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There is no doubt in my mind that Singapore’s Grand Prix is one of the major successes in Formula One’s history. Sometimes you have to introduce ground-breaking changes, and this is one of those. At the time Bernie Ecclestone had the vision for this, no one in their right mind would have thought it would be possible to have all the systems required for a safe Grand Prix at night.
Formula 1 fans will have to do without their fixes until end-August as per an agreement originally proposed a decade ago by Eddie Jordan, who campaigned for a (European) summer break during which F1 personnel could spend quality time with family, loved ones and friends. Thus was born the concept of a two-part season, with MotoGP and the World Rally Championship quickly following suit.
Amid all the podium celebrations in Hungary it was easy to overlook one very simple, yet telling, statistic: Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso scored more points out of the past four races than any other driver. Having placed second, first, second and third in Valencia, Britain, Germany and Hungary respectively, the 2005/6 champion took home 76 points versus the 73 of reigning champion and points’ leader Sebastian Vettel, and the 55 of the German’s Red Bull Racing team-mate, and current runner-up, Mark Webber.
After that scintillating race in Germany the big question is whether the Hungarian Grand Prix can deliver the same again. There we had a world-class show, with Lewis Hamilton shrugging aside all the criticism he has endured since Monza last year to win from Fernando Alonso and Mark Webber.
Here we are at Silverstone, a place I really love even if the sun seemingly seldom shines, mid-summer or not. I came to Britain from Ireland in the early seventies, and the one thing that struck me is that people around here have racing in their blood.
The big news for this weekend is that the FIA has clamped down on engine mapping changes between qualifying and the race. This should affect the order, particularly the grid line-up.
When reflecting upon the last three races in Montmelo (Spain), Monte Carlo (Monaco) and Montreal (Canada), one thing stands out: PUMA’s partner team Ferrari was right up there on each occasion, and could conceivably have won (or at least taken podium places) in each event had not unfortunate circumstances conspired against the Italian team.
It really is great to be back in Canada. I know I say that about every race, and honestly feel that all Formula 1’s venues are special, but I feel we can make an even more special case for Montreal. The race was struck off the calendar in 2009, and that was when Montreal realised the city can’t do without Formula 1, and Formula 1 realised it can’t do without Canada.
Monaco may have seen Sebastian Vettel record his fifth victory in six races this season to date, but to many the moral winner was Fernando Alonso after the Spaniard topped the time sheets in two of the three practice sessions.
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