Sunday, April 5, 2009

Malaysia'2009

Qualifying

With the Brawn GP doing good last week end and Ferrari doing well on Friday, we thought the gates were wide open for a thoroughly entertaining 2009. But that was not to be. Saturday was another petty day for Ferrari after a remarkable practice session on Friday. Kimi said that the new F60 lacks only grip, but the ever optimistic fans know that the start itself is not satisfying. Kimi would start 7th on the grid and Felipe 16th.

Jenson Button led once again from the front to take pole position for the second consecutive week after a not so good practice session on Friday. His partner Barrichello encountered a gear box problem which needed a replacement and therefore lost 5 places on the grid to start 8th.

Jarno Trulli was sensational and clearly look inspired from the mid-week result ruling of the Australian GP in his favour. He was 2nd on the grid. Timo Glock was 3rd. Force India were not able to do a great deal except to meet the numbers. They would start 18th and 19th.


Race Day – April5’2009

I was in Mahabaleshwar today and thought I’d miss the action as the race was supposed to start at 3 PM IST and we started off from there at about 10 AM. I thought I’d try to catch some action on the way when the bus would halt for sometime midway but that was not to be as there was hardly anyone whom I met as desperate as me to catch the race. I reached Bombay by 430 and immediately switched on the television set only to realise that the race had been called off and Button yet again was the eventual winner. It seems Brawn GP has a brush with divinity. The top finishers were however awarded half the points because heavy showers made it impossible for the drivers to race even after the safety car. The rains however did not bring any rainbows for the two Ferrari’s as they once again let go Friday’s advantage.

By the time when half the race was over, Button was still leading having tasted the sweet smell of success at Melbourne, followed by Nico Rosberg, Jarno Trulli, and Rubens Barrichello challenging him. When the rain started coming down heavily, it was decided to call it off and since the race wasn’t 75% complete, the drivers were given only half the points.

As far as Ferrari is concerned, it seems that Brawn (previously Honda) has exchanged places with them. The new season has been a complete upside-down for the Ferrari team. They are simply unable to match up to the speed of the Brawn GP team. Even the Ferrari fans are superlative dreamers as they can dream of only podium finishes for the car. But Ferrari is currently not even able to match up the fundamental expectations of a superlative dreamer.

In the end, it was a disappointing race for the fans.

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