Half an hour after the end of the final qualifying session here at Monza, it rained. Not just a few drops, but a full-scale apocalyptic deluge, as vicious as the storm that engulfed last year’s Italian GP.
Has Michael Schumacher still got what it takes to win an F1 race? That’s the question buzzing around the Top Gear office at the moment, and a few of the big names in motorsport have weighed in on the subject.
Red Bull and Toro Rosso have joined Williams’ bid to block Michael Schumacher from testing Ferrari’s 2009 car ahead of his F1 return in Valencia. You didn’t think all that good will towards Schumi would last long, did you?
It could only happen at Spa. Rain, sun and even some hail, all in the space of one day. A day that marked the return of competitive Formula One to our screens, and a day that marked a return to, well, business as usual.
Formula One’s ringmaster Bernie Ecclestone called an emergency meeting with the team principals minutes before qualifying for the Hungarian GP began on Saturday lunchtime. With television viewing figures waning – in some territories at least – and disappointing box office last time out at Hockenheim, Bernie is officially worried.