Thursday, June 14, 2007

Canadian Grand Prix

If you saw last weekend’s Canadian Grand Prix, then let me congratulate you on not having your head explode on what has to be the most eventful – not momentous or epoch, just eventful – Grand Prix I have seen in my lifetime.

The only item in that race that made sense to me was watching Lewis Hamilton win his first Grand Prix. It was a tremendous performance to see a driver who is in the lead for his first Formula 1 victory, actually pull through and make it happen considering that the entire field around him seemed to be about as organized as a bee hive being sprayed with RAID.

Jarno Trulli said that he came out of the weekend feeling only relief that the altercation involving the horrific accident of BMWs Robert Kubica after he had gotten into the rear of Jarno Trulli. Trulli said:

…the over-riding feeling from the weekend is not about light-hearted matters, it is one of relief.

Changing over to the good news category was Nick Heidfeld’s second place finish, Alex Wurz’s third place for Williams-Toyota, and Heiki Kovalainen’s fourth for Renault.

I think Grand summed up the race weekend well enough when they wrote, “When Sato overtook Alonso on the main straight we concluded that we had finally seen it all.”

For Toyota there’s a change now up top as Tsutomu Tomita is retiring from his post as team principal. Tomita is 63, and normally around 65, and as far as I understand, it becomes Japanese custom to retire or begin a calmer chapter in life. Tomita will become the new man behind the Fuji Speedway, which will see its return of F1, September 30.

(picture taken from Toyota F1)

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