Bart de Groot
The first race of the championship was in Okinawa. This review is from the archives to make the set complete.
1. Bart (Vettel, Red Bull)
2. Pere (Alonso, Renault)
3. Jon (Hamilton, McLaren)
4. Marc (Trulli, Toyota)
During the first few corners Alonso pushed Vettel to his limit, trying to push him off the track. Alonso took the lead, but his risky style had consequences, crashing on turn 2 with bollards. At turn 4 Trulli and Hamilton overtook Alonso. Alonso still insists on aggressive driving to Vettel, which make them both fall far behind the others. From this point on Hamilton flirts with disaster every move he makes, and in the end a mistake sets him back, giving Trulli some breathing space to the finish line.
Alonso and Vettel coming from the back try hard to re-connect with the leaders. But the distance is by now too great to overcome.
1. Marc (Trulli) 9pt
2. Jon (Hamilton) 6pt
3. Bart (Vettel) 4pt
4. Pere (Alonso) 3pt DNF
Jon in post-race interview:
"Filthy tactics, moments of pure brilliance followed by total idiocy, but highly entertaining and plenty of bad words in the chat"
Race winner Marc after the race:
[i]"It was my cleanest race so far. I made a couple of minor errors, but still came through. I almost lost it at the end with a daring correction into the last corner, but I ended up missing the kerb and won with Jon behind.
It was a nice race with some good fighting going on. But in the end, it was the safest drive that won it."
We will meet at the Hour of Scampering.
Okinawa - I was on that godforsaken rock for two years, in the seventies.
Why would anyone in their right mind imagine an F1 race happening there?
After seeing races in the desert, or night races why not a race on that "godforsaken rock"
I will ask the person who designed the track why he put that name.
- Last edited Fri Mar 19, 2010 4:10 pm (Total Number of Edits: 1)
- Posted Fri Mar 19, 2010 4:10 pm