F1 Driver of the Day: Brazilian Grand Prix


Rain or no rain, the Brazilian Grand Prix at least provided action that had been missing from some of the earlier races this season, but who stood out at the finale?

Perhaps as expected after his stellar qualifying run, Sebastian Vettel took another victory, equalling the records of Alberto Ascari and Michael Schumacher for consecutive wins and wins in a season respectively. The German was in no mood to be charitable towards Red Bull team-mate Mark Webber as he cruised to a ten-second victory, his 13th of 2013.

The gap to Webber, reduced during a hasty stacked pit-stop when the safety car threatened, was artificially extended again as the Australian spent his final lap trying to unhook his HANS device in order to remove his helmet for the slow-down lap - his last in an F1 car before he heads to sportscars with Porsche. A poor getaway gave Webber work to do, as did a slow first stop, but he responded with some typically feisty driving, prompting team boss Christian Horner to question whether retirement was the right decision...

Fernando Alonso took third place from third on the grid, the mixed conditions he craved not arriving in time for him to challenge the Red Bulls. The Spaniard despatched Nico Rosberg's Mercedes with comparative ease, but twice fell victim to the charging Webber before joining his friend and rival on the podium.

Jenson Button had promised a run for the podium in the build-up to the race, but 14th on the grid did not bode well for the Briton. However, having opted for a dry set-up, and started on the harder Pirelli, Button was able to make up early places, eventually securing fourth place and McLaren's best result of a sorry season.

Rosberg, carrying more rear wing, had to settle for fifth place - enough to secure Mercedes second in the constructors' championship - but was under pressure from the second McLaren of Sergio Perez in the closing stages. The Mexican had come from 19th on the grid after requiring a gearbox change following his qualifying accident, but put himself firmly in the shop window as he looks for a drive next season...

Behind the McLaren, Felipe Massa overcame a harsh drive-thru' penalty - from crossing the pit-lane entry more than once - to come home seventh. Dropping from a potential fourth, however, was enough to ensure that Ferrari had to settle for third in the teams' table...

Nico Hulkenberg gave Sauber another points finish on what is likely to be his final race with the Swiss team, and had enough in hand to keep Lewis Hamilton at bay after the Briton was handed a penalty for causing an accident with Valtteri Bottas.

Daniel Ricciardo, meanwhile, claimed the final point of the season, denying Paul di Resta a potential scoring farewell to F1.

But who impressed you the most? Was Vettel's front-running performance the one to catch the eye, or did someone else deeper in the pack, grab your attention?

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F1 Driver of the Day: Brazilian Grand Prix







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