Hamilton and Massa's Blunder Give Champ Another Win
The Japanese Grand Prix at Fuji Speedway produced a spectacle beyond words. It had drama, overtaking, crashes, spins, five different leaders, and more importantly, saw a former world champion go back to his former glory with a second consecutive win.
Fernando Alonso, 27, raced home to a second consecutive victory at the bottom of Mount Fuji at the 2008 Japanese Grand Prix. He, without a doubt in my mind, raced so supremely that no other driver could touch him.
On lap one of the Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton lost the lead briefly to Kimi Raikkonen, cut across his team mate Hekki Kovalainen, and then tried to take back the lead into the first corner, ending in complete mayhem between the Ferrari's and Mclaren's.
This one move nearly cost Hamilton the championship, but to add salt to the already open wound, he challenged Massa into the tight turn ten, and ended up being spun round by the Ferrari driver, placing him right at the very back of the pack.
Luckily for him Massa, 27, was given a drive through penalty for the incident, which placed him outside of the points. But if Hamilton, 23, being at the back of the grid wasn't enough, then you will love what happens next. He was awarded a drive through penalty for his incident with Raikkonen at turn one on lap one.
Hamilton's chances of a points finish were over at this point and there was nothing he could do about it, and if Ron Dennis thought that this was the worst part of his afternoon, then I wonder what he thought when Hekki Kovalainen had a hydraulics failure. I'm sure he was thinking what any die hard Mclaren fan was thinking, which I'm certain cannot be mentioned.
So that was it for Mclaren, both cars were not going to score any points, and especially with Kovalainen in such a good position to perhaps get a second win under his belt, which gives Ferrari a lead of seven points.
But as the television coverage clearly presented throughout the whole race, this particular race was no longer about Ferrari and Mclaren, it was about Fernando Alonso and his superb victory.
I mean seriously, who cares about whats happening with Ferrari and Mclaren when there is a BMW and a Renault leading the pack. After Hamilton's ordeal at the start, Robert Kubica was promoted to a spot which I believe is where he belongs, first position, with Fernando Alonso following closely in second.
Along with all the excitement of seeing these two drivers out in front, there was more drama at turn one, lap one, with David Coulthard being involved in an almighty crash with Kazuki Nakajima, sending into the tyre wall and out of the race.
Glock also had an early retirement, with Sutil following three laps later, but it was all about Alonso in this race.
Even though there was a BMW, a car which is clearly faster and more supreme than the Renault, he still kept a minor gap of 1.5 secs behind Kubica, so when they pitted, Alonso leap frogged him and came out leading the pack.
This Grand Prix showed the shear magnitude and skill of Alonso's driving abilities. Not just that, but his team mate Nelson Piquet, Jr. showed why he deserves to stay at Renault, finishing in fourth position behind Kimi Raikkonen.
Both of the Toro Rosso's kept up their impecible form finishing sixth and seventh, but Sebastian Bourdais (sixth) was given a penalty for dangerous driving out of the pits and causing Massa to spin.
Besides this tainted ending to the race, it was a race to remember with a former champion being put back on the podium yet again, and with plenty of action, drama and penalties thrown into the mix. The Japanese Grand Prix at the foot of Mount Fuji provided a brilliant race, and the question that remains is will China and Brazil provide the same.
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