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Webber wins at Interlagos

Saturday’s qualifying session for the last race of the season was once again dominated by Sebastian Vettel who did his fastest lap in 1m 11.918s. His lap was quicker than Webber’s by only 0.181s, while Button and Hamilton grabbed the third and fourth place on the grid, ahead of Ferrari’s Alonso and Nico Rosberg from Mercedes GP. With this pole position, the double world champion Sebastian Vettel has beaten Nigel Mansell’s 1992 record for the most poles in one season. However, Mansell had only 16 races to grab 14 pole positions.

Here are the results of the qualifying session for the last race of the season:

1. Sebastian Vettel Germany Red Bull-Renault 1m 11.918s
2. Mark Webber Australia Red Bull-Renault 1m 12.099s
3. Jenson Button Britain McLaren-Mercedes 1m 12.283s
4. Lewis Hamilton Britain McLaren-Mercedes 1m 12.480s
5. Fernando Alonso Spain Ferrari-Ferrari 1m 12.591s
6. Nico Rosberg Germany Mercedes-Mercedes 1m 13.050s
7 Felipe Massa Brazil Ferrari-Ferrari 1m 13.068s
8. Adrian Sutil Germany Force India-Mercedes 1m 13.298s
9. Bruno Senna Brazil Renault-Renault 1m 13.761s
10. Michael Schumacher Germany Mercedes-Mercedes no time Q3

11. Paul di Resta Britain Force India-Mercedes 1m 13.584s
12. Rubens Barrichello Brazil Williams-Cosworth 1m 13.801s
13. Jaime Alguersuari Spain Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m 13.804s
14. Sebastien Buemi Switzerland Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m 13.919s
15. Vitaly Petrov Russia Renault-Renault 1m 14.053s
16. Kamui Kobayashi Japan Sauber-Ferrari 1m 14.129s
17. Sergio Perez Mexico Sauber-Ferrari 1m 14.182s

18. Pastor Maldonado Venezuela Williams-Cosworth 1m 14.625s
19. Heikki Kovalainen Finland Lotus-Renault 1m 15.068s
20. Jarno Trulli Italy Lotus-Renault 1m 15.358s
21 Vitantonio Liuzzi Italy HRT-Cosworth 1m 16.631s
22. Daniel Ricciardo Australia HRT-Cosworth 1m 16.890s
23 Jerome d’Ambrosio Belgium Virgin-Cosworth 1m 17.019s
24. Timo Glock Germany Virgin-Cosworth 1m 17.060s

As for the race, it was the first win of the season for Mark Webber but many people consider it as not being a fair one, since Vettel had some mysterious gearbox problems with his car. We say mysterious because after Webber passed him those problems disappeared and Vettel had no problems holding on to his second place despite the fact that the second and third gear were apparently not working. The problems with the gearbox were only obvious until the moment Webber took the first place. After that, it was smooth sailing for both Red Bull drivers.

Lewis Hamilton had to retire from the race because of some real problems with the car’s gearbox, while the third place on the podium was occupied by Button who managed to secure the second place on the end of the season, ahead of Ferrari’s Alonso who finished the Brazilian GP in fourth place. Massa managed to finish the Interlagos race on fifth place, followed by Adrian Sutil from Force India who grabbed the sixth place.

On the seventh spot finished Nico Rosberg from Mercedes GP, followed by Paul di Resta, Kobayashi and Renault’s Vitaly Petrov. The seven times world champion Michael Schumacher had to settle for a disappointing 15th place, while local driver Rubens Barrichello was one place ahead of Schumi. This was probably the last race for Rubens in his career that started 19 years ago.

Here are the results of the 2011 Brazilian GP:

1. Mark Webber Australia Red Bull-Renault 71 laps 1hr 32m 17.434s
2. Sebastian Vettel Germany Red Bull-Renault +00m 16.9s
3. Jenson Button Britain McLaren-Mercedes +00m 27.6s
4. Fernando Alonso Spain Ferrari-Ferrari +00m 35.0s
5. Felipe Massa Brazil Ferrari-Ferrari +01m 06.7s
6. Adrian Sutil Germany Force India-Mercedes +1 lap
7. Nico Rosberg Germany Mercedes-Mercedes +1 lap
8. Paul di Resta Britain Force India-Mercedes +1 lap
9. Kamui Kobayashi Japan Sauber-Ferrari +1 lap
10. Vitaly Petrov Russia Renault-Renault +1 lap

11. Jaime Alguersuari Spain Toro Rosso-Ferrari +1 lap
12. Sebastien Buemi Switzerland Toro Rosso-Ferrari +1 lap
13. Sergio Perez Mexico Sauber-Ferrari +1 lap
14. Rubens Barrichello Brazil Williams-Cosworth +1 lap
15. Michael Schumacher Germany Mercedes-Mercedes +1 lap
16. Heikki Kovalainen Finland Lotus-Renault +2 laps
17. Bruno Senna Brazil Renault-Renault +2 laps
18. Jarno Trulli Italy Lotus-Renault +2 laps
19. Jerome d’Ambrosio Belgium Virgin-Cosworth +3 lap
20. Daniel Ricciardo Australia HRT-Cosworth +3 laps

These are the final drivers’ standings for the 2011 F1 season:

POSITION DRIVER TEAM POINTS
1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing
392
2 Jenson Button Vodafone McLaren Mercedes
270
3 Mark Webber Red Bull Racing
258
4 Fernando Alonso Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro
257
5 Lewis Hamilton Vodafone McLaren Mercedes
227
6 Felipe Massa Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro
118
7 Nico Rosberg Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team
89
8 Michael Schumacher Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team
76
9 Adrian Sutil Force India F1 Team
42
10 Vitaly Petrov Lotus Renault GP
37
11 Nick Heidfeld Lotus Renault GP
34
12 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber F1 Team
30
13 Paul di Resta Force India F1 Team
27
14 Jaime Alguersuari Scuderia Toro Rosso
26
15 Sebastien Buemi Scuderia Toro Rosso
15
16 Sergio Perez Sauber F1 Team
14
17 Rubens Barrichello AT&T Williams
4
18 Bruno Senna Lotus Renault GP
2
19 Pastor Maldonado AT&T Williams
1
20 Jarno Trulli Team Lotus
0
= Heikki Kovalainen Team Lotus
0
= Narain Karthikeyan Hispania Racing F1 Team
0
= Vitantonio Liuzzi Hispania Racing F1 Team
0
= Timo Glock Marussia Virgin Racing
0
= Jerome d’Ambrosio Marussia Virgin Racing
0
= Daniel Ricciardo Hispania Racing F1 Team
0
= Karun Chandhok Team Lotus
0

And here are how things look in the constructors’ championship:

POSITION TEAM POINTS
1 Red Bull Racing
650
2 Vodafone McLaren Mercedes
497
3 Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro
375
4 Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team
165
5 Lotus Renault GP
73
6 Force India F1 Team
69
7 Sauber F1 Team
44
8 Scuderia Toro Rosso
41
9 AT&T Williams
5
10 Team Lotus
0
= Hispania Racing F1 Team
0
= Marussia Virgin Racing
0

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