Vettel holds all the aces as the German is thirteen points clear in the standings following four consecutive recent victories which saw the Red Bull driver leapfrog the Spaniard and he simply needs to avoid any silly mistakes to claim a third title.
Lewis Hamilton is actually on pole position for the Interlagos race and the Brit will be looking to sign off in style after a mixed bag of a season which has seen him win four races but also retire on the same number of occasions. Perhaps we will see him leave McLaren at the end of the season after a long stint with this constructor.
Hamilton is the 11/8 favourite (Sky Bet free bets) to claim the chequered flag in this race and he would certainly like to upstage the title challengers in the same way that he did when winning the American Grand Prix, although this late season form is all too little too late.
Jenson Button will line up alongside his team-mate at the front of the grid and it has been six races since the 2009 champion has completed a podium finish, although he’s second favourite at 4/1 (bet365 bookmaker) to finish the season with a flourish.
As for the actual Drivers Championship, Vettel is fourth on the grid withy Alonso back in eighth and you would imagine there can now only be one winner of the 2012 title although strange things do happen at the end of Formula 1 seasons.
The bookies go 1/5 that Vettel is celebrating come the end of the race and 4/1 (William Hill) that Alonso pulls a rabbit out of the hat and manages to bridge that 13-point gap, with the Spaniard needing to pull out all the stops to win this race after a poor qualifying time.
Although Vettel doesn’t need to win in Brazil or even finish on the podium, he has finished in the top three on the past six occasions and surely looks a decent each-way bet to nothing at odds of 5/1 for this one. There is little pressure on his shoulders and will surely face no competition from team-mate Mark Webber in this final showdown.