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Brazil analysis - Sao Paulo sees 2013 end on a high 25 Nov 2013

Race winner Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing, Christian Horner (GBR) Red Bull Racing Team Principal and Mark Webber (AUS) Red Bull Racing celebrate.
Formula One World Championship, Rd19, Brazilian Grand Prix, Race, Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sunday, 24 November 2013 Mark Webber (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB9 arrives in parc ferme.
Formula One World Championship, Rd19, Brazilian Grand Prix, Race, Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sunday, 24 November 2013 Fernando Alonso (ESP) Ferrari F138 leads Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W04.
Formula One World Championship, Rd19, Brazilian Grand Prix, Race, Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sunday, 24 November 2013 Felipe Massa (BRA) Ferrari F138 makes a move on Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W04.
Formula One World Championship, Rd19, Brazilian Grand Prix, Race, Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sunday, 24 November 2013 Jenson Button (GBR) McLaren MP4-28 arrives on the grid.
Formula One World Championship, Rd19, Brazilian Grand Prix, Race, Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sunday, 24 November 2013 Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W04 on the grid.
Formula One World Championship, Rd19, Brazilian Grand Prix, Race, Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sunday, 24 November 2013 Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W04 overtakes Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W04.
Formula One World Championship, Rd19, Brazilian Grand Prix, Race, Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sunday, 24 November 2013 Nico Hulkenberg (GER) Sauber C32,.
Formula One World Championship, Rd19, Brazilian Grand Prix, Race, Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sunday, 24 November 2013 (L to R): Heikki Kovalainen (FIN) Lotus E21 and Jean-Eric Vergne (FRA) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR8.
Formula One World Championship, Rd19, Brazilian Grand Prix, Race, Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sunday, 24 November 2013 Adrian Sutil (GER) Force India VJM06 leads Esteban Gutierrez (MEX) Sauber C32.
Formula One World Championship, Rd19, Brazilian Grand Prix, Race, Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sunday, 24 November 2013 Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus E21 suffers a huge Renault V8 blow-up.
Formula One World Championship, Rd19, Brazilian Grand Prix, Race, Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sunday, 24 November 2013 Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Williams FW35.
Formula One World Championship, Rd19, Brazilian Grand Prix, Race, Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sunday, 24 November 2013 Jules Bianchi (FRA) Marussia F1 Team MR02.,
Formula One World Championship, Rd19, Brazilian Grand Prix, Race, Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sunday, 24 November 2013 Giedo van der Garde (NDL) Caterham CT03.
Formula One World Championship, Rd19, Brazilian Grand Prix, Race, Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sunday, 24 November 2013

Sunday’s season finale in Brazil saw the 2013 FIA Formula One World Championship go out on a high, as Sebastian Vettel scored a record ninth consecutive win and Red Bull team mate Mark Webber signed off on his F1 career with a feisty second place. The V8 era was completed with not one driver having picked up an engine-change penalty this year, Marussia took their first top-ten finish in the constructors’ championship, and McLaren became the first team ever to have both cars classified in every round of a season. We take a team-by-team look at how things ended up at Interlagos…

Red Bull
Sebastian Vettel, P1
Mark Webber, P2

Yet again Vettel owned a race, taking a record-equalling 13th win in a season and matching Ascari’s nine in a row from 1952-’53. And he did so despite a kerfuffle in his second pit stop when Red Bull didn’t have his tyres ready for him. Webber was beaten down to fifth at the start but fought back to second, lost a place in that same kerfuffle, then grabbed it back again. He kept Vettel honest for a while, but ultimately ended his 215th and final Grand Prix 10.4s behind the quadruple champion.

Ferrari
Fernando Alonso, P3
Felipe Massa, P7

Alonso made a strong start even though he had to pass Hamilton for third on the opening lap. He then got by Rosberg to run second for a while until Webber displaced him. He got the place back after the Red Bull pit stop problem on the 47th lap, but had to surrender it again a lap later. Nevertheless, his was a feisty race as he vainly did his best to secure second place for Ferrari. Massa ran fourth ahead of Hamilton after some great first stop pit work, but threw it away when he crossed the white lines on the pit lane entry and was given a drive-through penalty which dropped him to eighth. Hamilton’s misfortune moved him back up to seventh on his last outing for Ferrari.

McLaren
Jenson Button, P4
Sergio Perez, P6

McLaren easily had their best race of the season with a 20-point haul for Button’s fourth and Perez’s sixth. What made both drives even more worthy was that Button started 14th and Perez 19th, the latter having dropped five places for a gearbox change after his shunt on Saturday. In the process McLaren become the first team in F1 history to have both cars classified in every round of a season.

Mercedes
Nico Rosberg, P5
Lewis Hamilton, P9

Rosberg led part of the opening lap but fell prey to Vettel’s KERS at the end of it. Thereafter he faded quickly with oversteer and was passed by Hamilton. The Briton had to manage his tyres too but did so successfully, and was set for fourth place until a collision with Bottas, whom he was lapping. Hamilton sustained a right-rear puncture, and later dropped to ninth after being given a drive-through penalty for causing that collision. Mercedes thus underperformed, but managed to hold on to their second place ahead of Ferrari in the constructors’ championship.

Sauber
Nico Hulkenberg, P8
Esteban Gutierrez, P12

Hulkenberg struggled with understeer throughout but managed to grab another solid finish for Sauber in what may or may not have been his last race with the Swiss team. Gutierrez struggled too, and took another 12th place.

Toro Rosso
Daniel Ricciardo, P10
Jean-Eric Vergne, P15

Ricciardo admitted that his car wasn’t quick from the start and suffered from cold graining, but he did well to stay in the hunt and take the final point in his last race for Toro Rosso before becoming a Red Bull driver at midnight. Vergne made a poor start and ultimately came home 14th after late-race contact with Maldonado, which tipped the Venezuelan into a spin. Stewards investigated and deemed it a racing incident.

Force India
Paul di Resta, P11
Adrian Sutil, P13

Di Resta made a two-stop strategy work but was always paying the price for a poor start which cost him six places. Sutil couldn’t get away with two and had to make three stops, and though he was closing fast on two-stopping rivals towards the end he was still 0.3s off Gutierrez and a further 0.5s off his team mate by the flag. Ricciardo was further out of reach, as the final points scorer. Nevertheless, the team held on to their respectable sixth place overall.

Lotus
Heikki Kovalainen, P14
Romain Grosjean, retired lap 3, engine

Inexplicably Kovalainen was unable to get the pace out of the Lotus E21, and raced down the back of the field after another poor start. Grosjean, meanwhile, was an early casualty with a spectacular-looking Renault engine failure.

Williams
Pastor Maldonado, P16
Valtterri Bottas, retired lap 46, collision with Hamilton

Maldonado had a lacklustre final race for Williams that included being tapped into a spin in the Senna S late in the race as he and Vergne tangled. Bottas was feistier, but his meagre chance of points disappeared when Hamilton collided with him, smashing the Williams’ left-rear wheel and sending him spinning into retirement.

Marussia
Jules Bianchi, P17
Max Chilton, P19

Marussia kept hold of their valuable 10th place in the constructors’ championship, as Bianchi took 17th and Chilton 19th, sandwiching Caterham’s sole finisher.

Caterham
Giedo van der Garde, P18
Charles Pic, retired lap 59, suspension

Van der Garde was the leader of the Caterham-Marussia quartet early on before being passed by Pic, but a drive-through penalty for ignoring blue flags dropped him behind Bianchi. Pic later retired with suspension failure, and the miracle - read 13th place - that Caterham needed to pull themselves up to 10th place overall never looked like materialising.

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