It was always going to end in tears for Lewis Hamilton in his 110th and last race for McLaren.
Jenson Button believes he will benefit from Lewis Hamilton's move to Mercedes, saying it will give him the best chance to win another Formula One world championship.
I really have no idea.
In the Red Bull garage on Friday the mechanics, preparing for the two practice sessions, were busier than sailors in a storm, although a storm is the very last thing they want here on Sunday.
In the end there was a serenity about Michael Schumacher, in his final pre-race press conference. Interlagos, it seems, will this weekend see a valediction rather than a last hurrah for the most successful Formula One driver of all.
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.
For McLaren, the past two weeks have been difficult, perhaps even traumatic, in that – for all the attention to detail in Formula One – this is a team that prides itself on ensuring every aspect of racing, on and off the track, is maintained and managed to the highest level. It is part of what makes McLaren McLaren.
Lewis Hamilton's world championship bid, which appeared to have developed an irresistible momentum, looks to be in ruins after he dropped out of the Singapore Grand Prix with more than half the race remaining.
McLaren have finally admitted that they have offered Lewis Hamilton less money as they attempt to fight off a bid by Mercedes to sign the driver.