17 races, and it all comes down to this…
winner potentially takes all.
I’ve missed a good portion of the grid walk as I was enroute to The Kings Arms in Oakville to watch the race with a bunch of like minded folks! It really does make the whole experience that much more enjoyable. So I’ve spent the entire grid walk being introduced to people and catching up with others. (it’s like my own personal grid walk!) There is no wifi signal here, so I will blog along and post afterwards.
And just to keep things interesting, mother nature dumps a giant bucket of water on the track. Seriously. Skies opened, drenched the track, then stopped just prior to the start. LOL!
Apparently Lewis doesn’t have to “wish his girlfriend was hot like..” a pussycat doll as he’s dating the head doll… Is this new? Funny how we’ve never seen her in the pits until today… I predict lots of shots of her looking concerned. (why do women at F1 races dress like they are going clubbing??)
Here we go kids…. wow… I’ve not been this nervous for a start in a long time.
Green, green, green!
Clean start, Massa gets a good jump, Alonso had a shit start. Piquet and Coutlthard get together at the back of the pack, putting an end to both their days, and a sad yet almost poetic end to David’s career. Good thing he got special dispensation to run that livery that none of us got to actually see except spinning in circles while crashing…
Dry everywhere but turns 2 & 3 according to Alonso. Wow… the elevation changes on this track are quite pronounced.
Nice bit of dicing between Alonso and Kovalainen! Wow! Wish we saw more of that, and more consistently in this series. (is it because the tracks are so fricken long that we don’t get any real close racing?)
A bunch of cars came in for pit stops and a change of tires as the track
Ok… It was at this point that I decided I could no longer live (well… not so live now) blog. Too much was happening on track and I didn’t want to take my eyes off the action for a second. Lots of slipping and sliding and dicing. The track still had some wet spots, so there was a lot of breath holding for a couple of laps. Add to that the fact that I was in a bar with a bunch of people, so there was the added distraction of many conversations.
So… looking back over the race from there…
Vettel was definitely racy and could have been the biggest spoiler of all.
Kimi did what he needed to do as a good teammate (betcha he’s pretty sick of playing the supporting role) holding up Hamilton and Trull coming out of the pits after their first stop until Massa, Vettel and Alonso were comfortably by. (thereby dropping Hamilton down to 6th) Seriously, have you ever seen anyone drive that slow exiting the pits???
It was kind of boring in the middle section of the race. Massa was clearly going to be the winner and Hamilton was comfortably up to 4th. I think we saw maybe one pass. Oh and Trulli had his “paybacks a bitch… bitch!” moment with Seabass. (good on Seb for somehow keeping the car right and getting back on track)
Then with about 17 laps to go the skies started to darken…
It’s funny, we all started to shift in our seats, some of us moved to different parts of the room, and the conversations suddenly became louder and more animated. The whole bar was watching on about 5 TV’s (including a movie screen) with the sound coming through the main speakers.
Will it rain or won’t it? Will everyone take on rain tires or won’t they? There was a lot of gambling going on at that point, and it looked like Massa was going to take the biggest gamble, but he waited for the right time to take on the rain tires and got back out in front.
Then it all started unraveling. Glock, who opted not to take on rain tires was now suddenly factoring into the outcome of the championship. Kubica became racy all of a sudden, getting into a battle between Vettel and Hamilton. Suddenly, with 3 laps to go, Hamilton was in 6th watching his championship drive away from him. Can Glock keep it together and be the spoiler?! Talk about tension! And we were on board with Lewis the whole time. (at this point I was on my feet, pacing) (I do that a lot during these nailbiter ones)
Final lap. It’s dark now, rain is falling, Massa has won the race (did we even see him cross the finish line?) but all eyes are on the battle a few cars back. Glock bobbles! Hamilton gets around him! The championship is his! WAAAAAAAHOOOOOOOOO!! The bar erupts into cheers and applause!
The celebration in the Massa garage has come to a gut wrenching halt! OH the gutted expressions! you just know they had told the poor bugger that he was the champion then had to renege about 50 seconds later.
oh LORD! What a way to end the season!
1 point! 1 fucking point!!! Hamilton lost by that singular evil digit last year, and won by it this year. Vindication? for sure. Of course we all know that there should have been a few more points in there. (actually, the boy should have won a few races ago…)
It’s pandemonium on the pitlane. Honda is having a Car-B-Que (break out the smores!), two cars away Lewis is desperately trying to re-attach his steering wheel to his car. (lest he give the FIA any possible reason to penalize him that one precious championship point) Finally, he gets to walk away and find his crew and family and celebrate! (the best part about not being on the podium, he doesn’t have to go through all the fluff)
The skies are about to open again. It’s so dark now, it looks like a night race. The trophy ceremony looks like it’s happening in a hurricane. Felipe is doing everything in his power not to collapse into a sobbing heap. Can’t help but be gutted for the little guy. He was pure class in the post race conference. Perhaps he will be the one that repairs the reputation of Ferrari. I would root for him based on his attitude and personality, but the fact that he drives for “them” prevents me.
The broadcast comes to a screeching halt and we have seen and heard exactly NOTHING from the new champion. WHAT THE FUCK SPEED??? You couldn’t take a few extra minutes and join the 5hr Napcar preshow in progress??? This is the youngest world champion in F1 history and we don’t get to see him hoist a trophy or say a few words? EPIC FAIL!
*note to Versus: See how F1 just ripped off all of their fans by robbing them of the final celebration of the season? DON’T DO THAT next season to IndyCar fans. Thank you*
Turns out I had reason to cheer for the little guy in red today. I pulled his name in a blind draw prior to the race and won the pool!! $100! (that comes in especially handy when you’ve been out of work for over a month) So, thank you to Massa and Ferrari for paying for my groceries this month! hehehe.
And with that, race season has officially concluded. (I really couldn’t give a flying fuck who wins “the chase”) I guess now we go officially into silly season, which for the first time will not include the months of “merge” speculation.
I’ll probably live blog the A1GP races, just cause. LOL! And I’m sure there will be plenty of speculation and gossip to keep the conversations going over the winter. If y’all have any suggestions for discussion topics, let me know. If any of you know of anyone who’s hiring, let me know. 😉
OK… going to try and find some post race coverage on Youtube…
EDIT: OK… found the last couple of laps. (still no post race interviews…)