Friday, June 12, 2009

Formula 1: Title in the bag for Jenson

In every sports event, there comes a time when one team or one player dominates the game so successfully that competitors compete for the runner up title than the championship title itself.

Michael Schumacher and Ferrari were so dominant during their time from 1999 to 2004 that the championship title was already decided with a few races to go-- 13 races straight with a Schumacher win with 6 more to go. How dominant is that?

But for fans and F1 nuts like me—BORING! Jenson Button of Brawn GP, winning 6 out of 7 races this season alone makes one boring championship season. Brawn GP is so superior today in aerodynamics combined with the McLaren raw power underneath its hood much like the Ferraris of the Schumacher era. It is like watching the 1992 Barcelona Olympics when the USA, headed by Jordan, Magic Johnson and Larry Bird, went on to display superiority against the rest of the world by winning an average of 40 points a game. Where is the excitement? The adrenaline rush?

Two years ago, the title wasn’t decided until the last race of the season when Kimi Raikkonen of Ferrari won the Driver’s Championship trophy from Lewis Hamilton by a single point taken from the last race of the season.

Last year, the battle was between Felipe Massa of Ferrari and Lewis Hamilton with the latter surprisingly winning the Driver’s trophy by a single point as well. What a race that was! Nearly had a heart attack.

Coming into the British Grand Prix with the hometown crowd behind Button, the British driver is expected to score another podium finish. That leaves teammate Rubens Barrichello, Red Bull drivers Vettel and Webber and the Ferrari duo of Massa and Raikkonen coming out for scraps for either second or third.

McLaren is already looking forward to next year’s race with Hamilton describing his current car as a complete failure. While the issue between budget caps has not been settled yet by FOTA (Formula One Teams Association) and the governing body, the FIA, this nut looks ahead to more boring and redundant wins for Jenson Button and Brawn. (Yawn)

Stay tuned.