Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber fires up the Renault V8 engine for the last time.
“It was nice to take the helmet off for the final lap. In this sport it’s not always possible to give things a personal touch. We have the helmets on all the time, so the fans don’t always see a Formula One driver in a car without a helmet. It was nice to get it off and see the marshals and the fans; it was just a really nice thing to experience. I heard a lot of noises that I don’t normally hear. The difficult part for me today was actually getting in to the car for the final time. I was overcome with some emotion then to be honest. That moment of the helmet going on and stepping into the car was actually the strongest emotion I’ve had all day. Then crossing the line and seeing all the guys was great. Christian radioed me and said enjoy the last lap, which I did. I did it as slow as I could; it was a very special day. Seb and I have had our challenges over time and it’s easier to have a relationship with Fernando, as he’s in another team, but to finish on the podium with those two guys – well, they have been the best of this generation. I have raced them a lot and to finish with those guys was nice for me because it meant a lot, showing that I can drive well at the end of my career and that I got the timing right. Formula One is a sport which I’ve loved. I could never have dreamt of the career that I’ve had, the tremendous highs, the tough lows – you know they have to happen and you learn from adversity. The biggest and strongest memories you have are from when you are in the car; it’s what we were tuned and trained to do. Driving on the limit is what I was paid to do and what I enjoyed doing. They are the strongest memories you have as an individual at this level.”
Nico and Esteban once again answer fans’ questions in our preview video for the Brazilian Grand Prix in Interlagos. Plus Nico’s x-factor in Sao Paulo, a track that is very special to him.
Check out footage of the new Formula E car – the Spark-Renault SRT_01E – completing its successful test debut at the La Ferté Gaucher circuit near Choisy-le-Roi, France. Official test driver Lucas di Grassi is at the wheel running with a battery with just 25% of the full power. http://www.fiaformulae.com.
For the people in Australia and many F1 fans around the world the main focus of the weekend is on Mark Webber, more than ever: this is his 215th and final #GrandPrix. Unsentimental to the end, the 37-year-old from Queanbeyan will treat it, as far as possible, like the other 214:
“I feel ready for Brazil and am looking forward to a bit of a different chapter in the future,” says Mark.
Pastor Maldonado “This will be my last Grand Prix as a Williams driver after three seasons with the team so it will be an emotional race, and hopefully I can have a good weekend and finish on a high.”
Race preview: http://www.williamsf1.com/Team/Media/News/Brazilian-GP-Preview/