All at stake in Brazil

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Updated: November 23, 2012

Sao Paulo and Interlagos is the stage this week, as 2 double world champions put everything on the line to make their own piece of history in the last race of the Formula 1 season. As it has done many times before, the race in Brazil will decide the outcome of the Formula 1 world championship, in front of the most passionate of fans, and in a country steeped in Formula 1 success and history, with past champions like Ayrton Senna, Nelson Piquet and Emerson Fittapaldi.

The spotlight on Sundays race wont only be on Vettel and Alonso, but also on 2 other drivers for other reasons. Seven-time champion Michael Schumacher is retiring again, while 2008 champion Lewis Hamilton will be driving his last race for McLaren before moving to Mercedes in 2013.

Michael Schumacher finally leaves the sport following an unsuccessful 3 year comeback with Mercedes. Despite this one cant help but to celebrate the most successful career in the sports history again. Despite his lack of success his team principle Ross Brawn has insisted that his contribution to the developement of the Silver Arrows has been unquestionable. Sunday will be his 308th race which includes 91 wins, 155 poles, 4 wins at Interlagos, and who knows if it rains could he make it 5?

Lewis Hamilton sits behind the wheel of a McLaren for the last time, as he is set for a new challenge at Mercedes next year, although suggestions from the 2008 champion is that he is just going traveling, and one day will return to the team that have nurtured him for more than 13 years. Since his debut in F1 with the team, he has achieved so much, with 21 wins, 25 poles, and 49 podiums, and on Sunday he will know a win will be the perfect way to say thank you to his team, at a circuit he has never won on.

Forget emotions and farewells, there is a Championship at stake, and that is all Alonso and Vettel will be interested, in once the racing begins. There are only 13 points separating leader Vettel and Alonso and with rain expected on Sunday that lead simply doesn’t mean as much. When it rains in Brazil, it rains. Alonso will then hold the initiative as there is no better driver on the grid in the wet than the Spaniard, with this in mind the championship is on a knifes edge. Alonso has nothing to lose and would also dearly love to win a race that has eluded him so far in his career.

Webber, Massa and Raikkonen also know how to win at Interlagos and could have a say in the final outcome of the championship.

It has been a marvelous season, with 7 different winners from the first 7 races, 8 different winners in all, with the possibility of 9 come Sunday. If it wasn’t for a few unreliability problems we could have had 3 or 4 challenging for the title this weekend, however as it stands that isn’t the case.

May the best man win. Vettel or Alonso.?