Two races before the end, Hamilton was number one, no question. But then he blew the world championship reaching for levels of performance he didn't need. What the hell - if that's the way he wanted to win it, good luck to him. There's plenty of time, he said, and you hope those words don't come back to haunt him. Kimi played a great back nine but bogeyed a few of the early holes. While nobody can deny he deserves a title, he lacked Lewis's sparkle. Alonso? Well, you'd need a book, not a paragraph. We saw pressure mistakes for the first time - Barcelona, Montreal, Fuji - and his judgement called into question both in and out of the car. In the end, though, he lost it by a point. Massa handled Kimi's pace and took twice as many poles. If Ferrari had remembered to fuel him in Hungary Q2 he'd have been in the hunt a lot longer. Webber continued to qualify superbly but the Red Bull let him down too often on Sunday.
Brazil had vibrancy, soul and gripping tension. Not the final chapter we'd been expecting but compelling nonetheless. It really was jaw-dropping drama. If Massa had stopped, Alonso was champion, if Rosberg and Kubica tangled, Hamilton was champion. The season was alive until the last lap of the last race. Fuji - new venue, appalling conditions, Senna-like wet weather class and composure from Hamilton, team mistakes, awesome commitment from Kovalainen/Raikkonen, post-race controversy, need I go on? Nurburgring - a rare on-track dust-up between the main men saw Alonso win brilliantly, and riskily, when eight points would have done very nicely. Mixed conditions were once again the catalyst for great entertainment.
• Something to remember: Hamilton's pass of Raikkonen at Monza - brilliant!
• Something to forget: The holier-than-thou claptrap peddled in the midst of spygate, as if the whole sport was populated by innocent, unsullied virgins