While waiting out the 141 days 15 hours 10 minutes 31 seconds the formula1.com countdown clock says I have before I can officially start obsessing about the next race, thought I would share my round-up of the past nine months of racing.
Mind you, the following is all seen through scarlet-tinted glasses, but least this will be brief. Or kinda. Heh. Here goes:
1. Australia, Melbourne
Almost amusing start to the season with only 6 cars finishing. 1st blood to Lewis.
2. Malaysia, Sepang
Normal race. Kimi wins.
3. Bahrain, Sakhir
Massa comes alive. 1st Ferrari 1-2 of the season.
4. Spain, Catalunya
Horrific crash for Heikki. Second Ferrari 1-2 with Kimi on top, Lewis rounds out the top three.
5. Turkey, Istanbul
Different order but same three drivers on podium. Massa pockets another 10.
6. Monaco, Monte-Carlo
Ah Monaco, never boring. Lewis takes his second win.
7. Canada, Montreal
Home of the infamous pit-lane incident. And Kubica's maiden win.
8. France, Magny-Cours
Third and last Ferrari 1-2 without too much competition. Massa takes it.
9. Great Britain, Silverstone
Woo, the wonders of rain. Lewis collects another.
10. Germany, Hockenheim
Um, I have to admit I missed watching this one. Oops. Another to Lewis.
11. Hungary, Budapest
Heikki finally makes it to the top of the podium, with a wee bit of help from a tyre puncture and engine failure.
12. Europe, Valencia
Second Ferrari engine blow-out in as many races. What the *beep*. Massa nearly hits Sutil while Kimi really does hit someone. At least Massa got a win out of this.
13. Belgium, Spa-Francorchamps
The drama escalates off the the track. Ferrari showing again they are a bit crap in the rain. Kimi spins, Lewis wins then loses it, Massa picks up the points.
14. Italy, Monza
Sebastian Vettel is the new rainmaster, and youngest GP winner!
15. Singapore, Marina Bay
F1 has never looked better on TV. Ferrari provides the entertainment, and Alonso steals the victory.
16. Japan, Fuji Speedway
Alonso makes it two in a row! Thanks to the antics of the the two WDC leaders.
17. China, Shanghai
The one where hardly anything happened. Lewis inches closer to his title.
18. Brazil, Sao Paulo
I stayed up till 3AM on a Sunday night for this—worth every second. Massa is champion for about three seconds before Lewis snatches it back in the last turn. The new champion also owes Timo Glock a big kiss.
1. Lewis Hamilton
Love or hate the man, he's just that good.
2. Felipe Massa
3. Kimi Raikkonen
Disappointing season for sure, but no matter, I still love him.
4. Robert Kubica
Really good run, pity it fizzled so quickly at the end.
5. Fernando Alonso
No matter what car you put this man in, he will drive the heck out of it.
6. Nick Heidfeld
Another solid season, but just missing that extra bit of speed and luck.
7. Heikki Kovalainen
Lacklustre. Victim of team strategy?
8. Sebastian Vettel
Revelation of the year, the one to watch in 2009.
9. Jarno Trulli
Rather inconsistent, but did have a few bright moments.
10. Timo Glock
I'm undecided... he does seem to be improving though.
11. Mark Webber
Not bad actually, just nothing too spectacular.
12. Nelsinho Piquet
I'm not impressed.
13. Nico Rosberg
Sooooo deserves a better car.
14. Rubens Barichello
My sentimental favourite, reliable despite the ride.
15. Kazuki Nakajima
Did an ok job i suppose.
16. David Coulthard
Oh dear, an anti-climatic retirement for sure.
17. Sebastian Bourdais
Has to be capable of better.
18. Jenson Button
Definitely capable of better.
19. Giancarlo Fisichella
Took a few risks, but didn't really work out.
20. Adrian Sutil
Uneventful except perhaps in Monaco, which isn't too good.
Could have won both championships by a mile, should be smacked for all their mistakes.
Appears to really only had 1 title in mind and line of sight.
The most consistent team around.
Much improved, but can they be back in top form next year?
Pretty much ended up where they belong I think
6. Torro Rosso
Good year, but propped up mainly by 1 driver.
7. Red Bull
A few spots of bad luck, but surprisingly uncompetitive compared to their sister team.
Needs to get their act back together.
10. Force India
Well, it is their 1st season...
*No Super-Aguri, Sato and Davidson cos they only had 4 races, and also well, I can't recall too much of what they did.
That about wraps it up. On to 2009!