2009 Turkish GP: Reality Check

ISTANBUL, TURKEY - JUNE 07:  Sebastian Vettel (R) of Germany and Red Bull Racing leads Jenson Button (L) of Great Britain and Brawn GP into the first corner at the start of the Turkish Formula One Grand Prix at Istanbul Park on June 7, 2009, in Istanbul, Turkey.  (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
einnahsCorrespondent IJune 7, 2009

Something didn't feel quite right about the Turkish Grand Prix starting from when I watched Friday's practice session. Even during Qualifying on Saturday where the times were ridiculously close I wasn't really into it at all. Then my worst fears confirmed over the past few hours: a boring race!

I think my lack of enthusiasm shows in the recap, so this will be quick:


  • Lewis Hamilton dropped in Q1. Minus 2. What?
  • Lewis Hamilton condemns the MP4-24 to the scrap yard. Minus 5. While it's not exactly untrue, I don't think your team appreciates hearing you say this to the press.
  • Massa qualifies in P6. Minus 1. I was expecting a bit more to be honest.
  • Vettel on pole! Plus 2. That put a smile on my face :)
  • FOTA + drivers meeting, sans Williams and Force India. Plus 0. Ok I didn't really get the point of this. At least the photos of everyone crowding around a table was mildly interesting.
  • Jake Humphrey asks Stefano Domenicali pre-race if Kimi will be in a Ferrari in 2010. Minus 2. Idiot.
  • Barrichello makes a horrific bad start. Minus 5. P3 to P13?!
  • Barrichello makes contact with at least three other cars. Minus 2. I would have deducted more points for desperate driving, but it was good tv.
  • Vettel loses his race on lap 1. Minus 5. Sigh. Can I put this to inexperience?
  • Good race from the Toyotas and Nico Rosberg. Plus 1.
  • Jenson takes the chequered flag. Again. Plus 1. I have nothing against him personally, just that as DC said (and I hate agreeing with him), for non-Brits/Honda/Brawn/Button fans, this is getting incredibly stale.
  • Kimi finishing out of points. Minus 2. I need to go sulk for a while.

So that's that. More drama expected this coming week as FOTA continues to battle FIA. Will FIA have the balls to deny any of the existing teams entry? And who will be the next team to withdraw from FOTA if that happens?
Will I follow F1 next year if the red cars are not on the grid? Probably not. But they'll definitely be there in Silverstone in two weeks time, so I'd be watching then.
Cheers folks, see you all at the British GP.


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