Webber counting on assistance from Vettel
The permutations have all been worked out, so roll on the grand finale in Abu Dhabi! There are four drivers still in with a mathematical chance of taking the title, though in reality, it comes down to a three-way tussle between Fernando Alonso, Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel.
Vettel is the only one who requires a slip-up from the other two: "It's actually quite simple. Forty years ago, the drivers didn't employ any tactics; they just put their foot down. That's the way these last few races of the season have been for me."
Vettel has to win the race and hope that Fernando Alonso finishes no higher than fifth. For this reason, Vettel sees Webber and Alonso as the best bets for Sunday. Though Webber might need a little help from his team-mate. If Vettel is in the lead with Webber in second place - as was the case in Brazil - a positional switch would secure the title for the Australian. "I can finish fifth and be world champion, but equally, I can win the race and miss out on the title," says Webber, mulling over the different scenarios. The second of which would apply if Alonso finished just behind him in P2.
That's why Webber has been banging on about team orders over the past few days and is clearly hoping that, if the circumstances dictate, his team-mate will allow him to overtake. The alternative, namely that he should simply drive faster than Vettel, doesn't seem to form part of his calculations.
Vettel dropped a broad hint on Thursday that he would probably move over in the worst-case scenario: "At the moment, we have more important things on our mind than to worry about what might happen on Sunday. But if the situation arises, we know that we are all driving for the team."