USGP & Hindsight Wisdom
After conclusion of USGP2006 ,One cannot but help to think of the Fiasco in 2005 with 6 cars shod with Bridgestone tyres racing , What would have happened if Michelin runners had run in 2005 edition probably like yesterday ,8-10 cars would have gone down on lap one on notorius T1-T2 and few due to debris on tracks ,from 1st corner incident and what would have left would have been 9-10 cars like yesterday. It was more or less the same scene on T1-T2 in 2004 when yours truly had best seats to witness the scramble then.
Never the less , again with empty track Schumi got better of his team-mate massa, using pit strategy, Massa led the race for almost 30 laps ,to finish 1-2 for Ferrari.
Alonso for once in the season looked like a Human driver, with problems like his competitors. 4 points finish to him and victory to Schumi means his lead over the seven time WDC reduces to 19 points. While the world watched at Montreal 2005 Alonso Whining to Renault pitwall for Fisi not letting him pass by as he had “faster car”. Alonso did return favor by holding Fisi for too long and depriving him to have a go at the leading Ferraris.
On personal front, watching JPM and then JV ending DNF was not exactly something one stays awake for in wee hours. Though Ron Dennis echoed my observation that Mclaren cars were squeezed by Button and both Kimi and JPM responding differently, one braked and other raised, which basically points this one as a racing incident more than anything. I am still awaiting the official version as released by race director and the stewards after their post race investigation. With this continued Kimi and JPM’s bad run at USGP.
Not much to say , as other than Luizzi’s move on Rosberg on first straight , the race was pretty much a mundane affair. Rather saw more overtaking moves in IRL’s Kansas300 edition ,where Tony Kanan and Vieto Meira made some amazing side by side over taking moves.
01 M. Schumacher Ferrari 1:34:35.199
02 F. Massa Ferrari + 7.984
03 G. Fisichella Renault + 16.595
04 J. Trulli Toyota + 23.604
05 F. Alonso Renault + 28.410
06 R. Barrichello Honda + 36.516
07 D. Coulthard Red Bull + 1 laps
08 V. Liuzzi Scuderia Toro Rosso + 1 laps
09 N. Rosberg Williams + 1 laps
Did not finish
10 R. Schumacher Toyota + 10 laps
11 C. Albers Midland F1 + 36 laps
12 J. Villeneuve BMW + 50 laps
13 T. Monteiro Midland F1 + 62 laps
14 T. Sato Super Aguri + 67 laps
15 J. Button Honda + 70 laps
16 K. Räikkönen McLaren + 73 laps
17 N. Heidfeld BMW + 73 laps
18 JP. Montoya McLaren + 73 laps
19 M. Webber Williams + 73 laps
20 S. Speed Scuderia Toro Rosso + 73 laps
21 C. Klien Red Bull + 73 laps
22 F. Montagny Super Aguri + 73 laps