Fernando Alonso is world champion, Renault clinched the constructors’ crown, the now retired Michael Schumacher’s title bid was thwarted by a tyre puncture, and Felipe Massa won his home Brazilian GP at Sao Paulo.
Schumacher, awarded a golden trophy by Pele on the starting grid, slowed with a cut tyre after passing Giancarlo Fisichella, but conspiracy theorists should make note that even Ferrari believe he simply drove over debris.
During the slowing down lap, F1’s youngest ever back to back champion Alonso – second across the line – told Renault on the pit-to-car radio: “I wish you all the best for the future.”
Massa is the first Brazilian winner at Interlagos since Ayrton Senna in 1993, and he commented afterwards: “It was maybe the easiest race of my life.”
Schumacher’s pace in his last race, meanwhile, was scintillating, after he recovered from dead last on the road to finish fourth, following his mechanical problems in qualifying.
Cosworth had an ignominious exit from F1, with Nico Rosberg touching the rear of teammate Mark Webber and having a huge shunt. Both Williams drivers were out before lap 2, and although Rosberg was spotted sitting down on the outside of the corner, he is unhurt.