Once the grid was sorted out in qualifying, things didn't look good for Alonso, who placed eighth, as Vettel placed fourth. Wet conditions and some technical setbacks put Sebastian at the back of the field and Alonso in good position, but ultimately the Red Bull driver finished the race in sixth place. Though Alonso finished in second, just behind race winner Jenson Button's McLaren
, it wasn't enough to keep Vettel from holding on to his championship. In the end Vettel scored 281 points over the course of the season to Alonso's 278. Kimi Raikkonen, returning to F1 after a years-long hiatus, impressively finished third in the standings with 207 points.