What a great start to the first race at Valencia, as ‘Alonso the Rat’ was dished out some justice from above for last year’s nonsense. In a wonderful move, the gods of justice not only damaged his car and ruined his chances in the race, they went on to deal out that damage to the rear, and put him out of the race altogether – the great Spanish driver lets down all the Spanish fans that travelled to Valencia to see him perform at his best, and he didn’t disappoint, by doing what he does best, and let them down.
Come to think of it, given the way Alonso’s brain works, focussing on “self” and not comprehending “team”, he probably engineered the whole thing in advance, reckoning that he’d be remembered better for going out at the start, than just taking part as an also-ran, and braked to ensure a following car would crash into him and end his race.
Ferrari, interesting, blowing up a car, and operating a pit-release signal system that clearly needs a little more thought – or someone that’s paying attention to be looking after it. Quite how they got the decision over the unsafe release deferred is anyone’s guess. Perhaps they just threw their weight around a bit – oh, I mean sent someone assertive to speak with the race officials, and maybe name drop Schumacher, who was sitting in the pits. Massa drove cleanly to the end, but it’s still a team game, and if the team drops the ball, the team suffers. The problem is the sin was (may have been) “unsafe release” – the fact that Massa dealt with the aftermath and prevented an incident happened after the event, and for those of us involved in dealing with rules, that means you still get the ticket.
The real interest may have been the new track at Valencia. If memory serves me right, then most of the new tracks produced in recent years have been notable in spitting cars off at points because of some deficiency in their design, or have received adverse criticism from the drivers, after they’ve only run on them in practice, and not even after a race has taken place on them. GP2 is said to have produced numerous overtaking events, so 2009 will be worth comparing to 2008 in this respect, with the changes to the rules intended to increase such opportunties.
Spaniards, lovely people, just like Alonso, you can tell how nice thay are as the crowd cheered in appreciation of Lewis Hamilton’s second place finish.
Strange, how Spanish cheers seemed to come out as jeers and whistles while Hamilton was accepting his trophy for second, but as cheers for Massa in first, and Kubca in third.
Don’t you just love the Spanish F1 crowd?