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  • That concludes our coverage for the 2012 F1 season. It's been a brilliant season, one that I really enjoyed. Thank you for your company this year. See you again next season. I will miss you guys.

  • Vettel climbs over the pit wall and he goes onto the track to say thank you to the fans. The three podium finishers are ready to collect their trophies. Some tears from Massa.

  • Nice photo moment as Schumacher, Vettel and Glock pose for the cameras. Vettel is still getting hugs from Horner and company.

  • Here's the finishing order for you once again: Button, Alonso, Massa, Webber, Hulkenberg, Vettel, Schumacher, Vergne, Kobayashi, Raikkonen, Petrov, Pic, Ricciardo, Kovalainen, Rosberg, Glock, De La Rosa and Karthikeyan.

  • The photographers all run over to Vettel's car and the FIA delegate is fighting a losing battle as he tries to push them away. Schumacher is on there to congratulate Vettel. Alonso is congratulated by the Ferrari crew. He still has his helmet on. You have to feel for the Spaniard.

  • Just to remind you, Button won the race with Alonso finishing second and Massa third. Ferrari came very close to pulling it off, but it wasn't quite close enough as Vettel finished eighth. Schumacher finished seventh in his final F1 race.

  • He is told 'you are the man'. I want to say something about that, but I can't think of anything. He deserves it and he 'IS the man' after winning three titles in a row.

  • Congratulations Sebastian Vettel three-time World Champion. How many times will we see the three-finger salute next year? He is the youngest three-time World Champion and also the third driver to take three in a row. Plenty of emotion on the Red Bull pit wall.

  • The Safety Car leads Button, Alonso, Massa, Webber, Hulkenberg, Vettel three-time World Champion (registered trademark) across the finish line.

    Lap 71
  • Button is on his final lap. Paul di Resta has crashed and they have deployed the Safety Car. That means Sebastian Vettel is the World Champion for the 2012 season.

    Lap 71
  • Kobayashi goes sliding off while attempting to overtake Schumacher and that allows Di Resta and Vergne to go through. The Sauber and Mercedes actually made contact, but Schumacher was able to continue.

    Lap 70
  • Horner getting very nervous on the pit wall with his left foot bouncing up and down. Alonso has second place wrapped up, but it is not enough to win the title.

    Lap 69
  • Di Resta moves up to P9 as he overtakes Vergne. Vettel's engineer gives him another ego boost as he tells him he is one of the fastest drivers out there at the moment and doesn't really need to push it.

    Lap 68
  • Here's the order with only a few laps to go: Button, Alonso, Massa, Webber, Hulkenberg, Vettel, Schumacher, Kobayashi, Vergne, Di Resta.

    Lap 67
  • Button is onto lap 66 and he enjoys a 21s lead over Alonso. Just to give you an update on the 'little guys', Charles Pic is in P12 for Marussia with Petrov in the Caterham one place behind. That means Marussia will finish ahead of Caterham. Ah well, I spoke too soon as Petrov passes the Marussia.

    Lap 66
  • Hulkenberg is putting pressure on Webber as he is now less than one second behind the Red Bull driver. Vettel, meanwhile, is closing in on Schumacher. The seven-time World Champion doesn't put up any resistance as he allows him compatriot to move through.

    Lap 65
  • It's raining pretty hard and Vettel is told to 'keep it on the track'. His team-mate Webber is in fourth place, which is very good news for Vettel as if he needs to gain another place, then the Australian will no doubt help him out.

    Lap 64
  • Button leads the race by 19s. He is asked if he is happy on the current set of tyres and he says 'Roger'. Alonso is up to second place as he passes his team-mate Massa.

    Lap 63
  • Alonso is now just 3.3s behind Massa, but even if he finishes second and Vettel seventh, then the German will claim the title.

    Lap 62
  • A forlorn Hamilton makes his way back to the McLaren garage. Hugs from everyone as he makes it back to the garage.

    Lap 62
  • It is getting very wet out there. Vettel is seventh behind Schumacher. The seven-time Champion has a 5.9s lead over the Red Bull driver.

    Lap 62
  • Hulkenberg takes his drive-through penalty and Massa and Alonso are now up to second and third. Oh yes, Michael Schumacher is up to sixth place.

    Lap 61
  • Hulkenberg has pitted, but not for his drive-through. He changed tyres. He still needs to take his penalty. That will see Massa move up to P2 behind Button with Alonso possibly taking P3. Vettel is P8. Looked like there was some bodywork flying off the Red Bull just a minute ago.

    Lap 61
  • Button pits from the lead while Hulkenberg is still running in second place. He will need to take his drive-through penalty soon though.

    Lap 60
  • Alonso pits and he drops back to fourth place while Vettel is in eight. Hulkenberg gets a drive-through penalty for that incident with Hamilton. Yes, he is still driving.

    Lap 59
  • That pit stop from Vettel, which was a very slow one, saw him drop down to 10th place. Alonso appeared to have made the wrong decision by not pitting as he was sliding all over the place. Alonso finally pits. Vettel and Kobayashi are next to each other, but the Sauber goes sliding off.

    Lap 58
  • Back to the Championship, that Hulkenberg-Hamilton incident means Button is in the lead with Alonso in second place. Vettel has made another stop as the softs are not working. He's on intermediates now. Alonso decides not to pit even though it is spitting down.

    Lap 57
  • Hulkenberg goes on the inside of Hamilton and he retakes P1. Hamilton looks to hit back, but he ends up hitting Hulkenberg and they are both out. The McLaren driver tries to nurse his car back to the pits while the Force India car is stationary. Hulkenberg just slid back into Hamilton and they had no chance.

    Lap 56
  • The Ferrari mechanics are having a very close inspection of the tyres. What a drive from Kimi. He went off the track and then had to take a detour to get back onto the track.

    Lap 55
  • Vettel pits and they are going to put on the soft tyres. Clean stop of 3.5s and he rejoins in 10th place. He struggles for grip as he comes out of the pit lane.

    Lap 54
  • Rosberg goes into the pits and puts on the intermediate tyres. Ricciardo also pits, but he puts on the harder compound.

    Lap 53
  • The spots of rain have definitely increased in the last minute or so, but it should ease up now. Vettel tries to tell his engineer something, but he is told that the radio doesn't work. That's not what you want to hear when you are chasing a World title.

    Lap 52
  • The weather radar shows that the rain will continue until 15:15 local time (that is now) and then no further rain is expected.

    Lap 51
  • Chris Horner and Adrian Newey are looking very nervous on the Red Bull pit wall. They are worried that the rain is not going to stay away until the end of the race. Perez, meanwhile, describes how sad how sad he is to end his Sauber career with another accident.

    Lap 50
  • Hamilton has taken the leads. Not too sure what happened there. Looks like Hulkenberg made a mistake. The Force India driver lost control and went for a half spin. That allowed Hamilton to go through.

    Lap 49
  • Alonso continues to lose time to Button, while Vettel is still stuck behind the Sauber of Kobayashi. The rain is getting a bit heavier now.

    Lap 48
  • Kobayashi's front tyres are looking pretty worn already. Petrov goes for a spin and he loses his place to Pic, the man who will be driving for Caterham next season.

    Lap 47
  • Alonso is not doing anything on Button, who is in third place. The Spaniard is 3.4s behind the McLaren driver. It is pretty irrelevant though as Vettel is in seventh place.

    Lap 46
  • Hulkenberg is having problems with the down shift on his Force India. Kobayashi runs wide at Turn 1 and that allows Vettel to close in on the Sauber. However, the Red Bull can't get past him, not even in the DRS zone.

    Lap 45
  • Hamilton is closing in on Hulkenberg with the gap now just 1.3s. Another little slide from Webber in P8 and that allows Ricciardo to get a little closer to him.

    Lap 44
  • Hulkenberg is told to 'keep going mate, keep going'. The gap to Hamilton is now just 1.9s and it looks like the rain is getting a bit heavier now.

    Lap 43
  • Schumacher is now slipping down the order as Di Resta goes on the inside of the German. Hulkenberg still leads with Hamilton and Button second and third and the Ferraris of Alonso and Massa not too far behind.

    Lap 42
  • Raikkonen looks to go on the outside of Schumacher, but the seven-time World Champion squeezes the one-time Champion very close to the grass. Schumacher, though, left just enough space and the Finn takes P10 from the Mercedes driver.

    Lap 41
  • There is once again a few spots of rain. Some of the drivers say it is raining quite a bit at Turn 9. Schumacher moves up to P10 as Di Resta goes for a spin with Raikkonen nearly joining him.

    Lap 40
  • Massa goes on the outside of Kobayashi and he is up to P5, just behind his team-mate Alonso. The Spaniard, though, needs to make a move if he is to finish in the top three.

    Lap 39
  • Another fastest lap from Hamilton, but Hulkenberg is still holding his own at the front. Massa loses the back of the car a bit, but no harm done. He seems to be closing in on Kobayashi while Vettel, who is also sliding around, is not too far behind his Ferrari.

    Lap 38
  • Hamilton responds to Hulkenberg's fastest lap with a time of 1:18.737. The gap is still in the 2.5s range.

    Lap 37
  • Hulkenberg is getting away from Hamilton as he is now 2.6s ahead. His new fastest lap is 1:19.533. Here's a turn-up for you. Massa can actually pass. Okay I will be serious now. The Brazilian gets ahead of Vettel with a very smooth move. Massive smile from Smedley and the rest of the Ferrari crew.

    Lap 36
  • Vettel is now on the tail of Vettel, but Massa is not too far behind the Red Bull.

    Lap 35
  • Di Resta and Ricciardo dives past Di Resta. Raikkonen is also having a look, but there's no place there. Alonso makes quick work of Kobayashi and he is back up to fourth place. Raikkonen runs off the track and rejoins behind Webber.

    Lap 34
  • Alonso is catching Button while his Ferrari wing man is moving closer to Di Resta. Vettel's wing man Webber is down in 12th place. Alonso has lost a bit of pace and Kobayashi manages to get ahead of the Ferrari driver in the DRS zone.

    Lap 33
  • DRS is once again enabled as Hulkenberg locks up a front wheel. Button has Hamilton right on his behind and the latter goes on the outside and moves up to second place. Alonso is also very close to Button now. Massa is having a go at Di Resta in P8.

    Lap 32
  • Hulkenberg leads from Button, Hamilton and Alonso. Kobayashi, who is driving for a race seat, is in P4 with Vettel behind him.

    Lap 31
  • The bunch is packed up and Hulkenberg gets away and immediately builds a little gap over Button. Vettel, Webber and Kobayashi is all next to each other. What is Webber doing? Kobayashi gets past both Red Bulls and Webber goes sliding off.

    Lap 30
  • The Safety Car is in this lap.

    Lap 30
  • Plenty of nervous faces in the Force India garage. Button, meanwhile, feels the Safety Car is not going fast enough to keep the tyres warm. The wipers of the Safety Car is on so that tells you it is raining quite a bit.

    Lap 29
  • So then people, Nico Hulkenberg. He has been very impressive in recent races and he could win the race today. Alonso tells the team that is again starting rain at Turn 4.

    Lap 28
  • Vettel complaining that there's still some debris on the track. The lapped cars are now overtaking the Safety Car...that means Schumacher gets to overtake someone.

    Lap 28
  • The other Williams of Pastor Maldonado is also out of the race. No one is quite sure what happened to him.

    Lap 27
  • Here's the top 10 with the Safety Car out on the track. Hulkenberg, Button, Hamilton, Alonso, Vettel, Kobayashi, Webber, Di Resta, Ricciardo and Raikkonen. Bruno Senna and Sergio Perez, who crashed out ages ago, are walking back to the pits.

    Lap 26
  • The two front-runners Hulkenberg and Button make their way to the pits. They had a lead of more than 40s over Hamilton and the rest of the pack, but that is gone in the blink of a Safety Car deployment.

    Lap 25
  • There is too much debris on the field and the Safety Car has been deployed.

    Lap 24
  • Hulkenberg leads Button by 1.2s. Vettel has some damage to the left-side of the floor and the exhaust very close to the ground. Alonso complains that there is too much debris on the track. Back to the Rosberg puncture, he drove over the debris.

    Lap 23
  • Rosberg has a right-rear puncture and is nursing his car back to the garage. Not quite sure yet if he made contact with anyone. Hulkenberg sets a new fastest lap of 1:21.175.

    Lap 22
  • Hamilton is in P4, but he is all over the show. Vettel is told it is time for a stop. Out comes the pit crew and he stops for just 3.4s as he changes to the hard tyre. Webber is also in and out in a blink of an eye. Vettel rejoins behind Alonso.

    Lap 21
  • Hamilton is told that the rain will continue for the next 30 minutes so he needs to make the tyres last. The response is 'my tyres are already gone. At the front Hulkenberg goes on the outside of Button and the Force India driver is leading the race. No one saw that one coming. Hamilton pits again and goes onto the harder tyres. Alonso is also in and he is stationary for 4.3s.

    Lap 20
  • Vettel is told he is the 'fastest of the cars on intermediates'. Hulkenberg continues to be all over Button, but the McLaren man goes defensive. They have some traffic coming, but De La Rosa moves out of the way.

    Lap 19
  • Hulkenberg is right behind the leader he is 0.2s behind Button. He has a little look, but he can't quite pull it off. He will be in the DRS zone soon. Button again holds firm, but this will be an interesting little challenge.

    Lap 18
  • Massa pits. Well, he didn't have much of a choice. He rejoins in 11th place. Vettel overtakes Kobayashi and he moves up to P5, right behind his Championship rival Alonso.

    Lap 17
  • Hulkenberg is managing to catch up with Button. Hamilton is also closing in on the two front runners. Massa is struggling on those slick tyres, but no such problems for his team-mate as Alonso breezes through. The Spaniard is now fourth.

    Lap 16
  • Hamilton is starting to go faster than those the slicks. It's great to see the likes of Glock, Kovalainen and Petrov so high up. Ah, talk too soon as the Marussia of Glock went spinning off the track.

    Lap 15
  • This is the order, Button and Hulkenberg are one and two, but they both still have to stop. Then you have Hamilton, Massa, Vergne, Kovalainen, Glock and Petrov. Hamilton is the only one from that group who is yet to stop.

    Lap 14
  • The two Red Bulls are having to make their way through some awful traffic. Somewhere in that scrap is Kobayashi and an HRT having a scrap, which sees the Sauber driver nearly going onto the grass. Webber gives way to Vettel and the German is up to P14.

    Lap 14
  • Button tells the team 'it has stopped raining' so he will stay out. Talking of McLaren, there was a problem with the right-rear and that took some time.

    Lap 13
  • A look at those on intermediate tyres, Raikkonen is doing a 1:29 on his inters while the others are in the 1:30s. Hamilton is in the pits as is Alonso. They both swap to intermediates. Vettel is also in. Clean stop from Ferrari and from Red Bull. Alonso was stationary for 3.6, Vettel for 3.0. That means it is advantage Red Bull. For now at least.

    Lap 12
  • Somewhere in the middle of the pack, the two Toro Rosso drivers make contact. The Red Bull mechanics are coming out and it is Webber who is coming in. They put on the intermediates and he will be used as the 'tester' for Vettel.

    Lap 11
  • Schumacher has already pitted in his final race, and now he is pitting again.

    Lap 10
  • Button is getting away from Hamilton slightly while Hulkenberg is starting to close in on the latter. They are followed by Alonso, Massa and Vettel. Yes, Vettel. The Red Bull driver is having a storming race so far.

    Lap 9
  • Back to the Alonso, Massa and Webber action, Webber leaves the track briefly after he spins at Turn 1. Meanwhile, Vettel is up to P7 and harassing Kobayashi. Button overtakes his McLaren team-mate again and is up to P1.

    Lap 8
  • Alonso's wing man Massa is doing the business. Grosjean has hit the barriers and he is out of the race. Meanwhile at the front, Button briefly overtook Hamilton, but the latter hits back immediately. Button tries to retake the position, but he locks up and that gives Hamilton a bit of breathing space.

    Lap 7
  • It starting to rain again. Alonso locks up and goes wide and loses momentum. That allows both Hulkenberg and Webber right behind him. Massa also gets in on the act. Hulkenberg is through, but Massa is keeping Webber behind him. Brilliant stuff from the Brazilian.

    Lap 6
  • A look back at the start, Massa just went on the outside of Vettel and then overtook Button. Alonso also opted for outside. Vettel's car held firm, it doesn't look like there is too much damage and his front wing still looks in tact. Again, how did he do that?

    Lap 5
  • Vettel is down in 20th place, but he still manages to set a new fastest lap of 1:12.316 with a broken front wing. How does he do that.

    Lap 4
  • Senna and Perez are out, just to let you know. Hulkenberg passes Webber. That is a crucial, crucial move as it gives Alonso some breathing space.

    Lap 3
  • The Red Bull mechanics come out, but they go back in. Meantime, Alonso is up to third after overtaking Webber with a pretty smooth move.

    Lap 2
  • Wait, Vettel is not out yet. He made heavy contact with someone but he went for a 360 turn and get the car back on the track. He continues, but tells the team there is damage. There is damage to the left-side of the car.

    Lap 1
  • Vettel is out, Vettel is out.

    Lap 1
  • Here we go. They are all away cleanly, including Hamilton, Vettel and Alonso.Mass cuts in front of Vettel and then takes Button as well. Alonso is right beside Vettel, but the Red Bull driver

  • Hamilton leads the pack around the track for his final formation lap for McLaren. This will give drivers a good idea of how wet the track is. It is still not 'spitting down'. I have just been told by a colleague 'that's not rain, I can spit more than that'. Yes, I am also shaking my head.

  • Are you nervous? I know I am slightly anxious and can't wait for the red lights to go out.

  • Vettel is told that it is 'not spitting, but it is raining hard'. He has an umbrella covering his car and his RB8 is pretty wet. There's a little wave from Schumacher as he prepares to put on his gloves.

  • The plastics are coming folks. Those in the stands are putting on their jackets. That means there must be rain on the way. The Red Bull boys are looking very, very worried.

  • As always the Brazilian fans have flocked to the circuit for this final race of the season. The grandstands are packed!

  • Schumacher has pulled up on his grid slot with a flag that reads "Thank You" attached to his car. He also has a message for his fans on his helmet, thanking them for sharing his "passion" with him.

  • Drivers, team personnel, VIPs and just about everyone (excluding his dog) is on the grid at present.

  • As the drivers start to make their way to the grid, Sauber report that there are "more and more dark clouds" gathering over the Interlagos circuit. But as yet no rain.

  • However, the Championship is not the only thing going on today as Lewis Hamilton, starting from pole position in a McLaren 1-2, is bidding farewell to the Woking team while Michael Schumacher, starting 13th, is bidding farewell to Formula One in its entirety. The seven-time Champ will be retiring (for the second time) after he's completed his 71 laps.

  • If Alonso wins the grand prix and Vettel is fifth or lower, the Ferrari driver wins the title. But if he is second then Vettel must be eighth or lower. And if he's third the German must be tenth or lower. And if he's fourth... well then Vettel wins the title.

  • Vettel is without a doubt the firm favourite, in fact one could argue he has one hand and another four fingers on the trophy, as he holds a 13-point advantage over Alonso. That means Vettel, who is starting fourth on the grid, only needs to finish fourth or higher to bring home his third successive title. However, should Vettel finish fifth or lower than several parameters come into play.

  • 20 grands prix after the season begun back in March in Australia, it all comes down to these final 71 laps to see who out of Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso will become the 2012 World Champion - and a triple Champ at that.

  • Welcome to the Interlagos circuit, home to the Brazilian Grand Prix; Felipe Massa; the final race of the 2012 season and home to the title decider. It doesn't get bigger than this! All times are local.