Red Bull’s Christmas card features Sebastian Vettel being told “Santa is faster than you”. This is hit at Alonso’s win at German Grand Prix 2010.
Last few days have been really great. Things have gone very smoothly. Last few days have also been completely sports filled. The US Open, Italian Grand Prix, Champions League Twenty20 and EPL(English Premier League). What more can a sports fan ask for?
I would like to point out some of the happy and disappointing moments of last few days.
1. Fernando Alonso taking pole position in Italian Grand Prix.
2. Arsenal defeated Bolton Wanderers, Arsenal 4-1 Bolton Wanderers.
3. This is going to make some of my friends angry, A three all draw between Everton and Manchester United, which meant Manchester United dropped two points and left Arsenal at second place behind Chelsea.
4. In cricket Chennai Super Kings defeated Central Districts comprehensively in Champions League Twenty20 match.
5. And last but not the least Rafael Nadal made it to his first US Open final.
1. Fernando Alonso wins Italian Grand Prix and jumps into third place in driver’s Championship
2. Royal Challengers Bangalore trashed Guyana in Champions League Twenty20.
Please see the disappointment section.
1. Nadal wins US open to complete “Career Golden Slam“(Winning the four Grand Slams and a gold medal in tennis at the Summer Olympics). Only Steffi Graf and Andre Agassi have achieved it before Nadal. Roger Federer is considered to have achieved only a Career Grand Slam since his Gold Medal at the Olympics was in men’s doubles. He also joined an illustrious group consisting of six others who have won all the four grand slams(Career Grand Slam). Read this.
2. Last but definitely not the least, This is my post number 100.
Now that I have spoken about all the happy sporting events. Let me take you to couple of not so good events
1. Mumbai Indian lost to narrowly to Lions by 9 runs.
Although I am a Rafael Nadal fan, I would give up anything to watch Nadal and Roger Federer battle it out in a Grand Slam finals. So it was disappointing to see Federer lose to Novak Djokovic.
US Open Final being delayed by rains.
Note : The US open days are different because of the time difference.
Mark Webber scored his fourth win of 2010 in the Hungarian Grand Prix.
He hit the front by staying out of the pits during an early safety car period, then built up enough of a gap to keep his lead ahead of Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel
His team-mate(Sebastian Vettel) was delayed by a drive-through penalty for failing to stay close enough to Webber behind the safety car which ruined Red Bull racing’s chances of a 1-2.
There were few incidents during the race.
The safety car came out after Vitantonio Liuzzi lost part of his front wing and almost every car came into the pits at once. Webber was a significant exception, Red Bull gambling on him being able to build up enough of a gap over Alonso once the race had resumed to leapfrog the Ferrari.
But the busy pit lane had dangerous consequences. Nico Rosberg’s Mercedes shed its right-rear wheel, flinging it towards dozens of mechanics. It struck one Williams mechanic, but mercifully his injuries were light.
There was more chaos. Renault released Robert Kubica out of his pit box as Adrian Sutil ahead was swinging in to his.
Renault and Mercedes were fined for pit-stop errors. Read More
With Hamilton retiring and not scoring any points the drivers championship has been thrown wide open now.
It looks like the top five drivers are going to fight it out for the drivers championship. But you never know as Alonso put it.
I don’t know what the gap is now, if Mark is leading now. Twenty points? I don’t know. Two races ago it was 47 before Germany, so after Germany and Hungary we have reduced half of the gap which was important for us as we enter August and four weeks’ break with less than 47 points which was too big a gap to recover. Now, twenty is still a lot, especially because we know how competitive Red Bull is, we know how competitive McLaren is.
As in the case of Alonso, couple of bad races for the top 5 drivers will throw open the gate for likes of Felipe Massa, Nico Rosberg and Robert Kubica.
There could be some bad news in store for Red Bull Racing. FIA has announced that they are investigating the flexing front wing of the Red Bull car. Read More
With 7 races to go and a break of 4 weeks till the next race, it looks like this season is going down to the wire.