Mayhem in Korea Sees Lotus Champions
Korean Grand Prix
Well… that was an interesting race. The rain came down and hardly relented for the majority, but in the end, it was a disaster for one team in particular.
It hadn’t been the greatest of seasons for Jarno Trulli, but he was mightily impressive in qualifying, two tenths quicker than Timo Glock and a whole second ahead of Heikki Kovalainen. Lucas di Grassi was in his usual 4th slot, and for the first time all season, and only the second time in his career, Sakon Yamamoto out qualified his team mate.
But before the race the rain came down hard, the start was behind the Safety Car for three laps before the red flag came out. The only interesting thing of note was Bruno Senna making a pitstop, not losing any places.
There was a long delay of about 45 minutes before the race resumed under more Safety Car conditions. This continued for a while, and despite protests from several drivers that it was safe enough to race at full speed, it went around and around until the end of lap 17 when it finally came in.
It was however a disastrous start for Trulli, who spun off at turn one instantly, Bruno Senna followed but made his way around him to pass. It wasn’t too long before Trulli was involved in another incident, this time he lost control of the car and slammed into the side of Senna. He lost the front wing and eventually was forced to retire due to ‘hydraulics’.
Timo Glock and Heikki Kovalainen were enjoying life in the midfield, but for the both of them it would quickly disappear. First, Jaime Alguersuari clipped Kovalainen’s car sending him to a spin. A lap later and at the same corner, Sebastian Buemi failed in his attempt of an overtake on Timo Glock, slamming into the side of the Virgin Racing car. He made it to the pits but was forced to retire. It was all set to be one of their best finishes of the season.
Lucas di Grassi was the next to go, spinning the car after trying to overtake an Hispania and hitting the wall hard.
Very little happened to Kovalainen, Senna and Yamamoto for the rest of the race, keeping themselves out of trouble while carnage continued around them.
|4||Lucas di Grassi||Virgin Racing||Ret.||0|
|5||Timo Glock||Virgin Racing||Ret.||0|
No movement in the standings and with Glock, di Grassi and Trulli all retiring the battle for second is still between four points. Champion Heikki Kovalainen is just in a league of his own at the moment and with two races left, it looks almost certain he will reach triple figures. Bruno Senna is now in the 30s and Sakon Yamamoto is actually on a respectable total.
|2||Timo Glock||Virgin Racing||56|
|3||Lucas di Grassi||Virgin Racing||55|
And there we have it, both championships are wrapped up. With 32 the maximum any team can get from Brazil and Abu Dhabi, Lotus win the Teams Championship with a points advantage of 39. A double non-finish from the Virgin Racing boys puts them under pressure from Hispania, who are now 13 points behind. Look, they probably aren’t going to do it, but I need to find a battle from somewhere. Lotus are too good.