CHAMPIONSHIP GOES DOWN TO THE WIRE
The 2010 Formula One Drivers' World Championship will be decided at the last race of the season after Sebastian Vettel kept his title hopes alive with victory in the Brazilian Grand Prix.
Starting behind the surprise pole-sitter Nico Hulkenberg, Vettel made quick work of the Williams and used Bridgestone's super-soft Potenza tyres to good effect in establishing a lead he would never relinquish.
"The weather was very different from qualifying's damp conditions and we started the race with a very green track," said Hirohide Hamashima, Bridgestone's Director of Motorsport Tyre Development.
"This meant that the super soft compound was less durable at the start of the race when the track surface was at its worst. Overall, our tyres performed very well whatever the weather conditions over this weekend so I am very satisfied."
Mark Webber finished in second, making it another Red Bull one-two and clinching the Constructors' Championship for the team. However the Australian still trails Fernando Alonso by eight points after the Ferrari driver finished third.
"I took a few points off Fernando today, so it's still all to play for in Abu Dhabi. The team's philosophy is that we race and we will work to that. Seb deserved the win today - it was a close fight. Both of us need to finish ahead of Fernando in Abu Dhabi, so let's see what happens there."
The teams have no time to rest before the final event, with just a seven-day break before the Abu Dhabi race. And Alonso knows exactly what he has to do to win his third World Championship crown.
"I just need to finish second. It doesn't matter who wins if I finish second. The main goal is to be on pole and win the race. If we cannot do that, we try to be second," he said.
|1. ||Fernando Alonso (Sp) ||Ferrari ||246 points |
|2. ||Mark Webber (Aus) ||Red Bull ||238 |
|3. ||Sebastian Vettel (Ger) ||Red Bull ||231 |
|4. ||Lewis Hamilton (GB) ||McLaren ||222 |