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Formula One - Brazilian Grand Prix Preview

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DATE: Sunday, November 27th
SITE: Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace in Interlagos (1990) -- Sao Paulo, Brazil
TRACK: 4.309 km (2.677 miles), 15-turn road course (10 left and 5 right)
ANNUAL: 39th
TELEVISION: Speed Channel
START TIME: 11 a.m. (et)
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Sebastian Vettel
RUNNER-UP: Mark Webber
POLE WINNER: Nico Hulkenberg (Finished 8th)
LAPS: 71
MILES: 190.067 (305.909 km)
QUALIFYING RECORD: Rubens Barrichello, 2004 (1 minute, 10.646 seconds)
RACE RECORD: Juan Pablo Montoya, 2004 (1 hour, 28 minutes, 01.451 seconds)
 
2010 Finish
FinishDriverStartFinishDriverStart
1Sebastian Vettel26Nico Rosberg13
2Mark Webber37Michael Schumacher8
3Fernando Alonso58Nico Hulkenberg1
4Lewis Hamilton49Robert Kubica9
5Jenson Button1110Kamui Kobayashi12
2010 Brazilian Grand Prix Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 196.944 k.p.h.
TIME OF RACE: 1 hour, 33 minutes, 11.803 seconds
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 4.243 seconds
CARS RUNNING AT FINISH: 22
CARS ON FINAL LAP: 17
FASTEST LAP: Lewis Hamilton, 1:13.851, Lap 66
POLE WINNER: Nico Hulkenberg (1:14.470)
Past Brazilian Grand Prix Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
2010 -- Sebastian Vettel (2nd) -- Red Bull-Renault -- 196.944 kph/1:33:11.803
2009 -- Mark Webber (2nd) -- Red Bull-Renault -- 198.697 k.p.h./1:32:23.081
2008 -- Felipe Massa (1st) -- Ferrari -- 194.865 k.p.h./1:34:11.435
2007 -- Kimi Raikkonen (3rd) -- Ferrari -- 207.972 k.p.h./1:28:15.270
2006 -- Felipe Massa (1st) -- Ferrari -- 199.731 k.p.h./1:31:53.751
2005 -- Juan Pablo Montoya (2nd) -- Williams-BMW -- 205.439 k.p.h./1:29:20.574
2004 -- Juan Pablo Montoya (2nd) -- Williams-BMW -- 208.516 k.p.h./1:28:01.451
2003 -- Giancarlo Fisichella (8th) -- Jordan-Ford -- 152.902 kph/1:31:17.748
2002 -- Michael Schumacher (2nd) -- Ferrari -- 200.098 k.p.h./1:31:43.663
2001 -- David Coulthard (5th) -- McLaren-Mercedes -- 185.373 k.p.h/1:39:00.834
2000 -- Michael Schumacher (3rd) -- Ferrari -- 1:31:35.271
1999 -- Mika Hakkinen (1st) -- McLaren-Mercedes -- 1:36:03.785
1998 -- Mika Hakkinen (1st) -- McLaren-Mercedes -- 1:37:11.747
1997 -- Jacques Villeneuve (1st) -- Williams-Renault -- 1:36:06.990
1996 -- Damon Hill (1st) -- Williams-Renault -- 1:49:52.976
1995 -- Michael Schumacher (2nd) -- Bennetton-Renault -- 1:38:34.154
1994 -- Michael Schumacher (2nd) -- Bennetton-Ford -- 1:35:38.759
1993 -- Ayrton Senna (3rd) -- McLaren-Ford -- 1:51:15.485
1992 -- Nigel Mansell (1st) -- Williams-Renault -- 1:36:51.85
1991 -- Ayrton Senna (1st) -- McLaren-Honda -- 1:38:28.128
1990 -- Alain Prost (6th) -- Ferrari -- 1:37:21.258
1989 -- Nigel Mansell (6th) -- Ferrari -- 1:38:58.744
1988 -- Alain Prost (3rd) -- McLaren-Honda -- 1:36:06.857
1987 -- Alain Prost (5th) -- McLaren-TAG -- 1:39:45.141
1986 -- Nelson Piquet (2nd) -- Williams-Honda -- 1:39:32.583
1985 -- Alain Prost (6th) -- McLaren-TAG -- 1:41:26.115
1984 -- Alain Prost (4th) -- McLaren-TAG -- 1:42:34.492
1983 -- Nelson Piquet (4th) -- Brabham-BMW -- 1:48:27.731
1982 -- Alain Prost (1st) -- Renault -- 1:44:33.134
1981 -- Carlos Reutemann (2nd) -- Williams-Ford -- 2:00:23.66
1980 -- Rene Arnoux (6th) -- Renault -- 1:40:01.33
1979 -- Jacques Laffite (1st) -- Ligier-Ford -- 1:40:09.64
1978 -- Carlos Reutemann (4th) -- Ferrari -- 1:49:59.86
1977 -- Carlos Reutemann (2nd) -- Ferrari -- 1:45:07.72
1976 -- Niki Lauda (2nd) -- Ferrari -- 1:45:16.78
1975 -- Carlos Pace (6th) -- Brabham-Ford -- 1:44:41.17
1974 -- Emerson Fittipaldi (1st) -- McLaren-Ford -- 1:24:37.06
1973 -- Emerson Fittipaldi (2nd) -- Lotus-Ford -- 1:43:55.6
Past Brazilian Grand Prix Pole Winners (Finish)
2010 -- Nico Hulkenberg -- 8th
2009 -- Rubens Barrichello -- 8th
2008 -- Felipe Massa -- 1st
2007 -- Felipe Massa -- 2nd
2006 -- Felipe Massa -- 1st
2005 -- Fernando Alonso -- 3rd
2004 -- Rubens Barrichello -- 3rd
2003 -- Rubens Barrichello -- 11th
2002 -- Juan Pablo Montoya -- 5th
2001 -- Michael Schumacher -- 2nd
2000 -- Mika Hakkinen -- 14th
1999 -- Mika Hakkinen -- 1st
1998 -- Mika Hakkinen -- 1st
1997 -- Jacques Villeneuve -- 1st
1996 -- Damon Hill -- 1st
1995 -- Damon Hill -- 16th
1994 -- Ayrton Senna -- 13th
1993 -- Alain Prost -- 16th
1992 -- Nigel Mansell -- 1st
1991 -- Ayrton Senna -- 1st
1990 -- Ayrton Senna -- 3rd
1989 -- Ayrton Senna -- 11th
1988 -- Ayrton Senna -- Disqualified
1987 -- Nigel Mansell -- 6th
1986 -- Ayrton Senna -- 2nd
1985 -- Michele Alboreto -- 2nd
1984 -- Elio de Angelis -- 3rd
1983 -- Keke Rosberg -- Disqualified
1982 -- Alain Prost -- 1st
1981 -- Nelson Piquet -- 12th
1980 -- Jean-Pierre Jabouille -- 18th
1979 -- Jacques Laffite -- 1st
1978 -- Ronnie Peterson -- 18th
1977 -- James Hunt -- 2nd
1976 -- James Hunt -- 16th
1975 -- Jean-Pierre Jarier -- 16th
1974 -- Emerson Fittipaldi -- 1st
1973 -- Ronnie Peterson -- 18th
Last Race Results
RACE: Abu Dhabi Grand Prix (November 13th)
SITE: Yas Marina Circuit -- Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
LAPS: 55
MILES: 189.738
WINNER: Lewis Hamilton
RUNNER-UP: Fernando Alonso
THIRD: Jenson Button
FOURTH: Mark Webber
FIFTH: Felipe Massa
POLE WINNER: Sebastian Vettel (Finished 24th)
TIME OF RACE: 1 hour, 37 minutes, 11.886 seconds
AVERAGE SPEED: 188.494 k.p.h.
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 8.457 seconds
Brazilian Grand Prix Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
1 *Sebastian Vettel (Heppenheim, Germ)Renault/Red Bull
2Mark Webber (Queanbeyan, Australia)Renault/Red Bull
3Lewis Hamilton (Stevenage, England)Mercedes/McLaren Vodafone
4Jenson Button (Frome, England)Mercedes/McLaren Vodafone
5Fernando Alonso (Oviedo, Spain)Ferrari/Marlboro
6Felipe Massa (Sao Paulo, Brazil)Ferrari/Marlboro
7Michael Schumacher (Germany)Mercedes GP/Petronas
8Nico Rosberg (Wiesbaden, Germany)Mercedes GP/Petronas
9Bruno Senna (Sao Paulo, Brazil)Renault/Lotus Renault GP
10Vitaly Petrov (Vyborg, Russia)Renault/Lotus Renault GP
11Rubens Barrichello (Sao Paulo, Brz)Cosworth/AT&T Williams
12Pastor Maldonado (Venezuela)Cosworth/AT&T Williams
14Adrian Sutil (Grafelfing, Germany)Mercedes/Force India
15Paul di Resta (Livingston, Scotland)Mercedes/Force India
16Kamui Kobayashi (Amagasaki, Japan)Ferrari/BMW Sauber
17Sergio Perez (Guadalajara, Mexico)Ferrari/BMW Sauber
18Sebastien Buemi (Aigle, Switzerland)Ferrari/Red Bull/Toro Rosso
19Jaime Alguersuari (Barcelona, Spain)Ferrari/Red Bull/Toro Rosso
20Heikki Kovalainen (Finland)Renault/Lotus
21Jarno Trulli (Pescara, Italy)Renault/Lotus
22Daniel Ricciardo (Perth, Australia)Cosworth/HRT
23Vitantonio Liuzzi (Italy)Cosworth/HRT
24Timo Glock (Lindenfels, Germany)Cosworth/Marussia Virgin
25Jerome d'Ambrosio (Etterbeek, Belg)Cosworth/Marussia Virgin
 
* - defending champion.
 
Leading Contenders (Finish the last nine years)
Driver200220032004200520062007200820092010
Sebastian Vettel---------------18th4th4thWon
Mark Webber------18th17th21st20th9thWon2nd
Fernando Alonso---3rd4th3rd2nd3rd2nd20th3rd
Lewis Hamilton---------------7th5th3rd4th
Jenson Button4th12th20th7th3rd19th13th5th5th
Nico Rosberg------------22nd4th12th16th6th
Michael SchumacherWon14th7th4th4th---------7th
Felipe Massa16th---8th11thWon2ndWon---15th
 
Mover of the Week
Rubens Barrichello - Started in the 24th position and finished 12th
 
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Sebastian Vettel
Darkhorse - Adrian Sutil
 
Last Week's Pick to Win (Sebastian Vettel) - Finished 24th
Last Week's Darkhorse (Michael Schumacher) - Finished 7th
 
NOTES:
After a campaign that began on March 27 in Melbourne, Australia, the 2011 Formula One season concludes with this weekend's Brazilian Grand Prix -- the 19th round on the calendar.

Both the driver's and constructors' championships were decided last month, with Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull Racing claiming their second consecutive titles.

Vettel's hopes of tying Michael Schumacher's season-record of 13 wins were punctured in the very early going of last week's Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. The Red Bull driver started on the pole but suffered a flat tire and spun out on the opening lap. He sustained suspension damage in the process and became the first competitor out of the event. It was the first retirement for Vettel since October 2010 in the Korean Grand Prix. He has won 11 races and had finished no worse than fourth in the first 17 grand prix this season.

There is one more record opportunity left for Vettel this year. If the young German grabs the top starting position for the Brazilian GP, he will set a record for most poles wins in a season. His pole in the Abu Dhabi GP matched Nigel Mansell's 1992 season record of 14.

Last year, Vettel quickly passed pole sitter Nico Hulkenberg for the lead on the opening lap and then dominated from there on the 2.677-mile (4.309- kilometer) Interlagos circuit. It was his fifth win of 2010, as he captured the F1 championship.

Mark Webber from Red Bull took the lead after the first round of stops, and then easily held off Robert Kubica and Lewis Hamilton to capture the 2009 race. The real story that season was that Jenson Button clinched the 2009 Formula One world championship with a fifth-place finish in Brazil.

After starting from a low position of 14th, Button made several key overtaking maneuvers and steadily made his way through the field. His Brawn teammate and closest title contender Rubens Barrichello, a native of Sao Paulo, started on the pole but faded after making his first pit stop. Barrichello ran fourth in the closing laps before suffering a punctured left-front tire which led to an eighth-place finish for the hometown favorite.

In 2008, Felipe Massa claimed the final race of the season in Brazil, as he outlasted the field for his sixth win of that campaign and 11th of his F1 career. Despite winning the race, Massa finished second to Lewis Hamilton in the race for the Formula One World Championship. Massa, who started on the pole for the third straight year, easily defeated Fernando Alonso by over 13 seconds. Hamilton was on the verge of losing the title to Massa as he was running sixth on the final lap, but the McLaren driver passed Toyota's Timo Glock and grabbed the coveted fifth spot as he entered the last corner.

After four straight top-5 finishes, including three seconds, Kimi Raikkonen broke through into the winners circle in Brazil back in 2007, as he defeated Felipe Massa by 1.5 seconds for the 15th of 18 career F1 titles, leapfrogging Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton to capture the 2007 Formula One drivers championship. With the win, he became Ferrari's 15th World Champion and the first since 2004.

In 2006, pole sitter Massa stole the show, as he cruised to a whopping victory over Alonso in the season's final race. Michael Schumacher, who was making his final F1 start, placed fourth. Starting first on the grid, Massa dominated the race and finished 18.6 seconds ahead of Alonso for the second of his 11 career Formula One title.

Alain Prost was a six-time winner of this race, while Schumacher recorded four wins in Brazil. Prost finished with 51 career wins, while Schumacher's total remains at 91.

Built back in 1973, the original track was 4.949 miles in length, one of the longest of any track used in any era. It was made up of a sweeping outer section, followed by a tight and twisty trail through the infield. The track is very bumpy, and it takes great reflexes and skill to have control of the car in any given situation, the tight corners posing some serious problems for the speeding machines. A chicane has since been placed at the first corner, to slow the cars down.

Giancarlo Fisichella secured his very first Grand Prix victory - and Jordan's final win - in the 2003 event, despite the fact that Kimi Raikkonen was initially declared the winner in a confusing accident strewn event.

The pole sitter has won this race twice in the past five years, including 2008 when Massa turned the trick. Emerson Fittipaldi was the first winner from the pole back in 1974.

The 2012 Formula One season begins March 13 in Melbourne, Australia. Sebastian Vettel won last year's Australian Grand Prix.

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As of November 23, 2011, at 09:08 AM ET

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