The Brazilian Grand Prix preview

The Brazilian Grand Prix preview

The last four world championships have been decided at Interlagos, and the 2009 title could be as well. Edd Straw previews what is always an epic race at one of F1's most atmospheric venues

First, second or third is enough for Jenson Button to clinch the title in the Brazilian Grand Prix, surely an easy assignment for someone who has won six races in 2009? Unfortunately for the 29-year-old, it is more of a challenge than he would like. Most expect him to win the title, but chances are, only after a tense championship finale in Abu Dhabi two weeks later. Realistically for a driver who has been on the podium only once in eight races, he should draw considerable confidence from knowing that two humble sixth places will be enough - a far easier assignment.

But the Brazilian Grand Prix should be all about the chasers. Brawn GP team-mate Rubens Barrichello and Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel need wins to go to Abu Dhabi with a decent shout of the title, and the pair are arguably as strong pre-race favourites as you get in this topsy-turvey second half of the year, even though the top end performance of the Renault engine will make it harder for the German.

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