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Chelsea v Arsenal and Tottenham v Manchester United set to go ahead despite snow

Games at Chelsea and Tottenham set to go ahead despite heavy snowfall in capital

By
Graeme Yorke

PUBLISHED:

10:30 GMT, 20 January 2013

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UPDATED:

11:52 GMT, 20 January 2013

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Both Premier League matches are likely to go ahead this afternoon, despite the severe weather conditions across London.

Snow has been falling steadily throughout the morning, with more expected this afternoon, but both Chelsea and Tottenham have stated that their matches should be on at the scheduled times.

The Blues are preparing to welcome London rivals Arsenal at Stamford Bridge at 1.30pm and Spurs will host league leaders Manchester United at White Hart Lane at 4.00pm – providing the weather doesn't worsen.

On: As it stands, Chelsea's match against Arsenal at Stamford Bridge will go ahead

On: As it stands, Chelsea's match against Arsenal at Stamford Bridge will go ahead

Ready: Rafa Benitez was preparing his palyers for action in the snow on Friday

Ready: Rafa Benitez was preparing his palyers for action in the snow on Friday

Cheeky: Ashley Cole seized the chance to pick up a snowball

Cheeky: Ashley Cole seized the chance to pick up a snowball

Getting his eye in: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain kicks up some snow on Friday

Getting his eye in: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain kicks up some snow on Friday

Chelsea posted on their official Twitter feed: 'Chelsea v Arsenal to go ahead unless weather significantly worsens. Fans attending are asked to please leave extra time for journey.'

Tottenham are due to kick off at the later time, but they also said that, as it stands, the game will be on.

The club posted on Twitter: 'We're getting a lot of tweets asking if the match is on. We'll let you know of any changes as soon as we can. It is on at the moment (10am)'

Transport for London also said that the games appear to be going ahead.

TfL posted: 'At present all London football matches are going ahead. Chelsea v Arsenal and Tottenham v Man U. Allow extra time to travel due to weather.'

Later: Tottenham are still likely to host Manchester United at 4.00pm this afternoon

Later: Tottenham are still likely to host Manchester United at 4.00pm this afternoon

Wrapped up: Benoit Assou-Ekotto covers his face with a snood in Tottenham's training session on Friday

Wrapped up: Benoit Assou-Ekotto covers his face with a snood in Tottenham's training session on Friday

Frank Lampard snubbed by Chelsea after reaching goalscoring landmark

Lampard snubbed by Chelsea as club refuse to
acknowledge record AND edit out glowing praise from Cech

By
Laurie Whitwell

PUBLISHED:

12:12 GMT, 14 January 2013

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UPDATED:

12:45 GMT, 14 January 2013

Frank Lampard has been dealt a remarkable snub by Chelsea after scoring the goal which took him outright second on the club’s all-time scoring list.

There is no mention of him moving to 194 goals to surpass Kerry Dixon on the official website and an interview in which Petr Cech praised the 34-year-old has been edited to cut out mention of the midfielder’s ‘loyalty’, ‘importance’, and being ‘as good as ever’.

Snubbed: Lampard moved into second place on Chelsea's all-time scoring list on Saturday

Snubbed: Lampard moved into second place on Chelsea's all-time scoring list on Saturday

An interview with Lampard is available
online but in it he refers mainly to the cold conditions at Stoke and
the team’s performance in the 4-0 victory.

Meanwhile, in a separate article, Cech is quoted as saying: ‘Frank had a very good game and could have added another of his trademark goals because he had two chances inside the box, and I think everybody had a fantastic game.

‘Frank may not start every game but if he plays he plays well with his quality and his experience.’

On his way: Lampard is set to leave Chelsea when his contract expires at the end of the season

On his way: Lampard is set to leave Chelsea when his contract expires at the end of the season

The goalkeeper’s further acclaim on Lampard, and his service to the club, from the same interview with reporters is omitted.

‘I have known him for a long time,’ Cech
also said. ‘He has been a fantastic player for the club. And, of
course, he has stayed for years at the same club. Bad times, good times –
mostly good times – but that shows the loyalty of the player.’

Cech added: ‘Is he as good as ever The team have changed, and so has his age, but he is still important.’

Sealed with a kiss: Chelsea beat Stoke 4-0 at the Britannia Stadium on Saturday

Sealed with a kiss: Chelsea beat Stoke 4-0 at the Britannia Stadium on Saturday

Mention was made of Lampard equalling Dixon with a goal at Southampton in an earlier piece, so this latest development seems even more peculiar. Rafael Benitez was equally muted in post-match discussions on the England midfielder's feat, preferring instead to praise Brazilian Ramires.

Lampard is eight goals behind all-time top scorer Bobby Tambling but will only have the rest of the season to try to catch him as Chelsea have made clear they will not offer him a new deal.

England lose to India A by 53 runs

Giles' reign off to losing start as England slump to 53-run defeat in frosty conditions in first ODI warm-up against India A

By
Mike Dickson

PUBLISHED:

11:52 GMT, 6 January 2013

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UPDATED:

21:23 GMT, 6 January 2013

Aside from the numbing cold, Ashley Giles will not remember much about his first match in charge of England’s one-day team, and nor will he wish to do so.

The new jobshare era alongside Andy Flower began in temperatures of a mere four degrees at a windswept Indian Air Force ground, and ended in a 54-run defeat with the tourists dismissed for 175 in 36 overs.

India A made 224 for four from a reduced 39 overs, and the victory target was adjusted to 229 under the Duckworth/Lewis system.

Class act: Ian bell made England's scoreline respectable

Class act: Ian bell made England's scoreline respectable

But England were never in the chase, with Ian Bell’s increasingly belligerent 91 bringing respectability rather than a genuine threat of victory. It served as a timely reminder of why the team Giles has stepped up to coach from Warwickshire have won only once in their last 17 matches in the 50-over format at international level when visiting this country.

Bell correctly pointed out afterwards that it was unlikely to have a huge effect on their chances in the first match of the series on Friday in Rajkot, but they will hope to do better tomorrow in the final warm-up against Delhi.

There was not even the compensation of knowing India are still in freefall, as they clinched a 10-run victory over Pakistan, albeit in the dead rubber of a series in which they already trailed 2-0.

That match, and India’s decision to drop Virender Sehwag for the series against England, were the main talking points in the Indian capital as Giles’s men slipped under one of the many radars around this military venue.

The only way... Kevin Pietersen (right) and Mushtaq Ahmed (left) warm their hands over an open flame

The only way… Kevin Pietersen (right) and Mushtaq Ahmed (left) warm their hands over an open flame

It will have been a learning experience, especially as this was England’s first match under the latest 50-over regulations, which include two bouncers allowed per over and only four fielders outside the 30-metre circle in non-powerplay overs. England overdid the head-high bombardment, while the pick of the bowlers was Jade Dernbach, against determined batting from Indian players keen to impress national selectors.

NEIL ADCOCK (1931-2013)

Former South Africa fast bowler Neil
Adcock has died aged 81 after a long battle with cancer. He played 26
Tests between 1953 and 1962 and was a Wisden cricketer of the year in
1961.

Eoin Morgan had inserted after winning the toss, taking the role of captain in place of Alastair Cook, whose absence through a heavy cold depleted a side already missing Graeme Swann, Jonathan Trott and Jimmy Anderson.

A successful run chase probably required something from Kevin Pietersen, in his first one-day international since dual hundreds against Pakistan last winter.

He started brightly enough before chipping Shree Sreesanth to mid-on after making 19. Then, what had been 42 for one swiftly became 72 for six with the kind of collapse Giles will be keen to iron out. Bell had anchored the innings, but then began to play with his trademark fluency, getting support from Tim Bresnan and Steve Finn as he mustered some respectability.

‘It’s disappointing and we aimed to win but we were outplayed,’ said Bell.

‘With more wickets in hand we might have been able to knock it off. It would have been nice to get the full 50 (overs) in. We wanted to get going this morning so that was a bit frustrating.’

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Bath 0 Saracens 22 – match report

Bath 0 Saracens 22: Hodgson steers Sarries to comfortable victory at rain-soaked Rec

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16:14 GMT, 22 December 2012

Charlie Hodgson steered Saracens to a crushing Aviva Premiership victory with a masterly performance in treacherous conditions at the Recreation Ground.

The former England fly-half kicked five penalties and set up a try for half-back partner Richard Wigglesworth with the one moment of magic in the game. And he added the conversion for good measure.

Bath had very little to offer and too often found themselves in the wrong areas of the pitch, unable to break the stranglehold, let alone to fashion a telling break themselves.

Best foot forward: Hodgson sends over another three points for Sarries

Best foot forward: Hodgson sends over another three points for Sarries

The Recreation Ground pitch had been under covers from Thursday but the surface was still soggy and standing water could be seen in the dead-ball area under the hospitality boxes and in one or two places on the touchlines.

Bath came into the game on the back of a double-header with Calvisano which yielded 106 points to keep them top seeds in the Amlin Cup. With Matt Banahan still under suspension, head coach Gary Gold continued with a centre partnership of Ben Williams and Kyle Eastmond, who found himself lining up against former rugby league rival Joel Tomkins.

Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall rested England men Alex Goode and Brad Barritt, switching Owen Farrell to inside centre to allow Hodgson to return at fly-half. Mako Vunipola started at loosehead prop.

Wet and wild: The conditions were difficult in the incessant rain at the Recreation Ground

Wet and wild: The conditions were difficult in the incessant rain at the Recreation Ground

Wet and wild: The conditions were difficult in the incessant rain at the Recreation Ground

Bath were quickly on the attack as Michael Claassens chipped over David Strettle's head to the 22. A strong drive forced a line-out even closer to the line but Saracens scrambled a clearing kick away – and that was as close as the home side came to scoring before half-time.

Saracens used their trademark kicking game to keep their pack on the front foot and Bath at bay. Apart from a flourish from Horacio Agulla, handing off Matt Stevens in a typically feisty run, the home side rarely ventured as far upfield as the Saracens 22.

Hodgson fired a drop-goal attempt just wide but was immediately given a long-range penalty attempt to open the scoring after 14 minutes.

Tomkins then put Chris Ashton away on the right but referee Greg Garner spotted a forward pass. The try was not long in coming, however. With perfect line-out ball off the top, Hodgson made light of the underfoot conditions to glide effortlessly through the Bath defence. Strettle was on his elbow and Wigglesworth finished off in a muddy splash.

Leap of faith: Saracens were comfortable victors

Leap of faith: Saracens were comfortable victors

While Hodgson converted impressively from wide out on the left, Bath's Stephen Donald appeared to be having difficulty keeping his footing as he missed a penalty from 45 metres.

Hodgson then simply chipped over another penalty at the other end to extend the lead to 13-0.
Donald was wide and short with two more attempts – all from a good distance – before Hodgson added another three points from 25 metres after Nick Abendanon was caught in possession from a lofted kick.

It was a more competitive Bath side that appeared for the second half. Strong mauling and driving had Saracens on the defensive and Ben Williams broke through for the first time. Saracens scrambled back successfully and also survived a heavy spell of pressure in the right corner.

The one area where Saracens had not been dominant was the scrum but, pinned back on their own line, they won a penalty on the Bath put-in. That moment seemed to end Bath's slim hopes of a comeback.

Having ended the siege, the visitors worked themselves into position for Hodgson to land his fourth penalty on the hour, extending the lead to 19 points, unassailable in the conditions.

Shortly afterwards another penalty attempt hit the post and he was also wide from longer range but there was no mistake when Hodgson was offered a more straightforward chance after 74 minutes. Saracens finished firmly in control, as they had been for most of the game.

Roy Hodgson takes presents to children at Great Ormond Street Hospital

Roy Hodgson brings a little Christmas magic to children at Great Ormond Street Hospital

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13:58 GMT, 19 December 2012

England manager Roy Hodgson made a trip to Great Ormond Street Hospital on Tuesday, alongside coaches Gary Neville and Ray Lewington, to hand out presents from the FA.

The trio visited the Eagle ward, where children are treated for complex problems relating to their kidneys, as well as the Bear Ward, which provides inpatient care for those with heart problems.

The gifts they dispensed to those on the ward included England goodie-bags, while each ward also received a signed England shirt.

England manager Roy Hodgson visits Great Ormond Street Hospital

The England manager said it was saddening to see children struck down by such serious illnesses

Hodgson was quick to praise the efforts of those working at the hospital and parents visiting it.

‘What we're doing here is of very little importance in comparison to the work that the nurses and doctors are doing here and in comparison to what the parents are doing here too,’ he said.

‘In every ward and bedroom we have been in there has been a sick child with mothers, fathers and grandparents dedicating their time to the child and it's a very saddening experience to see people who have been struck down by quite serious kidney or heart conditions.

‘It's a good occasion for us in a sense that if we can help or cheer them up in any way then it's something we can feel happy to have done.

‘At the same time, you have a feeling of powerlessness. Apart from a few cheery words and smiles, handshakes or pats on the head, you do realise that you are powerless and the only people who can really help are the nurses and the doctors.’

England manager Roy Hodgson visits Great Ormond Street Hospital

Hodgson handed out Christmas presents along with Gary Neville and Ray Lewington

England manager Roy Hodgson visits Great Ormond Street Hospital

The trio visited the Eagle and Bear wards, and gave each a signed England shirt

He was also impressed with the
quality of care in the newly built wards, which provide patients and
families with more privacy and comfort.

They were opened earlier this year in the Morgan Stanley Clinical Building.

‘The new facilities are very
impressive and I'm glad that there are patrons about like Morgan Stanley
who can put a lot of money into this and ensure that the facilities are
here when they are needed,’ said the England manager.

England manager Roy Hodgson visits Great Ormond Street Hospital

Presents intended for the children were stolen from the hospital this week, but visits like these have helped to cheer the children up

The renowned hospital plays host to over 200,000 patient visits per year.

In their efforts to maintain the facilities and purchase the most up-to-date equipment and medication, as well as funding research, their charity raises 50million a year.

Great Ormond Street has the broadest
range of children’s healthcare specialists in the UK and gives hope to
children who are suffering from the rarest and most complex conditions.

Those at the hospital were appalled this week at the discovery that someone had stolen gifts intended for the children.

Fortunately the gifts were soon replaced by a steady stream of generous well-wishers.

Liverpool training: Jamie Carragher dons shorts and Brendan Rodgers without gloves at Melwood

Frosty reception for Liverpool at training… with Carragher as only player to dare the big freeze in his shorts

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15:02 GMT, 13 December 2012

Liverpool were handed a frosty reception when they arrived at Melwood Training Ground on Thursday.

The Reds, who host Aston Villa on Saturday, were put through their paces by Brendan Rodgers. The Liverpool manager was the only member of his staff and playing squad brave enough to brace the arctic conditions without gloves.

Braving the cold: Rodgers took training without gloves while Carragher (below) donned a pair of shorts

Braving the cold: Rodgers took training without gloves while Carragher (below) donned a pair of shorts

Braving the cold: Rodgers took training without gloves while Carragher (below) donned a pair of shorts

Although Liverpool veteran Jamie Carragher gave his boss a run for his money with the veteran donning a pair of shorts during the cold snap.

The MailOnline columnist embraced the barmy conditions without trousers as the rest of his team-mates were dressed head-to-toe in winter clothing… although we're pleased to announced no snoods were on display.

All smiles: Lucas and Jordan Henderson mess around on the floor as Steven Gerrard acknowledges the photographers

All smiles: Lucas and Jordan Henderson mess around on the floor as Gerrard acknowledges the snappers

All smiles: Lucas and Jordan Henderson mess around on the floor as Steven Gerrard acknowledges the photographers

Among those who were absent from training at Melwood this morning was Jose Enrique, who is confident his side will collect a full quota of points when they face Villa and then host Fulham seven days later.

But the Spaniard admits he's unsure whether he'll feature for Rodgers's side this weekend.

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Raheem Sterling

On the ball: Pepe Reina and Raheem Sterling are put through their paces on Thursday morning

Happy: Luis Suarez appeared to enjoy training in the cold

Happy: Luis Suarez appeared to enjoy training in the cold at Melwood

'I am okay, but I don't know if I'll be ready for the game,' said Enrique, who remains a doubt after limping out of Liverpool's 3-2 win at West Ham last Sunday.

'It's nothing bad, but I don't know if I'll be able to play.' Speaking to the club's website, Enrique added: 'I've had some treatment and then we will see. I hope I can be fit for the game.'

Tom Youngs: One man inspired England to All Blacks win

Youngs: One man's courage inspired us to historic All Blacks win

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19:55 GMT, 8 December 2012

Tom Youngs, one of the heroes of
England's stunning 38-21 defeat of the world champion All Blacks at
Twickenham, has admitted that a poignant ceremony on the eve of the
match inspired Stuart Lancaster's team to pull off one of the greatest
wins in English rugby history.

Last week Youngs spoke about how,
with the odds against them, England had drawn inspiration from being
handed their team jerseys by George Hickinson, a former soldier whose
son is fighting in Afghanistan and who is himself battling cancer.

True grit: Tom Youngs on his father's farm

True grit: Tom Youngs on his father's farm

Hickinson is a lifelong friend of head coach Lancaster, and Youngs said: 'It was a massive honour to meet George and to receive the jersey from him.

'He told us he believed we could win, and you could have heard a pin drop. We should have been supporting him but here was a terminally ill man supporting us. It was humbling and inspiring and one of the best aspects of beating New Zealand was seeing a smiling George in the dressing room and at the dinner afterwards.'

Nothing in the build-up to last Saturday had suggested an England win.

But Youngs, winning his fourth cap after switching from centre to hooker just three years ago, insists he always thought an upset was possible.

Focus: Tom Youngs tackles New Zealand's Kevin Mealamu

Focus: Tom Youngs tackles New Zealand's Kevin Mealamu

'I had a funny inkling about it during the week,' said Youngs. 'I told my brother (England scrum-half Ben) and Dan Cole and they felt the same.

'We weren't far off against the Springboks. I know there was much debate about Chris Robshaw's late penalty decision, but we lost because of a freak try in wet conditions and our lack of composure.

'I know it's a big leap from narrowly losing to beating the best in the world, but we'd seen enough in training and in that South Africa game to know we had a performance in us.'

The Leicester hooker says the prospect of finishing the autumn series with just one win – over Fiji – was too much for England to contemplate.

Singled out: But England captain Chris Robshaw (centre) was vindicated

Singled out: But England captain Chris Robshaw (centre) was vindicated

'That would have been awful for the players, the management and the fans,' said Youngs. 'We'd received a lot of flak as a team and Chris Robshaw had been singled out. Chris is a lovely bloke, a top player and a good captain, and what he showed last week was his character.

'I'm not saying we didn't deserve to be criticised. We didn't play well against Australia, and although we performed a lot better against the Springboks, we didn't finish the job.

'I can't blame anyone for thinking we'd end up losing three Tests with the world champions coming to Twickenham, but being written off only served to strengthen our resolve.'

Practice makes perfect: Tom Youngs working on his line-out throws

Practice makes perfect: Tom Youngs working on his line-out throws

A series of videos shown by backs coach Andy Farrell sowed more seeds of belief.

'We watched the World Cup final last year when France should have beaten the All Blacks in Auckland,' said Youngs. 'The French were in New Zealand's faces at every opportunity and we realised that not even the All Blacks can operate if they are under constant pressure. Our job was to hound them to defeat.'

Eight days on and Youngs is back in his beloved Leicester jersey taking on Benetton Treviso this afternoon in the Heineken Cup.

'That's the thing about the Tigers,' he said. 'They don't care how well you do for England, it's all about how well you do for Leicester, and quite right, too.'

Sebastian Vettel set to retain title after FIA clear Red Bull driver of "illegal" overtake

Vettel set to retain world title as FIA say Red Bull star has 'no case' to answer over 'illegal' overtake

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12:01 GMT, 29 November 2012

Sebastian Vettel looks set to retain his world title after the sport's governing body cleared the Red Bull star of any wrong-doing.

Vettel's third consecutive championship was in doubt over an alleged illegal manoeuvre by the German in Sunday's Brazilian Grand Prix.

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Champion: Sebastian Vettel won the title in Brazil last weekend

Champion: Sebastian Vettel won the title in Brazil last weekend

Footage on YouTube appeared to show Vettel overtaking Toro Rosso driver Jean-Eric Vergne under yellow flag conditions.

Overtaking
is outlawed under such conditions and a 20-second penalty could have been
handed out retrospectively, which would demote Vettel to eighth place
and see Ferrari's Fernando Alonso crowned world champion by a point.

But the FIA told Autosport that Vettel's move was legitimate and he had 'no case' to answer.

Yellow peril: Vettel's pass on Vergne has been brought into question

Yellow peril: Vettel's pass on Vergne has been brought into question

Alonso is said to be pushing Ferrari for an appeal. They have until Friday to do so.

Ferrari confirmed on Twitter that they requested 'clarification' from the FIA on Vettel's overtake.

Vettel finished sixth in the race
while Alonso came home in second meaning he was
beaten to the drivers' title by just three points by his Red Bull rival.

If Ferrari choose to lodge an appeal
with the sport’s world governing body (they have until Friday to do so)
Vettel could be demoted to eighth place if a time penalty is applied.

Ferrari spokesman Luca Colajanni said: 'We're looking at the video. We have until tomorrow to file an appeal.'

Speaking to German publication Auto Motor und Sport, race director Charlie Whiting dampened the likelihood of an appeal.

Hesaid: 'If the lights are not installed at a flag post the driver responds to the first signal that is shown.

'In Vettel's case, between the last yellow light and the green light there was a green flag being waved.

'The distance is 350 metres here. Vettel responded to the flag and did everything right.'

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Gutted: Fernando Alonso (left) missed out on the title to Vettel

Gutted: Fernando Alonso (left) missed out on the title to Vettel

Vettel could be demoted to eighth place if a time penalty is applied.

Vettel's Red Bull team-mate Mark Webber however, believes Vettel should escape punishment.

'I think it’s unlikely (an appeal
will succeed),' Webber said. 'I think the race is won. It’s all over. I
think everything should be all right.'

Sebastian Vettel could lose title

Vettel could be stripped of title as Ferrari consider appeal over alleged illegal move

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22:58 GMT, 28 November 2012

Sebastian Vettel's world title could be in serious jeopardy after it emerged Ferrari are considering lodging an appeal with the FIA over an illegal overtaking manoeuvre by the Red Bull driver during Sunday's chaotic season ending Brazilian Grand Prix.

Footage circulating on YouTube appears to show triple drivers' champion Vettel overtaking Toro Rosso driver Jean-Eric Vergne under yellow flag conditions in the early laps of the rain affected race at Interlagos.

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Champion: Sebastian Vettel won the title in Brazil last weekend

Champion: Sebastian Vettel won the title in Brazil last weekend

Overtaking is outlawed under such a
caution by race stewards and usually results in the guilty party being
handed a drive-through penalty during the race. However, in cases where
the infringement is not spotted prior to the chequered flag, the
customary punishment is 20 second penalty handed out retrospectively.

Vettel finished sixth in the race while Ferrari's Fernando Alonso came home in second meaning he was beaten to the drivers' title by just three points by his Red Bull rival.

However, should Ferrari choose to lodge an appeal against the result with motorsport's world governing body, they have until Friday to do so, then Vettel could be demoted to eighth place if a time penalty is applied.

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Such a dramatic outcome would see
Alonso crowned champion for a third time by a solitary point. Vettel
staged a remarkable recovery to take the crown in the spectacular season
finale after a first lap collision with Bruno Senna left him dead last.

Suspicions of illegality in passing moves on an HRT backmarker and Kamui Kobayashi of Sauber proved unfounded but it is the footage of Vettel's move on Vergne, who drives for Red Bull's sister team, which is being forensically examined by Ferrari's top brass who spent Wednesday afternoon lock in talks at their Maranello headquarters.

A Ferrari spokesman would only confirm that: 'Anything that threatens the credibility of the championship has to be examined.'

Speaking
after clinching the drivers' championship for third time in successive
years, Vettel spoke out about the 'dirty tricks' Red Bull's competitors
had used to derail his title charge.

Gutted: Fernando Alonso (left) missed out on the title to Vettel

Gutted: Fernando Alonso (left) missed out on the title to Vettel

The remark was taken by most observers to be in reference to Ferrari's decision to sabotage Felipe Massa's gearbox at the penultimate race in Austin in order to boost teammate Alonso's grid position.

In addition, Red Bull have had to alter their car on numerous occasions this season after complaints by rival teams regarding the legality of their 2012 challenger's design.

Meanwhile, Alonso tweeted after the race seemingly questioning the manner of Vettel's comeback in Brazil, posting: 'I have no miracles, I make the correct laws my miracles.'

Sebastian Vettel wins third consecutive Formula One title in Brazil as Fernando Alonso finishes second

Hat-trick hero! Vettel rains supreme in Brazil after taking title by three points from Alonso

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23:37 GMT, 25 November 2012

Sebastian Vettel entered the realms of Formula One's all-time greats after becoming the youngest ever three-time world champion with a stunning recovery drive in a thrilling season finale.

As Lewis Hamilton's McLaren career ended in the disappointment of yet another retirement and Jenson Button signed off the season with the joy of victory, Vettel held his nerve in treacherous conditions to claim his third successive title despite the best efforts of Fernando Alonso.

In what must surely rank as one of the most dramatic seasons in the history of the sport, the title decider around Sao Paulo's historic Interlagos track certainly did not disappoint.

The main man: Sebastian Vettel won his third consecutive Formula One title in thrilling circumstances

The main man: Sebastian Vettel won his third consecutive Formula One title in thrilling circumstances

The main man: Sebastian Vettel won his third consecutive Formula One title in thrilling circumstances

Following in my footsteps: Vettel emulated boyhood hero Michael Schumacher in winning three-straight crowns

Following in my footsteps: Vettel emulated boyhood hero Michael Schumacher in winning three-straight crowns

Bernie Ecclestone had claimed before
the race that he did not want the forecasted rain to fall. But for once
F1's ringmaster did not get his wish.

The Brazilian clouds spat, dried and
then poured to produce a grand prix of the very highest drama which
required Vettel to fight back in a damaged car after a
heart-in-the-mouth opening-lap incident.

Shell-shocked by the magnitude of his
achievement, Vettel said: 'It is what we have been working for since I
joined the team. You do this job not because you care what is written on
the cheque but because you love the excitement of Formula One. Whatever
could go wrong did go wrong, but we always kept believing. There was no
point getting angry.'

No miracles today: Ferrari hail Fernando Alonso after a quite remarkable season saw the Spaniard miss out on the title by three points in a vastly inferior car to the Red Bull

No miracles today: Ferrari hail Fernando Alonso after a quite remarkable season saw the Spaniard miss out on the title by three points in a vastly inferior car to the Red Bull

No miracles today: Fernando Alonso lost out on the title by three points after a quite remarkable season

That said, Vettel still found time to
appear to question the dubious tactics employed by Ferrari in Austin
last week when they sabotaged Felipe Massa's gearbox to boost Alonso's
chances.

'You are always the first one to know
if you are cheating or cheating yourself,' said Vettel. 'A lot of
people tried to use dirty tricks and we never got irritated or
distracted by that.'

Alonso, having already rejected that
he and his team were guilty of anything untoward, was left to reflect on
what might have been once more, having missed out on the title in the
final race on two previous occasions.

'I feel very proud of my team and the
season,' said the Spaniard. 'I don't think we lost the title here in
Brazil. We lost it at some races where we were unlucky. But when you do
something with your heart and at 100 per cent you have to be proud and I
will be back next year.'

Crunch time: Nico Hulkenburg loses control of his car on a slippery track and collides with Lewis Hamilton on Lap 55

Crunch time: Nico Hulkenburg loses control of his car on a slippery track and collides with Lewis Hamilton on Lap 55

Sorry end: Lewis Hamilton's McLaren career ended in frustration

Sorry end: Lewis Hamilton's McLaren career ended in frustration

At one stage it looked as if
matters would be going Alonso's way when, after a poor start, Vettel
turned in on Bruno Senna's Williams at Turn Four and was sent spinning
into the oncoming traffic after picking up damage to his left sidepod.

But as well as building a rapid car,
Red Bull design guru Adrian Newey built a robust one. And after gunning
his machine in the right direction, Vettel set about ensuring this would
still be his day.

Fate then threw everything it could
at the German: changeable weather, a safety car, wrong tyre calls,
broken radios and bullish moves by rivals. But never once did Vettel
take his eye off the prize.

Meanwhile, as the German continued his charge, so events at the head of the field only served to increase the drama in Brazil.

They think it's all over: Sebastian Vettel spins on the first lap, prompting a remarkable comeback performance

They think it's all over: Sebastian Vettel spins on the first lap after a collision with Williams' Bruno Senna, prompting a remarkable comeback performance

Nico Hulkenberg and Button bucked the trend by staying on slicks, the Force India driver even pinching the lead.

Then Hamilton thrust himself into the
picture, passing Button before taking advantage of Hulkenberg's spin to
move to the head of the field. But there was to be no fairytale ending
for Hamilton.

Trapped between two back markers,
Hulkenberg tried to go up the inside of Hamilton into Turn One only to
lose the back end and clout the departing McLaren star's front left
suspension.

The damage was terminal and a
dejected Hamilton could only trudge back to the pits through the rain at
the scene of his greatest triumph, his 2008 world title.

Early drama: Sebastian Vettel span on the first lap, forcing the Red Bull driver to the back of the race

Early drama: Sebastian Vettel span on the first lap, forcing the Red Bull driver to the back of the race

'It's mixed emotions at the moment,' said Hamilton of his McLaren sign-off before moving to Mercedes.

'We were leading and we didn't get
to see through the race. I always like to see through the race. But I'm
also excited for the future, having a new start next year and then
hopefully, at some stage, I'll have a little bit of luck.'

Leading the way: Lewis Hamilton leads the pack into the Senna S on the opening lap

Leading the way: Lewis Hamilton leads the pack into the Senna S on the opening lap

Meanwhile, as fast as Alonso could
climb through the field, eventually finishing second after being waved
through by Massa, so Vettel responded and poignantly took retiring
countryman Michael Schumacher for sixth place.

The final lap became a victory parade
for Vettel as a hefty crash by Force India's Paul di Resta brought the
safety car out once more, Button crossing first after a race he
described as one of his toughest.

In a spin: Mark Webber loses control of his Red bull after a collision with Sauber's Sergio Perez

In a spin: Mark Webber loses control of his Red bull after a collision with Sauber's Sergio Perez

It's all over: Pastor Maldonado departs the track after crashing to conclude a disappointing weekend

It's all over: Pastor Maldonado departs the track after crashing to conclude a disappointing weekend

Results: Brazil