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.....we start well!!! The customs authorities of the country, as, apparently, it is impossible to declare the circuit as a duty free area (as F1 is not yet recognized as a sport in the sub-continent.....) are requiring the teams and the organization to pay 100% customs duties for ALL the equipment to be imported into India for the race, claiming they are later going to return such money.....how much do you bet this is gonna take months and months?
Have you seen, Bernie, the result of taking F1 into third world countries? :-) :-)
(copyright the Major, Fawlty Towers, 1977)
Plus, tickets sold were 95.000 2 years ago, 60.000 last year and 30.000 this year.
Luckily it's the last chapter of this farce, hopefully.
Welcome back to the circus, Austria, and goodbye India.
Let's enjoy this interesting circuit for the last time, then say goodbye to this farce....F1 in India......
Well done Seb: Newey admits the tyre change post Silverstone was key to the domination. Also good to see Webbo doing exactly what he wanted after stepping from the car!
I noted the Seb at the post race interview still didn't understand why people boo'd him.
That he doesn't get that part of his character is amazing.
I think that in both the last two races, he has given it everything to try to take a win from Vettel while it still means something. He probably knows that any win from here to the end is meaningless, because Vettel's motivation to win could be questioned.
Feel sorry for him, but he had his chances, and didn't take them. Something tells me that there is a day in the future where an interviewer is going to get a smack around the head trying to do a retrospective with him, and saying; "so, Korea 2010, let's go through that".
Congratulations to Vettel. Don't care what anybody says, he has the talent, the drive, he's smart at understanding how to win, and he is ruthless. You really can't take anything away from him, but that doesn't mean that you still can't think that he is also a nasty, smartmouthed little turd that histroy will acknowledge, but quickly move on from.
I wouldn't be as critical as Viges about the Tilkedromes. If you consider the charter, he designs tracks that seek to allow racing with the current car technology. Yes, we would rather the classical circuits anyday, but they do also mean that an outstanding car will never be challenged as long as the steerer is competent. I think more that Bernie's love for world domination is the problem. The fan base and the long-term support is just not there to hold these events in individual countries. Asia (excluding Japan) particularly should have one, or at most two races per year. As it is they have 4, and only one of them is really successful. If there was a Singapore GP, and a rotating 'World East' GP, then maybe they could make it work.
The race wasn't bad though. Personally, I was shocked at how quickly Vettel moved through the pack after his first pitstop. Webber should have been able to benefit and pick up a free pitstop, but Vettel was out of the pack before he knew it. That was mighty impressive.
Massa to me showed why he shouldn't be in F1 anymore. Yeah, he was very racy early on, but then couldn't put in the big ones during the middle stint when he needed to ibn oder to get a result.
Big effort from Grosjean, though that crazy weaving trying to get past someone (Sutil?) shows that when the blood is up, the brain still takes a holiday. Big accident in his future.
Tell me now, can it be true that Marko is a script writer? Ever since the decision to take Ricciardo, JEV has had a miserable time. Daniel has always been faster in qually, but up to about 5 races ago, JEV was very good in the races. Now he isn't even on the radar.
All the world hopes that this business about Ricciardo being faster in the Sim than Vettel translates to beting him on the track if the RB10 follows the RB9 in dominance. Certainly you can say that Daniel is very fast, makes very few mistakes, puts in consistent laps, and doesn't get into trouble. There is also something about the intensity behind the big smile that promises someone very serious about what he does.
Yes, as you say he had his chance and just did not take it, like Clay Regazzoni, Carlos Reutemann, John Watson, René Arnoux, Patrick Tambay, Michele Alboreto, Eddie Irvine, Juan Pablo Montoya, Felipe Massa and Rubens Barrichello in the past.
Vettel got back through the field very quickly but every radio message I heard was 'let him pass / don't destroy your tyres fighting with him'
I thought this was supposed to be racing !! :(