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.
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