Welcome to a new segment on my blog! A little personal tradition I have going on is that during the week before a Grand Prix Weekend, I watch last year’s Grand Prix at the same venue again, just to refresh my memory, make sure i’m not jonesing too much for more F1 and so I would be perhaps able to draw comparisons. I did so last night rewatching the 2010 Spanish Grand Prix and by god what a snorefest that was, a classic F1 processional! Nobody knows how DRS, tires and KERS will play out on the track this year, but it’s a safe bet it will be a hell of a lot more exciting to watch than that sorry excuse for a grand prix we had last year.
I wasn’t at all surprised to hear Martin Brundle say that in the past 9 years at Catalunya, the pole sitter has walked away with the win (now 10 years, with Webbers flag to finish victory in ’10). If the races’ most exciting (or more accurately: less nap-worthy) moments were the following, any DRS/KERS/Pirelli opponent will surely think again after watching the 2011 race.
Moment 1: The start…..nothing of note happens at front, everybody stays in position, Petrov and Kobayashi share a moment, De La Rosa comes together with Buemi.
Moment 2: First (and only) round of pitstops: Hamilton jumps Vettel in the pits for p2…yawn.
Moment 3: Button has a botched pitstop and gets stuck behind Schumacher…he will stay stuck for the remaining 40 odd laps of the GP…snore
Moment 4: (wakes up) ZOMG an on track pass for position!!! Rosberg dives down the inside of Hulkenberg for p 12 or something in turn 10…after having gotten stuck behind for about 10 laps in a clearly faster car on fresh option tires after an unsheduled 2nd pitstop.
Moment 5: Vettel has brake troubles and has to make a pitstop so he falls behind Alonso and has to cruise home very carefully.
Moment 6: Hamilton has a front left puncture in turn 3 and plows into the barrier with just 2 laps to go, ending his race and gifting Alonso 2nd and Vettel 3rd place.
I’m willing to bet good money we’ll have more than 6 noteworthy and much more exciting moments in the 2011 Spanish GP after 10 laps. I did not like how DRS worked out in Turkey as it made passing just too easy, but one just needs to take a good look back at last year’s mainly processional races to see why F1 badly needs the new tires and regulations, even if it is not always implemented as it should. Let’s face it, last year was exciting because the championship fight was tight, not because the races were so good. This year if Vettel manages to dominate it like he is doing now, we may get a boring chamionship (non) fight, but we’ll sure get hella more exiting races. Bring on the 2011 Spanish GP!