What a dull race! James Allen was as usual trying his best to make out that it was the most amazing spectacle ever, but it wasn’t. Apart from all the incidents at the start and an overtaking move for 9th place (don’t get too excited now!) towards the end, absolutely nothing happened apart from Alonso having a bit of a wiggly rear end.
I don’t think I can recall there ever being a good F1 race at the ridiculous Indianapolis circuit. In a way it is offensive to both US open-wheel racing and European-based Grand Prix racing. The authorities hang on to it because of some kind of romantic notion that it would be really great to have the world’s greatest motor racing series taking place at the so-called
world capital of motor sport. But it really is like bashing a square peg into a round hole.
The circuit, with its ‘Micky Mouse’ twisty infield section which looks as though it was made up as they went along, is unpopular. The racing has not set the world alight. And the safety problems have at times been too much, what with the tyre issues last year and Ralf Schumacher’s huge shunt in 2004.
By all means, a Formula 1 race should take place in the USA. But at the end of the contract with Indianapolis, it is time for everybody to stand back and really ask themselves how much of a success the past seven years have been. Any level-headed person will say that it has not been a success. It is time to move the US Grand Prix elsewhere.
At least the fans weren’t booing today. They were happy with Michael Schumacher’s win, even if the race itself was coma-inducing. And at least the championship is that little bit closer now.