2008 Season - Germany
So far, the guy showed nothing up to the hype that was built around him. Oh, yeah, did I told you that I hate his guts? I mean, I really hate his guts. The guy could resurrect the dead and I still will keep on mumbling "boooring!" while looking at my fingernails.
Ahh, feels so much better when I get that stuff off my chest!
What? Oh, yes! The race! Sorry!
Yeah, they had some practice and some qualifying and it was boring as usual and perspectives were that the race would be just as boring.
Relevant qualy positions: 1) Hammy, 2) Massa, 3) Kovy, 4) Trulli, 5) Alonso, 6) Kimi (you suck!), 7) Kubica, 8) Webbo...*yawn*, 17) Piquet...
Race: Kimi has an awful start. Were did he got that WDC cup? I bet he bought it on eBay or something. Kubica gets past him. Piquet on 17th, the guy was loaded with a couple thousand gallons of fuel in a one stopper strategy. He drives like a madman trucker. Nakajima and Barrichello breeze past him...When you ponder that the country that once gave us the great late Ayrton now is giving us this guy and the other one that mixes up the gear up lever with the laundry machine's spin mode, you fear for Brazil's future.
At the front, Kovy is on Massa's tail. Alonso tries to get past Trulli and misses the braking point while Trulli frantically fights with the steering wheel trying to cover every angle while keeping the car straight. As a result, Kubica takes 4th, Trulli is now 5th and Alonso is still 6th. Then it's Kimi's time to get past Nando...oh, dear...
Crash! Glock loses the car entering the main straight and smashes it against the pitwall. Watching the on board footage is scary, the car is facing backwards and you can see the cars coming at the speed of sound amidst the debris. It was a rather violent crash, and a dazed Glock must be helped from the car. Safety car time. But wait! Just before the SC was deployed, Nelsinho made his one and only stop of the race! It was a very bad time for the SC to be deployed as everybody was close to their pitstop window.
Ferrari is so desperate when the pitlane opens that the cars get in queue behind each other to refuel. Hamilton, who was consistently pulling away did not come in. A weird decision from the pitwall that would force him to conserve his tires, something he has never been good at. Vettel is thrown back alongside Alonso and then he muscles his way past Nando at the pitlane's exit. Alonso must have displayed the infinite nuances of the art of swearing in spanish. It's a fun thing to watch. Too bad that now that it gets sometime punished and sometimes not, it kind of lost its charm. IMHO, those moves should be allowed. At least this time nobody even blink at Vettel's c#ckiness. In future races this would be source of endless controversies.
So, its race time again. Everybody tries to re accomodate in the mixed up field. Kimi retakes his position from Nando who can only watch. Flavio shakes his fists muttering words that would make a drunken Irish blush. Kimi is darting through the field, seems like he once in a while remembers he is a world champion after all. Massa is struggling to overtake Nelsinho who finds himself catapulted to 3rd place thanks to his lucky pitstop.
Barrichello tries to get past DC. Guess how that one ended up? Lewis finally makes his second pitstop and rejoins in 5th, right behind Kovy, his race apparently ruined by a safety car and the team's decision not to make him pit earlier. Lots of work ahead for Hammy. Of course, taking 4th from Kovy is nothing to write home about. Heidfeld pits from the lead (he didn't pit under the SC like Lewis). That means that *gasp* Piquet leads! You don't believe me? Let's rewind and play it on slow mo!
T-h-a-t m-e-a-n-s t-h-a-t *g-a-s-p* P-i-q-u-e-t l-e-a-d-s! See?
Massa 2nd, Lewis 3rd.
Now you would have thought that Massa, being ahead of Lewis and fighting for the championship, would have put a good fight. Wrong. The guy moved aside as if he was a backmarker being lapped. Shame on you, Felipinho! A couple of laps later, at the same spot, Hammy overtakes Piquet who doesn't either puts up a fight, happy not just of being 2nd, but of actually learning what is to get past lap 10 and still being on track.
Anyways, it's the end of the race and Lewis gave a lesson on how to win with authority. The guy had to endure an awful strategy, rebuild his lead (and even if both Massa and Piquet didn't put much of a fight, it was obvious that Lewis would have been up to the challenge). IMHO, his most convincing win this far. Piquet 2nd, Massa 3rd. Kimi, uninspired as usual on 6th and Nando on a dismal 11th.
See? I hate Lewis, but sometimes I must give the arrogant, hypocrytal, manipulative SOB some credit! Am I fair or what?