Monday, July 11, 2005

Comments on the British GP

"After all the heartache he’s suffered since switching from Williams to McLaren this year, Juan Pablo Montoya finally came good to score his first victory for the silver arrows at Silverstone this afternoon."
That may be the headlines but there was more than just JP's win. The start of the race saw Taku's BAR-Honda stall in gear just before making the grid. But when the lights went out JP just blasted his McLaren-Mercedes from the second row to get in front of Alonzo, who had poll for the second straight race. Alonzo's Renault made one of it's patented rocket starts but JP just exploded out of the gate like a missile. Also again for the second straight race, Jarno held up the rest of the pack such as to let the two leaders build up an unbeatable lead. Michael was right behind Jarno, again for the second straight race, and I'm sure he had some choice words for the Italian. He and Rubens finished 6th and 7th. The closest that Alonzo got was after the second pit stop but JP just squeaked by him to keep the lead to the finish. The second story was the Flying Finn. Again, just like last race (there seems to be a pattern here), Kimi qualified 3rd but was sent back to 12th due to an engine change. But just like last race he came storming up through the field to eventually get third. Giancarlo actually had third sewn up but, blah blah last race, stalled his car on the second stop to hand Kimi the podium. I just keep thinking that for a couple of breaks Kimi would be leading the Drivers Championship. Three wrecks when he had wins in the bag and these two changed engine penalties and he could conceivably have 7 wins. As it stands Alonzo widened his lead on Kimi and Renault broke into triple digits in the Constructors Championship. At the moment it looks like no one will be able to match McLaren-Mercedes and Renault this season. At least this will be a two horse race, unlike last year.

Now it's on to Hockenheim for the German Grand Prix in two weeks. Can Michael pull a win off in his home race?

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