Vettel: Anything can happen with the weather
23 November 2012 – Sebastian Vettel acknowledges that a 13-point lead could be eaten away if the Brazilian weather deals him a bad hand across the weekend. Although his pace of Friday – second in both practice sessions – indicates that wrapping up a third straight title could be done comfortably, thunderstorms are now imminent in São Paulo.
As Lewis Hamilton topped both Friday sessions for McLaren, Vettel and title rival Fernando Alonso were second and fifth, respectively, in the pair of 90-minute periods.
“Everybody’s been suffering the same sort of problems with grip and so on, so now we just have to do our homework and see what that weather forecast says…” Vettel surmised. “So far we can be happy but, yes, it is a bit of guesswork with the weather.
“Nobody knows what the weather is going to do. It’s been incredibly hot today, then tomorrow is supposed to be hot with maybe some rain and Sunday a bit cooler….to be honest, anything can happen here with the weather!”
As rain fell in the final stages of the 2008 title decider at Interlagos, it was Vettel who almost unintentionally took the title away from Hamilton by passing the Englishman in the closing stages. The last F1 crown to be won in Brazil was by Jenson Button, three years ago.