October 23, 2005

Formula 1 – Frustrations of a Kimi fan

Again my sundays are grand prix-less and I sit here and can't help but wonder how it all went wrong. Few would deny that for at least 2/3rds of this season Kimi was the man, OK Alonso fans – shut up – ur in denial, KIMI WAS THE MAN, MAN!!! Yet he still finished a miserable second in the championship, as did Mclaren in the constructor's! They say a workman shouldn't blame his tools, and although in the Mclaren Kimi certainly had the best 'tool', it was certainly flawed in reliability and I can't help but think this season woulda panned out a whole lot different had it had the reliance of the Renault.
Alas, I must remain optimistic that come february all will be fixed and for now appreciate having every other sunday free, but as they say; 'is a bird free from the chains of the skyway". Indeed.

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  1. Jen

    Yes, absolutely, right on, word.

    23 Oct 2005, 00:50

  2. Hmm. I wanted Kimi to win, but didn't really mind too much as long as the winning car wasn't red! What mattered is that the whole season was really exciting.

    I wouldn't say the McLaren was the "best" car – it was the fastest, but also less reliable. It didn't win the championship, therefore wasn't the best car. To get Renault's reliability, the McLaren would have to have been slower (there's always a trade-off) – and Renault were playing safe and well within their limits for the whole second half of the season (see the Chinese GP, where Alonso won easily). It just meant Kimi had to go for it, and he really did.

    Alonso showed in Japan (and actually a few other times this season) that he's brilliant at overtaking – I'd argue slightly better than Kimi even – and I would rank the two of them as the best drivers in F1 this year. Schumacher would normally be up there too, but he has a tendency to switch off when he's not in the hunt for a decent finish.

    23 Oct 2005, 01:03

  3. Mathew Mannion

    I agree with Simon (except I wanted Fernando to win, and Renault to win the constructors. £300 in my back pocket, thankyou William Hill!).

    More importantly, however, is your name really Alan Partridge? That's the most amazing thing ever.

    23 Oct 2005, 01:32

  4. Kimi in a Renault would have wiped the floor with everyone this season.

    23 Oct 2005, 11:15

  5. Sorry Simon but I'm really not a Kimi fan, more of a JPM girl myself and would to see him get the upper hand over Kimi in the McLaren team next season (I was gutted when JPM left one of my long time faves – Williams for McLaren)

    There's no denying Kimi was amazing this season and that his team really did let him down, but Alonso was consistent all year round which with F1 scoring the way it is, is vital.

    Only around 5 months til Melbourne though and I can't wait to see the Button / Ruebens pairing at Honda. Hopefully my withdrawlals on Sundays won't be too bad, lol.

    23 Oct 2005, 13:50

  6. Hmm might let you off. JPM took a long time to settle in at McLaren, unlike when he turned up at Williams. Would be good to see the Cosworth engine come good next year and get Webber and Rosberg in the fight. I know a lot of people don't, but I really rate Button & Rubens too.

    Withdrawal symptoms can be soothed by getting involved in Warwick Motorsport, which is being very active this year!
    [/blatant plug]

    23 Oct 2005, 14:31

  7. Simon – I agree but I think there is such a thing as over-analysis, and by best I did indeed mean fastest.

    Matthew – Alas it is true, I am burdened with the name of a superstar.

    John – Too right (but he should stick with Mclaren because I think next season will be theirs)

    Lara – Juan Pablo is a lazy inconsistent bugger and you know it – back in the day i was a big fan too (remember the 5 poles in a row with Williams and Ralf by his side), but he just never delivered. A few good recent performances but still Ron Dennis shld giv him a kick up the arse. A definite "could do better" for his school report.

    23 Oct 2005, 20:06

  8. Though I haven't been massively into F1, I have been a Kimi-fan since F1 got interesting again.

    And I want him to win in the McLaren (old Hakkinen fan, here!).

    26 Oct 2005, 00:25

  9. A Hakkinen fan? Was that different to just really wanting Michael not to win?

    Sorry, only joking. I suppose someone had to like him.

    26 Oct 2005, 14:42


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