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Track Layout (from the FIA)

Alonso and Renault very close!

But the job needs to be finished.

After the last race in Japan, the tables turned completely in favour of Alonso and Renault. The engine failure on Michael Schumacher's car was a big blow to Schumacher and Ferrari's chances to win both titles.

So what are the scenarios ?

In the Drivers' Championship, it is fairly straightforward and heavily favours Alonso. Basically he needs 1 point so he needs to finish 8th or better regardless of where Michael finishes.
For Michael to win the title, he needs to win the race and Alonso must either retire or finish 9th or worse.

Fernando Alonso wins in Japan

In the Constructors' Championship, things are still in favour of Renault but Ferrari do have a chance. For Renault to win the title they can afford to score 8 points less that Ferrari. So even if Ferrari finish in 1st and 2nd (18 points), Renault can still win the Championship if they finish 3rd and 5th (10 points).
Renault can also clinch the title if one of their drivers wins or finishes second regardless of where their second car finishes or where either Ferrari finishes.

For Ferrari, basically they have to finish 1st and 2nd and hope that the Renaults don't score more than 9 points. And even if both Renaults fail to finish, a single Ferrari has to win or both Ferraris have to finish at least 4th and 5th to win the title.

Hope that wasn't too confusing!

That was for the title fights. For 3rd place in the Drivers' Championship there is a close fight between Massa and Fisichella (separated by 1 point) and Raikkonen has a small chance being 9 points behind Massa.

In the Constructors' Championship, the closest fight is between BMW Sauber and Toyota for 5th place. BMW Sauber are just 1 point ahead. There is a small chance that Williams can catch Red Bull in 7th place but they are 5 points behind.

The track at Interlagos (track layout) is the 3rd shortest on the calendar after Monaco and Indy. It is very challenging for the drivers and engineers as you need minimum drag on the straights but maximum downforce in the infield section and so a compromise setup is needed. The track runs in an anti clockwise direction and is very bumpy making it tough on the drivers as well. The best overtaking opportunity is at the end of the main straight.
Tyre wear is average and the weather can always be a factor here.

Both Fernando Alonso and Michael Schumacher will be under pressure and so will be their teams. Renault are in a very comfortable position and if they don't make silly mistakes they should be able to win both titles.
Michael will be racing his final race in Formula 1 so he will want to end his career on a high and win the race. But being his last race has the added pressure too.

Regardless of what happens, lets hope that we witness an exciting and fair race.

Engine Status
1st Race Engine 2nd Race Engine

Fernando Alonso
Giancarlo Fisichella
Pedro de la Rosa
Michael Schumacher
Felipe Massa
Mark Webber
Takuma Sato

Kimi Raikkonen
Nico Rosberg
Jenson Button
Rubens Barrichello
Robert Doornbos
Nick Heidfeld
Robert Kubica
Tiago Monteiro
Vitantonio Liuzzi
Scott Speed
Sakon Yamamoto
Ralf Schumacher
Jarno Trulli

David Coulthard (can opt for a new engine)
Christijan Albers (can opt for a new engine)

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