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Webber Gets Win Just In Time In Brazil

It was the perfect way to mark the end of the 2011 Grand Prix season. Last weekend, before the final race, two major recording artists, Jessie J and Macy Gray, gave a performance in Sao Paul, Brazil. It was called the F1 Rocks concert and was, by all account, the perfect combination of excitement and glamour. What could be more appropriate for the Brazilian Grand Prix itself?

The concluding meet of the season was actually something of a dream come true for Australian racer Mark Webber. The Red Bull Renault driver has watched with pride as his team mate Sebastian Vettel had multiple wins this season. It ended with him walking off with the championship as a whole. Webber though, had not been a victor at the podium in his own right all year. He finally got his chance at The Formula 1 Grande Premio Petrobras Do Brasil 2011. It happened at The Interlagos circuit, on Sunday 25 November. This was where Mark Webber was finally victorious this season.

The racer stormed in front thanks, in part, to skilful driving, nerves of steel and excellent teamwork. The already lauded Vettel, at the finish of the main straight, reportedly provided the Australian plenty of room to tear ahead. Yet, from that moment on, Webber was unstoppable. He took the initiative and drove like a champion, now leaving Vettel looking on in pride.

The Brazilian Grand Prix had already been a significant stop for Sebastian. This is the race he had won 12 months earlier, in 2010. This year, it was the site of his 15th pole position of 2011. This saw him break a record held by Nigel Mansell for 19 years; for the most poles in one season.

It is believed Vettel experienced gearbox difficulties. His team first noticed it on the 14th Lap and he was advised to slow down on the 30th. This allowed Weber to overtake him, but the German champion still finished his last race of the season in second place

Jenson Button completed the Brazilian Grand Prix in third place. Still, it earned him the points he needed to finally secure second place in the standings. Button, as many predicted, took the season’s silver medal,

Fernando Alonso with Ferrari finished the race in fourth. His team mate, Felipe Massa, in his centennial race, took fifth.

Lewis Hamilton, unfortunately, despite his victory in Abu Dhabi, seemingly experienced gearbox difficulties of his own. This forced him to retire on the 48th lap. However, after a somewhat up and down season for the Brit, he is reportedly already looking ahead to next season with growing confidence.

This will be when addicts of action packed Grand Prix motor racing will restart their pilgrimage following their sport around the world. It begins again at The Australian Grand Prix in March 2012 and we can’t wait.

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