Sunday, October 12, 2008

Japanese Grand Prix: Alonso leaves no doubt

Renault's Fernando Alonso wins the Japanese Grand Prix and leaves no doubt that he is the best and most complete driver in Formula One by taking his second straight win. He and his team certainly have recovered the swagger that made them double World Champions and this should cement Alonso's return to Renault. Hamilton, Massa and Raikkonen had races that were symptomatic of their seasons: Hamilton (perhaps too aggressive), Massa (choking in clutch situations), Raikkonen (simply going through the motions). Robert Kubica solidifies his hole on the 3rd in the title fight and now has put Massa under threat as he is only 6 points behind the Ferrari driver. Piquet has stayed off execution by driving to a 4th place finish.

In terms of points of interest there was absolutely nothing of interest:

1. Toyota. Trulli did what he had to do with the package Toyota has for him and finished 5th. However, it is clear that the Renault advantage is too great now and it looks like Renault can depend on Piquet to finish strongly.

2. Honda. Simply useless. Attrition assisted their 13th and 14th place finishes and Barrichello outdoes Button once again.

3. Kazuki Nakajima. He was left cruising around after getting into a tangle with Red Bull's David Coulthard.

Race Classification:

1. Alonso
2. Kubica
3. Raikkonen
4. Piquet
5. Trulli
6. Bourdais
7. Vettel
8. Massa
9. Webber
10. Heidfeld
11. Rosberg
12. Hamilton
13. Barrichello
14. Button
15. Nakajima

Fastest lap: Massa, 1:18.426

1 comment:

Senor Soup said...

I thought that the race was pretty entertaining, but the FIA needs to fix their stewarding as they can't continue to have terrible penalties be the talking point as opposed to the actual racing.