Monday, October 22, 2007

Kimi - World Champion 2007

Wow, what a way to finish off the most closely fought championship in recent memory. Before Shanghai, only the most optimistic (and foolish) Kimi supporter would have given him a chance of being world champion. At Brazil, the odds shortened but it was still a very long shot. How it all came together is something that we will be wondering for a very long time.

With this win, Ferrari also move away from the Schumacher era into the Kimi era. Massa was very brave in the press conference hoping that his time will come, but I think that it is very unlikely. Kimi is now comfortable with the car, is the fastest driver out there still and as world champion, there will be a definite tilt towards his side of the garage. Massa should resign himself to playing the second driver role and collect a few wins, poles, fastest laps and a few million dollars along the way like Rubens and Eddie Irvine did.

With the championship over, all talk is going to be about Alonso and Mclaren. Everyone says that he will be leaving Mclaren to Renault. Renault are not even announcing their driver lineup until this plays out. It should be an interesting few weeks, keeping fans interested through the winter break.

I really enjoyed the world championship fight, but cannot say the same for the races. The only ones that will stay on were Canada, Nurburgring, Fuji, Shanghai and Brazil. Three out of those five were rain races, that speaks a lot about how boring F1 is nowadays.

My picks for the drivers this year were

A+ Hamilton came up way beyond expectations
A Rosberg, Kovalainen, Heidfeld, Raikonnen, Alonso, Massa All of
them had flashes of brilliance but their fair share of mistakes
B Webber, Vettel, Sutil Each of them could have done far better if
their car had been better
C Kubica, Button, Coulthard, Liuzzi, Speed, Sato, Davidson, Trulli
All of them were disappointing, did nothing of note
D Fisichella, Wurz, Barrichello, Schumacher career ending
performances for this bunch

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