Wow, that was intense!
Big Bravo to Kovalainen, congratulations for his first GP win. Though as much as I like him, I must say this result is quite "Buttonish
", and his overall pace is rather disapointing.
It's funny that every times he is on a podium, Raikonen's on it too, and always behind.
Man of the race Timo Glock obviously =D> , whith Massa not far behind. It's ironic that the only engine that broke was the only one that hadn't endured running behind another car. One would logically think his overheating probabilities were lower than his competitors...
Toyota are incredible this WE. Two weeks ago, I wouldn't have put a penny on their fourth place in WCC, but now it seems they will give Renault a run for their money if they really want it. Realise Glock was faster than the Maccas in Q2, and had the same pace as Kovalainen for most of the race! It's just a shame Trulli choose this very week end to struggle a bit, but this is building a very good challenge between the two manufacturers for 4th in WCC...
I think the radical rules change for 2009 make the "season end phenomena"
more obvious as in the previous years: Teams which comforted their position already have stopped 2008 development, while those in difficult position are giving everything on the current car.
BMW are in the former case indeed, they probably stopped F108 development since Magny cours or Silverstone. Their showing today was quite pathetic. I suspect (I hope)
that the explications of Williams pace lies there too (they were fighting with Force India, for God sake! They were even severly outpaced by Honda & Torro Rosso.)
Very different position than BMW, they must have resigned themselves for 7th in WCC and betting everything on the KERS era...
Strange things happened in the pit lane. Sure the race was hot, but I don't think we ever witnessed that much "stand still"
fires in one race, I have counted 5 at least.
Also, could someone please show Bourdais how a tear-off works, for him to stop whinning every now and then about poor visibility, and stop pitting for his crew to clean his visor!
Seriously... I imagine it must not be funny to have a spread of extingusher on your helmet every pit stop, but tear-off are there for that purpose.
PS: Anybody knows what happened to Alonso on his out lap with supersofts? He was 4 sec up on Raikonen (following the Finn's error)
while he pitted, and when Raikonen exited the pits at his turn the next lap he had a 2 sec gap! I know the Ferrari is faster, but come on! not 6 sec a lap... TV only showed Nakajima having a contact with Sutil, but something must have happen to Fernando.