Is Jenson slow as a “milepost”? Wet Shanghai has new rulers!

Is Jenson Button like a roadside mile-post or does he deserve the points he is amassing? Flavio Briatore made his choice public after the “diffuser” hearing went in favor of “diffuser” teams declaring it legal. Briatore thinks without the illegal advantage of teh diffuser, Jenson is about as slow as a roadside mile-post. Jenson has innocently asked in return in return if that was why Flavio Briatore tried to employ his services for this year.

Apart from all this off-the-road talk, Red Bull has ruled this year’s Shanghai race by taking positions 1 and 2. Finally I have seen Webber and race points together! Button added more to his kitty by grabbing 3rd position. Force India’s Sutil, who seems to have a flavor for wet races, missed out narrowly on earning the team’s first ever points. But what the heck – even Ferrari has no points in this championship yet!


Sepang race is washed out – well, 50%!

The race at Sepang was first of its kind for me – one that did not complete because it rained in buckets. I have seen races in past where it rained sometimes but not as much to suspend the race!
The commentator mentioned that there was water accumulating from the hills nearby and the circuit did not have very good drainage facility!

It was very confusing for drivers for some time as they did not know whether the race was officially over or whether they would be called upon to their duties again.

In the end, they suspended the race and awarded only half the points to drivers as the race was not 75% complete.

Good showing by Brawn GP and Toyota again. Once again, Brawn had both its drivers on the podium.

On another note, it seems like McLaren and Hamilton are not out of the soup on Hamilton-Trulli incident of the first race. FIA is finding both the team and the driver in violation of code of conduct because the hid information from race stewards in the hearing. Let’s see. it would be a shame to lose McLaren so early in the season but they are not helping themselves with these frequent “incidents” they are tangling in.

F1 – As exiting a sport as they get

I fell in love with F1 at the start of 2005 season. I had never watched a F1 race before and then I was staying just minutes away from Albert Park when 2005 season opener race took place. The screeching sounds that were there on the TV were also coming in from the windows and that was love-at-first-sound for me!

I have not missed watching any race since then. I wish I had started following the sport earlier! I missed the thrill of Senna’s racing!

Although I came to know about Michael Schumacher’s recent domination of F1, I really started watching it when he was drawing curtains. I didn’t miss him completely though. I saw him fighting tooth and nails with Alonso in the last races of his career and also saw him “stalled” at Monaco 2006 qualifying. If I now read somewhere about his past “incidents” with Senna, Villeneuve, or Damon Hill, I can immediately relate to the “fighting” spirit Schumi had!

Coming to recent seasons, unlike some seasons prior to them, last 3 seasons have thrown 3 different champions – Alonso in 2006, Kimi in 2007 and Hamilton in 2008.

The way 2009 has started, it gives hope that we may see a different car winning again this year. May be Brawn GP, may be Toyota, may be good-old Ferrari, who knows! Back-benchers in last 2-3 seasons, both Brawn(Honda earlier) and Toyota have started this season much better!

Hope that 2009 will not be a 1-2 team showdown all the way and the fight from other teams will be harder! May Force India open its account too this year!!