Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber finished 1-2 at the Brazil Grand Prix in Sao Paulo.

Their results secured the Constructor’s Championship for Red Bull before the final race in Abu Dhabi.

Fernando Alonso managed to slip by Lewis Hamilton early on for third place, to retain his championship edge over the Red Bulls.

The McLarens of Hamilton and Jenson Button produced a creditable 4th and 5th, but their slim championship hopes are now over, except by the most unlikely of outcomes in Hamilton’s case.

Although the five big hitters took the five top spots, Alonso’s Ferrari teammate Felipe Massa had a dismal race stuck in mid-field at his home Grand Prix, finishing 15th.

Massa’s had a season to forget. But I think it will be right for Ferrari to persevere with him and see how 2011 goes. He is a likeable and popular driver.

As a team McLaren haven’t quite produced the class needed to compete for the top step of the podium very often.

Hulkenberg perhaps predictably dropped back in the race to finish a still-good 8th. He has certainly succeeded in getting everyone’s attention which will have helped to advance his thus-far impressive career.

It seems it was his teammate Rubens Barrichello who first called to change from intermediate to slick tyres on a drying track in Q3, which combined with great timing in starting his qualifying lap as late and therefore as dry as possible, enabled ‘the Hulk’ to spring his surprise pole.

In between the Williams driver and the front runners were the two Mercedes drivers of Nico Rosberg and Michael Schumacher.

In Abu Dhabi, Alonso must now finish second or better to win his third world championship. Red Bull will therefore be hoping for a repeat of Brazil’s 1-2.

If they want the best chance of winning the more-coveted driver’s championship, it would make sense for them to support Webber’s shot at it.

I would very much like to see Webber win the championship, knowing it would compel Vettel to up his game next season.

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