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Mission Accomplished

Despite the outcome, the Brazilian Grand Prix proved suspenseful for Renault and Fernando Alonso, with unforeseen weather conditions, less-than-ideal tyre choice, and a minor engine scare all raising the tension levels on the pit wall. After the race, and before the celebration reached its climax, Adam Cooper heard from Alonso's race engineer Rod Nelson and Renault's head of engine operations Denis Chevrier how the weekend had unfolded

In the end it all looked so straightforward, as Fernando Alonso did far more than he needed to do by securing second place in Interlagos. The result gave him an unexpectedly healthy margin of 13 points over Michael Schumacher, who could have only won the title on equal points with a tie-break of wins settling things in his favour. It was a little bit closer in the constructors' championship, but a five-point margin was still more than enough to see Renault secure their second consecutive title.

Of course, it wasn't quite that straightforward up on the French team's pit wall. Everything was fine as long as Alonso was still running, but in the closing laps there was still a chance that if the Spaniard retired, Schumacher could jump Jenson Button for second, and Felipe Massa would slow down, and the tables would turn. It didn't happen, of course.

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