By Lee Dover
Formula One (F1) fans have been treated to one of the most exciting and unpredictable seasons in the sport’s illustrious history and the title race will be decided in the final contest.
We have just about seen it all in F1 over the past eight months – bar a Michael Schumacher victory.
There have been eight different race victors with the first seven Grand Prix events being won by seven different drivers.
However, the dust began to settle at the business end of the season and the wheat got separated from the chaff which leaves this weekend’s Brazilian Grand Prix as a no-holds-barred, head-to-head battle, between Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso.
Vettel is favourite to clinch his third F1 championship in a row this weekend, a scenario which will have motorsport fans reflecting that the more things change, the more they stay the same.
The German heads into Interlagos with a 13-point cushion at the top of the drivers’ rankings. A victory in Brazil will guarantee that Vettel keeps the world championship trophy on the mantelpiece of the Red Bull garage.
Meanwhile, Alonso may feel that he will have a better shot of winning the lottery this weekend than the F1 title.
The Ferrari ace will win the championship if he finishes first in Brazil and Vettel passes the chequered flag lower than fourth place.
Alonso will be celebrating a legendary fight back if he clinches second place in Interlagos and Vettel crosses the finish line below seventh position, while a third-place finish for the Spaniard and then the German ending up in 10th place or below would also be in Alonso’s favour.
He knows it’s a tall order and said:
What will happen will happen and the important thing is that we do everything perfectly: then only luck can be out of our hands. We know that a place on the podium alone could be enough. I have confidence in myself and in the team and we will fight right to the end.
It looks like mission impossible for Alonso but the Spaniard knows he has nothing to lose.