When it comes to F1, the great thing about living in the middle part of North America is that most of the races can be watched without affecting your Sundays. This is most true of the European Races, where after the race is over you can still make to church or enjoy the wrest of your weekend… In the case of Melbourne, staying up until 4 am is quite easy to do when you have all day Sunday to catch up on sleep. And really, on a normal (European F1 race) you are really not going to move away from the TV set until 10:00 am (EDT) anyway…….
So how did I do? Well…..
And here are the drivers I planned to start the season with:
|Planned Drivers||Their points|
|De La Rosa||79 points|
By replacing Alonso for both De La Rosa and Kobayashi I gained an extra 79 points for the entire weekend. I wish replacing Kobayashi was not without cost, but he does seem to be a disgruntled former employee, and in his shunt into the wall, he managed to avoid everyone but Hulkenberg! With all the cars that failed to complete the race, I was hoping for the rest of my team to make the top four! Alas, my hopes where only 50% accurate! Kubica got second and Alonso fourth. Barrichello came in a respectable 8th place.
There are eight teams that have the top score of 1436 points now, so the slope of that mountain I have to climb has flattened out somewhat. I have improved to 389th place from my previous 428th standing in the Sidepodcast League, for a gain of 39 positions. Even better for me is that there are now 469 entries in the Sidepodcast/League, so I am definitely closing on the mid-field for sure…..
In my other league, the F1 Rejects League, I have moved up five positions to 26th place and no new teams have joined the 39 entries in this League.
Overall, I have advanced 927 positions to 9808th place and there are now 12099 teams racing in the overall league.
Thoughts on the race itself
As for the race itself, well, Button by pitting in early passed how many cars in the pit lane? Yes there were many attempts to pass, but how many where actual attempts? I think quite a few of those passes where due to sliding on wet pavement missing the turning points. I did not find it surprising that the cars went back to their previous positions on the next corner. Should that count as two overtakes or one botched attempt of turning in? Hopefully super-wide Malaysia will provide us with answers next week.