It ended the Formula 1 season 2012, and we have the youngest three-time history and never see the cars rolling until 5 February at Jerez during preseason testing. This year has been one of the most funs of F1 and this latest appointment at Interlagos, let us again startling facts and statistics curious.
13 points separated Fernando Alonso’s third championship of the world of Formula 1, was very difficult to cut advantage just four races of 2012 Fernando had got 14 points from Vettel and in Interlagos could not accomplish the feat. The German driver had a difficult race but in the end managed to minimize damage and get the Ferrari slashed him just 10 points.
Vettel had been in the top 4 in his last four stakes in the Brazilian Grand Prix and Red Bull also had won the last three races on the asphalt, but this weekend did not have the same superiority and experienced a heart attack Sunday. Fernando Alonso has finished on the podium seven times in his last 10 races in Brazil, but it still continues to resist the victory. Of having achieved this weekend would have been world champion.
Sebastian Vettel thus becomes the youngest triple world champion in history, beating Ayrton Senna who did it at age 31. At his age, Michael Schumacher won the first of his seven world championships in 1994. No pilot had obtained their first three titles in a row and is also the favorite for next year when the technical regulation will suffer very little variation.
The team that took the reins at Interlagos was McLaren, Lewis Hamilton joined the seventh pole position of the season and with it beat Vettel, who finished the season with 6. Gone are the 15 poles achieved in 2011 with the RB7 unbeatable. Hamilton leaves McLaren achieved and with the same numbers of poles that another mythical Woking as the champion Mika Hakkinen. Lewis was able to achieve his victory number 22 with McLaren, but Nico Hulkenberg was deprived of getting it after an accident when they were fighting for the lead of the race. Eventually reconfirmed statistics, poleman not won at Interlagos is that in the last 12 F1 races contested in Brazil, the pilot who started from the first position has won only two occasions and those 2 times was Massa who rose to the top of the podium.
A shame that Nico Hulkenberg would not achieve much deserved podium after the race he was doing. The German led a race for the first time in the big circus, although he had already achieved a pole two years ago on this same circuit. Take into account will be playing the Hulk in upcoming Brazilian racing on asphalt.
Having obtained the victory, Lewis was now the third driver in the championship of the world, but after their withdrawal is Kimi Raikkonen who retains third place thanks to the consistency shown throughout the season. The Finn has 17 consecutive races score points, just missed out in China, the third meeting of the calendar. Kimi is also the only driver to have finished every race of the season.
Without this accident caused by Hulkenberg, Ferrari would have lost second place in the Constructors’ Championship, and finally were able to maintain it, thanks to the awakening of Massa, which has greatly increased their performance in the second half of the season.