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The changing conditions made Brazilian Grand Prix and an interesting race and season finale. Title challenger Sebastian Vettel made contact with Bruno Senna on the very first corner and slipped to back of the field. He then put on an impressive drive to finish in 6th place and take the title. Alonso finished in 2nd place but that wasn't enough for the Spaniard to secure his 3rd title. Button made the right call when it came to tyres and went on to win the race. Hulkenberg was also impressive and might have won the race or at least finished on the podium without that costly mistake.
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Qualifying has been a major weakness for Button but he covered that up in Brazil as he qualified his car in 2nd place alongside teammate Lewis Hamilton. He lost a place to Massa at the start but regained the same and then moved into lead with a DRS pass on Hamilton. Button has always been known for his calls during mixed conditions and he stayed on slicks while everyone(except Hulkenberg) switched to intermediates starting lap 10. That was the right call as rain soon eased and other drivers had to revert to slicks. He then lost the lead to Hulkenberg and Safety Car ruined the lead of both the drivers over rest of the field. After the action resumed, Hamilton overtook Button pushing latter down in 3rd place. Hulkenberg later made contact with Hamilton and was given a drive through penalty while the latter immediately retired from the race. This promoted Button to 1st place and he then controlled the scene to win his 3rd race of the season.
Fernando Alonso had a 13 point deficit to Vettel at the start of the race meaning he had to finish on the podium to have any chance of winning the title. In qualifying, those hopes started to disappear as he could only qualify in 8th place on a wet setup. That 8th place was turned into 7th place on the grid after Maldonado's penalty. At the start he gained two places to Vettel and Hulkenberg and further two to Massa and Webber in next few laps as he moved up to 3rd place behind the two McLarens. However, as it started to rain, he ran wide at Senna S on lap 5 losing two positions in the process. In the latter part of the race, he gained two positions from Hulkenberg-Hamilton accident and one from Massa to move into 2nd place. But that wasn't enough as Spaniard lost the drivers by a margin of 3 points.
Nico Hulkenberg looked strong throughout the weekend on a track which suits Force India. He qualified his VJM05 in 7th place and that was turned into 6th place on the grid after Maldonado's penalty. At the start of the race, he lost a position to Alonso but regained the place after Spaniard went wide at Senna S. He then stayed out on slicks like Button when it started to rain and it was the right call as the time they lost on slick tyres was far less then time required to do an additional stop. Moreover, rain soon eased and drivers who switched to inters had to revert back to slicks. He then overtook Button at the long back straight to take the lead. After the field was closed down by the Safety Car, he made a small mistake and lost the lead to Hamilton. On lap 57, in a bid to use backmarkers to regain the race lead, he lost his rear and made contact with Hamilton forcing the latter into retirement. Hulkenberg was given a drive through penalty and that slipped him down in 5th place. Without the accident he might have won the race or at least finished on the podium.
Vettel couldn't match the McLarens in qualifying or his teammate as he qualifed down in 4th place. He made a clear getaway at the start but was blocked by Webber and then Senna hit him at the back forcing him to spin. He did incur damage to his car but he continued from back of the grid. He then put on a amazing charge as he continued to gain places even after pitting for inters and was in top 10 by lap 14. The German was also benefited from first Safety Car period which closed on the gap. After safety car went in to the pits, Vettel continued his charge and finished in 6th place with a damaged car to take his 3rd successive F1 title.
Felipe Massa had a amazing start, just like he had at Monza and moved up into 2nd place by the time he approached Senna S. He then soon lost a few positions and settled in 5th place behind teammate Fernando Alonso. He pitted on lap 15 for medium tyres but realized that they weren't the right tyres so he had to make an additional stop to change to inters. He charged his way back to the field and moved up into 2nd place following Hamilton-Hulkenberg crash. The Brazilian lost 2nd place to Alonso but stayed on in 3rd to score his second podium of the season.