October 14, 2005

F1 Quals: China!

Hoo-boy. Y'know, if there was any doubt that the Constructor's Championship was going to come down to the wire, it was completely erased by today's qualifying session.

An all-Renault front row, McLaren 3-5, with Button's Honda (note: no longer BAR-Honda) stuck in-between 'em. As far as the race itself goes, it may not be any great shakes: our winner is probably one of those five, and I'm not putting any money down on ol' Mr. 100 if you know what I mean.

Takuma Sato IS driving this race, much to my surprise... and he got out-driven by a Sauber AND a Jordan, if you can believe it! The only people behind him are the Minardi Twins and Tiago Montiero. Sure, he went out first, but good golly, what does Button have that he doesn't? Okay "talent," sure, but has Honda put all their techs onto The Century Man?

Gonna be a fun one... and the last time we'll see Minardi, Jordan, and Sauber, too. Minardi's going to be renamed "Red Bull" in Italian, Jordan becomes Midland, and Sauber BMW. Ah well, who needs traditions anyways?

Posted by: Wonderduck at 07:19 PM | Comments (4) | Add Comment
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1 The track.... it's like they're driving on ice.

Posted by: Simon at October 15, 2005 12:15 PM (ntCeu)

2 Sad to see the end of the season, but hopefully it will be a good race...and the end of several eras. Can't say I care much for the name changes.

Posted by: Mallory at October 15, 2005 12:24 PM (M7kiy)

3 Yeah, it's a bit like the beast is losing it's soul.

Posted by: Simon at October 15, 2005 12:41 PM (ntCeu)

4 Simon, I agree with you, seems very washboardy and no grippy. Probably because it's only used when the F1 circus comes to town... not a whole lot of sport driving in Communist China, I reckon.

"Honey, lets take the Haifeng to the rally today."

Just doesn't have much of a ring to it, does it?

Mal, I forgot to mention the biggest era coming to a close: the end of the V10.

Imagine: next year, they'll be using the same number of cylinders you can get routinely in a Ford Mustang. I like the 'Stang, mind, but there's something wrong when F1 is using 8 cyls.

Posted by: Wonderduck at October 15, 2005 04:44 PM (ywZa8)

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