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Michael Schumacher Arrives at The Track For The Last Time. Brazilian G.P. 2006

Schumacher Arrives at the Track For The Last Time

Michael Schumacher arrives at the circuit
F1 > Brazilian GP, 2006-10-22 (Interlagos): Sunday pre-race

Michael Schumacher, seven time World Formula one Driving Champion, arrives at the race circuit in Brazil for the very last time as a competitive driver.

He is retired now, and it will be marked as the end of an era in Formula 1 history. There will be volumes published about his life and times, as well as documentary movies and countless articles in all manner of publications.

One thing that I feel is most important

WE cannot overlook the fact that today also marks the crowning of Fernando Alonso as World Champion of Formula 1 for the second consecutive year. There is nothing in the retirement story of Mr. Schumacher that can overshadow the most amazing repeat performance by Alonso and The Renault Team.

Congratulations Fernando, to you and everyone at Renault. You have proven yourselves to be World Class thru and thru. You have won a second  World Championmship, one that you so richly deserve and achieved as participants in  highly competitive races through out this year.

Thank you from all Formula One fans who have enjoyed a season where the excitement has been restored to the greatest motor racing series in the world.

Michael Schumacher! God Bless You and All of your Loved Ones. You have been a mainstay of this sport for twenty years. There is very little that anyone can really write or say that would do justice to the accomplishments and contribution that you have left in your wake in the world of Grand Prix Formula One racing.

Only we will wish all of the great good health, love, joy and well deserved pleasure of having your life to share with your young family, who have shared the greater part of you for these many years with your life as the most commited driver in Formula One History.

Thank You Michael, for all of the memories too many to even recall.

God Bless you, With Love and Prayers for you and your Loved Ones.

MIchael P. Whelan

Las Vegas, Nevada, October 22, 2006


Alcohol, a Car and a Fatality. Is It Murder?

Jack Healey for The New York Times

CRIME SCENE This Long Island crash led to a murder conviction.

October 22, 2006

Alcohol, a Car and a Fatality. Is It Murder?

DRUNKEN drivers who kill people with their vehicles are almost never charged with murder.

Even the usual terms of criminal prosecution, vehicular manslaughter or reckless homicide, which carry far lesser degrees of punishment, are felony charges that until 25 years ago were only lightly used by prosecutors. When a presidential task force tallied the numbers of victims from various crimes in 1981, drunken driving was not even on the list.

Times have changed. "Reckless homicide" and then "manslaughter" became common charges brought against drunken drivers after advocacy groups like Mothers Against Drunk Driving began campaigning in the early 1980’s. But now even those terms are considered gentle euphemisms by some advocates against drunken driving — as in, words that shelter people from looking too closely at the ugliest of realities.

So, many advocates were cheered when a Long Island, N.Y., jury last week convicted Martin R. Heidgen, 25, of murder for killing two people in a head-on collision with a limousine on July 2, 2005. Still, it was such a rare event that advocates, prosecutors and defense lawyers are still trying to figure out its implications.

Will murder charges help deter drunken driving? Will juries convict these drivers, knowing that they will be in prison for a long time? And is it fair?

The Heidgen jury, which took five days to reach its verdict, seems to have had difficulty confronting these questions. In a way, the confrontation was forced on them — in part by a newly installed district attorney elected on an anti-drunken driving platform and in part by a grieving mother.

The facts of the case were never in dispute: Mr. Heidgen, an insurance salesman returning home from a party, was very drunk, his blood-alcohol level three times the legal limit. He was driving the wrong way on a highway when he plowed head-on into the limousine carrying the family of Neil and Jennifer Flynn home from a wedding. He killed the chauffeur, Stanley Rabinowitz, and Katie Flynn, 7.

The girl’s mother used no euphemisms in describing the accident. "As I crawled out of the car, the only thing that was left of Kate was her head," Mrs. Flynn, 36, said two days after the crash. "And I took her, just like that, and sat on the side of the Meadowbrook and watched at the horrendousness going on around me. I want everybody to know that."

There is no official count of how many times drunken drivers involved in fatal accidents have been charged or convicted of murder. But of the more than 13,000 alcohol-related driving deaths last year in the United States, prosecutors are aware of only a few murder cases each in Texas, California and New York. So there seems to be at least a bit of ambivalence about whether drunken drivers who kill people should be subject to the same legal penalties as gunmen who kill people.

"There is a certain psychological barrier there," said Marcia Cunningham, director of the National Traffic Law Center, an agency of the National District Attorneys Association, in Alexandria, Va. Americans spend an enormous amount of time in their cars, she noted, and at one time or other just about everyone has had too much to drink. "The combination of these two familiar activities makes for a certain, what have you, difficulty with the word ‘murder.’ "

Nonetheless, she said, it is murder, no different from "carrying a loaded gun around, pointing it at people walking down Fifth Avenue, and having a few shots go off, killing them."

Steve Oberman, a lawyer in Knoxville, Tenn., who defends drunken drivers and who is the co-author of "Drunk Driving Defense," a textbook widely used by lawyers in the field, said the situation is usually much more ambiguous.

"The terrible part about intoxication is that once you become intoxicated you lose the ability to know that you should not be doing certain things, including driving," Mr. Oberman said. "It doesn’t make it any easier on the family of the victim. But people do make mistakes."

The jurors in the Heidgen case apparently considered that. Twice they sent the judge a note saying they were deadlocked. After the fourth day of deliberations, an 8-to-4 majority in favor of a murder conviction became 10 to 2, according to the jurors. In the fifth day, the last two holdouts joined the majority. But one of those two, the jury forewoman, said later that she had felt unbearably pressured by other jurors. She said she was still convinced that Mr. Heidgen was guilty of manslaughter, not murder.

Kathleen Rice, the district attorney, said the jury reached the right verdict, regardless of any second thoughts by any of its members. "We hope that this verdict sends a message that if you drink and drive and kill somebody you will be prosecuted for murder," she said.

Since the early 1980’s, when grassroots groups like MADD began a campaign against drunken driving, the rate of traffic fatalities linked to alcohol has dropped by about half, according to federal highway statistics.

But progress has stalled, said Chuck Hurley, chief executive of MADD. "The numbers have not moved substantially in 10 years," he said. "The country has gotten used to MADD, and gotten used to increased law enforcement, and the result is that every month in this country another 1,000 families get a knock on the door with very bad news because of drinking and driving."

But he added: "Is every drunk driver who kills someone a murderer? "We don’t advocate that."Instead, MADD has campaigned successfully to lower the legal blood-alcohol level for drivers to .08 from .10 — now the standard in every state. Ignition-interlock devices, which prevent drunken drivers from starting their cars, have been installed in the vehicles of about 100,000 people serving probation for drunken driving offenses around the country, he said.

"We are hopeful that the Flynn-Rabinowitz case will mark a new turning point in public awareness," Mr. Hurley said, referring to the Long Island limousine victims. "But we are not sure how much we can depend on that. For now, we are putting our hopes in technology."

Better to save lives before the fact, he said. "A murder trial will not bring anyone back."


Marie Antoinette, Citoyenne

Leigh Johnson/Columbia Pictures

MAKEOVER Depictions of the queen takes her out of her shoes and puts her in ours.

October 22, 2006
A Looking Glass

Marie Antoinette, Citoyenne


SHE may never have said the words that got her in Bartlett’s — "Let them eat cake" — but she might as well have. Nevertheless, the image of Marie Antoinette — dauphine, villain, tea-party thrower in shepherdess garb — is in the midst of an extreme rehab.

What with Sofia Coppola‘s movie, two sympathetic books ("Queen of Fashion," a biography by Caroline Weber, and "Abundance," a work of historical fiction by Sena Jeter Naslund); and a PBS documentary, we’re having a Marie Antoinette moment. And she doesn’t even have a publicist.

The question, then, might be less a matter of what to make of Marie Antoinette, than of why the makeover, and why now? Of all the victimizers in history, why are we suddenly flooded with these new narratives that show us Marie Antoinette — vain, selfish, solipsistic and venal — as a victim?

The simplest answer may be that most Americans don’t have even the flimsiest grasp of who she was.

"Never underestimate our historical illiteracy," says the historian Ron Chernow, whose biography of Alexander Hamilton explored the Founding Fathers’ disagreements over the excesses of the French Revolution. "Unburdened by an existing context through which to view her life, it becomes much easier to see her simply as a captive of the monarchy and a captive of her own celebrity."

Even in the packaging, the current depictions paint Marie Antoinette — the most significant target of a most significant populist revolt — as herself a revolutionary.

"Her required wardrobe included 12-foot wide hoopskirts," reads the jacket copy of Ms. Weber’s book. "But when she became queen, Marie Antoinette rebelled, seeking to establish her own royal style as a way to seduce the public (and distract attention from her failure to conceive)."

The cover flap of "Abundance" describes her as "a heroine of inspiring stature, one whose nobility arises not from the circumstance of her birth but from her courageous spirit." And the lettering on the advertisements for Ms. Coppola’s movie — on crudely cut hot-pink banners — recall the cover of the Sex Pistols’ album "Never Mind the Bollocks." (God save the Queen, anyone?)

Americans’ relationship to rebellion, in any case, is more complicated than you might think. "It was thought of as an attractive concept through much of the 20th century," Mr. Chernow says. "But at the moment, we’re living in the aftermath of many failed revolutions — Communism and Fascism come to mind — and with the conspicuous exception of the jihadists, people are more attuned to the excesses of revolution."

Robert H. Frank, the Cornell economist whose books include "Luxury Fever: Why Money Fails to Satisfy in an Era of Excess," says that although the gap between the rich and the rest of us has only widened over the last 35 or 40 years, "Americans aren’t known for great class resentment toward the wealthy.

"It’s not that the extra spending of the rich hasn’t caused problems for the middle class — it has, particularly in the housing market," Professor Frank says.

But to be angry about that, Professor Frank says, is too complicated. "People in the U.S. don’t look at what the people at the top have and say, ‘That’s making life more difficult for me.’ They watch and say, ‘That’ll be me someday. So, I’d better vote to abolish the estate tax, because you never know what the future may bring.’ "

In other words, there are many Americans who see themselves — accurately or not — in Marie Antoinette (just as there are people who spend their Sundays at open houses for $10 million dollar co-ops on Fifth Avenue, even though they’re raising a family in a cramped two-bedroom where the oven doubles as a china closet).

On another level — one of personal experience, rather than socioeconomic station — we’re an entire nation of Marie Antoinettes.

"I meet these people all the time: binge consumers, intentionally oblivious young people who see amassing a great shoe collection as their purpose in life," says Richard Florida, the author of the books "The Rise of the Creative Class" and "The Flight of the Creative Class."

"As our whole society is fundamentally challenged — war, terrorism, globalism — there is a large segment whose measured response has been self-expression through shopping and partying," he says. "They’re constructing their own fantasy world, a bubble to seal themselves off from the trauma of our times."

Even in France, the revisionism has taken hold. It was only last May that Antonia Fraser’s 2001 biography, "Mary Antoinette: The Journey" (on which Ms. Coppola’s film is based), was finally translated into French and published by a French house.

"And when it finally happened, they refused to put the subtitle," Ms. Fraser says. "I was interested in the journey, her development. The French seemed not to want to acknowledge that."

On the other hand, and despite the fact that the movie was booed when it made its debut at Cannes, the American novelist Diane Johnson says over the phone from Paris, where she is currently residing, that the French also have their "Marie Antoinette mania."

She cites "My Name Was Marie Antoinette," a play in Paris, at the end of which audience members were asked to vote on the Queen’s ultimate fate. "The audience generally votes to let her live," she says. Today, she says, "in the stores, you see a lot fashion that’s been very much influenced by her new popularity."

This has taken the form of taffeta gowns by Alexander McQueen, new shoes by Manolo Blahnik and dresses by John Galliano for Dior Couture.

"I guess you could call that tie-in merchandise," Ms. Johnson says. "If it were a Disney film, of course, they’d have made plastic figures."


Fighting and Arrests Tarnish Ivy League’s Refined Image

Mia M. Malafronte/Associated Press

Yale tailback Mike McLeod, left, and a teammate were arrested on Oct. 1 after a fight outside a New Haven restaurant

October 21, 2006

Fighting and Arrests Tarnish Ivy League’s Refined Image


What actually happened last Saturday afternoon on a football field in Hanover, N.H., may forever remain a matter for public debate. There was no television coverage of the Dartmouth-Holy Cross game, which ended with a field goal in overtime and a celebration by the visitors on the "D" at Dartmouth’s 50-yard line.

A fight ensued, but by the time a videographer had turned his camera back on, the fracas was nearing its end. The altercation had lasted either 10 minutes, with "punches and even crutches" flying, according to Dartmouth’s student newspaper, or two minutes, according to several witnesses.

Dartmouth’s athletic director, Jo Ann Harper, issued a statement Thursday in which she said she had been "unable to determine individual responsibility." The sports information director, Kathy Phillips, said that while the police were investigating, no disciplinary action had been taken and none would be taken unless any of the players involved stepped forward with further information.

So perhaps, as Phillips said, the fight was merely a matter of bad timing, its significance raised because it occurred the same day a brawl between players at the University of Miami and Florida International became a YouTube sensation.

"I think it’s easy for people to assume this was at the Miami level," said Phillips, who viewed the fight from the press box. "But I’ve seen worse at a hockey rink. If I had to give a deposition, I couldn’t say that there were punches thrown."

The Dartmouth fight, however, was merely the most public in a series of ethical and legal issues in the Ivy League this fall. At Harvard, a series of incidents led Coach Tim Murphy to dismiss two football players and suspend another. At Yale, the starting quarterback and tailback were implicated in a fight outside a local restaurant, although the charges have been dropped. And on Wednesday, The Dartmouth, the student newspaper, reported that the Big Green’s co-captain, defensive tackle Mike Rabil, had been charged with misdemeanor battery after an altercation in Chicago in July.

"I spoke with an Ivy League sports information director from the 1970’s and asked him whether this kind of thing took place at that time," said Bruce Wood, who runs Big Green Alert, an independent Web site that covers Dartmouth athletics. "He couldn’t remember having to manage a crisis of that type."

Today, Harvard (5-0, 2-0), ranked 15th in N.C.A.A. Division I-AA, will face Princeton (5-0, 2-0), ranked No. 22, in one of the biggest matchups in the Ivy League’s recent history. Yet for a league that does not award scholarships, does not allow its teams to compete in the playoffs and prides itself on sportsmanship, the incidents have raised questions as to whether Ivy League teams can emphasize winning and still maintain their pristine image.

"People do focus a little harder when you have a couple of incidents like this," said Jeffrey H. Orleans, executive director of the Council of Ivy Group Presidents. "But unless I saw some evidence that there was something that linked them, I don’t have any reason to believe there’s anything that relates these things."

But the repercussions have rippled through all eight Ivy League institutions, prompting discussion about what constitutes fair or unfair treatment of student-athletes and whether the league is overemphasizing its athletics programs. A columnist at The Daily Pennsylvanian suggested the Ivies should either "embrace what Division I athletics means today" and begin awarding scholarships, or "drop to Division II or III — or even out of the N.C.A.A. altogether."

Officials at Harvard, including Murphy, have remained tight-lipped about the problems there, including the dismissal of a team captain and all-Ivy League linebacker after he was charged with domestic assault; a suspension of last year’s starting quarterback for five games for an undisclosed violation of team rules; and the dismissal of a wide receiver after what his coach deemed a "disgusting" performance at the team’s annual "Skit Night."

"In some cases, there’s a segment of the public that doesn’t mind seeing elite or prestigious schools knocked down a peg," said Chuck Sullivan, Harvard’s director of athletic communications. "If Donald Trump went bankrupt tomorrow, certain people would take pleasure in that. At times, the Ivies can be an easy target for things."

Within the league, however, opinions vary. At Yale, Coach Jack Siedlecki received widespread criticism after he chose not to suspend quarterback Matt Polhemus and tailback Mike McLeod after their arrests on Oct. 1, along with three Yale hockey players, following an altercation outside the Gourmet Heaven restaurant in New Haven that resulted in a broken window.

Why, some students wondered, had the Harvard coach been so stern and the Yale coach taken his players, both key starters, at their word?

"I was born in the United States, not Russia," Siedlecki said. "I know not everybody agrees with me on this, but my loyalty is with the players first. I think each individual case deserves to be judged on its own. And I don’t think these kids deserve to be suspended in any way."

After a mediation session, the charges against Polhemus and McLeod were dropped, and the arrests were removed from their records.

"Kids are kids, and things happen," Siedlecki said. "We’re not immune from that at all. But our society’s really changed. We are very negative, very vindictive people."


Brazilian Grand Prix 2006

Massa wins Brazilian GP, Alonso is champion

Racing series   F1
Date 2006-10-22

By Nikki Reynolds –

–> –>Ferrari’s Felipe Massa became the first Brazilian since Ayrton Senna in 1993 to win his home race when he took the chequered flag at Interlagos for his second victory of the season. Massa led the Brazilian Grand Prix from pole to flag and Renault’s Fernando Alonso became the youngest back-to-back world champion with second place. Renault also claimed the constructors’ title for the second consecutive year.

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Podium: race winner Felipe Massa with 2006 World Champion Fernando Alonso, Jenson Button and Ross Brawn. Photo by

Honda’s Jenson Button had a strong drive from 14th on the grid to come home in third, while Michael Schumacher’s final race was an eventful one. An early puncture dropped the German way down the field but he fought back in superb fashion, his determination taking him over the line in fourth place. Less than he had hoped for, perhaps, but Schumacher’s performance was a memorable one to end his career.

It was fine and dry for race day, the conditions warmer than expected with a track temperature in the mid forties. The top seven held formation off the line: Massa, McLaren’s Kimi Raikkonen, Toyota’s Jarno Trulli, Alonso, Honda’s Rubens Barrichello, Renault’s Giancarlo Fisichella and Toyota’s Ralf Schumacher. Michael shot off from 10th to battle with the BMW Saubers of Nick Heidfeld and Robert Kubica.

Meanwhile, it was to be a short and less-than sweet end to Williams’ year. Nico Rosberg hit the back of Mark Webber at the first corner, Webber losing his rear wing. Webber headed to the pits to retire and Rosberg had a big shunt shortly afterwards. It seems some damage from the contact with Webber sent him spinning off just before the entry into the pit straight. The Williams hit the barrier hard and was badly damaged.

Rosberg appeared unscathed and was out of the car quickly. "I was pushing hard to make up some places and Mark braked very late and I hit him," he said of the initial incident. "It’s disappointing for the team as it’s not a good way to finish the season. I felt the front wing was wrong and had understeer then something broke."

The safety car was deployed as the Williams had spun back onto the track after the impact. Prior to the crash Fisichella had got past Barrichello for fifth and had Michael behind him. The BMWs had been squabbling with Ralf and there was possibly some contact there but all three seemed to survive, Ralf in eighth and Kubica and Button making up the top 10.

The safety car went in after four laps and Massa and Raikkonen shot away at the front. Michael was all over Fisichella’s rear wing and had a look at the first corner but didn’t go for it. Likewise Alonso was measuring up Trulli’s Toyota but biding his time. Michael attacked round the outside of Fisichella into the pit straight but it went pear-shaped.

There didn’t appear to be any contact but Michael suffered a left rear puncture and the rest of the pack went streaming past as the Ferrari slowed and began the long, precarious trek back to the pits. Bridgestone later said they believed that debris had cut the tyre. Michael finally got in for the tyre change and rejoined way down in 17th.

At the front Massa had pulled away from Raikkonen and was going some two seconds a lap faster than the Michelin runners behind. The next unexpected events were Ralf pulling into the pits to retire and Trulli mysteriously dropping to 10th then following his teammate’s lead and trundling to the pits to retire. A suspected suspension gremlin was the culprit.

"We’re not sure," Ralf said about what happened. "Something was wrong at the back of the car, it seems to be the same on both cars." Trulli concurred and explained a little further. "Both cars had the same problem, a central component on the rear suspension," was the Italian’s summing up of the situation.

That meant Buton was up to sixth, Kubica to seventh and the McLaren of Pedro de la Rosa to eighth. The Red Bull of David Coulthard was another retiree not long afterwards. "It was a gearbox problem again," Coulthard commented. "I initially thought it was the clutch but the gear disengaged and I lost fourth."

By then Heidfeld was ninth and closing on de la Rosa, while Toro Rosso’s Scott Speed and Tonio Liuzzi were 10th and 11th. Super Aguri’s Takuma Sato was going well in 12th, followed by the Spyker MF1 of Christijan Albers, the second Super Aguri of Sakon Yamamoto, Red Bull’s Robert Doornbos, Tiago Monteiro’s Spyker MF1 and Michael about to begin his fight back.

Raikkonen, Barrichello and Fisichella all dived into the pits together for the first time, Barrichello nearly hitting Fisichella on the way out. Massa was 13 seconds ahead of Alonso, up to second, and belting out fastest laps at the front. The Brazilian was next to pit and Alonso took over until his stop and he got ahead of Raikkonen when he rejoined.

Button managed to jump both Fisichella and Barrichello is his first visit to the pits and then homed in on Raikkonen and dispatched the McLaren into the pit straight. Kubica and Speed had a brief coming together with a little damage to Kubica’s front wing but they both continued. It wasn’t really clear what happened or who was at fault.

De la Rosa in second was on a one-stopper and had not yet pitted, collecting quite a train of cars behind him. Fisichella made an error at turn one which allowed Barrichello to close in, while Button was harassing the other Renault of Alonso. De la Rosa finally took his stop and Heidfeld and Michael moved up to eighth and ninth.

Michael slipstreamed the BMW into the pit straight and whipped past, then started setting fastest laps. Massa was forging ahead in front and picking his way through the backmarkers. Heidfeld pitted and got a new front wing — the reason for the change was not clear but during the safety car period he had said on the radio the front of the car didn’t feel right.

Michael was then homing in on Kubica and got past at turn one for seventh but then the Ferrari wobbled a bit and slowed. Surely not another problem for the German? That would be too much. However, it seemed it was just a mistake on Michael’s behalf as he soon picked up the pace and had to pass Kubica all over again, which he duly did.

The second round of pit stops began circulating through, Barrichello and Michael first then Fisichella. Michael rejoined behind Barrichello and set about harassing his former teammate, overtaking him down the pit straight and into turn one for sixth. Raikkonen, Alonso and Massa took their second stops and Alonso rejoined ahead of Button for second.

The points order was then Massa, Alonso, Button, Raikkonen, Fisichella, Michael, Barrichello and de la Rosa. Albers had a brief trip across the grass but recovered and Doornbos was late to take his second stop with only about a dozen laps to go. Kubica was ninth and Sato hanging in there in fine style in 10th.

Michael and Fisichella were locked in battle, the Ferrari piling the pressure on through corner after corner. Many times Fisichella held him off but eventually the Italian locked up at turn one and skipped across the grass which gave Michael a wide open door to fifth. With about eight laps to go there was more drama.

Heidfeld’s BMW snapped into an abrupt spin towards the end of the pit straight and crashed into the barrier at turn one. It looked like some kind of car failure but the German appeared to escape unscathed from the impact. Yellow flags came out while the track was cleared, which deprived Michael of his favourite overtaking spot.

He had homed in on Raikkonen, the man who will replace him at Ferrari next year, but couldn’t go for it at turn one. Undeterred Michael harassed the McLaren all around the lap and they battled down the pit straight but Raikkonen held. But the Finn seemed to struggle through the twisty middle part of the circuit and next time they were side by side through turn one, then free of yellow flags.

Michael made it stick and claimed the fourth place; it was very close and they were wheel to wheel but it was fine driving from both men. With two laps to go Button was on Alonso’s rear wing and Alonso put a little space between them; with Massa leading and Michael fourth the Spaniard couldn’t afford any sort of clash with Button.

And that was it, the final race of 2006 and Massa took the chequered flag to the delight of the roaring crowds. It was a deserved win for the Brazilian; he has improved immeasurably this season and he and Raikkonen promise to be a very interesting paring at Ferrari next year. Brazil will be partying tonight.

It’s never over until it’s over and there was always room for something to befall Alonso and prevent his second title. However, the odds were in his favour today and he has proved his worth for the second year in a row. There are those that will detract from his achievement for one reason or another but Ferrari’s shortcomings and misfortunes are not his fault and he fought hard for this title.

Button did a good job to get home third and the Honda showed some good pace at Interlagos. Too little too late for this year, and there’s a long way to go before the start of next season, but the team finished 2006 on an upward trend. Barrichello no doubt hoped for more than seventh but at least it was points and considering his track record in Brazil that’s not too bad.

What to say about Michael Schumacher? In his last race he reminded us just what F1 will be missing with his absence. After his bravado performance today some are bewildered as to why he is retiring — he drove with the utter commitment he’s always shown at his best. Maybe that is why he’s retiring; leaving at the top of one’s form is perhaps the best way to go.

McLaren didn’t think it could keep up with Ferrari’s pace but as it happened it wasn’t up to Renault or Honda either. Raikkonen’s fifth was damage limitation and de la Rosa’s eighth was not particularly spectacular. Fisichella was also a little lacklustre in sixth but his and Alonso’s efforts were enough to retain Renault’s constructors’ title.

BMW finished the season fifth in the standings behind Honda, just one point ahead of Toyota. It was more than BMW had expected in its first year but today was a lost chance to pick up points after both cars started in the top 10. Kubica crossed the line ninth and Heidfeld was classed 17th despite his premature end to the race.

Sato delighted Super Aguri with 10th and teammate Yamamoto was 16th. Speed was the best of the Red Bull owed-outfits in 11th, with Doornbos 12th and Liuzzi 13th. Both Spykers made it to the flag, Albers 14th and Monteiro 15th. Brazil was a good race and although not everyone will be happy, it was a fair and decent fight at the end of the season. Final top eight classification: Massa, Alonso, Button, M. Schumacher, Raikkonen, Fisichella, Barrichello, de la Rosa.

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