It’s the last race of the season, the end of an era and there are few races more apt than the Brazilian Grand Prix to finish on. Soaked in history, Interlagos offers plentiful overtaking opportunities, an atmosphere of an amphitheatre and the unpredictable weather needed to make the final race of 2013 a Formula One great.
In his final race before his departure from the sport, Mark Webber will be looking to show he still has what it takes to compete with the best and leave on a high. The Australian has won twice in Brazil and will be looking to reclaim Red Bull’s recent dominance at the circuit, although on current form it’s difficult to see anything other than Vettel making it 13 wins in a season.
In his final race before his move to Williams, Felipe Massa will look to prove he deserves a race seat in a top team. Massa has lead more laps than any other driver on the grid, also winning twice, and will want to put on a strong performance for his home fans. The Ferrari boys are still in the hunt for 2nd in the Constructors’, although they haven’t had a podium since Alonso in Singapore and could still lose out on 3rd.
In his final race as a McLaren driver, Sergio Perez needs the race of his life to secure a seat for next season. The Mexican hasn’t impressed in his first season with the team but outscored the experienced Button last weekend and will be spurred on by travelling fans from Latin America. A solid performance from both drivers is needed to provide a platform for 2014.
In his final race as a stand-in at Lotus, Heikki Kovalainen will also be looking to impress in Brazil as he searches for a race seat next year. The Lotus has arguably been the second best car in recent weeks, with Grosjean claiming four podiums in the last five races. The Frenchman seems the only man capable of competing with Vettel but doesn’t have the pace needed to claim the top step.
Pastor Maldonado, Paul di Resta and Nico Hulkenburg are all drivers looking to secure a race seat for next season. Maldonado has been unimpressive all season and needs to produce something special to warrant a drive based on performance. Di Resta has seen his form undulate all year but is capable of scoring points while Hulkenberg, a leader and pole sitter in Brazil, looks to continue his run of notable results.
Securing second in the Constructors’ is the main aim for Mercedes and they only have to finish ahead of Ferrari to achieve this. Both drivers have had a successful season and Hamilton looks set to finish 3rd in the Championship in his first year with the team. The F1 W04 is quick in the wet and has the dry pace to compete for a podium.
It’s the last chance for Caterham and Marussia to outscore each other. Heavy rain is expected over the weekend; with 12 safety car appearances in the last 10 races it’s the perfect opportunity for points.
Best of luck with all your SuperBru picks!
By Declan Shepherd