For a man who had just lost the world championship, Fernando Alonso seemed unusually happy after the 2007 Brazilian Grand Prix.
Then again, he knew his McLaren nightmare was over after a bizarre season of controversy, spy scandals and a catastrophic breakdown in the relationship between team and driver.
He could perhaps afford to take a perverse delight in Kimi Raikkonen taking the crown for Ferrari. He could be sure his time would come again.
To continue reading this feature, join Autosport Plus today.
Are you an Autosport magazine subscriber? Activate your online account
- Your Autosport Plus membership includes:
- Unlimited access to Autosport's news - no monthly cap.
- Read the best motorsport features, analysis and opinion.
- Explore Forix, our comprehensive motorsport stats database.
- Choose from a monthly or yearly membership.