Romain was right, but the penalty was still correct, given that stewards these days are more apt to penalise for consequences than causes.
Hamilton: Excellent fight through the field, single-handedly kept me awake despite my having a cold and being at the end of an 18-hour day.
Riccardo: Valiant attempt at doing what Hamilton did, spoiled by being swiped on Lap 1.
Massa: Kept Alonso and Perez back for many laps, despite both being faster (the former on corner speed, the latter on straight-line speed) to finish his final home race in style, if not necessarily for much reward.
Honourary mentions: Vettel for a skilful win, Verstappen for experimenting and holding his ground with a team which had forgotten how to strategise.
Party-pooper gangs with guns: Rant alert!
A lot of people in the paddock who usually look forward to the race all year now don't want anything to do with Brazil. It's especially notable when looking at the Twitter feeds of mechanics, engineers and their loved ones (who are less apt to censor their thoughts on that medium than the senior staff). This is obviously awful for F1 and everyone who loves it... ...but it's even bad for the people who did the crime and thought they were benefitting from it. Here's why:
This year appears to have been a co-ordinated effort (the way the Sauber hit happened in particular betrays this) rather than the usual individual chancers of most years (who, however pathetic their actions, can't be expected to plan for things so far ahead when they're typically struggling to survive a given day). While it was at individual level, it was plausible for teams to chalk it up to the cost of going to this exciting racetrack and beef up their defences. That's not really possible with the level of attack shown here, especially when they didn't even get the hint after security was stepped up following the three attacks/attempted attacks on Friday night (Sauber got an attack on Saturday night and Pirelli on Sunday).
Co-ordinated criminal plans of this type indicate spectacularly clueless criminal planners... ...by their actions, the golden goose whose eggs got stolen by the needy may now have been cooked. The F1 circus looks like it is headed elsewhere (any elsewhere), so now the criminal elements of Sao Paulo will be permanently poorer. Why didn't the criminals think of that before they acted?
There's stupid crime, and then there's stupid crime
Whoever hit Grosjean and Riccardo: In a race with very few true on-track howlers, I would like to zero whoever hit Grosjean and Riccardo at the first corner sequence. They spoilt the Force India duel and Daniel's fightback respectively and this cannot go un-noted.
Toto Wolff: Now, there are various approaches to handling a bunch of your staff getting fired at. Having the whole team stoically continuing with the job is one of them. Sending the affected staff home early is another. But if you do the former... ...please don't tell Sky you did the latter.
(And yes, this race didn't have much zero quality to it)