Lewis Hamilton made his team happy by giving them a farewell present in the form of a win in Texas but the driver of the race, in my opinion, was Felipe Massa.
He did what he had to do for the best interests of his team and still gave himself a fighting chance for a podium.
Imagine what he must have gone through - he out-qualified Fernando Alonso but then was told he had to take one for the team and suffer a gearbox penalty to get the Spaniard up to seventh place. But he never looked like he was upset as several other figures might have been and clawed his way back up to fourth after starting in eleventh.
This is the same driver who was booed by fans for not pulling his weight earlier in the season. Now, ahead of his home grand prix, Massa has helped ensure his teammate stays in the running for the championship.
After the race, Massa said all the right things too, claiming he enjoyed making sacrifices for the sake of the team. When Ferrari do eventually sign his replacement in the future, they will have a hard time trying to find someone as selfless.
Even Jenson Button was impressed as he told us after the race it'll be hard for McLaren to catch up with the Ferrari team as Massa has really upped his game.
Even in Interlagos I'm sure he'd happily put Alonso's title hopes above his own desire to give his home crowd something to cheer about. A true team player.
There have been criticisms about the gearbox move indeed but Formula 1 is now a more of a team sport and people have to realise that. I'm sure that if, let's say, Red Bull crash out in the Brazilian Grand Prix, Alonso might even pull aside and help Massa try and get the win.
It brought back memories of when Mika Hakkinen and David Coulthard collaborated to help the Finn win many of his races. The message given by the Italian marquee to their tifosi was simple: A Ferrari championship win comes first, the driver second.
It's important that Ferrari give every available resource to help Alonso win the championship. If they hadn't made the controversial move on Sunday, who knows whether Alonso would have grabbed a competitive finish? Then the vultures would have circled and pens would have been out in criticism of the team.
Alonso, to his credit, was immensely positive in the Circuit of the Americas. Whenever I talked to him at end of practice or at the end of qualifying, he remained cheery, positive and optimistic. It feels like we've travelled back in time to a younger Alonso who is not letting the politics of the sport get to him. He's mentally strong and ready to give Vettel his very best.
He told us that if everything goes as per normal, Vettel will win and he understands that. He knows that he needs something abnormal to happen - Vettel needs to make a mistake.
Vettel could only criticise Narain Karthikeyan for slowing his pace, allowing Hamilton to overtake him in lap 42. But as a good driver, you are supposed to be able to deal with such backmarkers. And Narain was just basically doing all he could to try and avoid an accident which would have unnecessarily complicated things and have the entire sport turn its ire on him.
The only other interesting sub-plot as we head to the final race of the season is whether Hamilton can overtake Kimi Raikkonen into third place as they're now just 16 points apart. Kimi obviously doesn't care if he finishes third in his comeback year while Hamilton, on the other hand, would love to give his team a nice parting gift.
Rain is forecast in Sao Paulo but a forecast is a forecast and we won't know for certain until closer to the weekend. And Alonso may not necessarily benefit from heavy rain as it's mixed circumstances - when the track goes from wet to dry, or dry to wet - when he truly manages to shine. It's a very small window of opportunity that may or may not happen.
On a personal note from last weekend, I thoroughly enjoyed the first United States Grand Prix in Austin. Fans were allowed to come onto the circuit ahead of the race and they walked along Turn 1 and the main straight. It's something the organisers of other tracks should also consider. Fans don't want to pay money and just sit on the grandstand seats the whole race.
Many got to see the podium first-hand and the organisers got the logistics just right. The turnout of well over a hundred thousand was simply amazing and it's safe to say that many Americans are now in love with F1. Now with a purpose-built facility, the relationship can hopefully last a long time.
It also helped that the track really worked. It was built to host a race and we saw overtaking, tyre management and great radio talk. The first sector was fast and flowing and the drivers liked that. The assemblage of cars down turn 1 looked great for the spectators as well.
Now I am getting onto a flight as we speak to head to Brazil for what will hopefully be a nail-biting finish in Interlagos, Brazil!
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