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Neymar: England only have one match-winner, Wayne Rooney, and they won"t win World Cup

EXCLUSIVE: England are a one-man team – and they haven't got a chance of winning the World Cup, taunts Brazil superstar Neymar

By
David Kent

PUBLISHED:

15:09 GMT, 5 February 2013

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UPDATED:

15:45 GMT, 5 February 2013

Brazil star Neymar claims England are not good enough to win the World Cup and says they rely too heavily on Manchester United star Wayne Rooney.

Neymar, who celebrated his 21st birthday today, will line-up against the Three Lions on Wednesday night in a friendly to mark the Football Association's 150th anniversary.

Happy returns: Neymar tweeted this picture of him with birthday cake at Brazil's team hotel today

Happy returns: Neymar tweeted this picture of him with birthday cake at Brazil's team hotel today

Samba stars: Ronaldinho and Neymar (left)

Samba stars: Ronaldinho and Neymar (left)

'England are a good team with very good players – but I don't look at them as one of our main rivals for the World Cup,' Neymar who was speaking exclusively to Sportsmail, said.

'They have the players to do well – but do I think they have the same quality as Spain and Argentina No.

'I think maybe they rely on Wayne Rooney.

'At Brazil we have many players who can win the game. The same with Argentina if Messi is not having a great game they still have Aguero and Tevez with Spain if Iniestia is having a bad game they have Xavi and Villa. Once you look past Rooney you don't see an obvious player who can win them
a game.'

Neymar said Brazil have high hopes of winning the World Cup in their own country next year.

He said: 'The players love having Scolari as coach. We all respect him – but it works two ways. He is the sort of man that if you show him respect he will show you respect. We are all so happy to be playing under him. Already he is coming up with new ideas about how we can improve. He is very clear that only winning the World Cup will do next year.

Key man: Neymar says England rely too heavily on Wayne Rooney

Key man: Neymar says England rely too heavily on Wayne Rooney

Safe hands: Brazil's coach Luiz Felipe Scolari

Safe hands: Brazil's coach Luiz Felipe Scolari

'I think he made exactly the right decision to being Ronaldinho back. He is not just one of the best players of recent years but one of the best players to ever play the game. For three years he was the best player in the world. He has won everything with Brazil and also during his time at Barcelona – he brings a lot to the team.

Neymar has repeatedly been linked with a move to Europe with Real Madrid, Barcelona and Chelsea tracking the Santos forward.

He added: 'It is nice when I hear top players say I will be the best player in the world. It is important to stay humble – but I have to believe that I can be the best in the world. I know I have the talent to be – I just need to carry on working hard and learning off the players and coaches around me.

'Things are written about my future but they are not true. They can't be true – because no decision has been made. I am happy at Santos now and I am not even thinking about leaving. When the time comes I will consider all offers from big clubs in Europe – but any talk that I have already committed to a club is not true.'

QPR v Norwich live

PREMIER LEAGUE LIVE: QPR v Norwich – follow the action from Loftus Road as it happens

By
Alex Horlock

PUBLISHED:

04:00 GMT, 2 February 2013

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UPDATED:

12:16 GMT, 2 February 2013

Follow Sportsmail's coverage of the Barclays Premier League as QPR host Norwich at Loftus Road to begin the weekend's action. The rock bottom Hoops boosted their squad in the January transfer window and take on Chris Hughton's Canaries who are without a league win in seven games.

12.16: As results have gradually improved under Redknapp at QPR, Norwich have slipped a little in recent fixtures. But the Canaries bounced back from a 5-0 hammering at Anfield by drawing 1-1 at home to Tottenham.

12.10: So Samba and Townsend start, but Loic Remy and Nedum Onuoha will play no part in the match.

Queens Park Rangers tweeted moments ago: 'Striker Loic Remy and defender Nedum Onuoha both ruled out due to injury. #QPRvNOR'

12.09: An Norwich's starting XI: Bunn, Martin, Bassong, Turner, Garrido, Tettey, Johnson, Snodgrass, Hoolahan, Pilkington, Holt

12.06: Here is QPR's starting line-up. No Loic Remy. Redknapp has selected Jamie Mackie to play up top: Cesar; Fabio, Samba, Hill, Traore, Wright-Phillips, Derry, Mbia, Townsend, Taarabt, Mackie

12.05: Redknapp will surely be targeting a win today. After a tricky run of games, including the likes of Manchester City and Tottenham, QPR will be keen to pile the pressure on fellow strugglers.

Should Rangers win this afternoon, they'll move within one point of Aston Villa, who face Everton at Goodison Park at 3.00pm.

12.00: Good afternoon all. There could be a few new boys making their debuts in this afternoon's early kick-off. Luciano Becchio could start up front for Norwich, as Harry Redknapp could use Jermaine Jenas, Andros Townsend and Christopher Samba – if he's fit.

The Congolese centre half joined from Anzhi for a record 12.5million on deadline day and Redknapp will be hoping Samba can keep Norwich out if he deputises at the heart of the basement boys' defence.

Saturday starters: QPR host Norwich at Loftus Road to begin the weekend's Premier League action

Saturday starters: QPR host Norwich at Loftus Road to begin the weekend's Premier League action

Chelsea, Spurs and Man City miss out as Willian heads for Anzhi

Chelsea, Spurs and Man City miss out as Willian heads for Anzhi in 29m move from Shakhtar

By
Andy James

PUBLISHED:

17:14 GMT, 30 January 2013

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UPDATED:

17:40 GMT, 30 January 2013

Big-spending Russians Anzhi Makhachkala are set to sign Shakhtar Donetsk forward Willian for 29million.

Willian was close to joining Chelsea last summer and the Londoners have been keeping a close eye on the Brazilian's situation ever since.

Manchester City and Tottenham are also known admirers but Anzhi look to have won the race for his signature.

Big-money move: Willian is set to join Anzhi in a 29m move from Shakhtar

Big-money move: Willian is set to join Anzhi in a 29m move from Shakhtar

The capture of Willian should soften the blow delivered by the loss of Christopher Samba.

The big defender has travelled to London to seal a 12.5m move to Queens Park Rangers after the Premier League strugglers met the release clause in his contract.

Anzhi boss Guus Hiddink hit out at Samba over the way he left.

The former Chelsea boss said: 'It's a shame to talk about this but he didn't even say goodbye, he didn't explain anything to us.

'Whatever happens to you, you should take into account the people with whom you work.'

QPR sign Yun Suk-young

QPR sign South Korean left-back Yun as Redknapp continues to strengthen

, before then going on to make his full international debut in October.

Yun has been linked to a number of clubs in recent times, including west London rivals Fulham, but has joined QPR on for an undisclosed fee from K-League side Chunnam Dragons.

The left-back has been granted a work permit and will be eligible to play for the Rs once he obtains a visa.

London calling: Yun arrives at Heathrow last week ahead of his move

London calling: Yun arrives at Heathrow last week ahead of his move

Yun joins fellow January acquisitions Loic Remy and Tal Ben Haim at Loftus Road, where he links up with countryman Park Ji-sung.

The defender may be the first of several signings before the transfer deadline tomorrow, with Peter Crouch, Christopher Samba and Etienne Capoue amongst those on QPR's radar.

Harry Redknapp plans QPR clear-out

Redknapp plans QPR clear-out after blasting 'overpaid' remnants of Hughes' regime

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UPDATED:

22:30 GMT, 23 December 2012

Harry Redknapp is facing a fight to offload his ‘overpaid’ players as he plans a Queens Park Rangers clear-out.

The Loftus Road manager wants to raise cash by moving out the players he believes are surplus to requirements.

Speaking on Saturday after the 1-0 defeat at Newcastle, Redknapp said: ‘There’s an awful lot of players at this club earning far too much money for what they are – far, far, far too much money for their ability and what they give to the club.’

Clear-out: Redknapp (left) wants to trim his playing squad

Clear-out: Redknapp (left) wants to trim his playing squad

A number of former manager Mark Hughes’s signings are expected to be slashed from Redknapp’s squad in the next two transfer windows.

These include defender Jose Bosingwa, who was last week fined 130,000 by the club for refusing to sit on the bench for the club’s 2-1 win over Fulham. He will lead the planned exodus.

Without naming Boswinga, Redknapp said: ‘He didn’t want to be on the bench and didn’t want to be a substitute, so he went home.

‘He has been fined two weeks’ wages, 130,000. Not too bad for two weeks – decent isn’t it’

Sportsmail understands Djibril Cisse, Samba Diakite and Stephane Mbia, who were all signed on lucrative contracts by Hughes, are facing the axe.

Fined: Bosingwa (left) refused to sit on the bench for Redknapp

Fined: Bosingwa (left) refused to sit on the bench for Redknapp

But club officials fear the players on big salaries will not be easy to shift because they will not be prepared to take the significant wage reduction needed to secure a move elsewhere. Continuing his attack on players not justifying their high wages, Redknapp said: ‘I don’t really want to see the owners have their pants taken down like they have in the past. A lot of agents made money out of them.

‘I fined a player last week and he was earning more than any player earned at Tottenham (Redknapp’s previous club). You shouldn’t be paying massive wages when you’ve got a stadium that holds 18,000 people.

‘Newcastle holds 52,000 and most of their players will be nowhere near the wages some of the players are earning here.’

QPR will now fear relegation is beckoning after this defeat and skipper Ryan Nelsen revealed that Redknapp was not just angry at the amount of money some of his players earn.

Toon super sub: Shola Ameobi (left) celebrates his winning goal

Toon super sub: Shola Ameobi (left) celebrates his winning goal

‘The manager is not very happy. That’s our first defeat under him and obviously he hates losing,’ Nelsen said. ‘He’s not very happy at all, but everyone is a wee bit disappointed with that performance to tell you the truth.’

A late goal by Newcastle striker Shola Ameobi, on as a substitute, saw Redknapp’s side beaten 1-0 but Nelsen admitted the driving rain had made the game enjoyable to play in.

‘I love those conditions,’ the central defender said. ‘I’ve got to admit it was fun out there for most of the match. St James’ Park is one of my favourite places, especially with the rain lashing down and wind biting and the crowd is really passionate.

‘Maybe I’m just old and sentimental but that’s what English football is all about. Good old English football. It was like the Alamo at times. I swear I heard the horns and the cavalry coming.’

Brendan Rodgers will not discuss Zenit St Petersburg fans

Rodgers refuses to be drawn on hellish trip to Zenit for Liverpool's black players

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UPDATED:

22:30 GMT, 20 December 2012

Liverpool have been handed the Europa League trip from hell after being paired with Zenit St Petersburg in the round of 32.

A group of Zenit supporters sparked outrage this week when they published a manifesto calling for 'all non-European' and 'sexual minorities' to be 'barred from playing for the club'; Zenit remain the only Russian club never to have signed an African player.

The manifesto, which Zenit manager Luciano Spalletti quickly distanced himself from, also has a sinister sentence that declares that 'black players are being imposed on Zenit almost by force'. it prompted former Blackburn defender Christopher Samba to label Zenit fans 'racist'.

Steering clear: Brendan Rodgers had nothing to say about the manifesto produced by Zenit's fans

Steering clear: Brendan Rodgers had nothing to say about the manifesto produced by Zenit's fans

It promises to be an uncomfortable trip for Liverpool, who could travel with as many as five high-profile black players in their squad – Glen Johnson, Raheem Sterling and Andre Wisdom could yet be joined by January targets Tom Ince and Daniel Sturridge.

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers refused to discuss in detail the prospect of what might happen on the trip next February.

He said: ‘It is a good draw for us. We have had experience of playing in Russia (this season against Anzhi Makhachkala). I think it was important that we go there as group winners as it means we play the second leg at home. They are a good side and they have invested a lot of money in their team.’

When pressed about the publication of the manifesto, Rodgers replied: ‘I haven’ t given it any thought at this stage. I’ve got my own personal view but that’s for nearer the time. I’ve seen that come out but I’ve got nothing to say on it.’

Liverpool have only had two incidents of their players being racially abused in recent years. Emile Heskey was targeted in Kiev in 2002, while Djibril Cisse was abused three years later in Sofia during a Champions League qualifier.

When Gerard Houllier took Liverpool to face Spartak Moscow in October 2002, he said he would take his players off the pitch during the game if they were subjected to racist chanting but it passed without incident.

Rodgers, meanwhile, has challenged Raheem Sterling to show he will be worthy of another contract in five years’ time, as the England winger prepares to rubberstamp his protracted first major deal.

It is expected Liverpool will formally
announce Sterling has committed his future to the club in the next 24
hours. His representatives shook hands on a deal on Wednesday that will
see him earn around 30,000 per week for the next five years.

In action: Luis Suarez trains ahead of Liverpool's clash with Fulham

In action: Luis Suarez trains ahead of Liverpool's clash with Fulham

The most racist club in football

Zenit St Petersburg’s fans have one of the worst reputations for racism in world football. Here are some of the reasons why…

MARCH 2008
Olympique Marseille players complain of being racially abused after facing Zenit in a UEFA Cup tie. Before the final in Manchester, manager Dick Advocaat says: ‘I would be happy to sign anyone, but the fans don’t like black players.’

APRIL 2011
Zenit are fined $10,000 after one of their supporters offers Brazilian full back Roberto Carlos a banana before a Russian Premier League match against Anzhi Makhachkala.

DECEMBER 2012
Zenit fan club Landscrona writes in an open letter: ‘We’re not racists but we see the absence of black players at Zenit as an important tradition.’

Though Rodgers is thrilled that the business has reached a successful conclusion, he has made it clear that he will not tolerate Sterling sitting back and thinking he has done enough; Rodgers has pointed out that Sterling is not yet at senior level.

‘He hasn't joined those ranks, don't worry about that,’ said Rodgers. ‘He has been rewarded as a young player who, at 17 years of age, has come in and performed very well. He will never be elevated above his position here at the club.

‘There is a lot of development and a lot of nurturing to go yet, but he has been rightly rewarded and it is fantastic for the football club. If you play for a big club there is always going to be expectation. For young Raheem we need to help manage those expectations.

If you go into a lot of clubs as a young
player it is a nice little journey. If you go in at one of the biggest
clubs in the world it is magnified one million per cent. It is our job
to nurture him and educate him and there is still so much for him to
learn. He hasn't long left school.’

New deal: Youngster Raheem Sterling has agreed terms with the club

New deal: Youngster Raheem Sterling has agreed terms with the club

Rodgers added: ‘It is not only football education he needs but life education as well. We will support him in that and make sure the expectancy is at the correct level. I always congratulate players when they sign a new contract and then I warn them.

‘I tell them they need to decide after this contract whether there is going to be another contract at one of the biggest clubs in the world or whether it will be at a different level.’

Liverpool remain confident of completing a deal for Ince despite Blackpool saying they have rejected an offer from Anfield for the England Under-21 international.

Ederson strips off to celebrate Lazio win

Well that's one way to celebrate! Lazio player marks victory by taking his clothes off

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UPDATED:

14:42 GMT, 7 December 2012

If taking your shirt off after scoring a goal is worthy of a yellow card these days, then surely this victory strip deserves red!

Lazio’s Ederson entertained supporters by undressing on the side of the pitch and throwing his jersey and pants into the stands after beating NK Maribor 4-1 in Lazio’s final Europa League match on Thursday night.

Celebration strip: Lazio's Ederson marks his side's win by braving the cold and stripping off to his underwear

Celebration strip: Lazio's Ederson marks his side's win by braving the cold and stripping off to his underwear

Unwrapped: Ederson then hands his sweaty clothes to adoring Lazio fans

Unwrapped: Ederson then hands his sweaty clothes to adoring Lazio fans

Two goals from Sergio Floccari helped Lazio secure top spot in Group J and join the likes of Chelsea, Liverpool, Tottenham and Newcastle in the knockout stages of Europe’s second-tier tournament.

Libor Kozak and Stefan Radu also scored for the visitors before Marcos Tavares hit a late consolation.

But it was Ederson who provided the highlight of the evening and grabbed the headlines with this late strip show in front of supporters.

Wrapped up: Ederson (left) in action during the 4-1 Europa League victory and still with his clothes on

Wrapped up: Ederson (left) in action during the 4-1 Europa League victory and still with his clothes on

The Brazilian is playing his first season in Italy, having previously played in France for Nice and Lyon. He joined Lazio this summer on a five-year contract but a few minor injuries have disrupted the start of his season.

He has only played for the Brazilian senior team once but won the FIFA Under 17 World Cup in 2003.

Chest the ticket: the Brazilian snubbed France in order to play for the Samba boys

Chest the ticket: the Brazilian snubbed France in order to play for the Samba boys

Cold snap: Ederson takes off his shorts after Lazio progress to the knockout stages of the Europa League

Cold snap: Ederson takes off his shorts after Lazio progress to the knockout stages of the Europa League

He could have played for France on residency rules, but chose to represent the Samba boys.

And judging by these pictures, he’s a born entertainer.

Arsenal want to sell Andre Santos despite Brazil defender pledging future

Santos heading for Arsenal exit despite Brazilian pledging his future to the club

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UPDATED:

23:00 GMT, 4 December 2012

Arsenal want to off-load Andre Santos, despite the defender insisting he wants to stay.

The Brazilian only joined the club in 2011 for 6million but has come under fire this season for a string of below-par performances, as well as asking for Robin van Persie's shirt at half-time of their 2-1 defeat at Manchester United.

Samba snub: Andre Santos is likely to be moved on by Arsenal

Samba snub: Andre Santos is likely to be moved on by Arsenal

But speaking to Globo Esporte in his homeland, the 29-year-old said: 'I received calls from interested clubs in Brazil, Turkey and Italy, but it is just speculation. Nobody handed me anything.

'The coach, who is also a manager, never said anything to me. I know he is very transparent and I am focused on staying at Arsenal, winning a title, doing well in the Champions League, and I have three more years of muy contract. I'm happy here.

'I hope to play more and more opportunities. I'm at a top club in Europe, living in London, my family is well structured, and I'm well adapted.

'I have much to give at Arsenal and I will still run after that. I have many goals in his career.'

Harry Redknapp thinks Queens Park Rangers can beat relegation

Redknapp optimistic that scrappy QPR can beat drop after stopping the rot at Sunderland

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UPDATED:

00:54 GMT, 28 November 2012

New QPR boss Harry Redknapp believes he has the players to scramble out of trouble after picking up a point in his first game with a 0-0 draw at Sunderland last night.

Redknapp said: 'This was good for us. You can only work with what you've got, we can't pluck anyone out of the air, so we just have to get the best out of players I have.

'We came in on Sunday and on Monday I picked the team and worked with the shape. I thought the midfield looked strong and powerful and they have bags of ability. There were some good points to come from it.'

Welcome back: Harry Redknapp was on the touchline for the first time for Queens Park Rangers

Welcome back: Harry Redknapp was on the touchline for the first time for Queens Park Rangers

Redknapp added: 'I certainly feel a lot more optimistic than I did on Saturday night (after watching QPR lose at Manchester United), that's for sure.

'We worked hard. I was really pleased with how we defended.

'When we had to, we denied them opportunities and we had several ourselves so there were a lot of positives.

'It is going to be tough. We can't kid ourselves but we will look at positives. I can see there are some decent players who need to be a team and if we can get them working together then we must have a chance.'

Rangers now face Villa – whose win against Reading last night took them out of the relegation zone – at Loftus Road on Saturday and Redknapp believes the fans will have a crucial role to play in their survival fight.

Flair player: Adel Taarabt was reunited with former Spurs boss Radknapp

Flair player: Adel Taarabt was reunited with former Spurs boss Radknapp

Powerful: Redknapp was pleased with the strength of players like Samba Diakite (left)

Powerful: Redknapp was pleased with the strength of players like Samba Diakite (left)

He said: 'It's a big game. I see a lot of similarities with Portsmouth, which is the same type of stadium. We have to make Loftus Road intimidating, show we can have a real go and get the fans right behind us.'

Sunderland never recovered from the sixth-minute substitution of captain Lee Cattermole who will have a scan on his knee amid fears he has damaged medial ligaments.

Up for a scrap Djibril Cisse will need to produce some goals to propel QPR out of the bottom three

Up for a scrap Djibril Cisse will need to produce some goals to propel QPR out of the bottom three

That's handy: Redknapp gestures to his players from the touchline

That's handy: Redknapp gestures to his players from the touchline

The home side, who are now level on points with Villa, created only two chances for Steven Fletcher, who was denied by Julio Cesar and then Robert Green after the Brazilian keeper suffered a groin injury which forced him off at the break.

Sunderland have now won only four of their last 27 games and are in danger of being dragged into the relegation battle themselves.

Manager Martin O'Neill said: 'We knew they would be buoyed by Harry's arrival and it was a tough night. You can feel the crowd getting edgy. We have to tough it out.'

'It was a rather frustrating evening, I think frustration would sum it up.

'It was tough for us. Losing Cattermole so early on in the game disrupted us somewhat, but even so, that's a handicap you have to overcome.

'It was just a frustrating evening.'

Cattermole, who shook off a knee injury to start, departed with just seven minutes played having damaged the other knee in a 50-50 challenge with Samba Diakite.

The Northern Irishman said: 'It was his other knee that he hurt, funnily enough, in the block challenge and as we speak now, he's in a lot of pain, so that would be a blow to us if that was the case.

'It seemed as if it was the same knee – I thought immediately that was the case – but it's not, it's his other knee.'

Brazilian Grand Prix 2012: Stats and facts

Brazilian Grand Prix: All you need to know about the title decider at Interlagos

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UPDATED:

08:53 GMT, 23 November 2012

INTERLAGOS TRACK GUIDE

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For the 27th time in Formula One history the fight for the title goes down to the final race of the season.

Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso go into Sunday's Brazilian Grand Prix separated by 13 points, and in with a chance of becoming a three-time world champion.

Alonso's odds appear slim, but not hopeless as on 10 occasions the driver going into the final race behind in the standings has emerged the winner.

That includes in 2010 when Vettel trailed Alonso by 15 points ahead of the season-ending showdown in Abu Dhabi, only to emerge as champion.

For the final time this campaign, Sportsmail presents a comprehensive list of stats and figures for the race at Interlagos.

Samba beat: Formula One is in Brazil for the final round of the 2012 championship

Samba beat: Formula One is in Brazil for the final round of the 2012 championship

Venue: Interlagos

Circuit length: 4.309km/2.68miles

Laps: 71

Race distance: 305.909km/190.10miles

Lap Record: Juan Pablo Montoya (2004) 1min 11.473secs

2011 pole position: Sebastian Vettel 1min 11.918secs

2011 winner: Mark Webber

2011 fastest lap: Mark Webber 1min 15.324secs

Number of corners: (10 left/5 right)

Tyre compounds to be used: hard/medium

Bumpiness: medium

Overtaking chance: low

Engine severity: medium

Brake wear severity: medium

Average lap speed: 205kph (127.39mph)

Full throttle per lap: 70 per cent

Gear changes per lap: 42 (race = 2982)

2011 winning strategy: 3 stops (laps 18, 38, 58)

2011 total race pit stops: 57

2011 total 'normal' overtakes: 11

2011 total DRS overtakes: 7

Number of safety cars over last 10 years: 6

Champions: Red Bull sealed the constructors' title in Austin

Champions: Red Bull sealed the constructors' title in Austin

Phil Duncan F1 blog

Vettel or Alonso will join an
exclusive club on Sunday as only eight drivers have won three or more
titles – Michael Schumacher (7), Juan Manuel Fangio (5), Alain Prost
(4), Jack Brabham, Jim Clark, Jackie Stewart, Nelson Piquet and Ayrton
Senna (3 each).

Only two drivers have previously won three in a row – Schumacher (2000-2004) and Fangio (1954-57).

In spite of a reputation for unsettled weather, only three of the last 10 races have been affected by rain at Interlagos.

Eight of the last 10 Brazilian Grands Prix have been won from the front row, including the past four in a row.

However, there have only been two winners from pole position over the last 10 years, with the last back in 2008. 15 of this season's 19 races to date have been won from the front row, including 10 from pole

In the 39 previous Brazilian Grands Prix, McLaren are the most successful team, winning on 11 occasions.

Michael Schumacher bows out of F1 on
Sunday in what will be his 308th race, the second highest total in the
sport's history behind Rubens Barrichello.

Schumacher has now failed to score a point in his last six races, by far the worst run of his entire F1 career.

Kimi Raikkonen has now had 16
consecutive results in the points. Only Michael Schumacher (24),
Sebastian Vettel (19) and Fernando Alonso (18 & 17) can boast a
longer run.

In the United States on Sunday, Red
Bull became only the fourth team to win three consecutive constructors'
titles, following in the footsteps of Ferrari: (1975-77 and 1999-2004),
McLaren (1988-1991) and Williams (1992-1994).

In only their eighth season Red Bull
has won 23.4 per cent of all races they have started, and taken pole
position in 31.7 per cent of qualifying sessions they have been involved
in.

Five Brazilian drivers have won their
home grand prix: Emerson Fittipaldi (1973-74), Carlos Pace (1975),
Nelson Piquet (1983, 1986), Ayrton Senna (1991, 1993), and Felipe Massa
(2006, 2008).

Alain Prost is the most successful
driver in the history of the race with six victories (1982, 1984-85,
1987-88, 1990). Among the current field Michael Schumacher (1994-95,
2000, 2002), Massa and Webber (2009, 2011) are multiple winners. Kimi
Raikkonen (2007) and Vettel (2010) have also won here.