We Have a Champion
Japanese Grand Prix
The rain in Japan threatened to ruin a lot of thing, most notably, the whole race. But in the end the sun came out on the Sunday and allowed qualifying and the race to go ahead. It turned out to be a decent race in the end, with some spectacular moments, but aside from one dramatic moment before the race, it was a very quiet race for the new teams.
It was a Noah’s Ark formation on the grid. On the back row as expected were the two Hispania’s, Bruno Senna in front of the returning Sakon Yamamoto. In front of them were the Virgin’s, a rare occasion as Lucas di Grassi out qualified Timo Glock, and at the top was Jarno Trulli starting ahead of Heikki Kovalainen.
A few hours later it was the turn of the race, but Lucas di Grassi didn’t fancy it. On the outlap he lost control at the 130R and ruined his car in the barrier, making him unable to even start the race.
The start kept formation pretty much, but the Safety Car after one lap allowed Trulli, Glock and Senna to come in and change tyres early on. This pushed Kovalainen and Yamamoto up to the front and the rest chasing.
It didn’t take long for Trulli and Glock to catch up to the Hispania, but they were caught up behind him and unable to pass, Trulli got by not much later but Glock had his race ruined by him. Despite several attempts at the overtake he had to wait until Yamamoto pitted before he could get by.
Kovalainen pitted and returned ahead of Trulli, and with the high amount of retirements, it pushed them to 12th, their best ever finishing position.
Ironically, it was the best finish for five of the drivers (excluding di Grassi obviously).
|3||Timo Glock||Virgin Racing||14th||4|
|6||Lucas di Grassi||Virgin Racing||DNS||0|
Ladies and gentlemen, we have a champion! Heikki is 32 points in front of Timo Glock and with only three races left, it means that he can not be closed down. Well done to Heikki and do expect a post about him soon enough. The battle for second is now the most important one, with Glock taking second by a point, and now Trulli within four points as well, this should spice up towards the end of the season. Bruno Senna finishes his first race in four to move to 25 and Yamamoto reaches double figures.
|2||Timo Glock||Virgin Racing||56|
|3||Lucas di Grassi||Virgin Racing||55|
It looks healthy for Lotus. 29 points in front and it means they can win the Teams Championship in Korea and be announced officially the best team.