Brazilian GP: Highlights

ESPN made ​​the rounds: the good, the bad and the surprising weekend of the Grand Prix of Brazil ran on Interlagos, nineteenth and final round of the championship in 2013.

Goodbye Dear Mark:

The main interest would not make too much of his last Grand Prix, but it was impossible for her fans and the paddock did not acknowledge his long career in Formula 1: 215 races, 42 podiums, 9 wins and candidate for to the final round of the 2010 championship. Mark Webber bowed very nice way at the Brazilian GP. He could not help his team-mate Sebastian Vettel to widen the gap to the front, but the Australian fought against drivers of the caliber of Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso eventually take over 2nd place. At the end of the 71st and final round, he finished his career in F1 Interlagos podium and was entitled to champagne.


Webber spent his last years in F1 in the best team in the tray, and somehow, it’s a shame he ended with Vettel as Red Bull teammate. Otherwise, the great Mark would surely greater number of victories to his credit. But he never gave up and never agreed to play the role of the driver number 2. The maneuvers Sunday in Brazil, against renowned pilots, show that could have easily continue in F1 if he wished. His outspokenness, his professionalism and practical attitude will be missed. The Endurance Championship will enjoy his presence from next year when the new start (or resume his former) career.

Webber said always love Formula 1 but lacked motivation. Moreover, it would not stay too long and be back in the hierarchy. Conclude his last race in the premier class podium, and alongside Vettel and Alonso in particular, was a great way for him to say goodbye: “These are the best of this generation I often ran against them. and end my career with them was a beautiful moment that meant a lot to me because it shows that I still know very well drive to the end of my career (in F1). therefore I go at the right time ”

Vettel (yet) In The Record Books

Sebastian Vettel had a special end of season, it would be difficult to describe it otherwise. He finished the year with a ninth consecutive victory, he won every race since the end of the summer break. Nine consecutive victories, that tying the record of Alberto Ascari established over two seasons (late 1953, early 1954), but Vettel believes that we should not compare eras because the reliability of the car was much worse during prowess ‘Ascari. However, his total of 13 victories in a season equals the record set by Michael Schumacher in 2004, a time not so long ago at the bottom, so in this case comparisons are possible.

Vettel’s win in Brazil was a great way to highlight not only the 2013 season dominated by Red Bull, but also the dominance of the team in the technical era ended Sunday night. Since 2009, the technical director Adrian Newey designed the best cars and Vettel was able to exploit to the maximum to win four titles, as his team. It should be noted that the superiority demonstrated track by Red Bull this year is partly due to the reaction of other teams, after some time, the rival teams have chosen to focus on the new technical regulations in 2014 rather than fight a battle seemed lost before this season.

However, this does not diminish the value of the achievements of Red Bull, nor Vettel who proved untouchable and almost perfect. 2014 change the situation and could change the hierarchy, but in terms of this year, we saw a driver at the top of his art and that is what history will. People will remember watching Vettel spinning so far ahead in 2013.

Goodbye To V8:

For the last time in F1, in all logic, circuit vibrated to the sound of 22 V8 engines roaring air at 18 000 revolutions / minute. And there are few places where the experience is as pleasant as Interlagos, as the echoes of this symphony bounce on concrete structures surrounding the long straight line facing the stands. Many fans are disappointed to see the V8 replaced by a V6 turbo 15,000 rev / min. But the F1 V12 were the early 1990s, then the V10 until 2005, and we got used to the sound of the V8 as a racing engine remains a racing engine. But the development of the V8 has reached its limit.

It was necessary to attract car manufacturers by adopting a new engine concept more relevant to their industry, adding energy recovery systems, and impose a limit to maximize fuel efficiency. These elements revive technological development and ensure that the F1 serve as a testbed for technologies to reduce fuel consumption of cars. This is the goal.

The concept of great interest to Mercedes and Renault (Ferrari a little less), and F1 hope that the arrival of Honda in 2015 will be an example that other car manufacturers will want to follow, especially as this will help to support the discipline. Maybe the sound of the turbo V6 will be less ‘good’ in the ears of some, but these new engines will nevertheless be noisy and will be part of the racing experience for spectators and viewers. And engineers, there is a new playground with yet unknown possibilities. The only real downside of this transition is that the cost of buying a motor has increased dramatically and this makes the economic situation stables-clients even more difficult.

Massa Abused?

Regarding the debate on the merits or otherwise of a drive through penalty for pit lane Felipe Massa in Interlagos, it is a bit difficult to fully take the Brazilian defense. The Ferrari driver crossed the shaded area at the entrance stands while completing a turn. It is certainly not the only one to have done, then the penalty issued against him seems very severe in appearance. Massa clearly expressed his anger on the radio, he was outraged. The racing through the entrance to the path leading to the stands, this path is defined by a white stripe all the pilots shut down while on the racing line (that commissioners tolerate). But a little further towards pit entry is separated from the track. The point of separation, a shaded area was painted between the white band leading to the pits and the defining track, it is clear that a driver must not put all four wheels in the forbidden zone.


If Massa was not called to order before being penalized, then it is severe enough from the commissioners. But if the commissioners warn you not to do something and you continue anyway, you must expect to be penalized. Moreover, we heard Red Bull Mark Webber he should inform adjust its trajectory because his behavior would not be tolerated (by the Commissioners, should one understand). If the warning went to Red Bull, we can assume that the same message was sent to Ferrari. In this case, we can conclude that Massa has probably received a warning but does not take into account.unless the team failed to tell him. Too bad it happened to Massa during his last race with Ferrari before his countrymen, but if the point was ignored.

The Future Interlagos

Interlagos is a circuit different from all the others visit Formula 1. The paddock is a narrow alley where garages and huts for the teams, and some places around the circuit seem rather craft. But in terms of ambiance, few races can compare to it. If this race was never disappear from the calendar, it would be a real loss. The contract extension until 2020 is conditional on the construction of a new paddock between turns 3 and 4 2015. This could change the whole dynamic of the place and ensure that the pack will not have to rush into the esses (after the first current shift) during the first few seconds of the race. It would be a shame, but between a new paddock and withdrawal Interlagos calendar, the choice is very easy to do.