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Can there be even one individual capable of proclaiming the Formula One Grand Prix in Brazil was not a fantastic race? If there is, then please post your comments on the ball sports blog sites.

In my opinion, there is no ball sport that comes close in comparison to auto racing. Ball sports play with little round things; they kick them; they dribble them; they toss and pass it off in hopes of someone tossing it up and it goes into the hoop. They even throw the funny shaped ball down the field in hopes someone catching it - hopefully, someone on your team. Oh, then they even kick it - or try to, between a couple of posts. They risk little. Some ball series are so short it seems like "part time."

Ok, Ok. I'm finished with my bashing of the little ball sports. Let's get down to the real deal: The Formula One World Championship.

There was drama in Brazil from the get-go; possibility of rain; what tires to start on? If weather changes when do you pit? What tire do you go to? How long can you stay out on slicks? How long on intermediate rains?

Brazil ended up being not just a race of strategy but one of driver skill as well. In my mind, it came down to what driver best could take advantage of what he had to deal with - tires vs track vs weather vs setup.

We all know that Nico Hulkenberg drove his heart out in the lead for many laps, but finally succumbed to pressure with a very small error and ending up fifth - an extremely impressive drive to say the least.

The man, Sebastian Vettel, did what was necessary. And, he did it under adverse conditions - being nearly taken out by an ignorant move by Bruno Senna - but he came back to do what was necessary to take care of business; a brilliant drive from my view.

Alonso did everything humanly and car possible to win the Championship. It just did not come to be for either he or Ferrari.

How could I not say that Jean-Eric Vergne did not have a great drive in the Toro Roso Ferrari with his 8th place finish?

Oh, did I not mention that Sebastian Vettel won his third consecutive title? The youngest driver to ever do so.

Another really cool thing - Sam Posey - the guy that kicked it all off for SpeedVision - was there at the end. God bless the SPEED Chanel and what It's done for Formula 1 and all the fans in America.

No question. I'm now in the 'numb' mode until I hear the roar of engines in 2013.

November 26, 2012  03:11 AM ET

I got to see the 2nd portion of this race......congrats to Vettal for his 3rd and congrats to Button for winning this race.
Having stated before that I don't get to watch all these races, I learn something everytime I do.......it was amazing to watch them race in the pouring rain.......and it was interesting to watch my first "Safety Car" finish.
A little side bump here results in a much different problem than a little sidebump in Nascar.

November 26, 2012  03:27 AM ET

Other drivers I keep my eye on, are Alonso finished 2nd.......Schumacher, finished 7th,.....Raikkonen finished 10th,......Hamilton DNF due to accident.


I totally understand the "numbness" that kicks in now.....Whenever I hear talk of reducing the number of races (Nascar), I cringe.....this period between the 3rd week of November to 3rd week of Feb (Nascar) and to 3rd week of March (F1) is just way too long.....it's unbearable

November 26, 2012  11:57 AM ET

I forgot to mention a special ^5 to Schumacher.......for having the respect to let Vettel pass him to end up 6th instead of 7th and therefore secure his championship.
This is supposed to be Schumacher's last race, so if it is, well done and a classy finish.

November 26, 2012  03:55 PM ET

I didn't catch the race, but it sounds like great human drama and accolades needing to be shared.
Keep up the good work.

November 30, 2012  09:30 AM ET

Apparently there is some controversy over a incident with Vettel passing a car with a caution light flashing on lap 4. I didn't see the race, so I am unfamiliar with the specific incident. Ferrari is asking for a reason why Vettel wasn't penalized. If this goes to a review and Vettel is penalized (a 20 second penalty) that would drop his final finish from 6th to 8th. This would cause the final point standings to Vettel loosing the championship to Alonso by 1 point.

November 30, 2012  06:41 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Apparently there is some controversy over a incident with Vettel passing a car with a caution light flashing on lap 4. I didn't see the race, so I am unfamiliar with the specific incident. Ferrari is asking for a reason why Vettel wasn't penalized. If this goes to a review and Vettel is penalized (a 20 second penalty) that would drop his final finish from 6th to 8th. This would cause the final point standings to Vettel loosing the championship to Alonso by 1 point.

Ferrari has stood down on that issue. Vettel is the Champion.

 
November 30, 2012  06:46 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

I didn't catch the race, but it sounds like great human drama and accolades needing to be shared.Keep up the good work.

Of course you didn't 'catch' the race - you don't get the SPEED Channel. However, being a lifelong friend I appreciate your input. Was there anything better than the 1964 World's Fair?

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