Somewhere in the middle of all the chaos, the drama and the tears, a quite extraordinary race took place at Interlagos on Sunday. It would be futile even to attempt to describe it blow by blow.
The important point, the only one that matters in the final analysis, is that Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel secured his third world title by the tightest of margins from Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso, and that after having dropped to the back of the field on the very first lap.
The German’s recovery to finish sixth behind McLaren’s Jenson Button ensured that the 25 year-old joined two of the greats of the sport in Juan Manuel Fangio and Michael Schumacher in winning three consecutive titles. All the rest is hot air.