I heard Eddie Irvine being interviewed by Maurice Hamilton on the radio last night. He said Michael Schumacher is too boring. According to Irvine, at Imola he should have just dived down the inside and had an accident, or make Alonso settle for second.
Hamilton: He’d have done that ten years ago.
Irvine: He’d have done that three years ago.
Usually when Michael Schumacher crashes into somebody it’s either as a last-gasp effort, or because he’s ahead in the championship. He’s rubbish at trying to bump people off the track anyway — he always ends up being the one falling off the track (Adelaide 1994, Jerez 1997).
Anyway, if Schumacher and Alonso were to have had an accident at Imola, Jenson Button would have been on the top step of the podium. That’s QTF? enough, but he would have been disqualified of course. So the winner would have been Alexander Wurz in his first race in goodness knows how many years. QTF. And second would have been Jacques Villeneuve. QTF!
Anyway, on to the Spanish Grand Prix. It’s kind of old news now, but there you go, I was busy over the weekend. You have to say that Räikkönen looks very strong for the rest of the season. The McLaren is a great car now. Reliability issues were non-existant in Spain. Räikkönen would have won in Imola too, if it weren’t for the driveshaft failure. Alonso had better watch his back, because his main competitor isn’t the one in the red car he expected.
Well, not for as long as Ferrari are on those shoddy Bridgestone tyres. Michael Schumacher goes a bit quickly on a couple of laps and his tyres wuss out! The Bridgestones have been problematic all season. In a way, it’s bad how tyres seem to decide everything now. Bridgestone had a bad year in 2003, when the championship was very close; they had a good year in 2004 when Ferrari walked it. This year Bridgestones are getting badly blistered, whilst Michelins look smooth and sturdy even at the end of the race. And where is Barrichello?
As for the others, I couldn’t believe it when I woke up and heard on the radio that Webber had grabbed second on the grid. Surrounded by Renaults, though, he was dumped at the start and his whole race was ruined. I’m starting to worry about Williams in the long-term. Their relationship with BMW seems to get frostier all the time, and rumour has it that BMW are going to be supplying Sauber from next year onwards. The BMW-Williams partnership seemed as though it was going to be so successful aswell, but when the pressure was on they weren’t up to it. In 1997 Williams were on the verge of becoming the most successful Formula 1 team ever. Now Ferrari have well and truly snatched that accolade off them. Williams have done nothing significant since 1997, and are now a distincly mid-grid team. And I don’t see it improving any time soon.