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Hard to make myself care with MotoGP the same weekend, but I'll try...
he seems to get about 4 every race weekend. dont think ive ever seen them talk about button or di resta
Fucking rain. I've had more than enough of it screwing up MotoGP today.
Surely it can't be *that* wet for a safety car start?
bbc.co.uk/f1 they have txt updates starting from 4pm, look likely but it's not confirmed yet... but yeah, shit :(
Don't park the car in the middle of the track! He's such a cock.
That I sensed today being the day that the increasingly fragile friendship of the McLaren team mates ended. And then that. I'm 100% sure of it now.
And Hamilton is still under investigation! Lol, its cause he's black......
I know he's taken chances before, but I can't recall such a sustained period of bad driving.
But why a safety car?
It looks like a lake there.
he can change his tyres and stay 2nd now. him + massa on the podium would be a dream
Cars skidding off in the rain is the best thing about formula 1.
In the hope of a torrential downpour followed by cars sliding off left, right and centre like at the Nurburgring a few years back.
'What's visibility like?'
BBC Cameras cut out.
Any idea on what time for a re-start? Is there any chance that it might no re-start at all?
That'll mean half points are awarded for the positions as they stand. No schedule for a restart as far as I've gathered.
this is pretty boring now. it's obvious that brundle and coulthard are running out of stuff to talk about.
the guy from Williams saying that there's another 20 minutes of heavy rain. ted's reaction of 'oh no' was spot on, he sounded really sad :(
Like when there's a rain interruption in the cricket.
wouldn't happen in Bahrain
You can stand under my Umbrella.
I've muted it and changed to the under-21's tournament, turned round in time to see the cameraman falling over in front of Rhianna though.
he suddenly went "David, did you know racecar is racecar backwards?"
Hope Kamui gets a podium after this.
But they're waiting for it to rain again, before thinking about a restart?
and whatever else is normally on of a Sunday evening, surely
will this race run 70 laps?
It stays light for ages they said.
at the current leading pace they won't be able to manage 30 laps in
45 minutes i don't think but if it doesn't rain the fastest laps will carry on getting faster
What is up with Massa? Sometimes great, often pish?
I'm pretty sure I started watching it about 3 days ago though. During this grand prix I've hoovered the house, watched an episode of Friends and Come dine with me, gone and got a curry and downloaded a few albums. Not your normal grand prix.
fucksakes. everything was set up so well, massa, di resta, heidfeld, kobayashi all doing really well (i'm gonna spend the rest of the season pretending the vettel doesn't exist) and now it's all gone wrong. good to see button doing well again tho.
and he's got kinda lucky. 4th place after 6 stops is amazing either way
Falling down twice? Thought he was a gonner.
like rita on corrie under that tram
is ending brilliantly...
That was a classic race.
what a drive
what a race
can he do it?
I do feel DRS robbed Schui and Kobayashi a bit today though. Anyway... MENTAL.
he had a drive through. pretty impressive to still win.
jenson had a drive through today, PLUS pitting 5 times. absolutely fucking brilliant. i'd be surprised if anyone has ever even had that much time in the pits and finished in the top 10.
heidfeld just driving into the back of someone, running over his own exploded front wing, driving it clean off the track, and parking it beautifully
but i think all the safety cars were a necessary evil tbh. and still an incredible effort from button to get himself into any sort of contention.
and it wasn't "just" driving in to the back of someone...
it was obviously an easy mistake to make, one which he couldn't avoid, ironically in part caused by how he quickly he flew round the preceding laps. i just liked the way he neatly slid off and spun it into park.
More races like this and I'll think I go from being a casual fan of F1 to a complete obsessive. That was fantastic, dramatic, intriguing and full of incident. Imagine if they hadn't been able to do the final lap because of the 2 hour rule as well.
he had the racing line, and anyway... it's Hamilton the stewards hate, not Button ;-)
I wish these Red Bull drivers would stop lowering the party mood. SHUT UP.
Loved McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh's comments too. Was pretty sure he said: "I think Jenson was on the inside there and Fernando just shat on him". Turns out that 'a' was actually a 'u'.
that's one of the best F1 races I've ever seen. Definitely the best since the various crazy scenes of the 2008 season. Proof that Button can really go for it when he needs to as well. Would definitely waste two hours watching nothing to see that again...
can't decide what i hate more, f1 or 'casual' f1 fans.
Just the vast majority of them have really stupid opinions on most everything.
looked like he was having a pretty good time.
Did he actually go in the end then?
If he made out with Rihanna I'll be well annoyed...
they just showed a load of people waving to a camera from a box at one point. he was there looking drunk and giving a thumbs up.
Still, at least he likes sport generally.
My old boss - who hates cricket - got free Ashes tickets and witnessed the best day of cricket ever. He also got free Rugby World Cup tickets, flew to Oz and saw England win the World Cup. There was also the time he blagged free Olympics tickets and saw Bolt get the world record.
HE DOESN'T EVEN LIKE SPORT.
and was surprised to see it pop up on BBC2 after James May's Toy Story, with them still on about lap 32. Watched it in the dead of night, was well worth sticking with. Fantastic scenes. Great drive by Jenson, uncharacteristic mistake by Vettel on the last lap. Even Massa taking Kobayashi on the line was pretty aces.
I kinda admire Lewis' determination to try and pass, particularly in the wet but sometimes he leaves himself absolutely no margin for error - a couple of times yesterday with Webber and Button - and ended up paying the price.
Pleased Rubens got points for Williams too.
...it seems this race would be a good time for him to reflect on how he can get results out of this McLaren without getting tetchy about its lack of pace. Silverstone 2008 all seems like a very long time ago now...
It's a shame so many people just watch the highlights of this and cricket as it's not about that. It's about the growing sense of realisation that SOMETHING AWESOME is happening in front of your eyes. I leaned across and woke my missus up on about lap 55 saying something like 'Button is putting in some sensational laps here. He's up to 16th'. This was 3 laps before Brundle and the TV cameras picked him up.
But those last few laps seemed him eat out that lead was special TV.
involving Button, Schumacher, Webber and then Vettel after the last safety car was great to watch. I like to think that Button would have had enough to have taken Vettel on the line with the help of DRS anyway, but suspect I might be pissing in the wind. Either way, it was absolutely thrilling viewing.
as the safety car came out and button pitted i thought "that's alright, at least button can cruise up to the end of the snake" and then remembered that he had to put in the slow laps, but still caught up a fair amount. then literally every time the position graphic showed up on the bottom you could notice Button was making up places. I'd love to know how many people he overtook for position, and see a video montage of it.
People said Vettel only made one mistake, but I thought he drove pretty badly. Firstly he gave Alonso a sniff on the start, then failed do get away at any stage even though he had good viability and the same tire options. he then went to slicks too late (because he's a big pussy saying 'it's undrivable', when we can all remember a truly wet F1 race!). finally he choked on the last lap but even up till then he was really ragged for the final 15 laps.
But when Button - in about 10th at the time - said that it was mental and he couldn't see the end of his car nose, I presumed it must just be worse than it looked on telly. The issue is the proximity to the wooden baseboard that aids downforce to the track I think? When it's dry, it grips the ground. When it's wet, it essentially becomes an uncontrollable rudder.
Gutted I missed the race. Was ironically watching Senna at the time.