F1: Japanese Grand Prix in six words

By LJ Hutchins

CalendarSunday, October 12th, 2008

 
 

A race that, despite fantastic performances among the middle-order drivers, only served to underline the fact that F1 is a business, not a sport – and the experience of European or North American fans in particular is currently a very long way down its list of priorities.

Overall race report

Business plan requires Ferrari championship win

Drivers

1. Fernando Alonso
Put down marker for 2009 championship
2. Robert Kubica
Duelled with Alonso like old hand
3. Kimi Raikkonen
What? Alonso isn’t the current champion?
4. Nelson A Piquet
Was it enough to save him?
5. Jarno Trulli
Gave sponsors’ guests something to cheer
6. Sebastian Vettel
Punched above team’s weight once more
7. Felipe Massa
Should be embarrassed by FIA behaviour
8. Mark Webber
Got car home driving on canvas
9. Nick Heidfeld
Underperformed for the entire race weekend
10. Sebastien Bourdais
IRL return must look increasingly attractive
11. Nico Rosberg
Reasonable showing at Toyota’s home race
12. Lewis Hamilton
Even his mum couldn’t overlook this
13. Rubens Barrichello
An uneventful showing amidst drive uncertainty
14. Jenson Button
At least he’s beaten Force Indias
15. Kazuki Nakajima
Not what Toyota had in mind
DNF: Giancarlo Fisichella
What fell off his car today?
DNF: Heikki Kovalainen
Did mechanical failure spare his blushes?
DNF: Adrian Sutil
Needs to find himself better drive
DNF: Timo Glock
Anonymous exit from Toyota home boy
DNF: David Coulthard
Didn’t even make it round once

Teams

1. Renault
Might keep team on 2009 grid
2. BMW Sauber
Poised to exploit opportunity that arose
3. Ferrari
Nothing good to say – say nothing.
4. Toyota
Could have done with better race
5. Toro Rosso
Customer teams can’t get too presumptuous
6. Red Bull
Pwned by Toro Rosso weekly now
7. Williams
Can they continue through 2009 season?
8. McLaren
It’s like Montoya’s made a comeback
9. Honda
An open invitation to Alonso, eh?
10. Force India
Should last until first Indian GP

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