Mark Webber sympathisers, which is pretty much everyone that watches Formula One, will have
been disappointed to see him fall at the first hurdle again. After achieving a great pole position, he had one of his characteristic sluggish starts, resulting in him dropping back to third. He dug his heels in and managed to salvage second, which was clearly a result that he was happy with, since he copied Seb in doing doughnuts. It might be fair to claim that Webber has all but wound down in this his final season in Formula One and so is able to provide us with an honest opinion of Vettel's performance, unclouded by rivalry or competitiveness.
Two teams, that have been waning in recent grands prix, were looking strong again today. Ferrari, and specifically Massa, looked very strong, and on a couple of occasions were involved in some very exciting mid field battles. The Force India team, that I have supported from the start of the season, were also looking competitive and achieved good results. Alonso had an especially hairy moment, when he came out of the pits right next to Jean Eric-Vergne. Fernando had to drive off the track, almost damaging his car and causing an accident. The incident was investigated and no action was taken. I think that it is clear that Alonso was reckless and dangerous, and should have received some sort of reprimand. When leaving the pit lane, drivers are meant to yield to opponents on the track, if there is any risk of collision, and it is clear that this incident was far from safe.
Kimi Raikonnen was quite unlucky. After being put to the back of the grid he made contact with one of the usual back-of-the-field runners and damaged his car terminally. In much the same way as top football teams find it difficult to play against a minnow, top drivers find it hard to compete and avoid trouble around the back of the grid. Sometimes driving a Formula One car at that kind of level is very different to driving one right at the front. I'm so glad that what I suggested in my last blog is true; despite the World Championship being done and dusted, the racing in the middle of the pack is still superb.
|Driver||Car||Team||Grid||Fastest Lap||Race Time||Points|
|1||Sebastian Vettel||1||Red Bull||2||1:43.893||1:38:06.106||25|
|2||Mark Webber||2||Red Bull||1||1:44.364||+00:30.829||18|
|6||Paul Di Resta||14||Force India||11||1:45.786||+01:18.174||8|
|10||Adrian Sutil||15||Force India||17||1:45.609||+01:33.257||1|
|16||Daniel Ricciardo||19||Toro Rosso||9||1:46.042||lapped||0|
|17||Jean-Eric Vergne||18||Toro Rosso||13||1:44.517||lapped||0|
|18||Giedo van der Garde||21||Caterham||18||1:46.592||lapped||0|
|22||Kimi Raikkonen||7||Lotus||22||No time||retired, 0 laps||0|