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Right place wrong time

india Updated: Nov 17, 2012 20:02 IST
Vinayak Pande
Vinayak Pande
Hindustan Times
Vinayak Pande

The majority of hardcore Formula One fans had only two real complaints about the 2010 season that featured a thrilling four-way showdown for the drivers' championship at the last the last race of the season. Little overtaking and the fact that the season finale was held at the tight, twisty and non-overtaking conducive Yas Marina circuit in Abu Dhabi instead of the much loved Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace circuit in Brazil. The surrounding environs of the circuit and the city of Sao Paulo where it is located may be considered too wild for modern day F1's slick and efficient image, the venue remains a highlight on the F1 calendar. And not just because it dates back to the 1970s as an F1 venue. Brazil and South America has a rich motor racing culture and the country has produced three world champions and a lot more race winners.

The title has long been decided before the Brazilian GP this year, however. Fans won't, unfortunately get a repeat of the tense and exciting title deciding finales of 2006, 2007 or 2008 but they can very well be treated to a race where Sebastian Vettel will be pushed to the limit. The only question now is which of the McLaren drivers will be doing the pushing? A rejuvenated Lewis Hamilton or the only man to have forced Vettel into a mistake this year? I.e. Jenson Button at the Canadian GP this June.