Now two-time world champion Lewis Hamilton was lauded by Britain's Prince Harry as being a "legend", while media branded him the king of Formula 1.
Caterham and Marussia have dropped off the F1 radar, and Max Mosely warns that they may not be the last to do so as the big teams rake in more money.
Lewis Hamilton drove Mercedes to Constructors' Championship victory in an historic first win in the sport's almost half-century history.
Simona de Silvestro, who was aiming to be the first female F1 driver since 1976, has been booted off Sauber's testing programme for lack of funds.
Sebastian Vettel roared into the record books as F1's youngest four-times world champion after winning the Indian Grand Prix three years in a row.
Sebastian Vettel has put himself on pole position for a fourth successive F1 title after lapping the Indian Grand Prix circuit faster than any driver.
Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel won the Italian Grand Prix at a canter on Sunday to move 53 points clear of Ferrari's Fernando Alonso.
Lotus are hopeful that they can win a tug-of-war with Formula One champions Red Bull for Kimi Raikkonen's services next season.
F1 champion Sebastian Vettel has won the Bahrain Grand Prix for the second year in a row to extend his overall lead to 10 points after four races.
Lewis Hamilton's first pole position for Mercedes at the Chinese Grand Prix has allowed him to relive old memories and prove critics wrong once again.