Read what you may (can) of the fact that Formula One currently uses four-stroke V8, naturally aspirated reciprocating engines and that that piece of information overrides all other considerations, human, which is why it is almost impossible to fathom a global TV audience of more than half a billion, especially when you consider that the 'sport' (hereafter referred to as sport), once stripped of grotesque details about engines and tyres, has a simple man in a highly complicated car navigating simple routes according to highly complicated rules, over and over again. This is not traditional entertainment. This isn't the celebration of Messi's agility, Federer's grace or Bolt's cockiness (Think of the last time you had an impassioned debate about the kind of sole used in Lionel Messi's footwear, or the composition of the fibre used in Roger Federer's racquet). Honestly, it doesn't seem to be about any one particular 'thing'.
Kimi Raikkonen drove one of the most sensational races ever to take the chequered flag here at the Yas Marina bay circuit in Abu Dhabi with the lights coming in the second half of the race. He never looked back once he took the race lead after Lewis Hamilton’s retirement. This was his first win since the last one in Belgium 2009. It took as many as 181 races for Lotus to post a win. Kimi had a strong start and got past Webber in the first corner itself. The highlight was when Kimi said to this race engineer on the radio “Leave me alone, I know what I am doing”
His teammate Romain Grosjean however had a bad outing and had to retire after an incident involving four cars on lap 38.
Ferrari did not have the pace to keep up on the front runners. But when has that ever stopped Fernando Alonso to push for victory. He just finished .8 secs behind Kimi. Alonso too had an excellent start and got past Jenson Button on turn one.
Nobody said it was going to be easy. When Mizzou joined the SEC, they knew it wasn't going to be easy. But they never imagined they'd still be looking for their first SEC win after three games into the conference schedule. Especially coming off of a game six matchup against conference cellar dweller Vanderbilt. So this week the Tigers strap it up again and hope to get that elusive first SEC win. Just one problem. There's a crimson colored runaway train heading down the tracks that just happens to be making its next stop in Columbus, MO. That runaway train is otherwise known as the undefeated, number one ranked, mercilessly resilient Alabama Crimson Tide football team. Not exactly the team you want to see coming into town when you are trying to earn your first SEC win.
There is something about the Gilles Villeneuve circuit that gets the best out of McLaren driver Lewis Hamilton. It was his third win here and it takes him to the top of the Driver's Standings, two points ahead of Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso, who is a point further ahead of defending champion Sebastian Vettel.
Hamilton roared past Alonso and Vettel in the last ten laps as his two-stop strategy worked in comparison to the one-stop employed by Alonso and Vettel. Their tires were completely worn off and Hamilton took advantage of that to record far superior lap times and post his first victory for this season, making him the seventh different driver to win a race this season.
Somehow Jenson Button in the other McLaren looked totally out of sorts with none of the changes working for him.
Romain Grosjean drove a no nonsense race to finish second. No risky moves. Waited for his opportunity and used the good race pace of his Lotus to get past Alonso towards the end. Kimi Raikkonen in the other Lotus finished eighth.
The Monaco Grand Prix is one race of the season, where glamour, speed and technology all have their day in the sun together.
Red Bull Racing's Mark Webber drove a sensational race to finish first, Nico Rosberg followed in second place and Fernando Alonso took the final podium place.
The weather dictated most of the strategies as drivers went from soft compound to super soft tires. Webber started brilliantly by fending off Lewis Hamilton in the first corner and after pitting for the first time, Vettel took the lead for a few laps. It was evident that the Red Bull team had instructed Webber to hold up the rest of the pack until Vettel pitted and built up a considerable lead before he went for his round of stops. Vettel joined back in before Hamilton or Massa and finished fourth. This superior driving by Webber helped the team gain additional points and kept Rosberg and Alonso at bay.