Sunday, July 22, 2007

And Then There Were Two

Two points, that is, separating World Driving Championship points leader Lewis Hamilton from second placed, and CURRENT World Champion Fernando Alonso. Just yesterday, the points gap was 12. What happened?

How about Alonso grabbing a well-deserved win in the rain at the European Grand Prix at the Nurburgring. The race report at the offcial F1 site said the race was rendered "almost farcical" by the rain.

Alonso passed Ferrari's Felipe Massa in the closing laps, robbing the red team of another victory. Third place went to ... wait, NOT BMW, but Red Bull-Renault! Mark Webber brought it home and got on the box for his troubles.

What happened to Lewis? Planet F1 has this report; fantastic kart races-in-the-rain notwithstanding, apparently Hamilton had a tough time keeping on track and off the grass... stay off the grass, man! Oh well, everyone was wondering when the rookie would make a mistake; I guess today was the day... but wow, dropping TEN POINTS in one race.... yikes. And thus endeth the podium streak at 9 races in a row.

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