- If he wins in Brazil, Webber must finish fourth or higher to keep the championship alive. Everyone else would be out of contention, regardless of where they finish.
- If Alonso is second, Webber must be higher than eighth to stay in it, Hamilton higher than fourth and Vettel must win.
- If Alonso is third, Webber must score points, Hamilton must be in the top four and Vettel in the top three.
- If Alonso finishes lower than third, the championship will stay open to the last race because Webber, at least, will still be able to win regardless of where he finishes.
Let's hope the teams in contention have their best strategists on the computers working out a way to keep Alonso from the front row of the grid.