Race
  Pos Driver Team Laps Pits
1 Button GBR McLaren 71 2
2 Alonso ESP Ferrari 71 3
3 Massa BRA Ferrari 71 3
4 Webber AUS Red Bull 71 3
5 Hülkenberg GER Force India 71 3
6 Vettel GER Red Bull 71 4
7 Schumacher GER Mercedes 71 4
8 Vergne FRA Toro Rosso 71 4
9 Kobayashi JPN Sauber 71 3
10 Räikkönen FIN Lotus 70 3
11 Petrov RUS Caterham 70 3
12 Pic FRA Marussia 70 3
13 Ricciardo AUS Toro Rosso 70 5
14 Kovalainen FIN Caterham 70 5
15 Rosberg GER Mercedes 70 4
16 Glock GER Marussia 70 4
17 de la Rosa ESP HRT 69 4
18 Karthikeyan IND HRT 69 4
19 di Resta GBR Force India 68 3
Retirement
Hamilton FL GBR McLaren 54 2
Grosjean FRA Lotus 5 0
Maldonado VEN Williams 1 0
Senna BRA Williams 0 0
Perez MEX Sauber 0 0

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Horner and Vettel embrace, and Vettel says "it's unbelievable". Alonso looks drained as he waits to go on the podium alongside Button. Vettel jumps the wall to celebrate in front of the crowd as the top three take to the podium. Vettel is in the Red Bull garage celebrating with his team as Alonso stands on the podium. If Alonso was one place further up he would be world champion; that's how close it was.


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In amongst all that it's easy to overlook a fantastic drive from Massa, who takes the third place trophy. He salutes his home fans and drove superbly. Ferrari looks distraught as a team, but it has secured second in the constructors' championship ahead of McLaren after Hamilton's retirement.

What a fantastic way to end the 2012 season; with an incredible race and three points separating the top two. Congratulations to Sebastian Vettel, commiserations to Fernando Alonso who has been fantastic all season. Will there be any repercussions from that race? We'll have it all covered on ESPNF1.com. I'm sorry we couldn't use more of your comments but it was such a crazy race, thanks for sending them in. Make sure you stay with us for all the reaction, and thank you so much for joining us. Bye for now.

Lap 71

Final lap and the race will finish behind the safety car. We're on the final lap and Vettel is sixth so this will be enough for him to take the championship …

Jenson Button wins the Brazilian Grand Prix as the safety car pits, Fernando Alonso is second but SEBASTIAN VETTEL IS THE WORLD CHAMPION! Vettel comes home sixth and takes the title by three points. What a race. I need a lie down.

Vettel earned that title coming back through the field, and his radio is working enough for us to hear him emotionally say "Oh my god guys". Button thanks his McLaren team for the finish to the season, and is told the "driving in those conditions was absolutely superb". He ends the year as it started: with victory.

Vettel climbs on top of his car and celebrates. Alonso stares in to the distance and looks distraught in all honesty as he watches the celebrations. Vettel celebrates with his team before going to get weighed.

Lap 70

Kobayashi spins at turn four and almost hits Vergne as the Toro Rosso comes through. Kobayashi attacked Schumacher and spun.

Massa pulls 2.3s clear of Webber with Hulkenberg close behind the Red Bull.

Di Resta has crashed out of the final corner and the safety car is deployed.

Lap 69

Button continues to lead by over 20s. Alonso needs something to go wrong up ahead if he is to take this title.

Lap 68

Vettel is clearly the fastest man out there at present and he's told by his race engineer to keep it on the black stuff. Horner's foot is tapping on the pit wall.

Webber is 1.8s behind Massa in the fight for third with Hulkenberg close behind too.

Lap 67

Vettel is told he's the quickest man on track, and with just five laps remaining he's in position to take his third consecutive title. Alonso is 21s behind Button and Massa is 2.8s further back. Webber is 2.3s behind the second Ferrari.

Ricciardo in 14th is catching Pic and Petrov quickly. Might not be all over back there...

Di Resta passes Vergne in to turn four for ninth place

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