Popular Mark Webber raced into F1 retirement with one final show of irreverence, completing his lap on the way to the Interlagos podium without the protection of his helmet. Told that he seemed to b...

Popular Mark Webber raced into F1 retirement with one final show of irreverence, completing his lap on the way to the Interlagos podium without the protection of his helmet.

Told that he seemed to be tearing up as he took in the emotion of his last-ever lap, the popular Australian veteran replied afterwards: "It was (just) the wind."

Webber, who is now released from his Red Bull contract in order to get an early start to his new Le Mans career, admitted driving around without a helmet was also not the kindest thing he could have done to his ears.

And he said he got his helmet and Hans device "jammed" against the steering wheel, making it difficult to negotiate the final corners on the way into parc ferme.

"But it was good to get it off, obviously the marshals, the fans, to see ... in this sport, it's not always easy to show the person that's behind the wheel," said Webber.

Later, he slipped and fell on the podium, and the usually flawless Red Bull crew also messed up a couple of pitstops.

But overall, it has been a frighteningly dominant display by the Milton-Keynes based team in 2013, led by Sebastian Vettel, who continues to sweep up all-time records.

Webber, however, fell 43 points shy of finishing the championship runner-up behind his German teammate.

So he paid tribute to the actual 2013 runner-up, his Ferrari-racing friend Fernando Alonso, and also his own imperious teammate, Vettel.

"Yeah, a very good finish to my career, a good fight with all the guys I've enjoyed fighting with for most of my career: Seb, Fernando, Lewis, Nico, all the guys who have been in the window for the last five or six years," said Webber.

But while Alonso managed second place for himself, Ferrari ultimately finished the season just third in the constructors' championship -- and furious with the outcome of Sunday's Brazilian finale.

Indeed, had Felipe Massa not been punished by the stewards for crossing the white line of the pitlane entry in his Ferrari farewell, the Italian team would probably have beaten Mercedes to the extra second place millions.

Massa, racing in front of his home crowd in red overalls for the last time, was furious.

"Unacceptable!" he fumed on the radio as he shook his fist.

Referring to the FIA officials, Massa said afterwards: "These guys think they have all the power and they can do what they want so I am more sorry for them than for me."

Mercedes team boss Ross Brawn admitted that his drivers, Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg, had reported Massa's driving over the radio.

"They were telling us that Felipe was driving with all four wheels over the line repeatedly," he is quoted by Germany's Auto Motor und Sport.

Had Massa remained in fourth place, Alonso would have moved over to gift his podium place to the native Paulista for a fitting Ferrari farewell in front of his fans.

"When I saw him fourth I thought this would be a very good celebration for him," said Alonso.

Massa confirmed: "I am sure that if I had found myself behind Fernando, he'd have let me pass."

Pos No Driver Team Laps Time/Retired Grid Pts
1 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing-Renault 71 1:32:36.300 1 25
2 2 Mark Webber Red Bull Racing-Renault 71 +10.4 secs 4 18
3 3 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 71 +18.9 secs 3 15
4 5 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 71 +37.3 secs 14 12
5 9 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 71 +39.0 secs 2 10
6 6 Sergio Perez McLaren-Mercedes 71 +44.0 secs 19 8
7 4 Felipe Massa Ferrari 71 +49.1 secs 9 6
8 11 Nico Hulkenberg Sauber-Ferrari 71 +64.2 secs 10 4
9 10 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 71 +72.9 secs 5 2
10 19 Daniel Ricciardo STR-Ferrari 70 +1 Lap 7 1
11 14 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 70 +1 Lap 12  
12 12 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 70 +1 Lap 17  
13 15 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 70 +1 Lap 15  
14 7 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Renault 70 +1 Lap 11  
15 18 Jean-Eric Vergne STR-Ferrari 70 +1 Lap 8  
16 16 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 70 +1 Lap 16  
17 22 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Cosworth 69 +2 Laps 21  
18 21 Giedo van der Garde Caterham-Renault 69 +2 Laps 20  
19 23 Max Chilton Marussia-Cosworth 69 +2 Laps 22  
Ret 20 Charles Pic Caterham-Renault 58 Suspension 18  
Ret 17 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 45 Accident 13  
Ret 8 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 2 Engine 6

Note - Perez originally qualified 14th, but received a 5-place grid penalty for an unscheduled gearbox change.

Pos Driver Nationality Team Points
1 Sebastian Vettel German Red Bull Racing-Renault 397
2 Fernando Alonso Spanish Ferrari 242
3 Mark Webber Australian Red Bull Racing-Renault 199
4 Lewis Hamilton British Mercedes 189
5 Kimi Räikkönen Finnish Lotus-Renault 183
6 Nico Rosberg German Mercedes 171
7 Romain Grosjean French Lotus-Renault 132
8 Felipe Massa Brazilian Ferrari 112
9 Jenson Button British McLaren-Mercedes 73
10 Nico Hulkenberg German Sauber-Ferrari 51
11 Sergio Perez Mexican McLaren-Mercedes 49
12 Paul di Resta British Force India-Mercedes 48
13 Adrian Sutil German Force India-Mercedes 29
14 Daniel Ricciardo Australian STR-Ferrari 20
15 Jean-Eric Vergne French STR-Ferrari 13
16 Esteban Gutierrez Mexican Sauber-Ferrari 6
17 Valtteri Bottas Finnish Williams-Renault 4
18 Pastor Maldonado Venezuelan Williams-Renault 1
19 Jules Bianchi French Marussia-Cosworth 0
20 Charles Pic French Caterham-Renault 0
21 Heikki Kovalainen Finnish Lotus-Renault 0
22 Giedo van der Garde Dutch Caterham-Renault 0
23 Max Chilton British Marussia-Cosworth 0


Pos Team Points
1 Red Bull Racing-Renault 596
2 Mercedes 360
3 Ferrari 354
4 Lotus-Renault 315
5 McLaren-Mercedes 122
6 Force India-Mercedes 77
7 Sauber-Ferrari 57
8 STR-Ferrari 33
9 Williams-Renault 5
10 Marussia-Cosworth 0
11 Caterham-Renault 0


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