Ferrari announced today that Sebastian Vettel will join the team as from next year as the fabled Italian squad embarks a new chapter in its history. After weeks of discussions and speculations Ferrari officially put an end to the story as it confirmed that long-serving Fernando Alonso will leave the team at the end of the season and he will be replaced by quadruple Sebastian Vettel.
Williams did have its fair share of bad luck at Brazil, but Felipe Massa still secured a wonderful podium finish in front of his home crowd, despite a penalty for speeding in the pitlane. Valtteri Bottas was nowhere near the podium as a seatbelt issue delayed him considerably at his first pitstop. He finished 10th.
After both Sauber F1 Team drivers had shown strong performances in quite cold conditions on Saturday in qualifying for the Brazilian Grand Prix, they struggled on a much warmer track on Sunday. In the beginning, Esteban Gutiérrez dropped down the ranking to finish 14th while team mate Adrian Sutil finished 16th, having started from the pitlane.
McLaren had a Brazilian Grand Prix with varying success. Jenson Button did an excellent job managing tyre wear to finish fourth.
McLaren saw its drivers recover after a difficult and problematic day of practice yesterday. Both Jenson and Kevin sailed through Q1 and Q2, ultimately lining up fifth (Jenson, on Options) and seventh (Kevin, also on Options) in Q3, ahead of tomorrow’s Brazilian Grand Prix.
Lotus' Romain Grosjean qualified fifteenth and Pastor Maldonado eighteenth after a frustrating qualifying session at Interlagos for the Brazilian Grand Prix. Neither driver was able to unlock the pace of the soft compound tyre which contrasted with the potential seen from laps on the harder, medium compound tyre.