Jenson Button will look at today and think that it could have been a lot worse. Taken out by Renault rookie Romain Grosjean on the first lap, Jenson could then only watch on from the pit wall, with his fingers crossed.
Being unable to scroe points, Jenson was lucky that his teammate, and championship rival, Rubens Barrichello only managed to take two points out of him overall, and that even though Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel finsihed third, Button is still in the champs lead by a comfyish 16 points.
But this has to be the last race that Jenson can risk finding luck on his side – he can’t afford to rely on it in two weeks time at the Italian GP in Monza.
Button needs to get his mojo back.
Someone who wasn’t lacking in mojo today was Force India’s Giancarlo Fisichella, who drove a faultless race to end the day in second for FI’s first podium and first ever points.
But he just didn’t have enough to get by a very on-form Kimi Raikkonen in his Ferrari, who’s shown the doubters – BBC pundit Eddie Jordan we’re looking at you – that he really does still have the pace and mettle to win in F1. And a very useful KERS button, that kept the Force India behind him.
Overall it was a cracking race, and the championship battle is getting enticingly tight at the top.
But the day belongs to Fisi and Force India, who had a truly fast pace and are confident they’ll be fighting at the sharp end in Monza.
F1’s coolest man, Force India team boss Vijay Mallya, will no doubt be enjoying a good party later tonight. Hats off to them.
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