Imola – that’s what F1 is all about

Posted: April 24, 2006 by Neeraj in Articles, Drivers, Editorials, Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Honda, Imola, Jenson Button, Michael Schumacher, RaceTracks, Renault, Spyker MF1 Racing, Super Aguri, Teams

After a hectic weekend, and barely managing to reach home just in time to see the start of the race, things could not have been better.

And best of all, the fight between two legends, both on opposite end of age-spectrum. One could never see a better attack by any driver at San Marino to overtake, and neither the sheer grit of another driver to hold back. That’s what F1 racing is all about and that’s what we got the great privilege to see.

Race started pretty well until Yuji Ide thought he was racing in MotoGP and tried to squeeze his car in space good enough for a bike. As a result, Christijan Albers ended up upside-down in gravel spectacularly after somersaulting 3-4 times, which just reminded me of X-Games for few seconds. Thankfully he escaped unhurt. Click on image on left to see it in bigger resolution.

Good enough, things went on pretty cool until time came for first pit-stops. In comes Rubens Barrichello and Honda pit-crew comes out with flying feather, messing up big time with Right-side Rear-tyre, ruining any chances Reubens have of any pole position [which I sincerely doubt he had any].

Then came Button and Honda pit-crew came out with a gem of all. With fuel hose still in, the lollipop-man gave him green signal to get going, and then realizing his mistake, tried to stop him. As a result, Button not only got to nearly taste the new lollipop in the market, but also took the fuel hose with him, not forgetting about the 3 pit-crew members who were tasting the pit-lane tarmac. Click on image on right to see it in bigger resolution.

With all the drama going all over, the “Best Thing” was happening at the position 1 & 2. With Alonso trying to overtake Schumacher attacking him all the time but Schumacher was defending his position with rock-solid grit and determination. The tussle between Schumi & Alonso started once first pit-stops were made by both the drivers until the 3rd last lap, where Alonso made a mistake and ran a little wide. Most of the time, the time difference between Schumi & Alonso was .350 – .410 seconds, which went over 2 seconds due to this mistake, and rest is history.

Near the end of race, the temperature of disc-brake on Schumacher’s car was at 950° C, that’s 50° more than the usual !!

All in all, an amazing race weekend. Worth every penny that people must have paid to watch it from the stands. And worth every second that I watched it on TV, keeping on hold all my other commitments. After all, that what a true F1 race is all about.

All images courtesy The Official Formula 1 Website

For detailed results, please visit The Official Formula 1 Website

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  1. Theo says:

    It was a good race and kept me glued to my seat till the end of the race.

  2. Neeraj says:

    I completely agree with you Theo. I had a dinner appointment at a relative’s place, which had to be postponded to a more “convenient” time 🙂

  3. sukhi says:

    I dunno about you, but I sorta wasnt too enthused by the GP. Sure Alonso attacked a couple of times. That’s about it.

    Schumi’s skills were only tested in whether he made a mistake under pressure, of his car could hold together – he dint, his car held. Alonso’s car took a slight beating, but that’s okay.

    Good racing would be if it was say Silverstone. or Spa or Barcelona.

    btw, was it me, or was the quality of the production and pictures real bad? I cant recall more than a few seconds of close-in vid – most of it was high up on the chopper, or some crazy ground angle.

  4. sukhi says:

    The 1st lap incident was really stupid though! The guy probably needs a pair of lenses!

    PS: I think you meant podium wrt Rubens and not pole.


  5. Neeraj says:

    Sukhi, I agree that Imola is a nightmare when it comes to overtaking. If this battle had happened at Silverstone or Spa orBarcelona [as you pointed out], the result would have been different.

    Yeah, the production was okay. No great closeups. Even during qualifiers, many of the top drivers were not followed during initial 2 rounds.

    Thanks for correcting me, yes I meant “Podium” for Rubens. 🙂

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