Formula One arrived in Brazil for the showdown between Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso for the drivers' title, with each driver having his own concerns leading up to Sunday's finale.
Lewis Hamilton explained on Sunday night how he coaxed his car home to win the first United States Grand Prix at the Circuit of Americas and keep alive the Formula One world title pursuit until the final race in São Paulo next week.
It was Nico Rosberg who did the outing. We had been talking about his father, Keke, who lifted the 1982 Formula One word championship in 1982, despite winning only one race. Rosberg junior, recalling the Flying Finn's win in Dallas in 1984, said: "It was 40 degrees and while the other drivers wore refrigerated suits, Dad was bare-chested in the sun, smoking a cigarette."
Lewis Hamilton, who never seems far from yet another epic, life-changing decision, would like to live in America.
When Lewis Hamilton drives as brilliantly as he did here on Saturday the McLaren team are assailed by mixed emotions.
Formula One teams face a potentially devastating rise in the fees they must pay to enter next year's world championship. The FIA, the sport's governing body, has unveiled a new, two-tier structure based on the number of points won in this year's championship.
God Bless the USA,” said WH Auden, “so large, so friendly, and so rich.” And the poet, whose face was more heavily lined than Clapham Junction railway station, knew his subject, for he lived and worked in the States.
A symbol of hate has unofficially been a symbol of American auto racing. Nascar hasn’t encouraged the flying of the Confederate flag, but the flag was hard to miss– whipping over parking lots as ubiquitous as the scent of tailgate grilles.
Formula One could be sold to the owner of the NFL team Miami Dolphins and investors in Qatar in a deal worth £5bn.