Sky Bet's Brazilian Grand Prix preview
Vettel odds-on to retain the Drivers' Championship
By Jamie Casey. Last Updated: 21/11/12 3:16pm
Championship leader Sebastian Vettel is odds-on to retain his Formula 1 world title in the 20th and final race of the season in Brazil, but Mother Nature could yet play her part in Sunday's much-anticipated finale.
Heavy rain is forecast on race day and Red Bull driver Vettel will be all too aware of Fernando Alonso's prowess in the wet, with the Ferrari driver the only man standing in the way of the German securing a third consecutive crown.
Red Bull have enjoyed back-to-back one-two successes in Interlagos with Mark Webber winning here last season, while Vettel took the chequered flag in 2010, and it's the latter's title to lose this time around, with Sky Bet making him 2/9 to seal it on Sunday, and the 2/1 favourite to win the race.
Two times world champion Alonso is 100/30 to beat the Red Bull driver to a third title of his own and the same price to win the race, but a fourth-place finish will earn Vettel 12 points - enough to clinch it even if Alonso wins on the day as the German has more race wins under his belt this season.
The rollercoaster track is fast-paced and, therefore, well suited to Red Bull. Alonso, who clinched both his titles here in 2005 and 2006, will be looking to the sky for help, but, should the heavens fail to open, he may benefit from the use of the Safety Car, which is 2/5 to be deployed at any point in the race.
Lewis Hamilton, another master in the rain, could make a significant impact on the final day, and he's 11/4 to finish his McLaren career with another win following his success in Texas, and 9/1 to do it whilst setting the fastest lap in the process.
Ferrari, who have already missed out on the Constructors' Championship to Red Bull, have experienced agony and ecstasy at Interlagos in recent seasons, and Felipe Massa, who was cruelly denied the 2008 title at the death in his home Grand Prix, is 40/1 to end the season with his first win in 2012.
Australian Mark Webber is well priced at 12/1 to throw a spanner in the works by winning the Brazilian Grand Prix for a third time in the Red Bull, while McLaren's Jenson Button is 9/1 to head the queue.
Sao Paulo will again provide the platform for seven-times champion Michael Schumacher's second retirement, but the Mercedes driver is not expected to be among the front-runners, with his chances of a podium finish rated at 16/1 and we go 5/2 for the veteran not to be classified.