Monday, 22 October 2007

Roulette, anyone?

What are the chances of the third place runner to actually go and win the World Championship really? Not much right? That's what I thought. So here I was, ruing the fact that this season would hide how outstandingly fortunate Lewis Hamilton has been to be in the place he is! No one can possibly deny the fact that LH is in fact very very good. But he's just not that good. Given one of the fastest cars for a major part of the season and one that has (well, had) been amazingly consistent, plus his exceptional ability over a single lap, Hamilton's season was the kind of stuff fairy tales are made of! It's just so bloody annoying for someone who doesn't share the euphoria X-(.

If the last bit has left any doubt in anyone's mind, let me clarify. This is not a neutral point of view I am trying to put forth here. I hate the fact that a McLaren driver is poised to win the World Championship. I hate it even more that it's a rookie that crumbles repeatedly under pressure but has somehow managed to escape unscathed on the leader board. It's only a marginal relief that it's most likely not going to be Alonso.

Right, that was before the race, so scratch that.

YAIEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!! \:D/ Ferrari won the drivers' Championship!! Massa totally ruled his home race at Interlagos and while I wasn't totally happy about it, at least Todt had the sensibility to make it look like Kimi wasn't just presented the lead and did it over the last set of pits. With, as usual, Kimi driving up a storm with a couple of scorching extra laps with low fuel. Boy, did the reds rule the track! There were only 6 drivers on the leading lap, meaning, everyone else had been lapped by the charging Ferraris. In the end the 3rd placed Alonso was 57, FIFTY SEVEN, seconds adrift of Kimi!! The entire bloody lap's only about 73 seconds or so!! In the end Massa was putting in his customary heroics to secure the fastest lap on the last one of the race, unfortunately Raikkonen's time proved too much to beat...

The shit finally hit the fan for Hamilton. And I have absolutely no sympathy for the mysteriously dead electronics on his gearbox! At least he got to finish the race, no catastrophic hydraulics problems, no engine stalling! You can't possibly go an entire season without the slightest mechanical glitch! And of course the shit he pulled on turn 4 was merely the rookie showing his true colours. As for Alonso, I didn't follow the last two seasons at all, but I'm beginning to think that he must have either been luckier than his current team mate, or he's simply lost it this season! Which is a good thing.

And, about three hours after the chequered flag, scratch that second bit too.

Apparently some Portugese online newspaper reported it first, 'cos Vic, having seen me jumping around came over looking all concerned and translated for me what I suppose now everyone knows from BBC World and the F1 official site :|. Apparently BMW - Sauber and Williams - Toyota are now being investigated for fuel temperature irregularities! What that means? It means that lucky bastard is right back in the game again!!! Even after screwing up the last race!!! Hamilton finished 7th behind Rosberg (Williams), Kubica (BMW) and Heidfeld (BMW). So if these three drivers are disqualified, he moves up to 4th! And thus manages enough points to snatch the Championship right out of Kimi's clutching hands :((((((.

What makes it a whole lot worse is that the advantage the temperature difference is supposed to have conferred is about a second. Maybe. And the difference between Hamilton and Heidfeld on the penultimate lap? About TEN seconds!!!!!! I mean come ON!!! McLaren could have pumped LH's car with as much low temp, high density fuel as they possibly could, and it wouldn't have made the slightest difference X-(((((.

And finally, over six hours after the end of the race....

YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!! The Sao Paulo race stewards weren't that heartless (alternatively, insane/retarded) after all! :D BMW and Williams escape penalties.... and.... FERRARI ARE THE CHAMPIONS!!!!!! I almost did another victory lap right there :D. The folks over at BBC put in a lot more and a lot better, so let me quote the bit that expresses my sentiments best:
Excluding the cars would have risked turning one of the most exciting championship finales in F1 history into a farce.
Which is all very satisfying, but guess why I am beginning to really like Kimi Raikkonen? This is what he had to say at the FIA post race press conference.
Q: And how is your feeling to see McLaren beaten in the last race, the team you were with for five years?

KR: Like I said before, I enjoyed every moment with the team. I enjoy Formula One more this year than the last few years for many reasons, but not because of the driving – for other reasons. And I am more than happy to win the championship with Ferrari, especially the first year with the team has been a great year overcoming all difficulties and giving me such a nice big family and great people to work with – and I would rather win with them than with anybody else.
Attaboy Kimi!!! Perfect answer :D. I couldn't possibly have picked a better year to get back to following F1 up close >:).

Currently: ecstatic!!!! (eventually)
Listening to: AC/DC - Hard as a rock

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