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Rupert Wyman 17th Oct 2009 - 21:22

Webber should be on the Mark in Brazil

Mark Webber will start the penultimate Grand Prix of the season in Brazil from second on the grid after title challenger Rubens Barrichello pipped him to pole position.

Qualifying was one of the most stop-start sessions ever witnessed in F1 with the torrential rain causing havoc and resulting in the session twice being suspended for lengthy periods.

More rain is predicted for race day and this should play into the hands of Webber who is available at 15/8 to win in Interlagos and seal his second victory of the season.

Barrichello (11/8) knows how important it is to pick up as many points as possible and qualifying could hardly have gone better for him in his home GP. Title rivals Jenson Button (50/1) and Sebastian Vettel (40/1) had nightmares with Button going out in Q2. The championship leader will start from 14th in the knowledge if he finishes third or better he will be crowned world champion or if he loses no more than four points to his team-mate.

Vettel's chances of landing the title now look as slim as ever as the German could not even progress past Q1 and he will start the race from 16th.

Going into the weekend Vettel was one of the favourites for the race after his fantastic drive in the last GP in Japan but with his and Button's poor show in qualifying it is Vettel's team-mate Webber who should be able to take advantage.

Third on the grid is Adrian Sutil (10/1). The Force Indias have been quick of late and the German will hope to land his first career podium (5/2) although he may struggle to achieve that feat with Kimi Raikkonen (10/1 to win, 9/4 for podium) two places behind in fifth.

In between this pair is Jarno Trulli. The Italian picked up his third podium finish of the season in Suzuka and is priced at 11/4 to claim his fourth top three finish and deny both Sutil and Raikkonen a podium finish.

Rounding out the top eight on the grid are Sebastien Buemi in sixth (28/1), Nico Rosberg in seventh (25/1) and Robert Kubica in eighth (40/1). Williams' Rosberg looks a bit of value at 4/1 to finish in the top three.

Outgoing world champion Lewis Hamilton (50/1) had a terrible qualifying session as he, along with Vettel, went out in Q1. The McLaren driver will start from 18th and faces a battle to even make a points finish.

The focus in Interlagos may be on the title race and after Hamilton's dramatic clinching of the world championship last year in Brazil the neutrals will be hoping that the race goes all the way until the final Grand Prix in Abu Dhabi in two weeks time.

However, Webber looks the one to beat despite Barrichello's pole and a win for the Red Bull man could be of massive assistance to Button, provided he can move himself up the field and finish in the points.



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