, that's the position,

:01:58.:02:08.

Adrian Sutil is now head of Hamilton. So, they have certainly

:02:08.:02:13.

put him into some clear air, but he has now got to catch and pass

:02:13.:02:16.

Adrian Sutil. They must have a Adrian Sutil. They must have a

:02:16.:02:19.

bigger issue than we were aware of, because Bateau very early, to do

:02:19.:02:25.

your first stop, to try to go to the end. Could we be seeing four

:02:25.:02:30.

stops this afternoon? As we are watching Webber and Vettel trading

:02:30.:02:37.

fastest laps, Eddie has got some news on the race so far.

:02:37.:02:38.

news on the race so far. interesting thing for me is the big

:02:38.:02:43.

fight that we have got for sixth, seventh and eighth position, you

:02:43.:02:48.

could even call it the Renault position. As it stands, Adrian

:02:48.:02:53.

Sutil is lighting up the midfield, he's a now in seventh position, he

:02:53.:02:58.

needs three more points over Vitaly Petrov to finish 9th in the

:02:58.:03:02.

Championship, which would be a huge result for that team, and massive

:03:02.:03:10.

going into next season. Thanks, Eddie. Massa has got the medium

:03:10.:03:13.

compound on now. Another one driving to the end of the race,

:03:13.:03:19.

then. As Michael Schumacher hunt down Heikki Kovalainen. Look at

:03:19.:03:26.

that, Massa just in front of Lewis Hamilton. So, McLaren did not get

:03:26.:03:31.

the undercut, it did not manage to use the new tyres to get their man

:03:31.:03:36.

in front of Felipe Massa. As Rob Smedley said to his driver, the

:03:36.:03:40.

longer you keep him behind you, the greater the chance we have got of

:03:40.:03:47.

beating him, and they have given him a great chance now.

:03:47.:03:51.

RADIO: You have to do everything you can to save the car, short

:03:51.:03:56.

shift. He's getting that call because he just did his fastest lap

:03:56.:04:00.

of the Grand Prix, he was beginning to close the gap back to Webber.

:04:00.:04:05.

And his engineer was saying, look, you will not finish if you do not

:04:05.:04:10.

slow down. Look in your mirrors, don't look at the Red Bull in her

:04:10.:04:16.

view, that was the message, basically. -- the Red Bull ahead of

:04:16.:04:20.

you. DAVID COULTHARD: That is all fine

:04:20.:04:24.

and well saying that, short shrift, but it would be nice if he could be

:04:24.:04:33.

more specific. They do have lights inside the cockpit, and they have

:04:33.:04:38.

audio for the gear changing as well. Hamilton is going to park the car.

:04:38.:04:45.

We had about a gearbox problem early on for Lewis Hamilton. Box of

:04:45.:04:55.
:04:55.:04:59.

neutrals. Sounds expensive. RADIO: Gearbox has gone. He's not

:04:59.:05:07.

going to make it back to the pits. There is an orange marker, which is

:05:07.:05:12.

where Charlie Whiting would tell the driver has to aim for.

:05:12.:05:17.

closest I ever came to dying was on that corner, driving for McLaren.

:05:17.:05:21.

Another driver ended up flying over my head, and hitting my head with

:05:21.:05:28.

his Benetton. Thankfully there are gravel traps and some now. Is that

:05:28.:05:33.

when you got on the radio to the team and said, I'm unconscious?

:05:33.:05:35.

that's another English driver that's another English driver

:05:35.:05:45.

you're talking about. So, Hamilton becomes the third retirement. And

:05:45.:05:55.
:05:55.:06:08.

you cannot damage your own gear box any more in Formula 1. It is all

:06:08.:06:15.

done automatically. It is the luck of the draw. Ted Kravitz... Yes,

:06:15.:06:18.

Lewis Hamilton's sometimes miserable season comes to a fairly

:06:18.:06:22.

miserable end, even though he has won three races. It was no surprise

:06:22.:06:27.

to anyone in this McLaren garage, even though they are gutted now,

:06:27.:06:31.

with their heads hung low, they knew it was going to happen, it was

:06:31.:06:35.

just a matter of time until his gearbox gave up the ghost. They're

:06:35.:06:38.

not too confident about Jenson Button's ability to get to the end,

:06:38.:06:48.
:06:48.:06:50.

either. But they will give it a go. So, I'm looking at my Twitter, and

:06:50.:06:57.

there's some fans saying, look, isn't this just Red Bull staging

:06:57.:07:00.

this, so that Webber can win the race and maybe get second in the

:07:00.:07:07.

World Championship? Do you buy into that conspiracy theory, David? As

:07:07.:07:13.

Rosberg goes on the inside, but Sutil is carrying the momentum...

:07:13.:07:18.

And Rosberg steams up the inside! Fantastic stuff. That's a clever

:07:18.:07:23.

boy, that's someone who knows this racetrack. It is a very long run to

:07:23.:07:27.

that apex, as we have been saying. Although Sutil clearly had the

:07:27.:07:30.

track position on the outside, I think we have seen Rosberg doing

:07:30.:07:35.

that before, when he was at Williams. He's fighting well for

:07:35.:07:41.

that position. That is the battle for sixth and seventh. But I fear

:07:41.:07:45.

his defence will be futile, because he is on a different strategy,

:07:45.:07:55.
:07:55.:08:02.

the job done. But Rosberg was, hang on, I'm coming back through. That

:08:02.:08:07.

was good stuff, great driving, from both of them. Nico Rosberg, in the

:08:07.:08:11.

last couple of races, since he has signed his contract, has been

:08:11.:08:15.

really aggressive and racy, which is exactly what the Mercedes team

:08:15.:08:19.

is exactly what the Mercedes team will want to see. He showed Michael

:08:19.:08:22.

Schumacher what he thought of his pass in Abu Dhabi in the last race,

:08:22.:08:29.

as, once again, Sutil lines himself up. Will he have learned from the

:08:29.:08:34.

time before? Looks like he has got the job done this time. He gave him

:08:34.:08:38.

the job done this time. He gave him a little fright on his way past.

:08:38.:08:42.

And that was very easily done, good straight-line speed from the Force

:08:42.:08:49.

India. And the gap at the front, 5.5 seconds now. But crucially,

:08:49.:08:54.

Vettel is 9.8 seconds ahead of Alonso, despite his ailing car.

:08:54.:09:00.

Mark Webber cruising away at the front. Vettel has been told to just

:09:00.:09:06.

slow down and beat the Ferrari home. Nico Rosberg down into seventh

:09:06.:09:11.

place now. And another replay of the second opportunity, and he

:09:11.:09:17.

Rhigos, giving him a little frightened. He says, you will not

:09:17.:09:26.

be doing that again! You do not see his brother very often, you often

:09:26.:09:36.
:09:36.:09:37.

see his father. Meanwhile, back with Sebastian Vettel. That's one

:09:38.:09:42.

of the second gear corners. We heard from his engineer, short

:09:42.:09:46.

shift, he has got a serious gearbox problem. There's the man that will

:09:46.:09:52.

be trying to respond to that information. We have lost three

:09:52.:09:57.

drivers, Hamilton, Maldonado and Glock. It is the first retirement

:09:57.:10:02.

for Hamilton. That's because, when you change various strategies in

:10:02.:10:07.

the cockpit, for instance, if you come in on a set of intermediate

:10:07.:10:11.

tyres, the circumference is different, so the system has to be

:10:11.:10:15.

reset. That's the only reason normally the red light would come

:10:15.:10:22.

on. So, is he making adjustments in the cockpit to try and slow down

:10:22.:10:28.

that shift, which is exactly what you were try and do in the wet? You

:10:28.:10:38.
:10:38.:10:43.

do not want to be shifting when you have got high wheel slippage.

:10:43.:10:48.

Vettel still coaching his gearbox along. I was about to say,

:10:49.:10:52.

Hamilton's first retirement since 2010, the Hungarian Grand Prix,

:10:52.:11:00.

which was also gearbox. RADIO: Plus 11, Alonso. He's

:11:00.:11:06.

pulling away easily now. So, the incredible reliability that McLaren

:11:06.:11:12.

have had, with Lewis Hamilton, it have had, with Lewis Hamilton, it

:11:12.:11:14.

is quite remarkable, when you consider what reliability was like

:11:14.:11:18.

in Formula 1 just five years ago. Regularly you would lose six or

:11:18.:11:23.

seven cars. Your strategy now, Mr Coulthard - it looks to me as if

:11:23.:11:26.

Jenson Button will be looking pretty handy if he gets to the end.

:11:26.:11:32.

Yes, if he can keep these tyres in this shape, and maintain the lap

:11:32.:11:37.

time, with very low degradation on these tyres, he should get quicker.

:11:37.:11:43.

And we have got McLaren out in the pit lane. So, Button coming in. I

:11:43.:11:47.

was just about to say, if he did not have to do that stopped, he was

:11:47.:11:51.

on to beat Alonso. That has got the hallmarks of a team that were not

:11:51.:11:56.

expecting a driver, I thought. Has he gone on the hard tyres again? We

:11:56.:12:00.

thought he might get to the end. needed to get to the end.

:12:00.:12:05.

TED KRAVITZ: It was not going to work. It was worth a go, I suppose.

:12:05.:12:08.

As Michael Schumacher stops to put on the harder tyre. There were

:12:08.:12:13.

never going to do the 40 laps, because the wear and tear is about

:12:13.:12:22.

the same. The team were expecting him, for whatever reason, Jenson

:12:22.:12:27.

was a bit hesitant coming into the box. Just to comment on those could

:12:27.:12:33.

do as the theories about Mark Webber, it is not going to work. --

:12:33.:12:38.

on those conspiracy theories. It would need a Button and also not to

:12:38.:12:48.
:12:48.:12:59.

nowhere. No, after some great opening laps, he has not managed to

:13:00.:13:06.

build on that. Once again, we are seeing the curse of pole position.

:13:06.:13:11.

Only two of the last pole position drivers have won. Amazing indeed.

:13:11.:13:17.

And funnily enough, the last two years, the second place man has won

:13:17.:13:21.

the race, and pole position has finished eighth, by complete and

:13:21.:13:27.

utter coincidence. If Webber wins, it will be three out of three for

:13:27.:13:34.

second place man winning the Grand Prix. As we watch Sergio Perez

:13:34.:13:38.

taking 13th place away from Rubens Barrichello, who looks like he

:13:39.:13:43.

fancies trying to take it back. Is this Rubens Barrichello's last race

:13:43.:13:47.

in Formula 1? I remember his first one so clearly. We were teammates

:13:47.:13:53.

at one point. You and him had a mighty contest in Formula Three. It

:13:53.:13:58.

is incredible that Rubens is still in a Formula 1 car being

:13:58.:14:01.

competitive. Do you think he should have called it time and taken today

:14:01.:14:11.

as his glory day? I do feel that he should have taken all the plaudits,

:14:11.:14:17.

he has contributed a lot to Formula 1. Alonso taking on a fresh set of

:14:17.:14:22.

books. Just coming back to Rubens, he said very clearly in our

:14:22.:14:29.

interview, that he will not be saying goodbye, ever! He's wedded

:14:29.:14:34.

to Formula 1. Passion is a great thing, but at a certain point, you

:14:34.:14:39.

have to recognise, this cannot keep going on forever, a sportsman's

:14:39.:14:44.

career will come to an end beyond - - before normal pension age.

:14:44.:14:47.

made your decision in the middle of the year, you said, I'm stopping at

:14:48.:14:57.
:14:58.:15:00.

the end of the year, I will let the fans know.

:15:00.:15:07.

RADIO: We want qualifier laps right to the end. Webber, another fastest

:15:07.:15:17.
:15:17.:15:21.

lap. So, just where can Jenson finish? It will be interesting to

:15:21.:15:26.

see, Alonso has just come out on a fresh set of tyres. Jenson is 20

:15:26.:15:33.

seconds behind, so we will have to wait and see how it levels out. You

:15:33.:15:37.

have got to say, what would he be able to do differently at this

:15:37.:15:47.
:15:47.:15:55.

stage of the Grand Prix that he was for Jenson Button and he is now

:15:55.:16:03.

only... He is 4.6 seconds behind Fernando Alonso. You can see him

:16:03.:16:08.

disappearing. He has a chance against Alonso, he really has.

:16:08.:16:18.
:16:18.:16:20.

Catching is one thing, as we see Lewis Hamilton. BBC in there.

:16:20.:16:26.

back in the pits Ali Mackenzie has found him. Lewis, a disappointing

:16:26.:16:35.

end to a difficult season. I think it has been an interesting year.

:16:35.:16:39.

Any interesting year. I gave it everything today, I felt like I

:16:39.:16:45.

enjoyed the race. A little bit unfortunate that we were not able

:16:45.:16:49.

to get the extra points, but otherwise I enjoyed racing out

:16:49.:16:54.

there, I was challenging Felipe Massa at the end. But the gearbox

:16:54.:16:58.

problem came on quite early so I was struggling. Is it a relief in a

:16:58.:17:02.

way that the season is over and you can reset yourself and think

:17:02.:17:06.

everything over and look forward to 2012? It is not a relief, but it

:17:06.:17:12.

has been a long year. Looking forward to a little bit of downtime

:17:12.:17:16.

and hopefully some time with family and friends. Then do some good

:17:16.:17:21.

training and attack it next year. I have a lot I can improve on. It is

:17:21.:17:27.

all positive even though we did not have a great result today. We will

:17:27.:17:34.

let you know what that team radio was from Sebastian Vettel. Jenson

:17:34.:17:38.

Button was rather humbled around the outside of 106 by Fernando

:17:38.:17:43.

Alonso and he might just get some payback. -- turn six. He is

:17:43.:17:49.

catching him at a rate of knots. am being told that Senna --

:17:49.:17:57.

Sebastien said he felt like Senna in 91. Is that about... Senedd won

:17:57.:18:07.
:18:07.:18:14.

that race with a gearbox issue. -- an G think, I wonder what this

:18:14.:18:22.

feels like. Remembering the history of F1, Vettel clearly doesn't need

:18:22.:18:26.

anywhere near 100% of his capacity to drive a racing car even if it is

:18:26.:18:32.

limping slightly. Webber's lead up to 8.2 now. Mark Webber driving

:18:32.:18:40.

beautifully. He has his chance and he is taking it. Button is just 2.9

:18:41.:18:45.

behind Fernando Alonso. Let's hear more from Ted. Mark Webber is

:18:45.:18:49.

coming in for his final stop. It is the hard tired going on. I was

:18:49.:18:52.

going to say something about the guys on the Red Bull pit wall

:18:52.:19:00.

sharing a joke. They did not want to share the joke. Excellent stop

:19:00.:19:05.

by the Red Bull guys. How much will it mean to the Australian after

:19:05.:19:09.

these -- the season he has had, getting well and truly beaten by

:19:09.:19:14.

Sebastian Vettel, to get that one win he has craved. Good work by the

:19:14.:19:21.

Red Bull mechanics. A lot of smiles going on. Senedd got to cramp in

:19:21.:19:31.

his shoulder very on. -- early on. In nice thought from Sebastian

:19:31.:19:37.

Vettel. But I fancy he has it a bit easier than Ayrton Senna did in

:19:37.:19:42.

1991. It would be a great feeling for Mark Webber. We were flying

:19:42.:19:49.

back after his victory in 2009. He was promising to win here again

:19:50.:19:59.

this weekend. The pit wall were probably laughing at... Driving

:19:59.:20:05.

along in a Grand Prix and you are dreaming about 1991. They are going

:20:05.:20:09.

a lot slower than they were in qualifying. The Red Bull mechanics

:20:09.:20:16.

coming out again. For Sebastian Vettel, his third and final stop.

:20:16.:20:23.

There he is. Sebastian Vettel into the box. This could be the final

:20:23.:20:28.

pit-stop of the year. For the Red Bull team. They have achieved

:20:28.:20:35.

everything they need to in the pits this afternoon. If lap 60 of 71.

:20:35.:20:41.

Mark Webber will retake the lead again. Webber is already halfway

:20:41.:20:47.

down the back straight. Button relentlessly catching Alonso. He

:20:47.:20:55.

must be right behind him now. Now you can see it on your screen.

:20:55.:21:00.

Jenson Button absolutely flying. I think he is about to take revenge

:21:00.:21:05.

for the move earlier on in the race. DRS Oban, he is within the one

:21:05.:21:12.

second of the measurement point. -- Open. Catching is one thing,

:21:12.:21:16.

passing is another. Although they have their various devices these

:21:16.:21:26.
:21:26.:21:44.

that turbulent air and we know how that feels. You are driving into a

:21:44.:21:48.

bit of a vacuum and the front will not stick. Indeed, and he has done

:21:48.:21:55.

a couple of laps more on the set of tyres than Alonso. Jenson Button

:21:55.:22:00.

loves overtaking on this track. He did a fantastic comeback when he

:22:00.:22:06.

won his world championship. Will he be close enough? He is having a

:22:06.:22:14.

sniff. Just a look. Filling up that Ferrari's mirrors. The McLaren has

:22:14.:22:22.

been a lot faster off turn three. But alongside pretty quick, too.

:22:22.:22:30.

How close will he be at the end. Equal pace cars, it is not long

:22:30.:22:34.

enough down the back straight. Jenson did not use any of his

:22:34.:22:38.

thrilling -- KERS in the first part of a lap and I suspect he will be

:22:38.:22:42.

using all of that coming off turn 12 to put himself in a position to

:22:42.:22:50.

pass into turn One. Hopefully we will get a bit of that graphic.

:22:50.:22:56.

Lewis watches on sadly. 5th in the world championship is his reward

:22:56.:23:01.

for a season with many highs and lows. Webber has done a new fastest

:23:01.:23:08.

lap, 1:15.4. Waltzing off into the distance. 8.5 seconds is the gap.

:23:08.:23:14.

Look how close it is between Button and Alonso. Button beautifully in

:23:14.:23:20.

the slipstream of the Ferrari. Will Button get a chance on the brakes?

:23:20.:23:25.

Alonso thinks he might because he has had a good defensive. Alonso

:23:25.:23:29.

releases the brake pedal to reclaim the corner. Now he will be so much

:23:29.:23:35.

faster. Button will be so much faster. DRS will open now and

:23:35.:23:38.

Alonso has to go immediately defensive. Button should have more

:23:38.:23:44.

straight-line speed. He has got the job done! He is up into third place.

:23:44.:23:48.

Brilliant driving this time around from Jenson Button and the McLaren

:23:48.:23:54.

team thoroughly enjoyed that and so they should. Button, P3. What a

:23:55.:24:00.

great bit of strategic driving. He did not use his KERS the lap before,

:24:00.:24:04.

saved it for turned well. Got a little bit of help from that Toro

:24:04.:24:14.
:24:14.:24:16.

Rosso. In the end, fantastic. Right up into the slipstream. Alonso goes

:24:16.:24:20.

defensive and when you pop opened the DRS, you release the drag from

:24:20.:24:26.

the car and in the end, Alonso did not even defend into four. That

:24:26.:24:32.

move started in the first turn. did. Set him up. He had to go

:24:32.:24:37.

defensive in one so he was slow through two and three and he passes

:24:37.:24:44.

him in four. We watch Mark Webber, the leader... Vettel. Vettel

:24:44.:24:50.

running wide in turn five. You can get back on the racetrack there.

:24:50.:24:56.

Vettel only 11.6 seconds ahead of Jenson Button now. Great job with

:24:56.:25:01.

Alonso. The next car is Vettel. We believe he has a gearbox problem.

:25:01.:25:05.

Interesting that they are only giving that information to Jenson

:25:05.:25:10.

this late in the Grand Prix, but I guess it is on a need-to-know basis.

:25:10.:25:15.

He is very much in the race for second place. He has just done the

:25:15.:25:20.

fastest first sector of the Grand Prix, 18.9. He is now running in

:25:20.:25:25.

clean air. That is three or four- tenths quicker than Mark Webber has

:25:25.:25:30.

just done. Do you think Red Bull will just sago as hard as you can,

:25:30.:25:36.

we will take a chance on the gearbox? They have come this far in

:25:36.:25:40.

the Grand Prix. They would love to have another 12. Let's see what the

:25:40.:25:50.
:25:50.:26:01.

Here he comes. 15.5! Six-tenths quicker. Anne lapping the HRT. --

:26:01.:26:06.

and lapping the HRT. Does he have enough laps left? 11 seconds is the

:26:06.:26:11.

gap behind Vettel. You have to assume Vettel can manage that, but

:26:11.:26:17.

we will find out. Vettel a long way behind Webber. Let's run through

:26:17.:26:27.
:26:27.:26:43.

Sauber, that would maintain their position ahead of Toro Rosso.

:26:43.:26:50.

Kobayashi... Petrov in the final points positions for Renault.

:26:50.:26:54.

Alguersuari Ann Buemi need to score some points. They have a chance

:26:54.:27:04.
:27:04.:27:12.

seconds is his lead. Vettel just 10.2 ahead of Jenson Button in

:27:12.:27:16.

third place. Ted. Down at McLaren, they are urging Jenson Button to do

:27:16.:27:23.

more. He has not doing quite enough on the set of hard tyres to reel in

:27:23.:27:25.

Sebastian Vettel. It will be very close towards the end, but that is

:27:25.:27:30.

what they are telling him to do. They say even though it was an

:27:30.:27:36.

enforced change onto the harder tyre, they are glad that the way it

:27:36.:27:40.

worked out because Ferrari are disproportionately slow on the hard

:27:40.:27:47.

tyres. We haven't HRT that has gone straight on at the first corner. --

:27:47.:27:54.

we have an HRT. The yellow flag is out because it is in the firing

:27:54.:28:04.
:28:04.:28:04.

line of anybody who had a brake failure. Warning flags. This is

:28:04.:28:09.

Button, a tenth quicker in the first quit -- Sceptre, seven-tenths

:28:09.:28:14.

quicker in the second sector. He will run out of laps because

:28:14.:28:20.

presumably Vettel can just turn it back on. Can Button a break

:28:20.:28:30.
:28:30.:28:31.

Vettel's gearbox? They will be running the engine more. They will

:28:31.:28:39.

be flat out. He has been told he's driving qualifying laps, he knows

:28:39.:28:42.

he has an injured Red Bull in front of him. Are there enough laps left

:28:42.:28:48.

for Jenson Button? This is the Toro Rosso that he has to pass.

:28:48.:28:54.

Alguersuari. He has quite a lot of traffic. Five cars between him and

:28:54.:29:02.

Vettel. Petrov, Kovalainen, Kobayashi and someone else.

:29:02.:29:08.

D'Ambrosio in the Virgin. Four runners out of it Grand Prix.

:29:08.:29:15.

Liuzzi, Hamilton, Maldonado, Glock. Traffic galore for Jenson to get to

:29:15.:29:20.

Vettel. Let's have a look at the sector times. Two-tenths up in the

:29:21.:29:26.

first sector. Still a tenth up in the second sector. He really is

:29:26.:29:31.

closing down the Red Bull, but with five to go, he will run out of time.

:29:31.:29:38.

He is still on the podium. That will make it 51... The last 51

:29:38.:29:45.

podiums shared by the same five drivers. That is Webber, Vettel,

:29:45.:29:51.

Butt, Alonso and Hamilton. -- Button. Massa has not had a podium

:29:51.:30:01.
:30:01.:30:03.

this year. Button comes inside a back marker. Who else has he got?

:30:03.:30:09.

Kovalainen is still out there in 16th place. Ahead of the HRTs and

:30:09.:30:14.

the Virgin racing cars. Lotus looking like they are pretty secure

:30:14.:30:19.

in tenth place. Michael Schumacher has had three stops including that

:30:19.:30:23.

puncture, in 15th place. Barrichello in 14th place. Button

:30:23.:30:30.

getting a lot of traffic. Petrov doesn't want to lose any time. He

:30:30.:30:40.
:30:40.:30:49.

is only 3.4 seconds behind notice of Kovalainen, running 16th.

:30:49.:30:59.
:30:59.:31:16.

Webber leads by 13.8 seconds. Four The two Ferraris are fourth and

:31:16.:31:22.

The two Ferraris are fourth and fifth. This is where the lowered

:31:22.:31:27.

builds on the neck. He will be resting his head. Going across the

:31:27.:31:31.

resting his head. Going across the line. And then moving on before

:31:31.:31:39.

braking into turn one. It has not been a great track for Jenson

:31:39.:31:43.

Button. He has just had one podium here, I think, before, at

:31:43.:31:50.

Interlagos, that was third in 2006, for Honda. That's funny, we are not

:31:50.:32:00.
:32:00.:32:03.

going to get any rain! Webber, 13.8 clear of Vettel. Alonso in fourth,

:32:03.:32:10.

just 5.2 seconds behind Button, but falling away. Where is the big

:32:10.:32:20.
:32:20.:32:33.

Rear wing not working, I believe. TED KRAVITZ: Yes, it was a problem

:32:33.:32:38.

with the DRS. But there was a strange message asking Felipe to

:32:38.:32:48.
:32:48.:32:49.

speed up a bit. It said, Barrichello might overtake you and

:32:49.:32:59.
:32:59.:33:00.

use you, so it was a strange way of asking him to speed up. Felipe

:33:00.:33:05.

Massa starting to struggle for lap time. Sutil is a long way behind

:33:05.:33:12.

him, though. Alguersuari is still him, though. Alguersuari is still

:33:12.:33:17.

catching Petrov. Michael Schumacher, down in 15th place. It has not been

:33:17.:33:23.

the traditional Interlagos performance for him. Massa really

:33:23.:33:30.

struggling, he lets Rubens Barrichello throw. Working with his

:33:30.:33:39.

fellow Brazilian, he knows that Rubens Barrichello is currently 3.9

:33:39.:33:43.

Rubens Barrichello is currently 3.9 seconds ahead of Michael Schumacher.

:33:43.:33:50.

But what is the point? You're racing drivers, and you have to

:33:50.:33:55.

drive your car as fast as you possibly can. Why lose time?

:33:55.:34:02.

Anyway... Why did Massa do that? Because he has got 17 seconds to

:34:02.:34:07.

Sutil. And he wanted to help his body. And upset Ferrari along the

:34:07.:34:15.

way. Until Vettel has a gearbox issue and creaked over the line. So,

:34:15.:34:23.

penultimate lap for Mark Webber. He loves to take those trophies away

:34:23.:34:30.

from his teammate, doesn't he? He will be determined. He has just

:34:30.:34:35.

gone a bit faster. As he was being told, we do not need any more of

:34:35.:34:40.

those, he did another one! Into the final lap, Mark Webber, 35 years

:34:40.:34:46.

old, the Aussie who has had a difficult season, and just watched

:34:46.:34:50.

his teammate cleaning up, finally is going to get his rewards. But it

:34:50.:34:54.

will still only put him I think fourth in the World Championship,

:34:54.:34:58.

two points behind Fernando Alonso, but I don't think he will care one

:34:58.:35:07.

little bit about that. Going round Mergulho, two more corners to go

:35:07.:35:13.

before the final left-hander, to climb the hill. And Mark Webber is

:35:13.:35:20.

heading for his seventh Grand Prix victory. He has been a loyal

:35:20.:35:26.

servant to Red Bull, and Red Bull have very much returned that favour

:35:26.:35:31.

today, his car has run absolutely faultlessly. Webber has made the

:35:31.:35:35.

most of it. He had to the line, Mark Webber wins the Brazilian

:35:35.:35:44.

Grand Prix! As it turns out, it was comfortable. He can head into the

:35:44.:35:54.
:35:54.:35:54.

winter with some satisfaction and self-belief, and get on with his

:35:54.:36:04.
:36:04.:36:06.

programme. It is going to be Jenson Button in third place, in the end,

:36:06.:36:16.
:36:16.:36:18.

10.6 seconds behind Vettel. Alonso and Massa will come next. Because

:36:18.:36:24.

they were lapped, Sutil is already sixth. Di Resta, the young Scot,

:36:24.:36:29.

once again in the points. RADIO: Great job, I would like you

:36:29.:36:38.

to stop the car and at turn one. Presumably, that will be for fuel.

:36:38.:36:44.

And so, Sauber stay ahead of Toro Rosso for seventh in the World

:36:44.:36:50.

Championship. Rubens Barrichello acknowledges the crowd, he finishes

:36:50.:36:55.

the Grand Prix. Paul di Resta I think has finished more Grand Prix

:36:55.:37:00.

laps than any other driver this year. So, good effort from him in

:37:00.:37:04.

his rookie season. Is that the final wave we will see from Rubens

:37:04.:37:10.

Barrichello? Will Renault be interested in him? I suspect not.

:37:10.:37:14.

Will Williams we signed him? Will he turn into a super sub, like Nick

:37:14.:37:20.

Heidfeld? RADIO: Well done, you have won the

:37:20.:37:30.
:37:30.:37:37.

Brazilian Grand Prix again. Thanks, you say, he has been a loyal

:37:37.:37:41.

servant to Red Bull. And he did another fastest lap on the final

:37:41.:37:47.

lap, so he ignored it twice, just to underline how prominent... When

:37:47.:37:51.

Mark Webber has chasm almost all of his Grand Prix, he has blitzed the

:37:51.:37:55.

field. I remember him winning the Nurburgring, but even on those

:37:55.:37:59.

occasions, nobody could touch him. If he could find that form all the

:37:59.:38:02.

time, he would be the world champion.

:38:02.:38:08.

DAVID COULTHARD: He came so close to be in the world champion in 2010.

:38:08.:38:12.

He is a quality driver, he seems to have lost his way a bit this year

:38:12.:38:16.

with the Pirelli tyres. I suspect there could be some other issues,

:38:16.:38:26.
:38:26.:38:52.

but that will give him a great into the barriers, and Timo Glock

:38:52.:38:59.

lost a wheel directly after a pit- stop. It was a lap 29 but Mark

:38:59.:39:03.

Webber closed in and went past Sebastian Vettel, to take the lead

:39:03.:39:09.

of the Grand Prix. These two have pretty much been unchallenged this

:39:09.:39:16.

afternoon. Button tried to do a different tyre strategy, maybe even

:39:16.:39:19.

trying two stocks, but it did not work out, so he came in for a fresh

:39:19.:39:24.

set of tyres, and used them to brilliantly catch Fernando Alonso

:39:24.:39:34.
:39:34.:39:35.

and go past him. So, some new mathematics coming in now, and Mark

:39:35.:39:39.

Webber is actually third in the World Championship, he did just get

:39:39.:39:46.

past Fernando Alonso. Of course, when Jenson Button went past Alonso,

:39:46.:39:52.

that put Webber into third in the World Championship. Felipe Massa

:39:52.:39:55.

running the risk of getting a penalty. I think that's great stuff,

:39:55.:40:00.

to entertain the crowd, but sadly, you're not allowed to do that. I

:40:00.:40:03.

think you should be allowed to celebrate. OK, he did not win the

:40:03.:40:08.

race, but he's on his home soil. Did you not think Mark Webber seem

:40:08.:40:11.

slightly subdued, for a man who has just one his first Grand Prix in

:40:11.:40:18.

more than a year? This is Massa doing some doughnuts in front of

:40:18.:40:23.

the crowd. They did not have too much to cheer today. He was the top

:40:23.:40:28.

Brazilian, in fifth. He almost did not make it back into the pit lane.

:40:28.:40:32.

That would have been embarrassing. He might get his wrist slapped, but

:40:32.:40:40.

it is worth it, isn't it? So, yes, the Brazilians in the race, fifth,

:40:40.:40:48.

14th and 17th after a drive to a penalty. Force India beat Mercedes

:40:48.:40:57.

Benz home. What is he saying? Mark Webber wears his heart on his

:40:57.:41:06.

sleeve a little bit. He doesn't look about too much, but he can

:41:06.:41:16.
:41:16.:41:16.

Apology for the loss of subtitles for 65 seconds

:41:16.:42:01.

deliver when he needs to. Not so Button, apologies if you heard any

:42:01.:42:07.

colourful language. So, the strategist from Red Bull racing is

:42:07.:42:13.

getting the honour of the final podium of the season. And what an

:42:13.:42:21.

honour that must be. And there's the smile, it is well deserved.

:42:21.:42:26.

Well done, Mark. Can't be too many Well done, Mark. Can't be too many

:42:26.:42:28.

people in the paddock and happy about Mark Webber winning a Grand

:42:28.:42:38.
:42:38.:42:38.

Apology for the loss of subtitles for 65 seconds

:42:38.:44:54.

Apparently there's virtually no oil left in the gearbox, he did not

:44:54.:44:56.

expect to get much further than expect to get much further than

:44:56.:45:01.

half distance, that's what I'm hearing. He's warming up now.

:45:01.:45:09.

DAVID COULTHARD: That was a touch of class! And the Red Bulls

:45:09.:45:19.
:45:19.:45:23.

strategist gets the constructors Trafford. -- the Constructors'

:45:23.:45:33.
:45:33.:45:43.

two times world champion. That's podium number 36 for him out of 81

:45:43.:45:48.

starts. Jenson Button, a fine third place. His father, pretty happy

:45:48.:45:56.

with that. The champagne is about to be wasted and enjoyed, because

:45:56.:46:03.

Mark Webber finally gets a victory in this season. It is over, it has

:46:03.:46:07.

been tough, it has been exciting, it has been great working with you,

:46:07.:46:11.

David, in the commentary box, thoroughly enjoyed that. And Mark

:46:11.:46:21.
:46:21.:46:22.

Webber is certainly going to enjoy At Interlagos, eight months after

:46:22.:46:26.

the start of the Formula One season, at the final race, the Aussie get

:46:27.:46:33.

his first win and no wonder he is excited. His first victory in

:46:33.:46:38.

Formula One since the Hungarian Grand Prix last summer. Well done.

:46:38.:46:42.

I would say there's not a person in this place who would begrudge him

:46:42.:46:46.

that victory. It was brilliant. I know we've probably hear little

:46:46.:46:52.

stories about Vettel short shifting and gearbox pressure, and I don't

:46:52.:46:56.

want to know about that, I want to rejoice in Mark Webber, who is a

:46:56.:46:59.

special guide. He has brought something special to this

:46:59.:47:03.

championship and particularly this race today. Quite right that

:47:03.:47:06.

Sebastian Vettel should be the last man to have a sip of champagne, and

:47:06.:47:10.

also quite right that up on the podium with Mark Webber, the

:47:10.:47:13.

current world champion and the only man to really challenging in this

:47:13.:47:20.

year, Jenson Button. There will be a sweet part in Jenson's mind, how

:47:20.:47:28.

he got past along so. -- Alonso. He wanted revenge and he got revenge.

:47:28.:47:32.

A great season. I still think this is a better year for Jenson Button

:47:32.:47:36.

than his championship-winning year. The man who finished first Today

:47:36.:47:40.

finishes third, the man who finishes third finished first. The

:47:40.:47:44.

three guys at the front of the championship on the podium. Will

:47:44.:47:48.

Mark Webber mind it was another technical fault for Vettel? He is

:47:48.:47:54.

an of the Allied don't want to use the language he will be using. --

:47:54.:47:59.

he is an Australian. It will be colourful. Mark Webber is really

:47:59.:48:03.

good fun, he is a big asset to Formula One. I want him to enjoy

:48:03.:48:07.

his racing because I was concerned this year. I thought he wasn't

:48:07.:48:14.

getting the job done. He answered the question today. There was a

:48:14.:48:17.

lovely moment in that Grand Prix when he reminded us of one of the

:48:17.:48:27.
:48:27.:48:31.

classic moments around Interlagos. I feel like Senna in 1991. Good for

:48:31.:48:38.

you, be proud. This is why he feels like Senna in 91. If you don't know

:48:38.:48:42.

the story, 20 years ago this weekend, this was Ayrton Senna

:48:42.:48:46.

picking up his first ever victory in the Brazilian Grand Prix and he

:48:46.:48:50.

did it after being stuck in sixth gear for the last few laps. It was

:48:50.:48:54.

so hard for him to pick up that win, he could hardly get out of the car

:48:54.:49:01.

at the end. A man overcome with emotion. A lovely shot of the

:49:01.:49:05.

marshals jumping around. They were elated as well. But Christian

:49:05.:49:09.

Horner is happy this weekend. It was not quite as much of a

:49:09.:49:13.

challenge for Vettel as it was for Senna all those years ago. You'll

:49:13.:49:17.

be proud of both your driver's today. It was a difficult race for

:49:17.:49:23.

Sebastien. The gearbox had a problem from the fifth lap. He kept

:49:23.:49:27.

it alive and short shifted and did everything we needed him to.

:49:27.:49:31.

Phenomenal to get to the end. Let's take nothing away from Mark Webber,

:49:31.:49:35.

he drove a phenomenal race today and thoroughly deserves that

:49:35.:49:40.

victory. We don't want to say it, but Jake and I felt the team looked

:49:40.:49:45.

very strong. When you got your first and second yesterday on the

:49:45.:49:49.

grid, we thought we would see a demonstration by you, which is what

:49:49.:49:55.

happened. We were not always convinced it would be in that order.

:49:55.:50:00.

Your justification for signing Mark has been justified. Today it was

:50:00.:50:04.

emphatic. Absolutely, he has had a tough year, but he has kept working

:50:04.:50:10.

hard. He has been competitive all weekend. He wanted to finish on a

:50:10.:50:16.

high, it is a great race to win. He has been up against a team mate in

:50:16.:50:21.

the form of his life. Vettel is an awesome competitor. That has to put

:50:21.:50:26.

things slightly into perspective. It has been a number of all --

:50:26.:50:30.

unbelievable year for the team. But up everybody's hard work and

:50:30.:50:33.

dedication, none of this would have been possible. We would all like

:50:33.:50:37.

the chance to drive in Formula One, but none of us would like to go up

:50:37.:50:41.

against Sebastian Vettel in the same team. This will mean a lot to

:50:41.:50:46.

Mark Webber, P1. What can he do next season to grab his season by

:50:46.:50:51.

the scruff of the neck and not be comprehensively beaten again?

:50:51.:50:56.

has signed off his ear in the best way, he has won the last race. He

:50:56.:51:01.

can reflect on this year over the winter. He is an honest man, he

:51:01.:51:04.

will look at his own performances and I'm sure he will come back

:51:04.:51:12.

stronger. We struggled to slow Vettel down. We kept telling him to

:51:13.:51:17.

not go so fast. It is a great pairing for our staff and I'm

:51:17.:51:20.

delighted they're both with us next year. Do you think Mark Webber can

:51:20.:51:26.

take the challenge to Vettel next year? I think it was a body punch

:51:26.:51:31.

for mark this year. As Christian has said, form of your life, how

:51:31.:51:37.

long can that form continued? Sports stars have in and out

:51:37.:51:42.

sequences. Can Sebastiaan keep it up? If he can't and Mark can come

:51:42.:51:47.

back up -- at him, it can be a really big tussle. We want to see a

:51:47.:51:52.

bigger fight. We want to see them fighting all the way through the

:51:52.:51:57.

grid. We need people like McLaren and Ferrari and Mercedes and other

:51:57.:52:00.

teams to pick up their game and take it to you because as much as

:52:00.:52:06.

we like you, Christian, we don't want you up here all the time!

:52:06.:52:12.

has been a phenomenal year. That was their 12th victory, we have won

:52:12.:52:17.

24 races out of the last 31 event. It is an enormous strike rate. We

:52:17.:52:21.

have one event left. The cars are running in Milton Keynes as a

:52:21.:52:26.

celebration this year. December 10th, we will be there. No points

:52:26.:52:31.

for that one! On behalf of all of us, thank you for the entertainment.

:52:31.:52:36.

Please don't dominate next season as you have this one! Next year you

:52:36.:52:41.

can go for the hat-trick, thank you. Let's hear from the men who have

:52:41.:52:46.

delivered that hat-trick for Red Bull. The race winner, Mark Webber.

:52:46.:52:51.

A win to take you into the winter, how are you feeling? Very good. I

:52:51.:53:00.

have felt good all weekend. Today I had a little bit of the rub of the

:53:00.:53:09.

green. Seb had a little bit of a problem. A win which you will take,

:53:09.:53:16.

for sure, because I've had enough bad luck. That is how motor sport

:53:16.:53:25.

goes sometimes. A very important win for me and the team. I enjoyed

:53:25.:53:31.

the last few laps. It is always nice when you can pay it a bit

:53:31.:53:37.

later than people. I enjoyed doing the last few laps. It was a nice

:53:37.:53:41.

way to finish. But I want to dedicate this win to a close friend

:53:41.:53:46.

of myself and my family, Bob Woods. He is very ill at the moment so

:53:46.:53:51.

this win is for him. Sebastien, you compare yourself to Ayrton Senna in

:53:51.:53:57.

1991, nursing a gearbox problem. Describe the struggle you had?

:53:57.:54:01.

differences he won! It was a real shame because I had a good start

:54:01.:54:08.

and had a good feeling. But very early I got the call that we had to

:54:08.:54:12.

manage a gearbox problem. I had to turn down the engine, short shift,

:54:12.:54:17.

and it was getting worse throughout the race. I ended up using high a

:54:17.:54:22.

gear is pretty much everywhere and that is wide the comparison came

:54:22.:54:27.

into my head. Nevertheless, Mark drove a fantastic race and he

:54:27.:54:32.

deserved to win. I don't really fancy... I don't like calling this

:54:32.:54:37.

bad luck. If something like this happens, it is not in your hands.

:54:37.:54:44.

But I still tried to do my best, I tried to keep the gap to Fernando

:54:44.:54:51.

and Jenson macro at the end. We had a pretty amazing season and I think

:54:51.:54:59.

it would be over the top to be upset now. We will take second

:54:59.:55:03.

place, a one-two finish for the team. It has been a phenomenal year

:55:03.:55:09.

and a very strong finish as well. Now I think we are ready for the

:55:09.:55:14.

winter and looking forward to the break. We can come back as strong

:55:14.:55:19.

as this year hopefully. Well done. Jenson, a fighting drive to the

:55:19.:55:24.

podium after losing a place to Fernando Alonso earlier. Yes, it

:55:24.:55:29.

was a difficult race for me on the softer tyres. Fernando was very

:55:29.:55:34.

close out of turn five so I covered the line into six. Normally NEC

:55:34.:55:37.

place to block, but I looked at where he was and when I looked

:55:37.:55:41.

forward, there was a lot of debris on the inside. I think it was

:55:41.:55:46.

Michael's tie and a bitter front wing. I did not want to drive

:55:46.:55:52.

through it and I could not pull to the left. That was a bit

:55:52.:55:57.

disappointing and a bit unlucky. But I did not have the pace on the

:55:57.:56:02.

soft tyres. We decided to put the hard tyre on for the last two

:56:02.:56:06.

stints and it worked pretty well. Especially the last stint when I

:56:06.:56:12.

could hunt down Fernando. Ferrari struggled on the hard tyres. I was

:56:12.:56:22.
:56:22.:56:26.

able to make the pass, but third Jenson Button, who has been on the

:56:26.:56:31.

podium race after race. We round of 2011 saying that Red Bull could not

:56:31.:56:36.

be caught and the same applies to today. Felipe Massa might be

:56:36.:56:46.
:56:46.:57:12.

pleased to finish 5th. We will talk teams at the back, but not for

:57:12.:57:22.

Lotus. They finished in tenth place. The name you would pick out his

:57:22.:57:27.

Adrian Sutil, very pleased with ninth place. Without doubt. Driver

:57:27.:57:32.

of the day. He was magnificent at bringing back Carter's sixth place.

:57:32.:57:42.
:57:42.:58:05.

It finished with Jenson Button the year, emphatic today. Dominant

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for the position he is in, Force India chlorine they were back

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into contention? It was a very good performance by them and for Toro

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performance by them and for Toro Rosso and Sauber. Maybe it

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surprises. David has dropped down to join us. How did you enjoy that?

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Your last commentary of 2011. wasn't as much on-track action as

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we've seen, but the strategies were very interesting. Watching the cat

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and mouse of the pace of the cars, Ferrari looked strong at the start,

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great comeback from Jenson Button. The Red Bull engineers are amazed

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Sebastien could get the car around in the lap times he was doing and

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get it to the finish. In the end it was a fitting victory for Mark

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Webber. He has been greater round here before and no one begrudges

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him that. It would have been very hard for said to let Mark through

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as he did. Give us an idea of how hard it would have been full set

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out there, short shifting. You lose lap time. It is easy to do the

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short shift, you just follow the lights and you'll feel you -- you

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can feel you have to shift early. It will not have been difficult for

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him to give up the position. He has had an amazing season. He has not

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done it alone. Let's talk about Paul di Resta. 27 points in his

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Ball, eighth place for you today, more points at the end of your

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rookie season. How are you you feeling? Quite relieved, we just

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have not been able to get top speed out of the car this weekend. We

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went on two stocks, probably three stops would have been a bit quicker,

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but qualifying hampers that a bit. After a failure with KERS, and with

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the gearbox, for the last 25 laps, I was a bit nervous. But we got

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home in the end, and we were able to manage the gap to conjure. To

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get sixth place in the Constructors' Championship is a

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good job, narrowly missing out on Renault, but we will live to tell

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the tale, and keep fighting hopefully for another year. What a

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difference a year makes. You were a spectator here last year. And this

:00:49.:00:55.

time you were overtaking Michael Schumacher. Yes, it has been a good

:00:55.:00:58.

ear, a long year, I'm disappointed it is over, because you always want

:00:58.:01:02.

to continue. But it is good to recharge the batteries. Everybody

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can go and spend time with their family, and come back fighting. I

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want to say thank you to them all, it has been a great year, it has

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been an ambition of mine to drive in Formula 1, you cannot believe

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how happy I am at the moment to have completed the first season.

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Will you be back with Force India next season? I definitely hope so.

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A decision should be imminent. We are staying positive. We will focus

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on the winter ahead and come back strong. Well done, Paul di Resta,

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the first man since Jackie Stewart to score points in his first two

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Grand Prix, Scottish driver, that is. It will be a tough decision for

:01:41.:01:46.

them, had to let go, will it be them, had to let go, will it be

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Paul, will it be Adrian? You can see highlights tonight, and we are

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back next year. Sadly, there is a bit of a wait. But we will be back

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on the 17th of March for the first race of next season, all of the

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 65 seconds

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to these guys. What a great season. We will be here doing more of the

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same next season, don't you worry. Just to explain how it works next

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year, we will not have every race live, as we have done for the past

:03:15.:03:21.

three seasons, however, you can see 10 races live on the BBC. For the

:03:21.:03:24.

early morning races, such as Australia and Malaysia, we will be

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with you at two o'clock in the afternoon, for a full re-run. David,

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what are you most looking forward to? Formula 1, the excitement, the

:03:39.:03:43.

development, the racing between the teams, the drivers going wheel to

:03:43.:03:46.

wheel on track. I have absolutely loved this season, thank you,

:03:46.:03:49.

loved this season, thank you, gentleman. Also this year, on the

:03:49.:03:53.

forum, we have had lots of driver interviews. And next year we will

:03:53.:03:58.

be able to share those with people in the evening, on BBC One, because

:03:58.:04:01.

we will be hanging around late into the night. Indeed, and very often

:04:01.:04:04.

we have not got the answers in the immediate aftermath of the Grand

:04:04.:04:08.

Prix, which gives us the opportunity to delve deep and come

:04:08.:04:12.

back on the same day with that information, as to why the race

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played out the way it did. We were not expecting three stops this

:04:16.:04:21.

afternoon, everybody expected two stops. We had to adapt ourselves as

:04:21.:04:24.

we were going through the commentary. In terms of the racing,

:04:24.:04:30.

Red Bull have now said to everybody, come on, try and challenge us. And

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the others have to deliver. They have been off the pace, compared to

:04:35.:04:39.

what Red Bull are able to do. The others need to up their game. We

:04:39.:04:43.

need bigger excitement, we need a big mish-mash of everything that is

:04:43.:04:47.

possible to give us a big challenge to Red Bull. I want to see that.

:04:47.:04:52.

you think that will happen? To be honest, I don't know. I will tell

:04:52.:04:56.

you what will happen. Yes, they will take the challenge to them.

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But what I would like to say on behalf of everybody at BBC Sport is,

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thank you very much for your company over this past season. We

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have all enjoyed bringing you the races. The message is building, the

:05:08.:05:12.

bar has been raised, can anyone now come with a decent challenge? We

:05:13.:05:22.
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That was amazing, thank you so much! Yes! Yes! Alonso leading the

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race. Magical, Michael... Brilliant, Jenson, absolutely brilliant.

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really watching this, this is just the best racing ever. A new world

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 65 seconds

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# We met with a goodbye kiss. # It all kicked off. # I had no choice.

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# You said that you didn't mind. # May be the days we had are gone.

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# Living in silence for far too long. # No more laughs.

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Jake Humphrey, David Coulthard, Eddie Jordan and Martin Brundle are in Sao Paulo for live coverage of the Brazilian Grand Prix, the final race of the 2011 Formula One season.

Sebastian Vettel was crowned champion for the second time in Japan but will be looking to end the season with yet another win. Brazil has been a happy hunting ground for Vettel's Red Bull team. The German won the 2010 race, while team-mate Mark Webber was victorious in 2008 and 2009.

Brits Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button finished fourth and fifth respectively last year and will be looking to make a bigger impression this time out.

The Formula One forum is available on the Red Button from 1815.


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