That was like some BBC Natural History horror show; all the little fishes — Rosberg, Grosjean, Maldonado, Hulkenberg — swimming around the reef, happy to have locked out the front of the grid. Then the camera pans quickly to a Big Blue Shark, Sebastian Vettel, closing four tenths of a second quicker than any of them. Poor little guys. They didn’t stand a chance.
So it starts Vettel….. [imagine a long gap]….. Hamilton, Maldonado, Grosjean, Raikkonen, Rosberg, Kobayashi, Hulkenberg, Di Resta and Jenson Button. The gap to Vettel is not much more than the gap between the two McLarens. Another freaky-brilliant lap from the World Champ.
Fernando Alonso starts eleventh. He didn’t make the top-ten cut as, of course, nor did Felipe Massa, who also seemed to get a rather frosty reception from Ferrari President Luca de Montezemolo live on global TV. For the first time this year, the Sunday Afternoon Club actually has some sympathy for Massa. As we do for Mark Webber, who didn’t make the top 17, but who could with a DRS that wouldn’t open. Sorry Mark and ‘good on ya mate’ for dealing with it with such grace.
Unlike Jenson Button, who is seriously testing our long-standing love affair… He did make the top ten for the first time in a while, but couldn’t convert it in to getting anywhere near Lewis. Then he went on TV and told us all that F1 is boring anyhow and we shouldn’t even bother tuning in tomorrow.
Meh, we love it Jenson! And we’ll be back in the morning once we’ve worked out a rational argument to justify our crazy hunch that Romain Grosjean will win tomorrow…