Exactly eight months after jetting into Australia for the opening round of 2011, the Formula 1 circus arrives in Brazil for the latest conclusion to a season since a Christmas trip to South Africa in 1963.
While the long season has not married well with Sebastian Vettel's unrelenting dominance - in reality the drivers' and constructors' titles were wrapped up long before the final round - there is a sense of tangible anticipation and excitement ahead of Interlagos, one of F1's classic venues.
It is not just the thousands of kilometres which separate the circuit and F1's last three venues: where Korea, India and Abu Dhabi have between them hosted six grands prix, Interlagos has been an almost permanent fixture since its first introduction in 1973. Elements of the original layout remain in use today, and such glimpses of past glories only add to its charm.
Then there is the fervour of the home crowd, a passionate throng who descend en masse throughout the weekend. The chances of a home victory may be relatively remote perhaps, but the potential for this to be Rubens Barrichello's F1 farewell will only add to the sense of occasion.
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