How Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso can win the 2012 title at the season-closing Brazilian Grand Prix on Sunday.
After helping his Red Bull team claim a stunning third consecutive constructors' world championship in Texas last weekend, defending drivers' champion Sebastian Vettel will seek, once again, to become the youngest triple champion in Formula One history in this weekend's Brazilian Grand Prix.
In his 101st race, the 25-year-old German has a clear goal — to finish in the top four and thereby make it impossible for his only rival Fernando Alonso of Ferrari to overhaul his 13 points deficit and take his own third title.
On paper, for Vettel, it sounds simple enough after a sequence of results that recently saw him reel off four straight wins before finishing third in Abu Dhabi, after starting in the pit lane, and then second in Austin last Sunday.
But he knows that Alonso (31) and Ferrari will do all they possibly can, within the rules, to seize the Spaniard's first title triumph since he joined the team.
Vettel wins the title if:
- He finishes in the top four
- He finishes fifth, sixth or seventh and Alonso doesn't win
- He finishes eighth or ninth and Alonso is third or lower
- He finishes 10th or worse and Alonso is not on the podium
Alonso wins the title if:
- He wins and Vettel is fifth or lower
- He is second and Vettel eighth or lower
- He is third and Vettel is 10th or lower