The final race of the F1 season was on Sunday. After qualifying, Massa (Ferrari) was on pole. he had no chance of winning the title. Hamilton (McLaren) was 2nd, leading the championship by 4 points over Alonso (McLaren), who lined up 4th. In between them was Raikkonen (Ferrari) who was 7 points behind Hamilton.
With the race over, and Raikkonen crowned champion, I went to set up my fish tank. Later that evening, I was looking on my WAP on my phone and read that BMW Sauber & Williams may be disqualified due to the fuel in their car being 2 – 3°C lower than the ‘ambient temperature’ of the track. The stewards met and after a 3 hour discussion decided that the result would stand.
This lower temperature would give the cars a 5bhp or so power boost and also allow them to fill the car with fuel marginally faster (and a margin in F1 is measured in .001’s of a second). In other words, to disqualify them from the race would mean that the punishment didn’t fit the crime. There’s absolutely no indication that this was deliberate and according to a second agency responsible for measuring the temperature, it was within the 10°C limit allowed.
Of course, as is their right, McLaren decided to appeal this ruling as a promotion of 3 places would have given Hamilton the title. Hamilton himself says that he doesn’t want to win the title in this way. Alonso goes as far as to say it would be an embarrassment to the sport (but he would, wouldn’t he?!!).
So no-one can celebrate properly until the courts have dragged this one out. It’s bloody stupid. Why can’t McLaren just accept the original ruling. I’m not saying that just as someone who’s not the biggest fan of McLaren, I’d be saying the same if a Man Utd player was sent off and Fergie decided to appeal. Just accept it and move on for God’s sake.
Raikkonen deserves to win the title. All the headlines should be for him. Instead, the Lewis Hamilton show rolls on even when the season is over. It’s not his fault but people are going to go off him if his team don’t stop using him as a puppet all the time. I’ve not been a fan for a while, as you may have noticed, but he’s a brilliant driver and deserves better than what he’s getting. As does Alonso.
Here’s something for you; When Ayrton Senna died and David Coulthard was put in his place at Williams, I liked him. He went to McLaren and lost every aspect that was good about his personality. He goes to Red Bull and he’s great again. Mika Hakkinen was a fantastic driver. At McLaren he was a boring bastard. He leaves, goes to race in DTM in Germany and he’s a laugh again. McLaren saps the life out of F1. The corporate, must-win image is valuable to them and they have great respect throughout, but they are just so unlikeable. They are the Peter Ebdon of F1.
On a final F1 note for the season (until they announce that McLaren’s appeal has failed, I hope), well done Kimi Raikkonen. The best man won.
Anyone watch the Everton v Liverpool game at the weekend? It was a cracker wasn’t it! Great save from Phil Neville – a save like that deserves to have the resulting penalty saved as well 🙂
The fish tank is set up and should be ready to go on Sunday, I hope. It looks good. Once the fish have moved in and unpacked I’ll take some photos.
Sorry to have banged on so much about the F1. You wont believe quite how much I’ve decided to leave out so be grateful!
If you want another long read, I thoroughly suggest this. It’s all about global customs and what you should and, more importantly, shouldn’t do in certain countries. It made me laugh, I hope it does for you too.
Truly bloody awful yesterday. I lost 2-0 in my singles and I was put into the doubles game as well and lost 2-0 in that as well! Hope it’s just a one off. Team lost 3-2 as well, our first of the season, so not a great night really.
My Result: 2-0 loss
Team Result: 3-2 loss
Pairs: 2-0 loss
My total (exc. pairs): 8 legs for, 3 against (4 wins, 1 losses)
Team total: 15 legs for, 10 against (4 wins, 1 losses)