Singapore GP – Alonso wins as Massa meets pitlane disaster

Only last week we were talking whether Fernando Alonso can finish on podium. Fast forward a few days and he won first ever night GP after cribbing for whole week that street circuits aren’t safe for drivers. When race was to start Alonso looked gutted but when it ended he had the biggest grin in the world. This is his first victory after Monza ’07 and Renault’s first after 2006!

Massa was 0.6 faster in qualifying than Hamilton at 2nd place. It was supposed to be a dry race with 30 degree track temperature and he was expected to win. The race started nicely for him and he led the race till the following happen: A pitlane incident in which  Felipe Massa was signalled to leave his pit box while the refuelling rig was still attached to his car. His car took the the fuel hose from the refuelling rig and Massa joined the fast lane of the pits with several metres of hose hanging out of his car. His misery further compounded when he was given a drive through penalty. Apparently he didn’t pushed towards the points at the end as he has already used his joker (if engine has to be changed before second race, every driver has one joker, else 10 place grid penalty for engine change)

This happened after Nelson Piquet crashed his car and there were several laps behind Safety car. As soon the pitlane opened a fleet of cars rushed for fuel. There was an utter confusion in the grid with Alonso’s engineer saying “not sure what’s happening, just push like hell to the end of the race mate

The track had few chances to overtake than Valencia street circuit due to bumps. If this track was a smooth as the usual we wouldn’t see passing because all the drivers could rely on getting optimum traction.

Hamilton didn’t pushed for victory as he was taking a cautious approach after Massa was running way outside the points.

Misery continued for Adrian Sutil and Raikonnen (who crashed with 4 laps to go, he needs a shake-up to find form again!)

Raikonnen:

Vettel impressed with 5th place while his teammate Bourdais finishing 12th

Drivers’ championship

Lewis Hamilton 84
Felipe Massa 77
Robert Kubica 64
Kimi Raikkonen 57

Constructors’ championship

McLaren 135
Ferrari 134
BMW 120

Singapore GP – A funny story!

A funny conspiracy theory:

Briatore to Piquet : Boy, now you have to put good performances in the remaining races or you will face a sack!

Piquet : But, i can’t perform better. This is me!

Alonso : Don’t worry Piquet, just be a team player

Piquet : But , how?

Alonso : I am 15th on the grid, when i come out of the pit lane after first stop you have to crash, and i’ll probably win the race. Flavio will give you instructions during the race

Briatore : Yes, and you’ll be with us next year

Piquest : All right

Result :

p.s. – Please read it as a joke

Indian GP 2011?

Many of the Formula fans in India were hoping to see a GP race in 2010 as was expected, but now Bernie Ecclestone says that i won’t be possible until 2011!

“These things take time, ” Ecclestone told the Agence France Presse in Singapore

It is also dependent on certain conditions being met, notably building a circuit. Or reading between the lines is it dependent on the future of Force India? Right now, Vijay Mallay owns Force India; but with such performances next year can his interest remain intact in the sport? Lets hope that his enthusiasm remain on course to provide India its first race ever.

Also with the delayed transmission of Singapore GP qualifying ESPN-Star have confirmed that the base of football fans is bigger than F1 enthusiasts (I am truly pissed at that!)

Formula 1 & Finland : two to tango!

Finland has produced some excellent racing drivers over the years. Keke Rosberg, Mika Hakkinen, Kimi Raikonnen have already been F1 WDC champions for the country. The country has produced more formula one world champions per capita than anywhere else. Whats the reason?

Well, the answer lies in the fact that Go-karting is as popular in Finland as football in Brazil. A lot of Finnish kids, encouraged by their parents, pick up karting.

The following video is an excellent way to find the way Finnish kids pick up karting and go on to become WDC (yes, its a piece on Raikonnen!)

Picking some of the pieces of the article on Guardian:

Kovalainen would spend hours thrashing around “on the back roads or farm roads,” as he puts it, “not legally, but quietly in the middle of the night when there were no police around”, learning the skills he now puts into practice on race tracks around the world

“Go-karting is very popular in Finland. It has been since the ’60s, and it’s growing and growing. A lot of people have it as a hobby.”

The link for the excellent article is http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/2008/mar/10/formulaone17

The following is a video tribute to great Finnish drivers:

Can Fernando Alonso finish on podium this season?

When Michael Schumacher was winning title after title there was a constant discussion over his possible successor and then in 2005 Fernando Alonso announced himself on the stage. He won WDC in 2005 and 2006 with Renault and then nearly won 2007 title with McLaren (much can be argued on his handling by McLaren!). This year prodigal son returned to Renault but found himself in precarious situation with the car far behind in the grid, leaving him with an uphill task to finish on the podium. The 2008 season is entering the final phase of 4 races outside Europe for a grand finale. Hamilton and Massa are fighting at the front with Alonso battling at number 7 and realistically with a little change to finish at number 6.

What has changed?

With the engine freeze announced a season ago, Renault may have took the things too frivously (taking onto the literal meaning of the words!). While the competitors improved the performance of the engine by showing the cost improvement to FIA, Renault couldn’t cope up with the front pack. Now they are fighting for the fourth position along with Toyota. Even Flavio Briatore has confessed the reality.

The Legacy

Alonso is the most famous driver from Spain and the youngest winner of WDC. His persona was a factor behind Spain hosting 2 grand prix races this year (Catalunya and Valencia). He gave Spain one more reason to cheer when he marched on to the scene in 2005. Every Spanish felt betrayed by the way business was conducted by McLaren last year. Even the most biased fan of other drivers will feel for him this year. Alonso is a winner like Schumacher.

What is left this season?

With 4 races left and there being a good probability of rain in a few, Alonso fans expect him to be on podium this year. I for sure will like the driver of his caliber to be on podium this year.

The road ahead

With Ferrari retaining Massa and Raikonned till 2010 and McLaren out of scope only BMW can lure Alonso for now. But perhaps he’ll wait for a chance to come from Ferrari in the future and is expected to remain with Renault for next season.

What you think about Alonso’s situation?

A new look car for 2009

During this weekend’s testing at Jerez in Spain, Williams used smaller and higher rear wings which they will run during next season. It might look non-aesthetic to few but F1 fans will certainly get accustomed to the shape in a short time.

What do you think?

[Pic source: Autosport]

Singapore GP – Pre-race grumblings!

1) Ferrari President Luca di Montezemolo fears a dull race this weekend. He does not expect a lot overtaking at this track. He also appears to be concerned over tracks like Valencia and Singapore bringing nothing into sport (except snooze!)

2) With 50% probability of rain, many teams at the bottom of the table expect the unexpected (Points, of course). Force India and Honda are expecting some points as the F1 season moves into last 4 races of the calendar

3) Renault will be introducing a very last development step for season in the form of a new front wing at Singapore

4) The result of the Hamilton’s case for penalty at Belgian GP is expected today with the integrity of the FIA called into question. There have been reports that FIA’s legal department has sent wrong information to everyone involved in the case (wtf?)

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