Brazilian GP is remembered for many lasts. The last win for Jordan F1 team (Fisichella in 2003), the last win so far for Williams (Montoya in 2004), the last F1 win for Montoya himself (in 2005 with McLaren), the last Formula 1 race for Michael Schumacher (2006) and actually also for his brother Ralf in 2007 (but who remembers him now ).
At the moment there is only one driver who will officially enter the 2008 Brazilian GP as his final race – David Coulthard. Coulthard announced his retirement back in July during the British GP. He is to remain working with Red Bull and is said to travel to all the races next year. He has also been linked with BBC job following the BBC’s F1 broadcasting deal starting from 2009 season.
It still remains to be seen if we will see drivers like Barrichello, Bourdais or Piquet on the F1 grid again. Brazilan GP may well be their last too …
Many fans may miss Coulthard after his retirement but few will miss the other thing that is to disappear from F1 after Brazilian GP . The 2008 Brazilian GP will be the last Formula 1 race for the grooved tyres (more on grooves in F1 here). The eyesore will be gone, let’s hope for good !
The drastic changes in regulations from 2009 will bring completely new car designs. We can only speculate now, how the 2009 cars may look. But one thing is almost certain – all the ugly attachments, winglets, horns, thorns will be gone. It does not however mean that the 2009 cars will as a package look better than the ones we see now. So if you liked them, enjoy them for the last time in Brazil.
Photo: Red Bull/GEPA