Japan 2011 GP
Thursday, October 13
Johannes Bernhardus Theodorus "Hans" Hugenholtz designed what is arguably the most challenging race track in the world, the Oriental Temple of Speed, Suzuka! Just ask any Formula 1 driver what his favorite track is. And no less than 17 World Champions have been crowned there... Now Sebastian Vettel has added his name to this legendary list, and at the age of 24 became the youngest ever double World Champion. It looked easy from the outside, but when you consider that Seb scored nine victories this season (so far), while team mate Webber, who is not known for his slow pace, scored none, you begin to realize that we are probably witnessing the birth of a truly outstanding race driver. Meanwhile, Jenson Button once again bluffed those who thought that he was just a smart and opportunistic driver: like great wines, he keeps getting better and better with time, and his pure speed has reached the highest level. And a Suzuka Master he now is...
Singapore 2011 GP
Tuesday, September 27
Day or night, fast circuits or slow ones, rain or dry, nothing can halt Sebastian Vettel's victorious path. Like a dark streak of lightning racing through the floodlit streets of Singapore, Seb's Red Bull machine destroyed the opposition with apparent ease. The ever amazing Jenson Button drove magnificently, Mark Webber missed his start as usual, the mighty Fernando Alonso was powerless, and Lewis Hamilton tangled again... History repeating itself. The stage is now set for Suzuka, the Oriental Temple of Speed where many World Champions have been crowned, and which should logically see Mighty Vettel take his second title in a row, the yougest driver ever to do so. Unless Button wins and Seb scores zero points of course, but the odds are pretty slim for that option...
Italy 2011 GP
Wednesday, September 14
Going to Monza is always a pleasure. One of the few remaining dinosaur race tracks, it is oozing with memories of epic races and fallen heroes. The photograph of Sebastian Vettel speeding through Lesmo, between shadow and light, following a strip of pavement that cuts through the majestic trees of Parco di Monza, is an illustration of the magic that one feels in what is truly a Temple of Speed. But dinosaurs eventually die, as did Zandvoort, Zeltweg, Brands Hatch, Dijon, Estoril, Imola, or Watkins Glen, sacrified on the altar of corporate interests. Fans and tifosi find themselves lost in the immensity of faraway Tilkedromes, wondering why the magnificent dinosaurs had to die. Long life to Monza!