The End Of Eras

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The last race in Formula 1’s sixty third year is fast approaching and with it, the end of an era.

But what end to which era to choose as their seems to be so many?

At Brazil we will hear for the very last time the earth shaking grumble of the 2.4-litre V8 engines which will be replaced by 1.6-litre V6 turbo engines in 2014.

We will see for the final time, Felipe Massa try to tame his prancing horse, as he says goodbye to Ferrari after a decade long relationship. Massa following in the footsteps of fellow Brazilian and Formula 1 greats, Rubins Barrichello and the immortal Ayrton Senna.

Mark Webber Felipe MassaFurthermore, the most liked driver in the paddock in recent times, Mark Webber, will retire from Formula 1. Letting the horns of his Red Bull go after seven years, he will leave Formula 1 to race with Porsche at Le Mans.

Brazil will therefore be a race which many will not want to end once it begins.

To think we will never see Webber and Alonso race wheel to wheel ever again, each driver showing the perfect mixture of aggressiveness, competitiveness, sportsmanship and mutual respect for one another.

We will never again see Massa in Ferrari red, a colour that has become a second skin to him and an integral part to his racing identity much the same as it has done so with Schumacher.

And the 2.4 litre V8 engine will be silenced for good. If you were lucky to have heard it whilst standing on a grassy field over looking a race day track year after year, as I was, the thought of silencing such a monster seemed like an impossible task to achieve.

However, though these eras are coming to a close, new ones will no doubt begin. Racing will continue and new heroes will emerge.

Yet until the time comes when we have to say goodbye, much enjoyment is still to be had over this coming race weekend.

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Tags: Felipe Massa Fernando Alonso Mark Webber Red Bull Racing Scuderia Ferrari

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