Monday, September 28, 2009

Formula 1: Driver changes

Yeah Lewis won in Singapore but so what? On Friday practice, the British champion was ready to convene the FIA complaining about the poor quality of the Marina Bay circuit. But on raceday, Lewis was having the time of his life dominating Qualifying and enjoying his Grand Prix finish in the most boring race I have seen to date.

Enough said.

Alonso has been found to be wanting. And like the genie of old times past, his wish of a Scuderia drive has been granted.

The double world champion of 2005 and 2006 is set to be signed on with Ferrari this week leaving ING-less Renault to toil alone for 2010. Call it an open secret, much speculation and anticipation has been gathered amongst F1 fans and bloggers alike about the possibility of a Massa-Alonso or a Kimi-Fernando partnership.

Felipe Massa, the sentimental favorite in Ferrari, is set to retain his seat and drive while 2007 Driver’s Champion Kimi Raikkonen will be released by Ferrari $40 million richer next year.

The Iceman is a prized commodity, make no mistake about that. Brawn GP, set to release the wily veteran Rubens Barrichello, and McLaren, set to replace underperforming Heiki Kovaleinen, are interested parties.

A Massa-Alonso red pair will actually benefit both team and drivers alike. Like title contenders and Brawn GP teammates Button and Barrichello, each complements the other.

Consistent despite relegated to the middle of the pack by an underpowered Renault 2.4-liter V8, Fernando Alonso’s skill and stamina make him a perfect balance to Felipe Massa’s off and on driving intensity manifested by the Brazilian’s preference to dry races than wets.

The grid for 2010 will have more driver changes in the coming weeks not to mention new teams, old and new.

That will be the day!

But until then, Suzuka comes into view.