What a race! It
had everything except for a dry track!
Kimi Raikkonen won
his second race in a row, this time though luck was on his side winning by the
rules but not on the track.
Some of the crashes we saw were horrific and thanks to the safety of the
Formula 1 cars that these guys weren't hurt.
few of the highlights:
performance from some of the drivers was simply amazing. We continue to
see the young drivers like Raikkonen and Alonso impress.
The luck (or
lack of) for the Jordan team. They could have won the race if it lasted a
lap longer but Fisichella may have retired as his car came on fire in the
Schumacher has yet to finish on the podium, he appears to be struggling
this season. What does Barrichello have to do to finish in Brazil ?
that was applied by taking the order 2 laps before the race was stopped.
Is that fair ? Should it be changed ?
to limit the wet tyres the teams can use to just one may have contributed
to the drama
going off at the same turn ?
in the tyre performance between the Michelins and the Bridgestones with
one good in the wet and the other good in drying conditions
concerns on the track. Why was their no drainage where the water was
crossing the track. How could a tractor be on the inside of the barrier
trying to recover a car while the race was running. Michael Schumacher
nearly hit it.
There are many
more highlights of this race which will be remembered for a long time.
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What others are saying:
Nobody was injured in the race and it gave for spectacular spectator
entertainment with relatively new drivers finishing ahead of the 'old
My point being all the decisions made during the race were the right one's.
Schuy was getting boring last year and that made most races predictable after
the first corner.
Also isn't it just wonderful to watch Schumacher mess up once in a while. I
think I broke my sofa jumping up and down at that point! - Mike H - UK
Kudos to Eddie Jordan and Fisi for their calm in an extremely chaotic race
I don't need to tell you how certain other drivers and Team Managers might
have reacted in similar situation. If F.I.A. finds that Fisi did, indeed,
complete lap 56 before the red flag, he'll certainly deserve the win.
Jarno looks to be under pressure from young Alonso. D C, on the other hand,
had bad racing luck. Considering how easily Fisi dispatched Kimi (after
pressuring him for only two or three laps), it's hard not to think that, had
the race not been stopped, that D C would have soon done likewise.
On the subject of luck, it looks like Michael's comes in streaks --all last
year he couldn't put a wheel wrong; this year he can't put one right. Rubens,
of course, the heart breaks for him. It looks like the refrain at the
Indianapolis Motor Speedway in the old days when everytime Mario Andretti had
the race in his pocket, the P.A. system would come on saying, "Mario's
slowing on the back stretch" and there he'd sit in a car that just
wouldn't go any more. I hope that's not Rubens' fate, but it's looking like
it, isn't it?
As to the track --so the conditions weren't perfect, so what? The best drivers
are most interestingly tested when everything goes wrong, not when it all goes
right. Remember last year? That said, one should note that in the finishers,
only four LOST positions from the start: D C (whose pit stop did him in),
Weber, whose Jag looked marvelous while it was running, and J.T. and R.S.
I'd like to see Fernando in a Williams; wouldn't THAT be fun?! and I'll bet
Mark could turn up the heat in Heidfeld's ride. Can't wait for San Marino - Jim
W - USA.
I'm sad and happy in the same time.
Let's start with happiness, first I'm happy because I was right when I chose
Kimmi Rookie of the year 2 seasons ago. My prediction was right he is learning
from the big Guns and beat the big Guns, unlike Mantoya -just talking. I m
happy seeing new guys taking the race more than serious, Kimmi, Allonso,
Weber, and even Janson are good example. Brasil was a good test for old
drivers with respect for new rules- and a good test for young ones -the new F1
environment, rules & regulation.
Was Brasil a good show? Yes. Was Brasil a good race? No Way. FIA need to think
about it, the new rules beside Hans, fuel load regulations, and the dubious
end after the race.
Sad, Yes I'm sad not because Ferrari failed on all categories (technical,
strategies etcetera) but because the FIA rushed to a final decision regarding
the winner without all the infos .They used the FIA regulation absolute
discriminatory ignoring the FIA Rules and the field reality. Likely they
realise this and perhaps they will fix the problem.
Schumacher had the right point of view. If Kimmi was the winner and the total
lap numbers was less than 3/4 of total so all the drivers are going to have
half points, or if Kimmi was driving the 3/4 of total laps Giancarllo was actually
leading the race, being already in the second lap of leading. Makes sense, Do
Safety-FIA must have BRAIN DAMAGE TUMOUR (or is the age of FIA leadership) allowing
just ONE wet tire compound per race. Why ? Is Michelin down to dimes and
pennies in development? The decision put the life of 6 drivers on stake, is it
worth? I don t think so.
Who deserve to be the winner? Is a very general question but in My opinion
there are just 3 candidates to an answer. Giancarllo is entitled to be the winner
<> he was leading the race. Kimmi can be a winner he deserve respect for
his highly quality race. Rubins (I know I'm a Ferrari nut) deserve this home
race just in fact he was playing a bad team strategy and it was second time
having a DNF being in the lead.
I hope we won't see in Monte Carlo a tractor parked in tunnel or in front of
Thanks and my best regards to everyone, Marian - Romanian living in the US
This year is certainly shaping up to be interesting. I wonder how much is
due to rule changes and how much is the normal ebb and flow of who is up and
who is down.
The "Young Guns" are certainly doing well, while the veterans don't
seem to be catching a lot of breaks.
There have been so many problems with the facility in Brazil, I think the FIA
needs to take a long hard look at it and start pushing for some major
improvements, starting with proper drainage and crash recovery, they do a lot
better job in Monaco with limited space, at least they don't have tractors on
the wrong side of the tire barrier. There were parts of the track that were
rivers even when the rest of it was starting to dry out. The condition of the
racing surface wasn't much better, most of the cars looked like they had oval
tires, they were bouncing so much.
Has Michael lost his edge, or is he just having a run of bad luck? The next 14
races should answer that question. I think it's just a little bad luck and he
will come screaming back.
I don't understand why 2 laps back, I could understand the last lap completed
by the lead car, but why 2. I think Fisichella deserved the win, although he
was very professional in defeat at the news conference.
You have to feel sorry for Rubens, this is two years in a row he was leading
and his car went south. What does he have to do to win in Brazil?
I think Jordan's lack of luck can probably be chalked up to lack of funding. I
would hate to see another small team go under, but Jordan's future doesn't
look too bright, it's kind of a boot strap deal; you have to have money to
win, but you have to win to get money, maybe TV revenues should be handed out
in inverse finishing order; last place gets the most TV money, first place
gets the least. Well, enough rambling - Jeff S - USA
First of all, I think the entire world feels for Rubens. If anyone deserved to
win it was him. That was VERY unfortunate. I think God must be a McLaren
Secondly, I wonder about Frentzen. He finished in fifth but he never pitted
once during the race. Don't the rules state that in order to officially finish
a race the car must pit at least once? I realize, of course, that the race
finished in unusual circumstances but does that change the rules in this case?
Please enlighten me. Thank You TB - Canada
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