It’s Driver Consistency time for the Brazilian Grand Prix – who sizzled under the Samba sunshine and who had too many caipirinha’s before the race?
Wow! What a race! The first lap was crazy, with Sutil and Trulli pushing each other off the track and then pushing and shoving each other arguing about it. For my money, it was Trulli’s fault as Sutil had the corner… but the net result was that it brought out the safety car, which was good for a lot of drivers – Button had avoided all the carnage to move from 14th to ninth, Raikkonen had damaged his wing but limped in for a pit stop with the McLarens, who all switched to one-stop strategies. Barrichello stood to lose out as he had a light fuel load…
But disaster struck when Heikki’s lollipop man got too excited and let him go too early – ripping the fuel hose off and spraying fuel all over Kimi – which erupted in a flash fire! Thankfully, apart from petrol getting into his eyes and making them sore, Kimi carried on and had another decent race. Barrichello kept the lead until his first stop, when he got stuck in traffic which ruined his strategy. Webber took the lead while Button and Vettel charged through the field – making four very brave passes, including a duel with impressive rookie Kamui Kobayashi in the Toyota which ended in a ballsy overtake. It was clear Button wanted to win the championship today and he drove like a man possessed!
So… two rounds to go in this weird and wonderful F1 season. Like the last few years, we have been spoilt in that the championship will go down to the wire – and even more so in that three guys could take the crown. There are loads of unknowns, random events and combinations – so here is a quick rundown on what the possibilities are (remember that with two races to go, there are 20 points on offer):