Sunday, November 2, 2008

Autódromo de Interlagos, Brazil

Well, finally it happened...Brazil...Interlagos...the last race of the season...I hate things which denote some kind of an end, coz in general, endings make me feel sad...unless of course some kind of an agony is terminated...i dont like the ending of the F1 season, coz it means 5 months without races, withoug speed, without cars on track...
I dont know if im gonna manage to make a decent post regarding this last race of the season...i feel emotionally disturbed about it all, and its really hard to write under such conditions...i didnt expect this whole thing to affect me as it did, but it did...the outcome, and the circumstances under which it happend, have taken their toll...and im not here to write journalistic reviews, so this whole thing is 100% subjective...with all my feelings and views stripped to the bone...


the whole race today was of great importance coz it would have given the new champion...Massa or Hamilton....Hamilton was in favour of 7 points, but it was the same last year as well, when he was 7 points ahead of Raikkonen, and eventually Kimi was the champion coz of a mistake Hamilton made during the race...I truly hoped something similar will happen here as well...well, Kimi wasnt even close to fight for the championship, but I truly hoped that Massa will....i have somehow grown fond of thim this past year, and im glad when he wins or scores good points...of course, its out of the question that i prefer Massa to win than Kimi...but id rather Massa wins than Hamilton...actually, I rather anyone wins, than Hamilton...ive never felt such an antagonism for a driver...not even for Schumacher, not even Alonso (my attitude towards Alonso had drastically changed since he went to McLaren...I guess thats why I actually hate Hamilton so much...maybe 'hate' is a strong word, but i really feel some very bad negative emotions when it comes to him, and to make it clear, im NOT a racist...not one bit...its his personality in general which drives me nuts...and his lack of fair play...and ill never forgive him how he hit Raikkonen in Montreal at the pit-stop exit...lets get real, it was on purpose!)
Anyway...when i turned the TV on, i was shocked to see how it was pouring...they had even postponed the start of the race for 10 minutes coz of the heavy rain...and this got me worried coz it had been seen in practice that Ferrari dont really manage well in rainy conditions....but after the start, the rain soon stopped so there was no place for fear regarding that....Massa started first...Kimi third...Hamilton fifth....not much of a drama there except that Coulthard and Piquet had a collision in the very first few metres....the race itself didint bring much of an action or overtaking or stuff...so there is no need to go into details of that...until 5 laps before the end...when it started to rain again...and when there was a pit-stop rush in order to change tyres...and when afterwards while Hamilton was 5th he was overtaken by Vettel...and Hamilton was 6th...and do you know what that meant??? that meant NO TITLE for Hamilton...by being 6th he would have the same points as Massa, but he would have lacked a win....and that meant the title would have gone to Massa....now HERE was the real drama...i cant explain how thrilled and excited i got...i couldnt believe it that was happening...I absolutely ADORE Vettel for what he did...and until the very end i was 100% convinced that Massa had the title...as everyone else was....until the screen said that Hamilton was at the 5th position...thats where everyone got confused and didnt know what was going on...how come out of nowhere that Hamilton is 5th and we didnt see any overtaking, any car to retire, any incidents...HOW THE HELL Hamilton ended up 5th??? From the replay, turns out that Glock who was 4th, slowed down and let both Vettel and Hamilton go past....on purpose or no, I dont know...but it is obvious that he is slowing down...stupid Glock...i really really feel bitter at him....I dont care if i should or shouldnt, i simply do and thats it! It was shocking to see Massa's family cheering up and then being told that their whole excitement is in vain...can you imagine THEIR pain in all this? Massa couldnt stop the tears...it really is painful to lose the championship in such a way by JUST one point...it wouldnt have hurt this much if i wasnt convinced as everyone else that Massa won the championship, just to see afterwards on the screen that it aint so...you should have watched the ceremony after the race (apart from Massa winning, Alonso was second and Kimi third)...it more felt like attending a funeral, than a winners' ceremony...it was a dreadful atmosphere...Massa just couldnt celebrate such a win, and you could tell from Alonso's face that he is utterly bitter and disappointed that Hamilton won the championship...if there is someone who openly spoke against Hamilton saying he would do whatever he could in order Hamilton not to win, that was Alonso.. you could see no joy on his face...not even afterwards on the press conference...even though he finished second, which is a great achievement for him....sad, really really sad...
if there is maybe one good thing about all this is that in the general status Raikkonen moved to the third position...if that can be called any kind of consolation...

so...5 months without a race now...maybe it will be enough for all the dust to settle down and start things from scratch next year....and since Kimi and Massa are both staying in Ferrari, i truly hope Ferrari will do a better job next year and wont make such clumsy mistakes as it did this one...i truly hope it will be either Kimi or Massa or Alonso to win the title...or even Kubica..why not..he is a good driver...I may be an absolut Kimi supporter, but if he cant win it, i wouldnt mind if someone of the above mentioned does...even Vettel, he showed a lot of great potential...let anyone win, just not Hamilton...just PLEAAASEE not Hamilton...
Im truly truly sorry Felipe...you have all my geniune condolences and my geniune support...I know it wont change a single thing in the whole outcome, but know that people out there do feel with you....you honestly, DID desrve to win the title...

I know I should write a word or two about the track itself as well....
Interlagos is in the city of São Paulo and is the home to the Brazilian F1 Grand Prix at the Autódromo José Carlos Pace. It is named after José Carlos Pace, a Brazilian driver who had died prior to its naming, though it is still widely known by its former name Interlagos.
The circuit is one of the few non-oval racing circuits to go in an anti-clockwise direction. The present design of the track dates back from 1990, when the original circuit was shortened from 7,829 m to only 4,397 m (so that it could fit the new FIA restrictions on track length). Another reason why many drivers consider Interlagos interesting is that it was not built on flat terrain, but follows the ups and downs of hilly ground, which makes it harder to drive and demands more power from the car's engines.
Interlagos has one of the longest pit-lanes ever used in Formula One, starting just before the start-finish straight and rejoining the main course after Curva do Sol. Entering the pits was originally not a trivial task, as the high speed and the left turning may force the car rightwards, out of the pits.

I actually like the curvy outcome of the pit...feels really interesting and unusual..

well...that would be it....in the end I really want to thank Sandro for sending me this card...if it wasnt for him, today;s post wouldnt have been possible to happen...thank you Sandro, a real real lot!

I hope that for next year I may receive some other F1 circuits as well...I wouldnt mind if its the same circuits on different cards..it would be nice to be able to write about this, accompanied by a card...without a card, it would be pointless...

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