Italy 2015 GP
Thursday, September 10
Monza is always a special event, there's a reason why it is called the Temple of Speed! The atmosphere is second to none, the tifosi always cheering for red, and nothing else. The very idea of dropping Monza from the F1 calendar for another "exotic" race (Mongolia, or something similar) is ludicrous. This year's vintage was not too disapointing for the tifosi, the performance of the Maranello squadra with Raikkonen and Vettel (2nd & 3rd) promising after qualifying. But in the end, the sweet taste of victory did not bless Ferrari... Once again, Lewis Hamilton and his Panzer Machine were completely dominant, pole position, leading from start to finish, fastest lap and victory, destroying the opposion, including Lewis' team mate... Most likely, this is not about to change.
Hungary 2015 GP
Thursday, July 30
The Hungarian Grand Prix was unusual in so many respects. The memory of Jules Bianchi in particular was on everyone's mind, because he was just such a nice young man, apart from being such a talented race driver. And then the crazy race, and Vettel's Ferrari victory, for Jules of course. And then the drivers penalties, flying like mosquitoes on a damp summer night, nine of them, giving once again the impression that Formula 1 drivers are children that must be taught to behave by the schoolmasters... And that also was a reminder of Jules, the driver that apparently was "driving too fast" last October in Suzuka...
Monaco 2015 GP
Thursday, May 28
Funny money, ephemeral glamour, casino, gambling and Formula 1, this is Grand Prix racing in the streets of Monaco, making it look pretty much like a fenced in zoo. The boredom of processional racing often meets with unexpected drama in the Mediterranean Principality, and this year was no exception. When the safety car came out on lap 64 of 78, Lewis Hamilton had a 20 second lead, and he could already feel the sweet taste of victory. Why his team decided to make him stop for tyres will remain a mystery. With the amount of data at their disposal, that mistake should never have happened. But it did, most likely because a bureaucratic/democratic process was implemented. But why wasn't the obviously wrong decision overriden by the team's Top Gun bosses, Niki Lauda and Toto Wollf? if they had been on the ball, it wouldn't have happened. Bureaucratic incompetence. So Nico Rosberg was handed victory on a plate, giving him his third successive Monaco win. Some guys are lucky in Casino City.
On a final note, why was the young and brilliant Max Verstappen punished by the stewards of the meeting, when he ran in the back of Romain Grosjean, which caused the infamous safety car to come out? Everyone could see that Grosjean had hit the brakes 50 meters earlier than usual... Very strange justice.