You just knew that Interlagos wouldn't be 'normal.' Not after the year we've just had.
The first drama came Friday morning when McLaren inexplicably fitted two sets of wets to Lewis Hamilton's car in the first practice session. The rules allow each driver only the one set.
A team screw-up. No argument. It hadn't been an attempt to pull a fast one, to get Lewis more circuit time on the wet tyre, just a straightforward error. On the first set, in fact, Lewis had done just an installation lap.
Lewis Hamilton © XPB/LAT
But against the climate of the season, you wondered immediately what the penalty might be. Everyone frantically started trying to remember tyre transgressions of the recent past and minds went back to Monaco '05, when Ralf Schumacher's Toyota was accidentally fitted with a 'mixed' set of tyres.