Ferrari pulled some tricks out of the bag, deliberately breaking a seal on Massa's gearbox and giving him a five place grid penalty, which meant that his team mate Fernando Alonso would move into seventh position on the grid and start on the clean side of the track. Sneaky but effective.
This gave Alonso the gap he needed to finish in third place and keep his title race options open.
But nothing could stop the Red Bull Racing team from claiming yet another Constructor's Championship title even though Mark Webber's car exited the race after 16 laps due to alternator failure. Red Bull ended the day on 440 points leaving the race for second place to be fought between Ferrari who have 367 points, McLaren-Mercedes who have 353 and an unlikely Lotus Renault trailing on 302.
In the closest and most unpredictable season for years, the driver's title is still an exciting stand off with Sebastian Vettel on 273 points, Fernando Alonso on 260, Kimi Raikonen has 206 and Lewis Hamilton has 190.
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