November 13, 2010
All of the men in the first three slots have reason to be happy. Vettel, obviously because he's on pole. Hamilton because he now has a legit shot at winning the race, and HWMNBN because he didn't need much more than to be ahead of at least one Red Bull to have an excellent chance to win his third Driver's Championship. Only Mark Webber, stranded down in fifth, should be feeling the grim hand of death on his championship hopes.
But there's reason for concern amongst those three as well. Vettel because the McLarens clearly are for real around this fast track, and he's got one of them right next door. Hamilton because he needs to win and with Vettel ahead of him, he's got to beat perhaps the best car/driver combination in motorsports right now. HWMNBN's problems stem from knowing that he needs to finish second to make the whole matter moot, but he's surrounded by cars that can eat his lunch. Conversely, Webber can take heart from... um... hang on... er... there must be a reason here somewhere.
Of course, the race is 55 laps long and anything could happen in that time. As one would expect however, Webber isn't conceding anything: "The championship hasn’t been decided today but it would have been nice to be further up. You could be more confident but at the end of the day we’re still in the hunt, that’s the main thing."
And nobody really knows what Vettel will do if he's leading late in the race with his teammate right behind him and HWMNBN in third. In that circumstance, nothing the young German could do would win him the championship... but if Webber got past for the win, he'd win it. In any other team in the pit lane, there'd be no question what would happen: the team would tell Vettel to let the Australian by. Red Bull on the other hand is leaving it in the hands of their drivers... and there's surely some unhappiness between them.
It's surely shaping up to be a tension-packed race on Sunday, and of course the F1U! crew will be all over it... just as soon as they wake up. See you then and there!
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at November 13, 2010 11:18 AM (+rSRq)
Posted by: Wonderduck at November 13, 2010 12:04 PM (vW/MM)
That is an extraordinary photo.
I'm still keeping my fingers crossed for Webber. :-)
Posted by: Mallory at November 13, 2010 03:50 PM (WJ2qy)
Posted by: David at November 13, 2010 09:44 PM (xcVNq)
For the liveblog of the Korean GP's first practice, I used a decidedly low-tech approach: the "print screen" button.
I often do take screencaps from downloaded races, but I rarely bother d/l'g practices or quals, unless something truly unique occurs.
Posted by: Wonderduck at November 13, 2010 10:33 PM (vW/MM)
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at November 14, 2010 01:46 AM (+rSRq)
Posted by: Wonderduck at November 14, 2010 02:47 AM (vW/MM)
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