wins the Japanese Grand Prix from Kimi Raikkonen securing Ferrari's 5th
consecutive Constructors Championship and helping Michael Schumacher win a
record 6th Drivers' Title.
Congratulations to Ferrari and their 2 drivers on this great achievement.
The race itself
whilst exciting could have been more so had Juan Pablo Montoya and Fernando
Alonso not retired from the race. Still there was a lot of action at the start
and with a few top drivers having to slice their way up the field.
few of the highlights:
the Constructors' Title after another poor showing from Williams. The
words of BMW's Motorsport Director Mario Theissen sums it up: "After
a weak start to the season we had the Constructor’s Championship within
reach but in the last few races we have to acknowledge that our team is
still not quite strong enough."
Barrichello drove an impressive race and won the race. Lets hope next
season he can perform like he did at Suzuka and Silverstone all year.
finished second but wasn't on the pace and needed Barrichello to have a
problem for him to win. Still finishing only 2 points behind Michael
Schumacher in the Championship is an amazing achievement given that he
only won once this season and retired 3 times. Perhaps it is an amazing
Coulthard once again was more of a support driver to his team-mate.
and Takuma Sato finishing 4th and 6th driving BAR cars! Is this a sign of
real progress or just luck!
starting from 19th was up with Michael Schumacher in a few laps and
finished the race in 5th. The same can't be said of Ralf Schumacher
Matta got the better of Olivier Panis in the Toyota and scored 2 points
despite him not being familiar with this difficult track. Next year he could
surprise a few.
Schumacher won a record 6th title which is an amazing record and one which
may never be broken. His performance in the race wasn't that great though,
his clash with Sato nearly put him out of the race and his fight with da
Matta and his brother wasn't what you'd expect from Michael. Racing to
score a point isn't something we know Michael doing!
Schumacher impressed many when he came back from the back to finish 4th in
Hungary. I doubt that he impressed many with his performance at Suzuka.
Montoya was on a mission, sadly though his car failed a few laps into the
race robbing us of a potential great fight between himself, Barrichello and
Alonso was right behind Rubens Barrichello when his car failed him. It is
already an amazing achievement for him to finish in 6th place in the
Drivers' Title in his second year in Formula 1 but he could have been even
higher if his car didn't fail him on numerous occasions this year. He'll be a
force to reckon with next year!
Villeneuve may have driven his last race in Formula 1 at the US Grand
Prix. Whether he jumped or was pushed, it wasn't right for him not to race in Japan
and it is sad to see a former World Champion leave the scene under such
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Well, well, well... so once again Ferrari nailed it and so did Schumacher.
I feel divided when I analyse Michael's phenomenal career. I can't deny that
he is very very good. He is one of the best drivers ever. But we cannot ignore
that he is very very lucky.
First of all he never faced internal opposition as Senna and Piquet did.
Ferrari works for him and I'm sure that whoever drives the #2 will be kept in
his shadows: first because he is very talented, second because all sort of
weird events will happen to car #2.
I still couldn't swallow the lack of fuel Barrichello suffered in Brazil, when
both were tied on the championship (8 pts each) and MS was out of the race. If
you take a good look on the last 4 seasons and compare the number of failures
in Michael's car and in Rubens' one will be astonished. Nevertheless I'm not
saying that Rubens is better than Michael. I'm sure that Rubens is better than
the majority of the F1 drivers, including the over estimated IMHO Webber and
If Ferrari would allow a little bit more of competition, MS merits would be
bigger. I would love to turn my TV on to watch the Australian GP and find
Michael and Trulli driving to Ferrari, Barrichello and Villeneuve driving to
Williams, Raikkonen and Montoya driving to McLaren and Alonso/Button driving
C U in 2004 when I expect to do better than 7th in 8 'n' Pole - Andre B -
Congratulations to Michael Schumacher. I am watching F1 only for last 7
years and I am really a fan on Schumacher. I used to browse this site and I
used to read all the comments from different readers for last 3 years. Some
time I agree and some time not. But in recent comments to me when we say A.
Senna was having more competition and MS not, I will like to comment the
1. By telling that there is no competition to MS, we say that the other
drivers like Montoya, Raikkonen, Alonso etc. are not good enough but it
doesn't proof MS is not a great driver
2. If MS is not as good as he is presently, then there may be stiff
competition, then we all may be saying he is a great. This means you should be
just a little better than the remaining drivers to proof yourself a great
driver. Being a too good than remaining drivers means nothing for a lot of
3 Some of us say MS was having best car since 97 ... then how Ferrari was
without a driver championship for so many years (more than 20 years) and why
other drivers have not joined Ferrari (if it was best car in 97 ..) and grab
the opportunity - Hardeep - Thailand
Unfortunately I am left with a bitter taste at the end of this season,
utterly convinced that Ferrari has been very generous with it's seemingly
unlimited budget in the direction of officials and stewards. It starts with
Ferrari whining about the legitimacy of the Michelin tyres - Advantage
Ferrari. Then the racing incident that Montoya gets penalized for at the US GP
- Advantage Ferrari. Schuey makes two boneheaded moves at Suzuka - not even
the hint of a penalty - Advantage Ferrari! Who da guessed? Congratulations to
Ferrari for money well spent on owning a few well timed grey areas. Too good.
The ruling on the tyres was a disgrace. Either the Michelins have been legal
all year or they haven't. If not, all Michelin clad cars get a penalty. A mid
season change in the interpretation of a rule to favour one team is the most
incredible thing I've ever seen. But aren't our esteemed F1 officials clever
though. With as many grey areas as possible they can make a killing by ruling
in favour of the highest bidding bribe! To me, this entire championship is
On a brighter note, the performances of Raikkonen, Alonso, Webber, Button and
Da Matta were inspiring. Ralf and Montoya had both kinds of moments, good and
bad, and seem to be pretty good drivers in great cars. Montoya gave up at
Monza and although the victim of a "tough" call at the US, a good
driver doesn't get into that situation in the first place. Ralf's
boneheadedness at Hockenheim, lapse at Monaco and practice crash overshadow
the good bits for him. Schuey/Ferrari probably deserved to win the
Championship just on the Canada performance on it's own! Superb. F1 has a
great field of teams and drivers. Now it just needs to have the cleaners put
through the administration - Byron F - Australia
Yeah it was really impressive watching today's best, most experienced and
most successful driver hitting Sato and almost da Matta in the most important
race of the year. Having probably the smallest task possible, he managed to
drive as a bad rookie and make stupid mistakes. Still he has been lucky enough
this year as always. He really is great I recognise that but please records
don't always tell the truth so don't compare him with the real great ones such
as Senna, Clark or Fangio. They never did the mistakes he has, it's just that
he never faced the competition they did - George - Greece
Mathew T from Australia writes:
What is George from Greece talking about!. He obviously hasn't been watching
formula 1 for very long because he conveniently forgets that when Senna was
killed Schumacher had just taken him to the cleaners in the first 2 races and
was about to do it in the third IMOLA 94. Tragically Senna was killed and we
never got to see probably the greatest rivalry in F1 history. He then
proceeded to go on and take care of Damon Hill, Mika Hakkinen, David Coulthard,
every single team-mate he has ever had and anyone else you care to mention. He
has now broken every record there is to break except for pole positions and
Monaco victories and he will achieve both of them as well. He has taken on the
best and beaten them as the above shows. The only reason this year was close
is that the FIA have basically cheated and changed the rules to try and beat
him. He scored 6 wins to the next best which was 2 and 5 pole positions and he
would consider this to be a bad year personally for him. If George from Greece
had bothered to follow qualifying he would realise that the only reason that
Michael was in the midfield was because it rained during qualifying when he
went for his run and was dry for the majority of others. Michael is the
greatest driver motor sport has seen in the modern era and the reason I say
that is because he has been able to combine the best abilities of Ayrton Senna
and Alain Prost all in the 1 package. He has the speed, the ability in the
wet, the qualifying record, the ability to get the best out of less than ideal
handling cars which were the hallmarks of Senna's greatness and he has the
race tactical nouse and the ability to make very few mistakes and play the
percentages that were the hallmarks of Prost's greatness. This package makes
him the ultimate formula 1 driver and if George wants to talk about mistakes
how many has Michael made in the last 13 years of driving, you could probably
count them on 1 hand and unbelievably he has achieved his current record
without the number 1 car with the exception of 2001 and 2002.
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Well, we have to give Schumacher much credit. It wasn't pretty, by his own
admission, but he got it done just the same. One thing is certain, he got re-acquainted
with the mid-field.
Cristiano da Matta wasn't about to give up his position to him. And it was
understandable because Toyota's goal was 5th in the constructors race, and
were still in position to pick up more points.
Congratulations to Barrichello for his victory as well. Williams just fell off
the map. Montoya was off to such a good start! It was almost as if he was
driving with vindication, and over did it with his engine. And too bad for
Ralph, as it seemed like his style and that car were perfect for that track.
But because of Qualifying, it was not to be.
I kept waiting for Takuma Sato to crash, but it never happened. It seems so
ironic that for 5 years, BAR can't put a car on the track that is both competitive,
and reliable. But the day they decide to replace Villeneuve, it all comes
together. So sad. Maybe it's true that they should have divorced 3 years ago,
and both parties would be in better shape today.
I just wish that Toyota hadn't re-signed Panis so soon, because I would rather
see Jacques in that seat. See ya next year - John - USA
The F1 community's attempts to thwart one team and one man fails
In spite of the rule changes, Schumi and Ferrari win! The rest of the gang -
don't keep complaining - try improving your reliability and drivers
Congrats Michael and all those at Ferrari. It has been a commendable
achievement and advance wishes to Michael for the 7th World Championships and
to Ferrari for the next constructors Championship- Natraj - India
Congratulations to Michael Schumacher on the greatest achievement in the
history of Formula 1! It was a well-deserved victory for him after having a
tough season, loss of his mother, and finally coming back to where they needed
to be. Some say that his performance in Suzuka and overall this season wasn't
Well, thanks to FIA for changing all the rules around and making them
everything BUT fair just to slow down ONE man! Despite all odds and new
regulations, he is still a winner!
Very impressive performance by Rubens! He saved the day for Ferrari and their
highest respect! - Julia - USA
It is absolutely (shocking) that a rain shower during qualifying could have
changed the outcome of the world championship. After that demonstration, it is
truly time to change the system. The old one was much better - Ed F - USA
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