On This Day In F1 - Vettel Denies Alonso In An Epic Wet Title Decider At Interlagos

On This Day In F1 - Vettel Denies Alonso In An Epic Wet Title Decider At Interlagos

A look back at what happened on 25 November in Formula 1 history

2012 Brazilian Grand Prix
Heading into the race Sebastian Vettel had a 13-point cushion over Fernando Alonso and a faster car. It should have been an easy run to his third world championship - but the rain had other ideas. Vettel had a bad start an dropped down the order and at Turn 4 collided with Bruno Senna. Facing the wrong way with a seriously damaged car it looked like he might be out. Somehow, he kept going. Not only that, but he had pace - at the end of lap one he was 22nd; by lap eight he was sixth, just a couple of places behind Alonso and back in championship-winning position

Up at the front the battle for the lead was between the two McLarens of Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton and Nico Hulkenberg’s Force India. Hulkenberg even spent much of the race in front and looked set not only for a podium, but possibly even the win.

Hulkenberg was a genuine contender for victory. (c) Force India
Hulkenberg was a genuine contender for victory. (c) Force India

Unfortunately, he then undid all his hard work when he collided with Hamilton at the first corner, putting the McLaren driver out and earning himself a nice penalty. That had a huge effect on the championship, putting Alonso back in a winning position and leaving Vettel with work to do after his last pit stop. With the wet track and the damaged Red Bull meaning nothing was certain, it wasn’t until the cars crossed the line that you could be sure of the outcome.

Alonso eventually crossed the line second behind race winner Button (in what would be his last victory), but it wasn’t enough - Vettel had made up the positions he needed to finish sixth, winning the title by just three points.

Alonso narrowly missed out on a championship for the second time in three years. (c) Ferrari
Alonso narrowly missed out on a championship for the second time in three years. (c) Ferrari

Birthdays
As pre-F1 careers go, few are as interesting as that of Swedish driver Slim Borgudd (born 1946), who was a session drummer for numerous bands, including Abba. When he made it to F1 in 1981, he even had the band’s logo on the car!

(c) Anefo/Creative Commons
(c) Anefo/Creative Commons

During his debut season Borgudd was reasonably impressive, managing to finish sixth and score a point in the British GP. For 1982 he was signed by Tyrrell but was comprehensively outperformed by teammate Michele Alboreto. After three races for the team he was dropped, bringing his F1 career to an end.