only 24 points…

alonso wins ferrari's home race and is now third in the championship race

since the beginning of the year, a win in formula one is worth 25 points – instead of 10 points before that, and 9 points until the 80s.

in 2010, we still have five races to go. and it seems to be a spectacular ending, even without schumacher fighting it out for the title in his comeback year. but five other pilots dream of the big title!

webber finished sixth, but he is the new leader in 2010.

the current leader is mark webber, who only managed a sixth place today at monza. before him, lewis hamilton led the way – but a mistake in the first round, when he touched alonso’s car and broke the suspension, leaves him in the first chasing position. said fernando alonso lead the big italian party in ferrari’s home race with an exciting tactical and man-to-man win over jenson button, who is fourth in the standings. sebastian vettel, the young german, saved his weekend by only switching to the hard tyres in the final lap, achieving an incredible fourth position – after having motor problems in qualifying and doing the race.

sebastian vettel in fifth: 163 points, 24 behind his team mate and championship leader mark webber. one point less than one victory. dear reader, this is as if, five races before the end, five pilots were within 10 points last year. INCREDIBLE, i must say.

any mistake, like lewis today, might be fatal. but you better believe that these last races will be fascinating. mark webber is the main favorite for the title, since the remaining races should give the rbr an advantage. but you never know, in f1. even more so in this year.

today, ferrari’s trick (putting everyone on the pit lane and luring button into the box) and their superb trye change gave alonso the win and the third place. this guarantees an even better end to the season, since at least one ferrari is still in the race for the title.

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Published in: on September 12, 2010 at 14:37  Leave a Comment  
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sebastian vettel – the new lewis hamilton?

hamilton has had his mistakes in the past...

the time is the beginning of 2007. kimi raikkonen had just left mclaren for a title chance at ferrari, and lewis hamilton, quite well known in england but a total newcomer for the rest of the world, took his place. and quite a tough place to take, since the holding two-time champion fernando alonso wished to defend his title with his new british car. it was the first year after the era schumacher, and it was an exciting one, until he very last curve.

if you’re a formula one fan, you remember. hamilton showed no respect at all towards the spaniard, who left the team quite angrily after only one season and missing he championship by one point. 109 points, one less than kimi raikkonen, the new world champion. and exactly the same amount of points as newcomer lewis hamilton, who actually had the championship in sight, even after quite a few mistakes during his first season in f1.

two races to go, 17 points in the lead, in a time where a victory was only worth 10 points. this was hamilton’s situation before the chinese grand prix, which could and should have been his championship race. lewis was considered to be bright, talented and very fast, but also young, over agressive and sometimes a little to eager. he still lost the championship, and in 2008, he only won it in the literally the last curve, after another season with brilliant performances and stupid mistakes.

he has the best car - can he still win the title? sebastian vettel in the rbr...

last year was tough for lewis, since his mclaren was not really able to win races. it was much better for sebastian vettel, the german supertalent who finally had a car to fight for victories. he ended up in second place, but most commentators where quite sure: this is a future champion, who actually had an even better year than world champion jenson button.

this year, sebastian vettel is third in the standings, and the title has never seemed as far away as now. many things went wrong, some with the car, but others with him. vettel is looking like a young hamilton, and there is a certain parallel here: in their first seasons with a car capable of winning the championship, they both showed a very agressive side, but made too many mistakes to get the title.

hamilton has a good car, but he has grown as a man and as a driver. up to now, his season is by far the best, and that’s not because he is the current championship leader. mark webber has done well and has had few mistakes; nevertheless, vettel has been generally faster than his team mate, but the mistakes are just too many. the last one, a crash with jenson button, was almost unavoidable – you almost knew it was going to happen, that’s the kind of season vettel is having.

he can still be the youngest champion ever - and maybe surpass schumacher to be the greatest?

still, there are six races to go. this weekend in monza, vettel’s goal should be to finish near to the podium, since both mclaren and ferraris should be better there. and after that, he will need to win the remaining races. it doesn’t seem likely, but if he somehow manages to become the youngest world champion of all time this year, then the merit will have been all his.

for now, the new hamilton is beating the old hamilton, if you will. and if he manages to beat alonso in monza, championship glory is looking good for him!

Published in: on September 9, 2010 at 19:30  Leave a Comment  
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