F1 Korea 2010 – The Game Changer.
After a race event that almost didn’t happen, a lot of events actually happened. First, with a brand new race track in Korea, drivers had to train to get used to a new circuit.
And then it started to rain on Race Day.
Then Kim Jong-Il decided to rack up a weather machine all the way from North Korea so as to bring on some rain and make them stop racing. Must’ve been laughing his head of while watching on his high-powered telescope.
So for the first 17 laps, Mercedes-Benz was getting some good advertising for their new SLS AMG F1 Safety Car.
Bernd Maylander, Safety Car driver, was later seen apparently filling out forms to join the 2011 F1 race. Meanwhile, the Korean contractors were in dispute as to who was in charge of building drains as Vettel complained that there was no place for the water to go. They were overheard saying “Drains? Nobody told us to build any drains”.
The Bulls leaving the rest in the dust (and water).
Rosberg overtakes Hamilton at Lap 18, obtaining 4th place (which later becomes a curse in disguise). Because at Lap 19, Mark Webber swerved as he hit the ker. He couldn’t regain control in time and made a SPECTACULAR CRASH as he spun out of control and hit the right side of the wall.
Unfortunately he ricochetted backwards to hit Rosberg (narrowly avoiding then 3rd driver Alonso!). Puts out the safety car for the second time (and tearing Bernd Maylander from his paperwork) while most of the cars saw sense in pitting and switching to intermediate tyres thanks to the rain. Webber meanwhile hitched a ride on a scooter all the way back to the pit. The “I’m Not Racing” award goes to Webber, who did not wish to race under such conditions, and proved that loud and clear.
Webber: “A massive blow obviously, and I’m sorry for wrecking Nico’s race. It was so slippery out there.”
(Just say it, you knew you had to at least take out the enemy, and you were sorry you didn’t get Alonso instead)
Not much action occurred after that, except many cars swerving around but still able to maintain some form of grip. Then at Lap 33, Ferrari’s Alonso pits and a rogue wheel nut in the front wheel delays him till 3rd place as Hamilton gleefully sped past him. Hamilton’s joy was shortlived however, as Alonso overtook him yet again 2 laps later. The pit crews later claimed they could hear his girlfriend Nicole Sherzinger’s anguish all the way from Mclaren’s pit space.
At Lap 41, Petrov met his untimely end to the race as he crashed into a tyre wall, both front and back of the car damaged. Fortunately it wasn’t concrete unlike some of the areas of the new Korean track (where safety didn’t quite seem to be their first priority) but Petrov was not happy, since he hasn’t been confirmed to stay on in Renault next year. Still, 75% of the race was over, and 75% of Petrov’s car was out in the field.
At Lap 44, Vettel begins to complain about the lack of visibility as the sun began to set (how early does the sun set in Korea?!). And at Lap 46, he gets an engine problem that ends up in a fiery blaze, not unlike Kovalainen (2nd last lap, Singapore). Vettel is forced to retire, pulling to the side and getting out of the car to play Fireman as he douses the back of Luscious Liz, at least I think that’s what he named his 2010 car. He likes to name his cars for no apparent reason. Although Vettel is now out, he is currently in the running for Fireman of the Year award.
Nope, I still think Kovalainen’s winning this award.
Vettel: “Very disappointing, but there was nothing I could do. It’s a shame but it’s not over yet.”
Anyway, Red Bull gets a double DNF (Did Not Finish) and Ferrari’s Alonso finally takes the lead, followed closely by Hamilton! After constantly losing control of his car and endangering everyone else, Sutil attempts to take out Kobayashi at Lap 47 but ends up out instead. Kobayashi remarkably stays in the race. Even more remarkably, Kobayashi hasn’t been racing like the nutcase he always has.
Force India’s Sutil is just upset he didn’t manage to collide with every single car out there.
I don’t like Kobayashi but he sure has a nice Batman car.
Finally at Lap 55, ALONSO. WINS. THE. RACE!
Hamilton at 2nd place, Massa makes it a 1-3 Ferrari, and some German newbie named Michael Schumacher rounded up the top 4 positions. It’s his personal best since his retirement, re-igniting much interest on Twitter (although there was already a lot of interest on the race before that).
After winning race, Alonso decides to defy gravity.
HELLO Scuderia Ferrari!
So the current Team Championships is as follows:
Red Bull 426
And the current Driver’s Championships is as follows:
Button was involved in a terrible accident.
Think he lost control on the corner.
The real human Button, ended the race at 12th place, and out of the points. Clearly not his day.
Button: “I don’t know what happened. It was undriveable. Am I in the title anymore? Not really.”
He’s 42 points behind Alonso, but he isn’t quite out yet. But it would take a race like this with him finishing the races and the others knocked out before he can win.
My vote (and loyalty) goes to Scuderia Ferrari!
Felipe Massa: “A great result at the end of a very difficult race”
Pleaze to support Massa and Captain Eyebrows!