Sigh! Had been waiting to pen this down ever since the chequered flag fell down on the Brazilian Grand Prix at Interlagos on late Sunday (Indian Time). It was a bleary-eyed me that watched Fernando Alonso cruise on to take the second place in the race and notch up a second successive drivers’ championship crown. The title, however, was decided in Japan itself when a blown engine meant that title-contender Michael Schumacher would start on the backfoot in his quest for the title at Interlagos. All he needed was a spin from Alonso and a victory on sunday! But neither happened as Alonso drove a measured race from fourth on the grid and finished on the second step of the podium.
For the record, Ferrari’s Felipe Massa won the race, much to his and the delight of his home-crowd. He thus became the first brazilian to win the Brazilian GP since the late great Ayrton Senna in ’93. While Ferrari had won the battle, Renault won the War – having scooped up the Constructors’ Championship with a 6 point-lead over Ferrari. McLaren had a poor finish this year and have to do much better if Alonso is to have a hat-trick of titles!