Brazilian GP inside line

The season-closing Brazilian Grand Prix is the one that Rubens Barrichello wants to win. A victory in front of his home fans at Interlagos, in a Ferrari, would be almost as good as winning the championship, Rubens has admitted

Brazilian GP inside line

And, despite his protestations to the contrary, you just wonder whether Michael Schumacher won't just hand it to him. Not in a patronisingly obvious way, but in a way that allows his dutiful team mate to achieve a life's ambitions and also retain his dignity.

The bookmakers are obviously having similar thoughts because the odds listed for the two Ferrari drivers in Brazil are closer than usual. Michael is still favourite, at 4-6, but Rubens is only 9-4, when 11-4 or even 13-4 have been more readily on offer at earlier races.

BAR, now with the CRB hearing out of the way and their further claim to Jenson Button affirmed, will also be looking forward to Interlagos. The team reckons is front torque system will be especially suited to the bumps of the Brazilian track and so Jenson at 11-1 for the outright win, 11-8 for a podium and 1-4 for points are all bets worth considering.

The latest from the weather forecasters is that we can expect rain on Sunday, but whether it is of the torrential variety experienced last year, is not clear. That would be Bridgestone rain rather than Michelin rain and so, the Ferrari drivers apart, you would obviously look to Fisichella, who proved exactly this point by taking his maiden win at Interlagos last year - albeit after the event.

The bookies are wising up to this too, so whereas you might have expected a 25-1 shot for a Fisi podium, you will only get 12-1 on Giancarlo to finish in the top three in Brazil.

If it does tip down on Sunday and something does happen to one of the Ferraris or Fisi, who might be next in line for a podium? Would Felipe Massa stay on the black stuff with the second Bridgestone-shod Sauber? Think about last year's winning car -- a Jordan. And who is reliable and good in the wet? Nick Heidfeld. And what are his odds for a podium on Sunday? Two hundred and fifty to one... Go grab some!

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