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An Indian summer for Jensen Button
Motor racing - Formula 1
Member Name: thedevilinme
Motor racing - Formula 1
Advantages: Good track
Disadvantages: Dull race
How ironic is it that F1 choose to hold the pinnacle of motor racing skills in a place like India, comfortably the worse drivers on the planet, 150,000 road deaths a year at the last count. Anyone who is watching the new series of Ice Truckers (you have to see it guys!), where the drivers are away from the cold and doing a 'special' on the Sub Continents treacherous roads, will know all about that. But India got race 18 for the Grand Prix season and to be fair it isn't too bad a facility. Its ashame the race didn't match up to it.
After the Indians clearly bungled the Commonwealth Games would there be any more embarrassments here, collapsing bridges, floaters in the pool and rampant infrastructure fraud to name but three stinkers from Delhi2010. They have built a brand new bespoke track up in the north of the country in just two years and probably the most money spent in that region by the looks. Bernie Ecclestone has a multi-million dollar divorce to pay for and keep an equally feckless daughter in the limelight and so has to make yet more money for his dwindling bank balance with more races, India a great place to go to build new business relationships to do just that. Next season he is planning 22 races, beginning to match both the World tennis and gold circuits for longevity. Greed knows no bounds.
Health wise India is not the place to be, many a senior English cricketer choosing this tour to have a rest. I read somewhere that 10% of the dust that produces that famous Indian haze every evening is made up from old skin and human excretion particles, such is the pure volume of people in poverty here, bringing a new meaning to reincarnation out there. The next time you're in India don't breathe in the air for too long if you can help it guys!
So would there be stray dogs and rickshaws on the straights and beggars on every corner for the race or the model of professionalism? Well of course if was fine and went off with few hitches, just the odd power cut and one stray dog reaching the track during Friday practice. There were also protruding secondary curbs just off the tarmac that gave the suspension an almighty whack if you went over them too high, Massa's front wheel wrecked in practice by one, and so a fix required there. It looked a decent race track too with some exciting curves and one big huge corner that catches the eye. With a 200mph 1000m straight and excellent viewing there did seem to be some good overtaking places and stands and grass verges to see the action. The crowd was around 100,000 for Sunday and 50,000 on Saturday, the cheapest tickets on the circuit so far this year, £35 the average. India has a big enough middle-class to afford those prices and they did seem happy with their new sport, all the big celebrities there to support it, Sachin Tendulker a big race fan and on the grid.
The BBC coverage was extensive over the weekend with Eddie Jordan wearing what can only be described as a dress. He will have to lose the crocodile shoes and beard if he wants to be a tranny proper. I'm still not convinced with Jake Humphries as he is so tall and gauche for walking with the mic style of presenting and always looms over his fellow commentators and interviewees. Martin Brundell and David Coulthard works well on the race commentary though, two intelligent men avoiding the loveable but shouty Murray Walker approach. I do enjoy the technical side of things and best to hear it from guys who have done it and with Coulthard, a driver who has commented with at least half the current grid.
The race itself would be win number eleven this season for the all-conquering Sebastian Vettell. After beating his hero's pole setting record in a season last race he would pass Nigel Mansell's most lead laps through a race season here in India, two more races than Mansell had in 1992. This could is good but his car is exceptional, just one breakdown in 22 races. Bernie will have to clip their wings for next season or we will have another Ferrari domination on our hands. Red Bulls exhaust system is clearly helping them win too easy like the Braun GP diffuser did in 2009 and the playing field needs to be leveled.
The boyishly handsome German led from the first corner in a race lacking any real exciment now all the championships are resolved and never looked back. A rather flat drive from Mark Webber suggested his days at Red Bull are numbered as he trundled home in fourth with only Jensen Button impressing with another podium, likely to finish second in the championship and in great form. He has signed a new five year deal and number one in the team in front of Lewis for me and that is seriously narking Hamilton. Hamilton's publicity loving Pussycat girlfriend cruelly dumped him the moment his celebrity credit rating was downgraded to AAA- now that he can't win the championship and he looks lost and irritable. For the umpteenth time this year he clashed with Massa on the track as carbon fiber flew and although this time Massa was hauled up in front of the stewards it shows Hamilton has become accustomed to racing on part of the track he is not comfortable with, befitting his current form, the bit of the track the winners have long since dumped their rubber marbles on. Hamilton is heading back down the grid and he is likely to seriously injure someone the way its going. It either that or Hamilton was doing one of those 'crash for cash' scams to claim on insurance that British Indians are over represented with here in England. I'm fully expecting Lewis to leave McLaren and maybe Alonso to take his seat, the Ferrari not looking like it will deliver a drivers championship any season soon. Lewis would be much more suited to the Ferrari lifestyle.
A creditable fifth for Michael Schumacher suggest the Mercedes GP team is starting to get their act together and the home team also performed well on their patch with Adrian Sutil earning Force India ninth place. Alguersuari in the Toro Rosso for tenth suggest we have a real talented racer here and the Spaniard one to watch.
---Indian GP Top 10 Finishers---
(25points) 1 (Germany) Sebastian --- Vettel 1 Red Bull-Renault
(18 points) 2 (Great Britain) Jenson Button --- 4 McLaren-Mercedes
(15 points) 3 (Spain) Fernando Alonso --- 5 Ferrari
(12 points) 4 (Australia) Mark Webber 2 --- Red Bull-Renault
(10 points) 5 (Germany) Michael Schumacher 7 --- Mercedes GP
(08 points) 6 (Germany) Nico Rosberg ---- 8 Mercedes GP
(06 points) 7 (Great Britain) Lewis Hamilton 3--- McLaren-Mercedes
(04 points) 8 (Spain) Jaime Alguersuari 19 --- Toro Rosso-Ferrari
(02 points) 9 (Germany) Adrian Sutil 14 --- Force India-Mercedes
(01 points) 10 (Mexico) Sergio Perez 17 --- Sauber
--- 2011Championship Standings---
1 Ger S Vettel --- 374 pts (Champion!)
2 GB J Button --- 240 pts
3 Spa F Alonso --- 227 pts
4 Aus M Webber --- 221 pts
5 GB L Hamilton --- 202 pts
6 Brz F Massa --- 98 pts
7 Ger N Rosberg --- 75 pts
8 Ger M Schumacher ---70 pts
9 Rus V Petrov --- 36 pts
10 Ger N Heidfeld -- 34 pts
Team ----- Points
1 Red Bull 595 pts (Champions)
2 McLaren 442 pts
3 Ferrari 325 pts
4 Mercedes 145 pts
5 Renault 72 pts
6 Force India 51 pts
7 Sauber 41pts
8 Toro Rosso 41pts
9 Williams 5pts
10 Lotus 0pts
Summary: 20 races?
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