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Paddock Postcard from Sao Paulo 24 Nov 2013

Mark Webber (AUS) Red Bull Racing.
Formula One World Championship, Rd19, Brazilian Grand Prix, Qualifying, Sao Paulo, Brazil, Saturday, 23 November 2013 Felipe Massa (BRA) Ferrari with his special edition helmet.
Formula One World Championship, Rd19, Brazilian Grand Prix, Practice, Sao Paulo, Brazil, Friday, 22 November 2013 Lotus driver Romain Grosjean and The Coca-Cola Company Global Director for Alliances & Ventures  Prinz Pinakatt at the burn® press conference for the announcement of Human Ignition, a feature length film from burn exploring the future of Formula One racing Gil De Ferran (BRA). 
Formula One World Championship, Rd19, Brazilian Grand Prix, Qualifying, Sao Paulo, Brazil, Saturday, 23 November 2013 Antonio Perez Garibay (MEX) the Father of Sergio Perez (MEX) with Emerson Fittipaldi (BRA).
Formula One World Championship, Rd19, Brazilian Grand Prix, Race, Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sunday, 24 November 2013

The final race of the season always has something of an end-of-term feeling and this year’s Brazilian round was no exception, especially with several notable farewells to be made.

Mark Webber was calling time on his 12-year F1 career ahead of a move to sportscars with Porsche next year; Felipe Massa was competing for the final time with Ferrari before heading to Williams for 2014; and the current 2.4-litre V8 engines were making their last appearance, as was famed engine manufacturer Cosworth, at least for the foreseeable future.

“The results I’ve had in F1 have been great but it’s about the journey as well and I’ve had an amazing journey,” said nine-time Grand Prix winner Webber. “I would have been very happy growing up and staying in Queanbeyan because I wouldn’t have known any different. But when you start to delve into other areas of life, other places, then it really is a case of ‘wow, this is a ride’. And it was a great ride.”

Local hero Massa sported some special new overalls and a new red helmet livery, presents from Ferrari ahead of his farewell appearance for the Scuderia.

“It will be very emotional racing at Interlagos for Ferrari for the final time,” said the Brazilian. "I am proud to be part of Ferrari’s history. It was always my dream to drive for Ferrari and I did it for ten years, eight of them as a race driver. Actually, I had a contract with Ferrari even before then, when I was just a kid really. It’s been a long time during which I always gave my all for the team. For my final race with them, I also need to say thanks to all the fans who have supported me throughout this time with Ferrari.”

Lotus provided a vision of the future on Saturday evening when team sponsors burn® revealed details of Human Ignition, a feature length film exploring how advancements in technology and design could affect Formula One racing, and showcasing insight from great minds who share a passion for motorsport - from drivers through to Hollywood designers.

“This film explores everything from Artificial Intelligence right through to a fully moveable, conceptual race-track that can be transported to locations across the world,” explained director Bryan Gregg. “We wanted to create a story that took some of the most creative minds in the fields of design and conceptualization, and have them apply their thinking to F1 to create a portrayal of the sport which hasn’t been seen before.”

As ever the paddock at the Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace in Interlagos was heaving with familiar faces throughout the weekend.

Brazil’s trail-blazing double world champion Emerson Fittipaldi, was here, together with racing fellow countrymen Gil de Ferran, Rubens Barrichello, Roberto Moreno, Maurizio Sandro Sala and driver steward Alex Ribeiro. Swede Marcus Ericcson also made an appearance.

For more pictures from Sao Paulo, check out our Paddock Postcard gallery.

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