November 18, 2012

USGP 2012 Race Notes

Right, it's race day in Austin!  It's 71 degrees and sunny at the Circuit of the Americas, and Ferrari are playing tricks!  Let's get to the pre-race stuff.

In an attempt to help HWMNBN's chance at the Championship, Ferrari has come up with something legal, but sneaky.  Felipe Massa, who qualified ahead of the Spaniard, had to "change a gearbox" about two hours ago, and will take a five-spot grid penalty.  As a result, HWMNBN will now start on the clean side of the track in 7th, not in 8th on the dirty.  The team has actually come out and admitted that they've done this "for strategy considerations."  Clever, very clever.  Shame for Massa, who honestly couldn't have expected to be allowed to stay ahead of his teammate at any time.  The drivers are saying that starting on the dirty side of the track is like starting on a wet track with slick tires.  Look for HWMNBN to make quite the jump at the start.  He has to if he wants to win a championship.

If he finishes worse than 5th and Vettel wins, the championship is over.  There is no way that HWMNBN can win the championship today, unless Vettel gets injured and can't start in Brazil... and nobody wants that.

Now THAT'S a flyby: one F-16, one P-38, and two P-51s!

I'm gonna enjoy the race instead of writing anything about it.  See ya with the F1U!

UPDATE:  Now THAT'S how you do a race!  If every USGP is gonna be like that one, F1 is gonna catch on here big-time!

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