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Posted By: James Allen  |  26 Nov 2011   |  12:39 pm GMT  |  243 comments

The final Grand Prix of 2011 is upon us and so far only seven drivers have stood on the podium this year, tying the record for the lowest number ever.

They are Sebastian Vettel, Mark Webber, Jenson Button, Lewis Hamilton, Fernando Alonso, Vitaly Petrov and Nick Heidfeld.

Amazingly neither of the Mercedes drivers have been up there and nor has Felipe Massa.

Will that still be the case on Sunday or will one of those faces or a new face appear on the podium, especially is we get one of those rain affected Brazilian classics?

And what does it say about the competitive balance within F1 that the top five drivers have so dominated the season?

As a final competition of the season, we are asking you to predict the three names who will be standing on the podium on Sunday.

The first three correct answers – posted in the comments section below before 2pm Brazil time on Sunday when the race starts – will win a signed copy of the JA on F1 2011 season review book “Vettel Steals the Show”.

The book is a 240 page large format softback which looks back at the stories of the season and analyses the races in detail. Signed copies can be bought from this site for £9-99.

The competition is open to anyone anywhere in the world to enter. But you can only enter once!!

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  1. Jorge Arias says:

    1st: Hamilton
    2nd: Vettel
    3rd: Button

  2. Cookie says:

    Hamilton
    Vettel
    Webber

  3. William says:

    Vettel, Hamilton and Button.

  4. Jamie says:

    Vettel, Hamilton, Alonso.

  5. sam w says:

    vettel hamilton button

  6. Ricardo Consulini says:

    1- Vettel
    2- Hamilton
    3- Webber

  7. Neil McLaughlin says:

    1st webber
    2nd schumacher
    3rd di resta

  8. ajay says:

    James, Do you think that the incredible reliability the top cars have had has had a factor in this? Tie this to the fact the best cars have the best drivers as well and this is the result. I do find it surprising the the mercs have not made it on to the podium once!

    1. James Allen says:

      Yes of course that has played its part

  9. Paul H says:

    in alphabetical order as could go anyway tomorrow

    button
    hamilton
    vettel

    I think RB and McL will have something in hand over Ferrari over the race distance and Webber hasn’t been on it this year so seems a safe bet to have these three on the podium. Until i just jinxed them by saying that however…

  10. Boris says:

    Sebastian Vettel, Mark Webber, Lewis Hamilton

  11. Nazdakka says:

    1) Vettel
    2) Hamilton
    3) Button

  12. Doni Pradita says:

    Webber, Button, Vettel

  13. Iain says:

    I am going with Vettel, Hamilton & Alonso!

  14. ArunasNesvarbu says:

    1. Vettel
    2. Hamilton
    3. Webber

  15. Sudha S says:

    1) Vettel
    2) Hamilton
    3) Webber

  16. Neha Rawat says:

    1.Vettel
    2.Lewis
    3.Jenson

  17. 1.Vettel
    2.Lewis
    3.Mark Webber

  18. neil carscadden says:

    Hamiliton 1st
    Alonso 2nd
    Massa 3rd

  19. Steve Arnott says:

    Hamilton
    Button
    Schumacher

  20. Albert says:

    1. Vettel
    2. Button
    2. Schumacher

  21. Enigma says:

    Vettel, Hamilton and Alonso

  22. Tom Starley says:

    Vettel, Hamilton & Button!!! Hopefully in reverse order though!

  23. Jeremy says:

    Vettel, Button, Alonso

    Cheers,

    Jeremy

    1. ACB says:

      My choice too.

  24. Aaron says:

    1. Vettel
    2. Hamilton
    3. Webber

  25. Edward Ratcliff says:

    Vettel, Hamilton, webber

  26. Raymond U says:

    1. Sebastian Vettel
    2. Jenson Button
    3. Lewis Hamilton

  27. Mark says:

    Its probably going to be
    1 – Vettel
    2 – Lewis,
    3 – Webber.

    But what I’d really like to see is s something crazy like:

    1 – Kovalainen,
    2 – di Resta,
    3 – Schumacher

    Then it would be the most interesting one of the year – Can’t see it happening though.

  28. sam rowntree says:

    Vettel Hamilton Button

  29. Ashwin says:

    Hamilton

    1. Ashwin says:

      sorry.. its Hamilton, Vettel and Schumacher..

      I was in a hurry to name the P1 person

  30. David Hodge says:

    Your picture is about right – the two McLarens plus Vettel. So my prediction is:

    1. Hamilton
    2. Button
    3. Vettel

  31. Joe Williams says:

    Vettel
    Hamilton
    Alonso

  32. Merlinghnd says:

    Vettel, Webber, Hamilton

  33. I think I’ll go with:

    Vettel, Hamilton and Alonso

  34. AK says:

    Hamilton
    Vettel
    Button

  35. Axel says:

    1. Webber
    2. Vettel
    3. Hamilton

  36. Ben Cosgrove says:

    1. Button
    2. Alonso
    3. Schumacher

  37. Ishaaq says:

    1.Vettel
    2. Hamilton
    3. Alonso

  38. Brandon Hamber says:

    Podium, dull but true: Vettel, Webber and Hamilton

  39. Matt B says:

    Hamilton
    Button
    Vettel

  40. Cody Weston says:

    1) Vettel 2) Alonso 3) Hamilton
    Hopefully it rains so Fernando wins, but if it doesn’t, the above answer is the correct finishing order.

  41. Helen Elvin says:

    1.Vettel
    2 Hamilton
    3 Alonso

  42. Vicente says:

    1. Vettel, 2. Button, 3. Alonso

  43. Sean Cleary says:

    1st: Webber
    2nd: Button
    3rd: Hamilton

  44. Ron Colverson says:

    1 Button
    2 Hamilton
    3 Vettel

  45. Rahul says:

    Hamilton, Vettel and Button.

  46. ian harris says:

    1/ Sebastian Vettel

    2/ Lewis Hamilton

    3/ Jenson Button

  47. Webber, Vettal, button

    1. Benalf says:

      you nailed…congrats!

    2. did I win, someone please let me know, thanks

  48. herald says:

    Schumacher
    Vettel
    Alonso

  49. tank says:

    Vettel 1st
    Hamilton 2nd
    Schumacher 3rd

  50. Jay Durham says:

    Vettel
    Hamilton
    Webber

  51. Rana says:

    Vettel
    Button
    Alonso

  52. Mike says:

    1. Alonso
    2. Hamilton
    3. Vettel

  53. Eyad says:

    Vettel
    Hamilton
    Webber

  54. 1st – Schumacher
    2nd – Alonso
    3rd – Button

  55. Phillip says:

    1: Webber
    2: Vettel
    3: Hamilton

    Webber can’t have a uniformly horrible season, can he?

  56. Nick says:

    1st Webber
    2nd Button
    3rd Vettel

    1. bluefroggle says:

      another 5 laps and this might have been the result… close but no cigar!

  57. ray says:

    Hamilton, Vettel, Alonso

  58. Simeon says:

    I’m going for a wet race so

    1.Hamilton
    2.Button
    3.Vettel

  59. Jon W says:

    Button, Hamilton, Webber

  60. efBir says:

    1st Hamilton
    2nd Vettel
    3rd Schumacher

  61. Michael Kavanagh says:

    Button,Vettel, Webber

  62. Michael Wilton says:

    I’d like to see a McLaren 1-2, so I’ll say Hamilton, Button and Vettel on the podium

  63. Jit says:

    1.Button
    2.Alonso
    3.Hamilton

  64. Juan says:

    My guess will be Vettel Button Schumacher

  65. Steveceve says:

    1: Hamilton
    2: Alonso
    3: Vettel

  66. Howell says:

    1st Lewis Hamilton
    2nd Sebastian Vetel
    3rd Jenson Button

  67. Colin says:

    Vettel, Hamilton & Button

  68. James Nicholson says:

    1st – Button
    2nd – Vettel
    3rd – Hamilton

  69. Yew Liang says:

    It’s gonna be (1) Hamilton (2) Vettel (3) Button

  70. Joao Quadros says:

    1-Vettel
    2- Webber
    3- Button

  71. paul collins says:

    1. Hamilton
    2. Vettel
    3 webber

  72. Jeremy J says:

    As it’s going to rain:

    Button
    Alonso
    Schumacher

  73. CHARLIE CAUSEY says:

    Hamilton, Webber, Alonso

  74. Petra says:

    1. Mark Webber
    2. Sebastian Vettel
    3. Fernando Alonso

  75. Phil Keeling says:

    Vettel
    Hamilton
    Button

  76. Rachel Betson says:

    1) Lewis Hamilton
    2) Fernando Alonso
    3) Sebastian Vettel

  77. Stephen Murray says:

    1) Webber
    2) Button
    3) Schumacher

  78. Tom Page says:

    Button
    Webber
    Schumacher

    Its going to be a wet race!
    Hamilton will do a Hamilton [probably with Massa]
    Schui will prevail in a better balanced Mercedes and show he can stillget onto the podium.
    But Webber will hang in there for 2nd while Vettel comes to grief somewhere along the way.
    Naturally, smooth driving Button, will handle the rain very well and make it to the checked flag first.

  79. William says:

    Hamilton
    Webber
    Vettel

  80. brenton says:

    1Button
    2Hamilton
    3Alonso

  81. Peter Collins says:

    Vettel
    Alonso
    Schumacher

  82. Jan roberts says:

    1. Button
    2. Alonso
    3. Schumacher

  83. James says:

    1 – Felipe Massa
    2 – Fernando Alonso
    3 – Timo Glock

  84. CD says:

    Webber Alonso Hamilton

  85. Max says:

    1.Vettel
    2.Alonso
    3.Hamilton

  86. Phil Waddell says:

    Nico Rosberg
    Kamui Kobayashi
    Adrian Sutil

    Just because everyone else will choose the usual suspects.

  87. DK says:

    1. Webber 2. Vettel 3. Hamilton

  88. Paul says:

    just an observation: I am surprised that more people havnt got Button in their list – more seem to think Hamilton will do better. We know how well Button has performed in the wet conditions this season.

    Also, wouldnt be surprised to see a one M. Schumacher on the podium.

  89. PaulL says:

    1 Vettel
    2 Alonso
    3 Webber

  90. Kenny says:

    rain race…so, probably something unexpected

    1. Alonso
    2. Perez
    3. Senna

  91. Sebee says:

    I will predict Barachello on the podium. Doesn’t matter where – I it happens I think this risky bid will deserve a copy to recognize the long odds of such a prediction even without calling the other two positions.

  92. Jay B says:

    Hamilton Button Webber

  93. Ronald S says:

    Hamilton, Alonso, Webber

  94. Nick says:

    button
    alonso
    vettal

  95. Ronald S says:

    Hamilton, Alonso, Webber in that order.

  96. Nicole says:

    Schumacher, Vettel, Hamilton

  97. Seán Craddock says:

    1- Alonso
    2- Vettel
    3- Massa

  98. Alex_D says:

    1. Vettel
    2. Webber
    3. Button

  99. captainj84 says:

    hamilton
    vettel
    button

  100. type056 says:

    1.Button
    2.Vettel
    3.Alonso

  101. Vittorio says:

    1 – Alonso
    2 – Button
    3 – Rosberg

  102. Bhaskar Rac says:

    1. Alonso
    2. Vettel
    3. Button

  103. Geoff says:

    Webber, Button, Alonso

  104. Bob says:

    Button
    Alonso
    Webber

  105. azac21 says:

    1 – Alonso
    2 – Hamilton
    3 – Rosberg

  106. Annabelle Ng says:

    Hamilton
    Alonso
    Webber

  107. Adelaide says:

    1 Button
    2 Vettel
    3 Alonso

  108. Richard Valk says:

    1. Vettel
    2. Alonso
    3. Button

  109. Adeel Mehboob says:

    Vettel, Hamilton, Alonso

  110. Paul says:

    1 Button
    2 Vettel
    3 Hamilton

  111. Sigmund says:

    Vettel
    Button
    Hamilton

  112. Craig D says:

    Button
    Schumacher
    Webber

    I expect the expected permutations have gone so only chance of winning is to go a little wild!

  113. jesper says:

    Vettel
    Webber
    Hamilton

  114. Geraint Connors says:

    1. Vettel
    2. Button
    3. Schumacher

  115. Richard says:

    Vettel’s under pressure maybe an enforced error in the wet will prevent a podium for him, but it’s definately going to rain. – Pure guesswork:-

    1 Hamilton
    2 Button
    3 Alonso

    1. KRB says:

      Dammit! Was goin’ for this one … figuring Webber will go all-out for a win, even if it means carnage with his teammate.

  116. Nick says:

    1. Button
    2. Vettel
    3. Webber

  117. Vinola says:

    Hamilton, Alonso, Schummy

  118. Gleb K. says:

    1. Vettel
    2. Hamilton
    3. Alonso

  119. MrAngry83 says:

    1. Alonso
    2. Hamilton
    3. Viettel

  120. jjpm says:

    1. Schumacher
    2. Vettel
    3. Hamilton

  121. Cain says:

    1. Button
    2. Webber
    3. Hamilton

  122. Double says:

    - Button
    - Vettel
    - Massa

  123. Pete says:

    button,vettel,webber

  124. ACB says:

    Vettel, Button, Alonso.

  125. Kit says:

    1st – Vettel
    2nd -Hamilton
    3rd- Button

  126. Marc says:

    1 Vettel
    2. Button
    3. Webber

  127. grigved says:

    Its 1.Vettel 2.Hamilton 3.Webber

  128. stickan75 says:

    1) Button
    2) Hamilton
    3) Shumi

  129. Nuno says:

    1- Button

    2- Vettel

    3- Rosberg

  130. F430-FOX says:

    Vettel
    Webber
    Alonso

  131. adrian calmis says:

    button
    hamilton
    alonso

  132. Femi Akinz says:

    Hamilton
    Webber
    Massa

  133. Javier says:

    1st Lewis Hamilton
    2nd Fernando Alonso
    3rd Mark Webber

  134. Kenton Corey says:

    1. Vettel
    2. Button
    3. Alonso

  135. paxdog57 says:

    vettel, rosberg, webber

    hoping for rain and a wild finish

  136. Kieran says:

    Hulkenburg
    Vettel
    Kubica

    …. wait, am I looking at last years grid?

  137. Jason says:

    Vettel
    Button
    Webber

  138. Richard D says:

    1. Vettel
    2. Button
    3. Rosberg

  139. Laura says:

    1. Vettel
    2. Webber
    3. Button

  140. Dominic J says:

    1- Webber
    2- Massa
    3- Rosberg
    (would be each driver’s season’s best, so fairly unlikely I realise).

  141. Rob Pullar says:

    1 Vettel
    2. Button
    3. Hamilton

  142. Phil Snell says:

    Button
    Webber
    Rosberg

  143. Mitchel says:

    Right, I’ll go for and outrageous punt:

    Rosberg
    Hamilton
    Webber

  144. ReviLO says:

    Hamilton
    Webber
    Vettel

  145. Triangle says:

    1. Hamilton;
    2. Senna;
    3. Ricciardo.

  146. William McCone says:

    Vettle
    Webber
    Alonso

  147. Dabet M. says:

    Hamilton
    Alonso
    Vettel

  148. Rob Newman says:

    1. Vettel
    2. Hamilton
    3. Webber

  149. Thynaks says:

    1. Button
    2. Hamilton
    3. Vettel

  150. B Martin says:

    Vettel
    Webber
    Schumacher

  151. Kashif says:

    Vettel,Button,Weber

  152. Niall says:

    1. Webber
    2. Vettel
    3. Hamilton

  153. Evil says:

    1. Vettel
    2. Button
    3. Webber

  154. Ciara says:

    1. Webber
    2. Vettel
    3. Button

    1. Ciara says:

      Woo! I think this is the 2nd correct answer!

  155. Mr Einvall says:

    Button, Vettel and Rosberg.

  156. Jonathan Dye says:

    1st Vettel
    2nd webber
    3rd Hamilton

  157. mallikarjuna says:

    1.lewis hamilton
    2.jenson button
    3.sutil

  158. Brad Fairhurst says:

    1st Webber
    2nd Vettel
    3rd Button

    1. KRB says:

      Nicely done … the 3rd correct answer as far as I can tell.

      A lot of people just didn’t think Webber could manage it. I’m glad he snagged one.

  159. Mohamed Chaudhry says:

    1. Hamilton
    2. Vettel
    3. Alonso

    I do would have liked ot see Shumacher in 3rd but cant see it.

  160. Simon L says:

    Vettel
    Button
    Hamilton

  161. Jake says:

    Rosberg,then Hamilton,then Schumi!

  162. Ohm says:

    Guys, why are people repeating others’ answers? Didn’t James say ‘the first three correct answers’ will win his book? Hopefully I’m not misunderstanding something here! Well, since my top choices have already been taken I’m gonna go for:
    1. Button
    2. Vettel
    3. Sutil

    Thanks James for another great competition!

    1. Rubinho's Keyfob says:

      Indeed. What’s the point of saying “The competition is open to anyone anywhere in the world to enter.” and then limit it to the _first_ 3 right answers?

      Anyone not in the right timezone to be awake enough answer with an obvious 3-of-5 reply in the first 10 minutes of the competition is clearly not going to win!

      A lottery of all correct answers out of a hat would be more appropriate for an international competition.

      Anyway, assuming the rules stay as they are I may as well go out on a limb:

      Barrichello, Schumacher, Hamilton.

      If the rules change to a lottery:

      Hamilton, Schumacher, Barrichello.

      Hey, it’s all a bit of fun ;)

      1. Ohm says:

        Lol nice pick mate, I’d love to see Barichello on the podium with Schumacher, maybe even throw Kobayashi in there too! :P

        Yeah I agree, I think all correct answers should be combined then randomly picked instead but I think it’s too late for James to change it now, maybe for the next competition ;) but….! If that does change, my first choice answer would be:
        1. Button
        2. Vettel
        3. Alonso

  163. 1- Vettel
    2- Button
    3- Schumacher

  164. breda says:

    1: Vettel
    2: Button
    3: Hamilton

  165. John H. says:

    1. Vettel. 2. Button 3. Schumacher.

  166. Seppe says:

    Vettel, Button, Webber

  167. ESLKid75 says:

    1. Hamilton
    2. Alonso
    3. Senna

  168. Coronwen says:

    An unpredictable rainy Brazilian day!

    1 Felipe Massa
    2 Rubens Barrichello
    3 Bruno Senna

    More noise from the crowd than an F1 engine!!!!

  169. Dmitry says:

    I would like it to be like this:
    Hamilton
    Button
    Alonso

  170. george says:

    Vettel
    Button
    Hamilton

  171. Allen Crawford says:

    Well, my first several choices were already chosen three or more times, so my official answer is:

    1 – Button
    2 – Vettel
    3 – Hamilton

    For the record, my original prediction was Vettel, Button, Webber.

  172. Stuart Harrison says:

    Vettel, Webber, Alonso.

    This from someone who’s an ardent McLaren supporter :)

  173. Jason Norwood says:

    1st massa 2nd hamilton 3rd schumacher

  174. Kosta says:

    Webber, vettel, button

  175. Val says:

    Let’s go crazy

    Alonso
    Massa
    Hamilton

  176. Pete Johnson says:

    1 webber 2 vettel 3 schumacher

  177. AndrewB94 says:

    Button
    Webber
    Massa

  178. Yos says:

    1.hamilton 2 alonso 3 webber.

  179. Robert Gunning says:

    Button, Alonso, Webber

  180. Cedric says:

    1.Webber
    2.Vettel
    3. Button

  181. Kyle says:

    1.Webber
    2.Button
    3.Massa

  182. Jean AlesiF1 says:

    1.Webber
    2. Vettel
    3. Massa

  183. Dulait says:

    Hamilton
    Button
    Schumacher

  184. Paul du Maitre says:

    Button
    Vettel
    Alonso

  185. Sammy says:

    Vettel, Button, Webber

  186. Left Philangie says:

    Webber, Vettel, Button

  187. vian says:

    1. Alonso
    2. Webber
    3. Button

  188. Joanna says:

    Button
    Vettel
    Rosberg

  189. Gordon W Payne says:

    1) Button
    2) Hamilton
    3) Webber

  190. Steve Rogers says:

    Vettel
    Button
    Rosberg

    I wish

  191. Mark Hillyard says:

    1 – Button
    2 – Webber
    3 – Alonso

  192. richard brunt says:

    Button

    Schumacher

    Alonso

  193. Athlander says:

    1) Button
    2) Alonso
    3) Webber

  194. brettgraham says:

    1. Vettel
    2. Button
    3. Alonso

  195. Fardin Heydari says:

    Vettel
    Webber
    Button

  196. wark11 says:

    webber, vettel, massa

  197. Nick Ward says:

    I predict a Red Bull fix

    1) Webber
    2) Vettel
    3) Button

  198. Tom says:

    vettel
    webber
    button

  199. JohnO says:

    Wet Race

    1st – Alonso
    2nd – Schumacher
    3rd – Button

    Dry Race

    1st – Vettel
    2nd – Webber
    3rd – Button

  200. Darren S says:

    Will have to try going very different.

    Webber
    Button
    Sutil

  201. Bradley Sargeant says:

    Button
    Alonso
    Rosberg

  202. Wetcoaster says:

    Rosberg
    Button
    Webber

  203. Phil says:

    As difficult as it is for me to put it this way:
    1. Vettel
    2. Button
    3. Alonso

  204. Leo says:

    Vettel

    Webber

    Alonso

  205. means says:

    Vettel
    Hamilton
    Button

  206. Holly says:

    1-Alonso
    2-Webber
    3-Rosberg

    because the rain.

  207. Gate 21 says:

    Webber
    Alonso
    Barrichello

  208. Tony H says:

    Button
    Hamilton
    Alonso

  209. eric bhoy says:

    button
    vettel
    hamilton

  210. Nick says:

    1. Vettel
    2. Button
    3. Alonso

  211. Zack says:

    Webber, Vettel, Schumacher

  212. Morris Mao says:

    1:Webber
    2:Vettel
    3:Alonso

  213. Kris Grzegorczyk says:

    James, two things that would be brilliant for your site…

    Get the developer to put the comments box immediately after the end of the article… It’s a pain to have to scroll down to tO the bottom of the page like that.

    A castrol predictor type fantasy f1 game…. Have been using the castrol one this year and found it brilliant fun for spicing up race weekends

  214. Andrew J says:

    1. Button
    2. Schumacher
    3. Hamilton

  215. Martin says:

    Button
    Alonso
    Webber

  216. andrew says:

    Wet Race

    Button
    Vettel
    Hamilton

    Dry Race
    Vettell
    Hamilton
    Button

  217. Snowy says:

    1 – Vettel
    2 – Webber
    3 – Button

  218. Perdunoff says:

    Webber, Schumacher, Senna.

  219. Albert says:

    1st: Hamilton Lewis
    2nd:Alonso Fernando
    3rd:Vettel Sebastien

  220. Alan Taylor says:

    Webber, Vettel, Button

    1. Angelina says:

      4th correct ans

  221. Dan Orsino says:

    Button
    Webber
    Schumacher

  222. Charlie B says:

    1.Webber
    2.Button
    3.Schumacher

  223. 1. Webber
    2. Vettel
    3. Massa

    I’m playing the team order card and Massa to shine during the race assuming rain at some point during the race as he had a strong drive in Canada.

  224. Alistair McDonald says:

    1: Button
    2: Alonso
    3: Hamilton

  225. Keir McDonald says:

    1: Vettel
    2: Webber
    3: Hamilton

  226. Ian says:

    1. Webber
    2. Vettel
    3. Hamilton

  227. Glenn says:

    Webber
    Vettel
    Alonso

  228. Gav says:

    button
    alonso
    hamilton

  229. andrew says:

    Hidesight is 100% accurate.

    Webber to win, cos vettel has an issue.

    Vettel to be second, even without all his gears

    Button to be third, giving one back to Alonso who showed him by overtaking him round the outsdide. Stunning move.

    1. andrew Cumbria says:

      Come on James I want it more than the rest. you know I deserve it simply for the cheek and cheating aspect if nothing else :-)

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