Monday, November 8, 2010

Sebastian Vettel wins to keep title race lively

Sebastian Vettel took the lead at the first corner and sailed to victory at the Brazilian Grand Prix on Sunday, setting up a showdown for the Formula One title at next weekend's season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Red Bull teammate Mark Webber was second, championship leader Fernando Alonso of Ferrari third and Lewis Hamilton of McLaren fourth. Taking the top two places at the 2.6-mile Interlagos path gave Red Bull its first constructors' championship.

Alonso was the only driver who could have won the championship Sunday, but his third-place come to an end was not enough. Alonso remains atop the standings with 246 points, while Webber has 238 and Vettel 231. Hamilton has 222 points and remains mathematically in disputation. Alonso can clinch his third F1 title with a second-place finish in Abu Dhabi.

Vettel got a good start from second place to pass pole pole-sitter Nico Hulkenberg of Williams and never looked in difficulty. "It's an unbelievable day," Vettel said. "I had a good start. I saw that Nico had too much wheel spin and used my impetus. There was just enough scope there."