Tuesday, 10 July 2012

A dry day at Silverstone?!

Despite the torrential rain in the build up to this weekend's race, surprisingly Sunday at Silverstone was dry. On a positive note, it allowed for a race based more on skill and tactics than luck. Neutrals would argue that the absence of rain took away a lot of the potential excitement but, considering the Qualifying was red flagged halfway through, there was a threat of similar during the Grand Prix.

Mark Webber ran a quiet and composed race and, as a result, crept up on a struggling Alonso. To be fair to Alonso he made a fantastic bid for the victory, from pole position on the grid, and he would have brought his tally up to three, had it not been for a another misjudgement of the tyre wear, partnered with a determined and focussed Webber. Mark has now made it two-all with Fernando and if somebody else doesn't assert themselves, then the season could become a two horse race, or more fittingly, a horse and bull race.

The controversy this weekend lay in the way the FIA and the circuit management dealt with the rain. I find it quite ridiculous that the sport still has wet weather tyres, since the drivers and teams now refuse to drive in the wet. As soon as it gets to a stage when the wet weather tyres are needed, the teams veto the session, or race, and the red flags come out. The drivers complain that when the rain gets heavy its dangerous and cars spin off the track. I think some of today's drivers should watch some old footage of Formula One and they will see that their predecessors had spins all the time, even in the dry.

As spectators and fans of the sport, we see little enough incident as it is. That's not to say that fans want to see massive, lethal crashes, that put the drivers' lives in danger, but it is exciting to see spins and shunts. So let's see these drivers suck it up and get out on the circuit, come rain or shine. I mean their doting fans brave the weather just to watch them and they aren't being paid millions of pounds to do it, but are paying hundreds for the priviledge.