“The strategy was pretty clear: If we were with Mark, we copied what he was doing. If he was pitting for hard tires, we would pit for hard tires,” Grosjean said.
The only dangerous incident came on the first lap. Sahara Force India’s Adrian Sutil was knocked out of the race when he bumped tires with Sauber’s Esteban Gutierrez. The bump sent Sutil nose first into the wall and put the race almost immediately under a yellow flag. Sutil was able to climb out of the car unhurt.
For the 37-year-old Webber, Brazil will be his last race in Formula One. He is leaving after 12 years, seven of them with Red Bull, a span that has featured some tense moments with Vettel.
Webber has nine career Formula One victories, but none this year despite two starts from pole position and three more from second place. He will race for Porsche in the world endurance championships next year.
“It’s time,” Webber said. “Driving around in the middle of the race I was thinking: ‘Yeah, I’m really looking forward to it.’”