Re: F1 - 2011
Wasn't it crazy! It's the first time I've seen the cars held in place on the grid like that, and as soon as I saw tyre carts being shuttled down the pit lane and out on to the track I knew it was pretty much game over. It's a remarkable piece of good fortune for Red Bull, given the likelihood that Vettel's tyres were going to give up on him. Sad. I don't think I'd have been as disappointed if they'd ended the race, or if there'd been some safety car drama to close things up for a few laps.
I must admit I wasn't much of a Button pusher in the past but he's really matured into an excellent driver in the last few seasons with top-level cars. His first stop was especially unfortunate timing, coming in just before the safety car and giving up track position. But for the late red-flag he could well have capitalised on a Vettel-Alonso skirmish. But never mind, he still made the podium.
McLaren do look like they're over-thinking things at the moment: that Q3 brinkmanship which cost Hamilton a decent grid spot was unnecessary, and their pit strategy hasn't been sharp over the last few races. Also, someone needs to give Hamilton a hard word or few - nobody doubts his ability in the car but he's digging himself a hole with his conduct on-track and in front of the media.
Lastly, it's great to get some F1 chat going in the forums again, let's try and keep this up for the rest of the season!