Brazil Grand Prix (2011) RESULTSun, 27 Nov 2011 00:00:00 -0800
Brazil Grand Prix 2011 F1
It’s familiar territory in the return to Brazil for the last F1 race of the season. Red Bull front row, McLaren second row. Will Vettel win the last race?
The Brazil Grand Prix is the last of the year, a year dominated by Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull, and sees Red Bull on the front row of the grid, with Vettel in pole and Webber alongside.
Not that the result makes too much difference. Red Bull has the drivers’ and constructors’ title sewn up, Vettel achieved a record 15 pole positions in a season here in Brazil, so most of what’s worth playing for is done and dusted. Except 2nd place in the drivers championship.
As expected, the Red Bulls took off in to the distance followed by Button and Alonso, who got the jump on Hamilton for fourth and eventually pulled a great overtake on Button to take third
But Vettel declared gearbox problems (although they may have been ‘political’) and let Webber through for his first win of the season.
However, Vettel’s gearbox problems weren’t so bad that anyone could take him for second place. Make of that what you will.
Hamilton seemed to be back on form, but he also had (non-political) gearbox problems and had to call it a day, whilst battling for fifth with Massa.
As the race drew to a close Button pulled off an even more stunning overtake on Alonso to reclaim third position and actually looked as if he could, given a bit more time, have taken Vettel for second. Assuming Vettel’s gearbox problems were real.
Hard to get too excited when the big prizes were done and dusted, but Button deserved his second place in the drivers championship and Webber his first victory for a very long time.
And that’s it until 2012.
By Cars UK