I had hoped to have something more positive to say on my thousandth post*. I was only briefly interested when Vettel's car started sparking, but apart from that
He's not a diamond geezer, or called Joe!
Indeed. Depressing end to a season... But Vettel is a great driver that's seized the opportunities given to him - not least a car designed by the genius that is Adrian Newey.
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Hopefully the Ferrari can improve over the last few races to at least make it a contest - Fernando did show us all his supreme driving abilities again today though.
Interesting Gary Anderson insight re why the Red Bull is now so swift, and could be vulnerable - clickety
"...The Red Bull is potentially vulnerable in the race because of its lack of straight-line speed.
So the strategy is only guaranteed to work if they qualify at the front and then break free in the opening two laps before DRS use is allowed.
...But if it does not qualify at the front - or if Vettel makes an error in the first two laps and drops back - he would have a problem" - Gary Anderson, 29.10.12, bbc.co.uk
Astonishingly good drive from Sebastian and another good performance from Alonso - would be hard to argue with either of them winning the championship really.
And nice to see Kimi as entertaining as ever!
The Formula 1 gods were most definitely smiling down on Herr Vettel today, it seems a lot of the other drivers were very obliging by ramming into one another or just driving off the track.
Alonso was thrown a lifeline in the WDC yesterday, but Vettel rather cruelly whipped it out of his hands today (and wiped the smile off my face in the process). As great as Alonso is, barring some sort of disaster for Vettel, I can't foresee any result other than title no.3. for Seb.
Great to see Kimi win this year, he's had something of a ninja year, but he's pretty much safe in 3rd position now.
Quote of the year from Kimi: "Leave me alone, I know what I'm doing!"
And (behind the safety car) when told to work all four tyres...
“Yes, yes, yes, I’m doing that all the time. You don’t have to remind me every 10 seconds!”
I remember - a few seasons ago - the camera showing him seated in his Ferrari, in the garage between qualifying laps, watching one of those tablet type displays they attach to the cockpit. Normally drivers are watching their last lap or some other car data displays. Instead we saw him watching a Tweety Pie and Sylvester cartoon.
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Apologies if this has already been posted (haven't read the whole thread), but thought this 360 degree video of a red bull f1 car in action was ace!
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Thats pretty impressive, how do they do it!?
Great race on Sunday, really entertaining from what is normally a slightly dull circuit.
Loved Kimi with DC on the podium absolute class.
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