Mark Webber has predicted an emotional weekend in Brazil, and not just because it is his last ever race in Formula 1.
The Red Bull ace bows out of Formula 1 after the season finale (see back page) but he says changes to cars will cause more of a stir than his farewell.
“For fans of the current cars, this might be quite an emotional race weekend because it’s the last one for the 2.4-litre V8,” the Aston Clinton man said.
“The cars are going to look and sound quite different next year, so Interlagos provides all of us with one last opportunity to appreciate the naturally aspirated V8.
“I think it’s been a good unit for F1.”
It is quite fitting that Webber ends his F1 career at one of his favourite tracks, Interlagos, where he has won twice before, and what he would give to complete a fairytale hat-trick.
“It’s one of my favourite races. It’s one of the grands prix that people should visit because the atmosphere at the track is fantastic.
“The race has been good to me because I’ve won it twice (2009 and ’11) and I just enjoy being in Sao Paulo.
“We had a few security issues a few years ago, but I like the way there’s a healthy bit of chaos about the event. You definitely know you’re in Brazil.
“We know how passionate the South Americans are about their football and they are extremely vocal when watching motor racing as well.
“The track is at high altitude, so it’s tough for the engines and its anti-clockwise direction makes it pretty physical for the drivers.
“Our necks are conditioned for them, but it’s still a good workout.”