26 Mar – Take That Christian Horner!
Today’s post is going to be purely about the joy I am feeling due to the fact that the guy in the red car, despite all of its problems (and boy, there are some major problems), just won the grand prix of Malaysia!
First let me begin by saying if there is one thing that I have noticed watching Formula One for the last 20 years, it is this: Formula One is really a creature of habit. Most of the time the results of the teams, drivers, and so on are reasonably predictable. Right up to the point at which there is, say a crash that takes out the leading drivers, or in the case of weather, when it rains. Which is exactly what we had for the first half of this race.
Somehow (and I don’t think anyone could tell you why, even the engineers at Ferrari) the F2012 worked extremely well in the wet. It certainly doesn’t perform that well on a dry track so by some weird logic maybe it makes sense. On the wet Malaysia track, Fernando (he is just so good) was able to stay out of trouble, keep on pace with the leaders and due to some spot-on pit work by the team was able to get into first place. There was a serious threat from the Sauber of Sergio Perez as the track started to dry out, and he was definitely about to have a go at Fernando in the last seven minutes, that much is for sure. Whether he would have been able to pull the move/pass off you can never really be sure. It’s possible that Sergio might have out-braked himself while trying, which happens often with rookies, or he might have mis-judged a corner and collected Fernando so that both would have retired, we’ll never know. As it turned out Sergio came in too hot to turn 14 and over shot the apex (racing term for the center of a corner), losing about 5 seconds which was too much to recover from with only a few laps left and therefore settled for the second step of the podium, leaving Fernando on top.
So right now, I am on cloud nine. Fernando has a race win in only the second outing of 2012, and Ferrari and Fernando are leading the Drivers’ Championship by 5 points over Hamilton, which not even the most die-hard Fernando or Ferrari fan was predicting at this point in the season. Now there is a small break in the action and thankfully Vettel and Red Bull have not sorted out their exhaust issues yet because I just could not bear to see the finger over and over again (in replay, blogs, and print) for these next three weeks until the China GP.
I know this result and Fernando’s position in the Drivers’ Championship is not the true representation of how competitive Ferrari is right now, but a new (mostly new) chassis (car, for all you new to the F1 lingo) is on the way and for now I say to the Ferrari Nation and to Fernando fans around the world, “Lets just enjoy these next three weeks, lets take it all in, and lets get ready for a long season AND with no clear favorite yet, lets hope these 25 valuable points pay Fernando (and us) dividends come the end of the championship. GO ALONSO. YEE HA!!”