Yup. Even more boring than Schumacher. bmaz says so and I agree.
Let me tell you how it goes. Vettel grabs the lead at the start and pulls out beyond the DRS margin (1 second) in the first two Laps before DRS is enabled and then drives off to a tire changing delta (15 to 20 seconds) and then there is no race at all.
No Bernie, position changes between back markers don’t count. Both Drivers’ and Constructors’ Championships were clinched last week. Why watch?
Not that it’s a total excuse for my lack of updates, truth is I’ve just been too busy to do it.
I have a life you know, and after 18 hours of hard work the absolute top item on my priority list is to grab a 3 hour nap and watch (yawn) Formula One because I’m just so into sports and it’s much more entertaining than America’s Cup or Major League Baseball or NCAA Hoopies or the Olympics or the Triple Crown or the Super Bowl or…
Anyway I do a lot of sports coverage and it’s just a grind after a while, especially when they are dull like Le Tour and Formula One turned out to be this year. Sorry if you think that proves I’m less than serious about my art, I’m really very good at reproducing Elvis playing cards with dogs on black velvet and my prices are quite reasonable.
The big news this week is Kimi Raikkonen’s DQ for car non-compliance after Qualifying, not so much for the position change from 5th to 22nd as for what it reveals about Lotus-Renault’s finances.
You see 4th place and almost 100 points ahead of 5th (and only 24 behind Scuderia Marlboro in 3rd) should imply your program has some kind of credibility. As it turns out Raikkonen hasn’t gotten a paycheck all season and unless the sponsorship deal comes through Team Lotus is unlikely to attract even a second rate driver like Hulkenberg as a replacement and will have to settle for Maldonado who never saw a crash he couldn’t get involved with.
Well, that’s just how it is if you’re not Red Bull.
I mentioned replacement and it’s old news that Raikkonen has been tapped to follow the ill-fortuned Massa at Scuderia Marlboro (who had the grace to stick with him through his injury, but who has been turning out sucky cars for 4 seasons now). I wouldn’t read too much into Massa’s recent successes, I think he’s getting a gold watch for loyal service; it would be nice if he ended up with a car, but I don’t see it. Kimi may even skip the last 2 races with Lotus-Renault to rest up for his new gig.
What really mixes up everything next year is the new blown six power plants and the fact that not only can they and their components break, but weight distribution and aero characteristics will change. It will go to the teams with the best designers; Vettel is not only not that good a driver, he’s also a total tool who can’t take direction- a diva. Witness the elevation of the distinctly mediocre Ricciardo as his second.
Of course my Dad (who’s the other reason I watch Formula One, the first being that it’s normally good blog fodder since it’s time predictable and limited) will think I’m missing the lede which to him is Alonso failing to make Q3 because he was sitting in the garage saving tires and then a spin left him without time to put in a hot lap. I think it’s the remarkable performance of Mercedes with Rosberg and Hamilton and how they will do without Ross Brawn. I personally think it’s a big mistake even though they’re replacing him with Paddy Lowe, formerly of McLaren, despite Hamilton’s sanguine reaction (remember, Lewis worked with him at McLaren) because if there’s one thing you can count on McLaren to do, it’s screw up race tactics and lose.
Softs and Mediums are on offer. 2 DRS Zones.
Pretty Tables below.
|1||Mark Webber||Red Bull Racing-Renault||1:39.957||17|
|2||Sebastian Vettel||Red Bull Racing-Renault||1:40.075||12|
|11||Paul di Resta||Force India-Mercedes||1:41.133||19|
|17||Adrian Sutil||Force India-Mercedes||1:42.051||10|
|18||Giedo van der Garde||Caterham-Renault||1:43.252||10|
|1||Sebastian Vettel||Red Bull Racing-Renault||322|
|5||Mark Webber||Red Bull Racing-Renault||148|
|10||Paul di Resta||Force India-Mercedes||40|
|13||Adrian Sutil||Force India-Mercedes||28|
|1||Red Bull Racing-Renault||470|