Hamilton Overcooks It in Japan
Well, the race lived up to my expectations and boosted Formule One’s entertainment factor. Shame that Lewis Hamilton was so spooked by ludicrous criticism of his ‘conservative’ driving that he felt he had to push a bad position and try to scoop Raikkonen after the Ferrari driver’s storming start. All he had to do was sit behind the Finn and let his team mate Kovalainen ride shotgun behind him. The pressure is telling as we are all loading him up with our expectations. Massa took a crucial point after yet another show of race steward standards ‘confusion’ penalised both him and Hamilton for wildly differing crimes. Still, two races left and with Massa predicted to take 10 points at his home race in Brazil in the final round, the circus moves onto China next weekend. This could then be the decider.
Hats-off to Fernando Alonso who took the race and proved his overall class, as well as showboating the steadily improving Renault team. Robert Kubica continues to stalk the leaders in his BMW and kept smiler Raikkonen behind him to take 2nd. Kubica remains with an outside mathematical chance for the title and you simply can’t rule him out given the twists of fate that is Formula 1. Roll on Shanghai.