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Lewis Hamilton given five-place grid penalty for Bahrain Grand Prix after gearbox change

Hamilton blow as Mercedes star is hit with five-place grid penalty after gearbox change

By
Ian Parkes, Press Association

PUBLISHED:

10:06 GMT, 20 April 2013

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UPDATED:

11:12 GMT, 20 April 2013

Lewis Hamilton has been slapped with a five-place grid penalty for tomorrow's Bahrain Grand Prix.

The Mercedes driver was forced to change his gearbox after this morning's final practice session following a suspension failure on his in-lap.

As a consequence of changing the left-rear corner of the car, the team have also had to replace the gearbox, resulting in the grid penalty.

Blow: Lewis Hamilton hit with five-place grid penalty after gearbox change

Blow: Lewis Hamilton hit with five-place grid penalty after gearbox change

Blow: Lewis Hamilton has been hit with a five-place grid penalty

Although on pole position a week ago
in China, from where the 28-year-old finished third, balance issues have
affected Hamilton so far this weekend at the Bahrain International
Circuit.

Hamilton finished fifth quickest in final practice, just over two tenths of a second behind Ferrari's Fernando Alonso.

Hamilton is the third driver to face a
penalty for tomorrow's race as Mark Webber was handed a three-place
drop after colliding with Toro Rosso's Jean-Eric Vergne in Shanghai.

Sauber's Esteban Gutierrez will also
drop five places following qualifying after he ran into the back of
Force India's Adrian Sutil in the same race.

Drama: The British driver suffered a suspension failure in this morning's practice session

Drama: The British driver suffered a suspension failure in this morning's practice session

Lewis Hamilton

Alonso, on the back of his
31st-career victory in China last Sunday, has been highly impressive
around the desert-based Bahrain International Circuit and was fastest this morning.

With a high police presence around
the track as local authorities are determined to keep anti-government
protesters at bay, Formula One is virtually oblivious to what goes on
away from it.

On the circuit, Alonso led a
tightly-bunched field, with the top six separated by just two tenths of a
second, and the front nine by half a second.

Alonso, last on pole in Germany last
year, set a lap of one minute 33.247secs which was almost a second
quicker than the leading time of yesterday posted by Lotus' Kimi
Raikkonen.

As in second practice, the Red Bull
drivers had to settle for second and third on the timesheet, on this
occasion with reigning world champion Sebastian Vettel ahead of Mark
Webber.

Vettel, who finished 0.101secs behind
Alonso and 0.032secs ahead of team-mate Webber, had looked poised to
snatch top spot from Alonso as he posted personal best times in the
first two sectors, only to be blocked by a Caterham.

Leading the way: Fernando Alonso was fastest in this morning's practice

Leading the way: Fernando Alonso was fastest in this morning's practice

Raikkonen was down in fourth,
0.199secs adrift, with Hamilton an improved fifth and 0.208secs down
after complaining of balance issues yesterday.

Behind the 28-year-old were Lotus'
Romain Grosjean, appearing more comfortable with the new chassis given
to him this weekend, followed by Force India pair Adrian Sutil and Paul
Di Resta.

Mercedes' Nico Hulkenberg was ninth quickest, 0.517secs off Alonso's pace, with Sauber's Nico Hulkenberg completing the top 10.

Out of sorts: Jenson Button was off the pace in 12th

Out of sorts: Jenson Button was off the pace in 12th

Felipe Massa inexplicably now finds
himself struggling for pace as the Brazilian, quickest in first
practice, was languishing in 11th at the end of FP3 and 0.702secs behind
team-mate Alonso.

As for McLaren, their struggles
continue with Jenson Button and Sergio Perez 12th and 13th, the latter a
full second behind Alonso.

Towards the rear, Marussia also face
issues as Max Chilton managed just seven laps due to the team having to
replace the KERS water pump.

Chilton, however, was not last as
that position belonged to Sauber's Esteban Gutierrez who concentrated on
a long run, completing 28 laps overall, but finishing 6.345secs down.

Fernando Alonso wins Chinese Grand Prix, Kimi Raikkonen finishes second and Lewis Hamilton third

Alonso wins Chinese GP: Flying Fernando claims Ferrari victory as Hamilton finishes third in Shanghai

PUBLISHED:

08:41 GMT, 14 April 2013

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UPDATED:

08:41 GMT, 14 April 2013

Fernando Alonso stormed home to win the Chinese Grand Prix on Sunday as British star Lewis Hamilton finished in third place.

The Spaniard started on the second row but soon passed pole-sitter Hamilton on his way to earning 25 World Championship points in Shanghai.

Mercedes' Hamilton fought bravely with Kimi Raikkonen for second place before eventually succumbing to the Lotus driver.

World champion Sebastian Vettel, meanwhile, finished fourth but his Red Bull team-mate Mark Webber was forced to retire midway through the race.

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On top: Fernando Alonso earned his first victory of the season as he came home to win the Chinese Grand Prix

On top: Fernando Alonso earned his first victory of the season as he came home to win the Chinese Grand Prix

Podium: Lewis Hamilton, who started on pole, was made to settle for third in his Mercedes

Podium: Lewis Hamilton, who started on pole, was made to settle for third in his Mercedes

All action: Hamilton led into the first corner but was soon reeled in and passed by both Ferraris

All action: Hamilton led into the first corner but was soon reeled in and passed by both Ferraris

Wayward wheel: Red Bull's Mark Webber was forced to retire after losing a rear tyre

Wayward wheel: Red Bull's Mark Webber was forced to retire after losing a rear tyre

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Chinese grand prix qualifying

Hamilton on pole position in China after Webber runs out of fuel in qualifying in another Red Bull farce

By
Ian Parkes, Press Association

PUBLISHED:

07:07 GMT, 13 April 2013

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UPDATED:

07:16 GMT, 13 April 2013

Lewis Hamilton lit up the Mercedes garage by grabbing his first pole position for the team since joining them at the start of the year.

For the 27th time in his Formula One career, Hamilton will lead away the field come the start of tomorrow's Chinese Grand Prix at the Shanghai International Circuit.

Joining the 27-year-old on the front row will be Kimi Raikkonen in his Lotus ahead of Ferrari's Fernando Alonso and Nico Rosberg in his Mercedes.

More to follow…

Pole position: Hamilton qualified fastest on Saturday

Pole position: Hamilton qualified fastest on Saturday

Kimi Raikkonen on Red Bull radar with Mark Webber"s future in balance after Sebastian Vettel row

Raikkonen on Red Bull radar as Webber's future hangs in balance after Vettel row

By
Simon Cass

PUBLISHED:

15:11 GMT, 2 April 2013

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UPDATED:

15:14 GMT, 2 April 2013

Kimi Raikkonen is on Red Bull's shortlist to replace Mark Webber should the veteran Australian decide to retire at the end of the current Formula One campaign.

Webber could not hide his fury at losing out on victory in the Malaysian Grand Prix after team-mate Sebastian Vettel chose to ignore team orders to hold station in second place.

Vettel subsequently escaped sanction for his insubordination, a situation which appears to have backed up Webber's post-race claim that the triple world champion enjoys 'protection' at Red Bull.

In demand: Lotus driver Kimi Raikkonen could race at Red Bull next season if Mark Webber leaves

In demand: Lotus driver Kimi Raikkonen could race at Red Bull next season if Mark Webber leaves

In demand: Lotus driver Kimi Raikkonen could race at Red Bull next season if Mark Webber leaves

And should Webber decide he has had enough of playing second fiddle, then Red Bull's billionaire owner, Dietrich Mateschitz, admitted Raikkonen would be a strong candidate to partner Vettel next season

'Kimi is cool and fast and always a candidate,' said Mateschitz of the 2007 world champion who drives for Lotus and enjoys a close relationship with Vettel.

Civil war: Mark Webber's relationship with Sebastian Vettel is in tatters following the fall-out from Sepang

Civil war: Mark Webber's relationship with Sebastian Vettel is in tatters following the fall-out from Sepang

The same certainly cannot be said for Webber, but discussing the 36-year-old's future, Mateschitz appeared to suggest he would have the final say on whether he continued to drive for Red Bull.

'Whether he retires, only he will choose,' Mateschitz told Speed Week. 'Mark is definitely a candidate for 2014.'

New footage of Webber cutting up Vettel in dangerous move AFTER the race. Watson says ban Vettel

Fresh footage shows fuming Webber cutting up Red Bull team-mate Vettel in dangerous move after Malaysia mayhem

By
Phil Duncan

PUBLISHED:

13:23 GMT, 25 March 2013

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UPDATED:

15:34 GMT, 25 March 2013

Dramatic new footage has emerged revealing just how serious the feud is between Red Bull team-mates Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber after the Australian pulled a shockingly dangerous maneouvre after the Malaysian Grand Prix had finished.

Red Bull are in turmoil today after Vettel ignored their clear instruction not to challenge Webber at the climax of the race, and the German was forced to issue an apology for undermining the order which has left his colleague considering his Formula One future.

VIDEO: Scroll down to watch the astonishing footage

Chequered flag: Sebastian Vettel slows down after crossing the finishing line in Malaysia

Chequered flag: Sebastian Vettel slows down after crossing the finishing line in Malaysia

Who's that coming up Mark Webber's car zooms into the corner of the camera

Who's that coming up Mark Webber's car zooms into the corner of the camera

Dangerous: Webber steers into the path of Vettel at a furious pace as the German slows down

Dangerous: Webber steers into the path of Vettel at a furious pace as the German slows down

Best of enemies: Webber then speeds off into the distance leaving Red Bull red-faced

Best of enemies: Webber then speeds off into the distance leaving Red Bull red-faced

New footage reveals just how angry
Webber was in the aftermath of the race as he dangerously cuts across
Vettel at high speed to display his fury, only missing his team-mates
car by a matter of inches.

Former McLaren driver John Watson, a
winner of five grands prix, believes Red Bull must take immediate action
against their three-time world champion.

‘The question is, what are the team
going to do to sanction Sebastian Vettel And the only solution I would
find is suspending him for next grand prix,’ Watson told BBC Radio 4.

Dangerous: Mark Webber (left) swerved in front of Sebastien Vettel to show his anger

Dangerous: Mark Webber (left) swerved in front of Sebastien Vettel to show his anger

Punishment: Sebastian Vettel deserves a one-race ban, claims John Watson

Leading the way: Webber was ahead of Vettel until his team-mate's late surge

Leading the way: Webber was ahead of Vettel until his team-mate's late surge

VIDEO: Watch Webber's dangerous move

Out of options: Watson says a fine would do nothing and removing the points is not viable

Out of options: Watson says a fine would do nothing and removing the points is not viable

‘You can’t take the points away from
him and give them to Mark Webber, a fine would be irrelevant, so the
only purposeful way to bring him to book is to say “you will stand out
one race”.’

‘I know that if other drivers in other teams disobeyed a team order they would be suspended or even fired.’

Red Bull cancelled their victory photo
in the aftermath of yesterday’s controversy while it has been reported
that Webber needed to be persuaded to participate in the podium
ceremony.

Usurped: Mark Webber would have won the race had Vettel not disobeyed team orders

Usurped: Mark Webber would have won the race had Vettel not disobeyed team orders

Watson says Red Bull team principal Christian Horner must take action or risk his position being undermined by Vettel.

‘If Christian Horner doesn’t reassert his authority in the team – because he has been totally subjugated by Sebastian Vettel yesterday – then his position in the team is not exactly the role it is designed to be,’ added Watson.

‘The only conclusion I can reach is that Vettel should be suspended for the next grand prix.’

McLaren apologise to Red Bull for ruining Mark Webber"s start after ECU problem at Australian Grand Prix

McLaren apologise to Red Bull after ruining Webber's start in Melbourne

By
Simon Cass

PUBLISHED:

20:06 GMT, 19 March 2013

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UPDATED:

20:06 GMT, 19 March 2013

McLaren have been forced to apologise to their Red Bull rivals for wrecking Mark Webber’s start to his home grand prix in Australia.

A software problem with the engine control unit (ECU) – the electronic brain supplied to all Formula One teams by McLaren which controls the powertrain, drag reduction system and acts as a car's primary data system – meant Webber’s system had to be rebooted during the formation lap.

That lack of vital information caused Webber to tumble through the order from second on the grid before eventually finishing sixth.

Compromised: Mark Webber suffered an ECU problem on the formation lap and lost ground at the start

Compromised: Mark Webber suffered an ECU problem on the formation lap and lost ground at the start

It's their fault: Red Bull team principal Christian Horner blamed McLaren for Webber's awful start in Melbourne

It's their fault: Red Bull team principal Christian Horner blamed McLaren for Webber's awful start in Melbourne

Home grand prix: Webber finished sixth on Sunday

Home grand prix: Webber finished sixth on Sunday

Red Bull team principal, Christian Horner, leapt to the defence of his driver post-race after he faced criticism for what appeared to be yet another poor start.

‘You need to go and ask McLaren why the ECU didn't work,’ said Horner. ‘That totally messed up his preparation.

‘By the time we'd reset the system, he'd lost the start and lost early ground.

'It's something they need to get on top of because there have been a lot of issues in early-season testing.’

After performing their own investigation, McLaren have issued a statement accepting they were at fault.

It read: ‘Mark and the team have our apology. We are working together with them to prevent any recurrence.’

The ECU is a new design for the 2013 season and has been introduced in preparation for the switch from V8’s to turbo-charged V6 engines next season.

Mark Webber told he has Red Bull future if he performs well

We'll keep renewing Webber's deal if he's still producing the goods, claim Red Bull

By
Ian Parkes, Press Association

PUBLISHED:

19:18 GMT, 12 March 2013

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UPDATED:

19:45 GMT, 12 March 2013

Mark Webber has been assured of his place at Red Bull providing he continues to deliver for the team.

Not for the first time going into a new Formula One season, Webber is apparently facing the end of the road.

As a driver operating on a rolling one-year contract with Red Bull, and with the Australian turning 37 in August, there are many who doubt how long he can continue in the sport.

Keep it up: Mark Webber must perform well if he is to secure a new deal

Keep it up: Mark Webber must perform well if he is to secure a new deal

For his part, Webber has made it clear he still has the motivation to become a champion and firmly believes he has the support of the team to help him achieve such a goal.

Despite that, the speculation will always persist about Webber, in particular given the fact his team-mate Sebastian Vettel has won the world title for the last three years.

But team principal Christian Horner said: 'The last three years have apparently been Mark's last.

'Yet he has been retained by the team because of what he has done in the car, and again the same rules apply this year.

Retained: Red Bull Team Principal Christian Horner (left) says Webber knows what he needs to do

Retained: Red Bull Team Principal Christian Horner (left) says Webber knows what he needs to do

'We want the strongest pairing and Mark has contributed significantly to our constructors' world championships over the last three years, and even came close to winning his own title in 2010.

'Mark has been employed by the team to do the best job he can and he knows what's expected of him.

'There are an awful lot of drivers who would like to be sat in a Red Bull car but Mark is there on merit, and while he delivers for the team he will have that place.'

Chit chat: Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson with Webber

Chit chat: Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson with Webber

It was Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko who fuelled the debate about Webber earlier this year by questioning his mental strength and his consistency.

Marko suggested Webber can be unbeatable for a couple of races, but is unable to maintain such form over a year.

Asked whether Webber has it within him to deliver on a more regular basis, Horner added: “The difficulty for Mark is he is constantly judged against a young man in the other car who has achieved so much.

'What Seb's done in 101 races, with 26 victories, being a three-time world champion, youngest points scorer, pole winner, race winner, is remarkable.

Judged: Some say Webber can produce good short term results but cannot hold his form over the season

Judged: Some say Webber can produce good short term results but cannot hold his form over the season

'Mark's being constantly measured against a driver that is, in my view, the best of a generation and that makes it harder for him.

'But at the same time Mark measures the opportunity of being measured against the best.

'He has also demonstrated on his day he can be unbeatable and he does just need to string a campaign together, with 19 of those performances.

'He's improved as he's matured. Last year he drove very well, and if he can get off to a good start and build up some momentum this season that will be important for his campaign.

'Above all, if we didn't think he could still do it then we wouldn't have taken him for another year with the team.'

McLaren worse without Lewis Hamilton – Christian Horner

Red Bull team principal Horner says McLaren will be worse without Hamilton

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UPDATED:

08:37 GMT, 28 November 2012

McLaren will be a poorer team next season without Lewis Hamilton, according to Red Bull team principal Christian Horner.

Hamilton, who joins Mercedes on a three-year deal in 2013, saw his lengthy association with the British team end in failure after he was forced to retire from the lead of the Brazilian Grand Prix.

Hamilton will be replaced by Sergio Perez, who failed to score a single point in the six races since his move to McLaren was announced in September.

Impact: Christian Horner thinks McLaren will miss Lewis Hamilton

Impact: Christian Horner thinks McLaren will miss Lewis Hamilton

Switch: Hamilton (right) is leaving for Mercedes in 2013

Switch: Hamilton (right) is leaving for Mercedes in 2013

‘McLaren is a weaker team without Lewis,’ said Horner. ‘They would admit that.’

‘Lewis is an outstanding driver and in Lewis and Jenson Button they had a hugely strong driver line-up.’

Hamilton joins a Mercedes team who ended the season desperately off the pace.

But Horner, who last night joined over 500 of his Red Bull colleagues in celebrating Sebastian Vettel’s world championship triumph, still believes Hamilton will be a contender for the title next term.

‘Whichever team had taken Lewis, he will be an asset,’ Horner added.

‘Lewis will naturally bring performance to Mercedes. Fernando Alonso, Lewis and indeed Jenson are very strong threats for next year.’

Vettel completed a hat-trick of titles last Sunday after finishing sixth at the season-ending race in Brazil.

Chat: Mark Webber, Horner, Sebastian Vettel, David Coulthard and Adrian Newey speak to the Red Bull team

Chat: Mark Webber, Horner, Sebastian Vettel, David Coulthard and Adrian Newey speak to the Red Bull team

The 25-year-old German fought his way from the back of the pack after a collision with the Williams of Bruno Senna on the opening lap to beat Alonso to the title by just three points.

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After strong comeback drives in Abu Dhabi, where he finished third after starting from the pit-lane, and in Interlagos, Vettel has done his best to dampen accusations that his strongest performances only come from the front of the pack.

‘It’s actually a little bit of comedy to look back now and you were the driver who can’t overtake,’ said Vettel. ‘Now after just two races people have changed their mind.

‘To win from the front or to come through the field it is the same thing. You still do your best.

‘People credit the fact that you have overtaken drivers more than pulling away from the front and building a lead.

‘Maybe they don’t understand how much it is worth to pull out a gap’

Vettel was gifted sixth place in Sunday’s rain-hit race after Michael Schumacher allowed his fellow countryman to pass with relative ease.

Triple champ: Vettel (left) secured his third consecutive F1 drivers title at the weekend

Triple champ: Vettel (left) secured his third consecutive F1 drivers title at the weekend

It was Schumacher’s final grand prix before retiring from the sport for a second time, and Horner believes the manoeuvre was very significant.

‘Michael is renowned for being a tough racer but it was his gesture to Sebastian,’ added Horner.

‘It was almost like passing the baton on. It wouldn’t have been well received at his former team but Michael obviously felt it was something he wanted to do and it was very generous.’

On Schumacher, Vettel, who could challenge his fellow countryman’s incredible record of seven world titles, added: ‘He is extremely happy for me.

‘It is a great gift and great part of your character if you can be truly happy for somebody else because I think there is a lot of guys who pretend to be happy buy they’re not.

‘In that regard it is impressive after what he has achieved.’

Lewis Hamilton on pole in Brazil

Hamilton in line for big finish after securing pole for Brazilian Grand Prix

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UPDATED:

17:49 GMT, 24 November 2012

Lewis Hamilton gave McLaren their first pole position in Brazil for 12 years ahead of his final grand prix for the Woking-based team.

With Jenson Button alongside him, the duo combined to give McLaren their 62nd front-row lock-out as they left championship contenders Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso trailing in their wake.

Vettel, who has a 13-point cushion over Alonso, will line up fourth as even Red Bull team-mate Mark Webber managed to qualify ahead of him, whilst Alonso is a disastrous eighth in his Ferrari.

Pole position: Lewis Hamilton (centre) starts ahead of Jenson Button (right) and Mark Webber

Pole position: Lewis Hamilton (centre) starts ahead of Jenson Button (right) and Mark Webber

Hamilton is currently on a high at the end of his 14-year association with McLaren before joining Mercedes on a three-season contract from next year after winning in the United States last week.

Hamilton, yet to win in Brazil, was again brilliant as he posted a time of one minute 12.458secs for the undulating Interlagos circuit.

The 27-year-old edged team-mate Button by 0.055secs, with Webber then ahead of Vettel by almost two tenths of a second.

Felipe Massa lines up fifth in his Ferrari, followed by the Williams of Pastor Maldonado and Nico Hulkenberg in his Force India, and then Alonso.

Maldonado, however, missed a weighbridge session at the end of Q1, and could yet be penalised by the stewards, so potentially promoting Alonso at least one place.

Centre stage: Hamilton left Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber in the shadows

Centre stage: Hamilton left Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber in the shadows

The fifth row of the grid sees Lotus' Kimi Raikkonen alongside Nico Rosberg in his Mercedes.

A heavy rain shower 35 minutes prior to the start which lasted for around five minutes caused some consternation, and threatened to turn the grid on its head.

But with air temperatures of 24 degrees, the track was relatively dry an hour later come the start of the second session, which made for a straightforward programme.

Come the end of the middle 15-minute period, hopes for Force India's Paul di Resta of making the top 10 were dashed as the Scot will line up 11th after missing the cut by 0.073secs.

Di Resta starts ahead of Williams' Bruno Senna and Sergio Perez on his last outing for Sauber before joining McLaren, with Michael Schumacher 14th at the end of his final qualifying run in F1 and for Mercedes ahead of retiring for a second time.

Sauber's Kamui Kobayashi, without a seat for next season after the team announced Esteban Gutierrez is to step up, starts 15th ahead of Toro Rosso pairing Daniel Ricciardo and Jean-Eric Vergne.

Nobody faster: Hamilton secured his first pole position at Interlagos with a fine performance

Nobody faster: Hamilton secured his first pole position at Interlagos with a fine performance

The worst of the conditions were at the start of Q1, throughout which a dry line eventually materialised and the lap times tumbled.

With his future on the line, as he has yet to be confirmed for 2013, Lotus' Romain Grosjean made a critical mistake by clipping the back of the HRT of Pedro de la Rosa, resulting in him losing his front wing, and a stewards' investigation.

Although the Frenchman was able to return to the pits for a new nose and post one final quick lap, it was not enough to lift him out of the bottom seven for the first time this season.

'He (De la Rosa) didn't see me and there was no space to squeeze between him and the wall,' said Grosjean.

'It's a disaster for tomorrow because we have a very good car.'

It means Grosjean will start 18th ahead of Caterham duo Vitaly Petrov and Heikki Kovalainen, both fighting for the one remaining seat with the team after Charles Pic was confirmed yesterday.

Big finish: Lewis Hamilton starts on pole for the final race of the season and his last with McLaren

Big finish: Lewis Hamilton starts on pole for the final race of the season and his last with McLaren

On his final outing for Marussia, Pic was out-qualified by team-mate Timo Glock, the duo starting 21st and 22nd ahead of the HRTs on the back row, with Narain Karthikeyan in front of De la Rosa.

Hamilton is now looking to end his McLaren days on a high following the 26th pole position of his career, and his first in Brazil.

'It's been a good weekend so far, and I'm grateful to be able to put the car on the front row,' said Hamilton.

'To have a one, two with Jenson, that's a fantastic job by the team, I'm grateful for all the opportunities the team have given me, and hopefully we can turn it into a positive.

'The weather is going to be tricky tomorrow (with rain forecast), so it's going to make it more of a lottery.

Pushing hard: Jenson Button also starts on the front row alongside team-mate Hamilton

Pushing hard: Jenson Button also starts on the front row alongside team-mate Hamilton

'But we've put ourselves in a good position, we'll work together as a team, and we'll make sure we do absolutely everything to get the top result.'

Button hinted it to be a shame his partnership is ending with fellow Briton Hamilton as he said: 'I'm very happy to be on the front row because my last couple of qualifyings have been a bit tricky.

'To both be on the front row for Lewis' last grand prix with the team…the team is in great shape, and it's a pity things have to change, but things do change.'

Webber, with Vettel right behind him, refused to concede whether he will play any role in helping the 25-year-old German.

The Australian said: 'We focus on ourselves and do the cleanest race we can. I'll be focusing on my effort in the cockpit given there will be some tricky conditions.'

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

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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.