Hello from slightly overcast, hot and sticky Montreal, Canada! Ok, I’m not actually there. But it’s equally as hot and sticky in my apartment.
It’s pre-race time.
80% chance of rain today. (what? Rain in Montreal??? Say it ain’t so!!!) (I swear I still have wet clothes and shoes from the Montreal 2006 Champ Car weekend)
Much complaining about the state of the track. (What??? Norman Legualt taking money but not putting any back in??? Say it ain’t so!!!) Mr. L might want to invest a little into repairing the track or else Mr. E will take his toys and go home.
Alright… going to prepare a little lunch before the start… I’ll be back…
1pm: tire warmers off!! Car’s off the line for their installation lap!
Green Green Green! Everyone cleanly thru Turns 1 & 2! Rosberg picked up a position on the start, getting around Alonso for 4th.
God, that hairpin looks awful. How embarrassing. They are now reporting no chance of rain for the race. We’ll see about that. It is Montreal after all.
Sad that I’m so desperate for interesting open wheel racing that I’m overly excited for an F1 race. (which normally wouldn’t hold my attention…)
Gotta feel for Seabass, who stood atop the podium here in 06 with Champ Car, now teetering around at the back of the pack in F1. I’m sure he was well received this week by the french Canadian fans, as he was sort of adopted as one of their own during his Champ Car years
Lap 62/70: It’s a parade. A quick, prettier, better sounding than IndyCar parade mind you, but a parade nonetheless. Oooh… a pass!! Piquet get’s around Glock. They really need to keep the camera’s on the mid-pack, as that is where the action is. Piquet is all over the back of Trulli now.
Lap 58/70: Piquet gets around Trulli (barely) Little wheel banging and lots of brake dust, but he makes it stick. Is it just me or is the picture quality fucking horrible??
Lap 56/70: Car off track. Sutil. Much smoke coming out of the wheels of the car. He hightails it out of the car and over the wall. Moments later, the car self combusts!
Lap 54/70: Safety car out to remove Sutil’s car out of the way. I’ve switched over to Fox, as I prefer the dulcet tones of Bob Varsha. (and I’m still pissed off at TSN who is merely piggy backing on a euro feed)
Lap 53/70: Button, who pit under the yellow prior to the pit lane being open, will be penalized. The Pit’s are now officially open, so the leaders are in… WHOA! What the fuck?? Some sort of clusterfuck at pit out. Hamilton ran into the back of Kimi who was stopped due to the red light, taking them both out of the race. Insane! Kimi calmly tapped Hamilton on the shoulder and pointed to the light on his way by.. LOLOL! (Kimi’s on his way to his hospitality to drink… it’s too hot to race anyway… )
Lap 50/70: Safety Car in, Heidfeld leads them to the green flag. (positions 1-9 have not pitted)
Lap 45/70: Vettel is a little squirrelly. Currently shown in 9th, but yet to pit.
Lap 42/70: Piquet does some fancy spinning and reversing, but keeps it lit and off the wall.
Lap 42/70: Heidfeld pits, takes on 12 seconds of fuel and gets out in front of Kubica. (heartbreak!)
Lap 40/70: ooh! Kubica around Heidfeld! (Heidfeld has enough fuel to go to the end)
Lap 37/70: Button, Kova also fueled to the end of the race.
Lap 32/70: commentator factoid: 600 million per year in development spent by the top teams. (doh!?)
Lap 29/70: Alonso got squirrelly into the hairpin, but holds on. Piquet came in to pit, but is pushed into the garage. Day is donzo.
Lap 27/70: LOLOL! Seabass just got a finger waving lambasting by the commentator on the Fox broadcast for waving his hand at the crew because of the fuel rig sticking. LOL! Hey dude! Backmarkers have feelings too!! bwahahahaha!
Lap 26/70: OH! Alonzo into the wall! Day is done. No yellow as they get the car pulled safely off the track.
Lap 23/70: Nakajima out. Ran over his own front wing and into the wall at pit in.
Lap 22/70: Kubica in the pits… clean pit! Out in front of teammate Heidfeld!! Sweet!
Lap 18/70: Fisi spins and touches the fence. He’s out and the track workers get their mini crane and move the car. Local yellow only. No safety car.
Holy commercials batman!! enough already
Lap 12/70: Rube’s does a little off roading, letting both Glock and Trulli by. Can Glock catch Coulthard for the podium? 16 secs back…
Lap 8/70: Trulli suffering with brake issues. (this is NOT the track for that) Massa gaining on him.
Lap 4/70: LOL… pitlane reporter trying to get Alonso to speakout against the track, he doesn’t take the bait.
Lap 3/70: Massa gets Trulli after a big mistake from Glock, working on Glock now. Ferrari the filling in the Toyota sammich
Checkers wave!! Kubica takes his first win!! Followed by teammate Nick Heidfeld! Go BMW!!! Coulthard rounds out the podium in 3rd. After last years terrifying shunt, Kubica comes back with a vengeance! Sweet!
Ya Robert Kubica! Gets his first win and takes the Championship points lead! You Go Robbie!
Ya David Coulthard!! I love when the “old guy” proves he’s still got it. (*cough* Paul Tracy *cough*)
I love watching races at tracks that I’ve been to. It’s silly I know, but it gives me a bit of a grin to know I stood on that pitlane pre-race, and in those garages and beside that podium, and in that little alcove to the stairs, etc…
shout out to Formula1.com for their awesome timing/scoring set up. Clean, simple interface, multiple views, with great commentary. Hey IndyCar! It’s not about all the flash components. Some of us just want the information in a clean, timely fashion.