It turned into quite a spicy Thursday in Sao Paulo as the F1 world landed into the small confides of the Interlagos paddock. At Ferrari it was all love and happiness as Fernando Alonso stated his hope that Felipe Massa would win the last 2 races of the season providing he came home in second to take the title. Massa meanwhile was admitting that he may have to concede to his Spanish team mate, citing that he had done so before at home in 2007 for Kimi Raikkonen.
The battle of words were firmly on at Red Bull however as Mark Webber made it clear he didn't feel backed by the team emotionally, a clear swipe at the Austrian factions of the team who want Vettel to be the main man of the team. Vettel meanwhile was playing on the fact that Webber had been the cause of his own downfall in Korea whereas the German had been helpless after engine failure. So is Webber right or wrong to reignite the flames? Only time will tell but its that underdog mentality which has served him well at times this season and clearly he feels that is the way to play things. It heightens scrutiny on the team and he believes that this means less chance of things going against him and that he can handle the hype better than Vettel.
Lotus willl announce their engine deal with Renault tomorrow with the French company's CEO Carlos Ghosn expected in town. I also believe we may well get news on Vitaly Petrovs future and with Adrian Sutil hinting at another season at Force India this could well mean the Russian hanging on to his seat. Paul di Resta is sitting out practice again for the team and you have to wonder whether he will miss out on a 2011 race seat, though the team have to weigh up giving him experience with the close battle they are in currently with Williams. Rubens Barrichello will use a fresh engine for his home race.
Lucas Di Grassi is set for a debut home race but may find himself out of the team with both Jerome D'Ambrosio and Gio Van der Garde in the hunt to replace him. D'Ambrosio is getting another Friday run tomorrow but Van der Garde may land a 2011 race seat with the backing of his billionaire Father. Christian Klien is in for Sakon Yamamoto as Hispania look to overtake Lotus. They'll need rain and/or the wacky races on Sunday to pull that off. Big test for Senna as well against the Austrian. The Brazilian has been linked with Lotus though Jarno Trulli was talking positively about another season with the team earlier.
Fans are chatting and buzzing about the weekend already and the cars haven't even took to the track yet. Fernando Alonso could be champion this weekend and Red Bull could take a maiden title but how much blood will be spilled in the pursuit of these goals, on and off the track?