It was nice hot and sunny Sunday here in Valencia. The F1 race unfortunately turned out to be a procession, at least at the front. If not for Ferrari mess ups there would hardly be any excitement. Felipe Massa pulled away after the start of the race and Lewis Hamilton (to the delight of local fans here) was no match for him. Massa had a bit of a scare after his second pit stops, but he managed to keep clear from Sutil and went on to win the race. Hamilton settled for second. Kubica’s 3rd place was never threatened by the other Ferrari and McLaren.
Kimi Raikkonen provided the excitement today. First he ran away with the refueling hose still attached to his car and ran over one of his crew members after his second pit stop. Then a while later his engine let go and the smoke covered the start finish line.
To the disapointment of the local crowd Fernando Alonso’s race barely lasted a lap. Kazuki Nakajima (the commentator on track called him Nico Nakajima ) rammed into the back of Alonso’s Renault and the race was over for the home hero. Unfortunately I have to say, the atmosphere would sure be much better with Alonso on track.
For the record, if anyone wonders, Lewis Hamilton is not the most popular driver in Spain
The GP2 race was more exciting event. On Saturday few drivers ran out of fuel (Pantano, Senna), but as Sunday races are shorter there was little danger of the same happening. Instead we had some crashes – Grosjean shortly after taking the lead from Filippi, Senna (while set for podium finish) slammed his car into the wall, Petrov spun of before the bridge, but rejoined the race. The race win went to Petrov’s team mate Lucas di Grassi.
And here few more photos from Sunday:
My lunch – excellent by the way !
The firecracker show after the podium ceremony:
And some happy Felipe Massa fans:
I will be back once I get back from this trip . Stay tuned ! prediction game results probably on Tuesday.