Friday, June 18, 2004

Ferrari lead BAR in session one

The US GP is just two days away. After the final results from Canada last Sunday, things are looking good for Ferrari. Can anyone come close to the two red devils?

It looked like things we going to be a lot closer at the Gilles Villeneuve Circuit last week. The first third of the race had many teams in contention. But Ferrari ran a two stop race, as opposed to a three stop strategy that the rest of the field ran, to hold off everyone. At the end of the race Michael Schumacher held off his brother Ralf to take his 7th win in 8 races this season. Rubens Barrichello came in third to give Ferrari a 1-3 finish. Things didn't stay this way for long, though. Both the Williams and Toyota were disqualified for improper specs on their brake ducts. This moved Rubens up to 2nd and gave Timo Glock, driving in his first F1 race ever (driving as a replacement for the Jordan-Ford team) 2 points. Ferrari widened it's lead in the Constructors race with 124 points over Renaults 61. Michael also became the first F1 driver to win 7 races on the same track.

One other thing that is strangely interesting is the plight of Takuma Sato driving for BAR-Honda. For the third race in a row he's had his engine let go in spectacular displays of smoke. I think he could be a real star in the sport if he could get a complete race out of his Honda engine. It doesn't seem to be a problem with the Honda engines overall performance as his teammate Jenson Button has finished well (he's currently in third place in the Drivers Championship with 44 points).

We will just have to see what comes out of the race Sunday at the Brickyard. Will Sato finish the race? Will Williams get back into form? And what about McLaren? They finished 5th and 6th in Canada for their best team showing of the season. And will Renault get back on track this week? Ask me again in two days.

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