The 2013 Formula One Championship ended at Interlagos and the final race of the season put a period at the end on many stories in the series.
It was, of course, the end of the road for the 2.4 liter normally aspirated V8. Renault has put it's stamp all over the era, winning the last race and more than half of all races in the past eight seasons but there's more to say goodbye to before drawing some conclusions about this controversial yet boring year.
The end of the road, in F1 at least, for Mark Webber. You must read Webber's comments on Peter Windsor's blog, rather priceless I thought. Here's a preview:
On Helmut Marko
Mark bows out of a bad situation in the best possible way and with class, well done. Funny how now everyone loves him at Red Bull.
The end of Brazil as the final race of the season, next year the season ends in AbuDhabi. A shame really because Interlagos has shown once again that despite being constantly badmouthed for it's lackluster VIP accommodations , it is just a magical track, far better than any modern bazillion dollar Tilkedrome. Too bad the rain never came on Sunday.
Hopefully the new formula will mark the end of the road for Red Bull's domination. It's not a team easy to like, what with Marko and Multi 21 and braking the spending cap agreements and Newey telling the press the only reason Lotus and Ferrari won at all this year was because of luck. Great image management but underneath it, they can make Mclaren feel warm and fuzzy. No wonder people boo'd and RB embarked on that massive PR campaign to "humanize" Vettel in the final races (which most of the press bought hook line and sinker).
In the bigger picture, Formula One needs to take a long hard look at itself: diving in the "eco" rabbit hole and spending so much money even top teams struggle to survive, forcing them to take on lousy pay drivers and leaving clear talent sidelined, is a dead end for what is supposed to be the pinnacle of the sport.