With the final race of the Formula One campaign on the horizon, Sunday's Brazilian Grand Prix has a tinge of bitter sweetness about its season climax.
Sebastian Vettel descends upon Sao Paulo with his drivers' championship already in tow, driving the Red Bull engine that's helped in bringing him a fourth consecutive title.
Although it's already been decided who'll finish atop the podium overall, there's still a lot worth fighting for in South America this Sunday, with points and pride ranking highly.
Read on for all necessary viewing information ahead of Sunday's meet and more.
|2||1||Sebastian Vettel||Red Bull Racing-Renault||1:27.531||0.225||10|
|3||2||Mark Webber||Red Bull Racing-Renault||1:27.592||0.286||18|
|13||14||Paul di Resta||Force India-Mercedes||1:29.174||1.868||11|
|15||15||Adrian Sutil||Force India-Mercedes||1:29.783||2.477||7|
|19||21||Giedo van der Garde||Caterham-Renault||1:31.118||3.812||16|
Date: Sunday, Nov. 24
Course: Grande Premio Petrobas do Brasil—full course details on Formula1.com.
Viewing Info: Sky Sports F1 (UK)
Brazilian Grand Prix Qualifying Replay: 9:15 a.m. GMT/4:15 a.m. ET
Brazilian Grand Prix: 3 p.m. GMT/10 a.m. ET
Brazilian Grand Prix Paddock Live: 6:30 p.m. GMT/1:30 p.m. ET
Brazilian Grand Prix Highlights: 9 p.m. GMT/4 p.m. ET
Nico Rosberg has been on the coat-tails of the Formula One big guns for some time now and after finishing two of his last three races on the podium, the German registered another statement of intent by finishing FP2 atop the pile.
The Mercedes driver did well in wet conditions and also managed to finish quickest in FP1 ahead of both Red Bulls, recording a time 0.225 seconds faster than Vettel.
Sky Sports confirmed the lead:
Mercedes' Nico Rosberg fastest in second practice ahead of Brazilian Grand Prix on Sunday. #SSN— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) November 22, 2013
Rosberg's teammate Lewis Hamilton didn't cope quite as well with the damp weather and was in fifth after FP2, BBC Sport's Andrew Benson reporting that the Briton says he has no chance of winning on Sunday unless the conditions relent:
Can Rosberg maintain his momentum to stage a surprise win in Sao Paulo?
Through my career, in the rain was always best for me; that was when I could make a difference. In this car, there's no hope for me. I don't know what's going on.
We're just really, really struggling with the throttle mapping and all these kinds of things, but clearly the car's quick enough because Nico's able to do it, so I really have to just work hard and figure out what it is.
Jenson Button's poor form continued with a 22nd-place qualification while Heikki Kovalainen, Jean-Eric Vergne and Felipe Massa were impressive, finishing FP2 as fourth, fifth and seventh, respectively.
In what's been a familiar case all season long, Mark Webber finished just behind teammate Vettel in qualifying in what will be his final race before leaving Formula One.
A lot of the teams were very lightly run due to the wet weather, not wishing to sacrifice tyres before they're actually needed, which was a disappointment.
However, the real excitement is yet to come and one can only hope that the Brazilian weather holds up long enough to make it the spectacle we're all hoping for.