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“He Gets Out of the Ruddy Car!”

Each day, it’s almost as though I can hear the clamoring of the literally five or six spambots who read this blog: “Organic opinion-expressing unit designated ‘Robyn’: explain lack of blog posts for commenting on with special deals. FREE Penis Enlargement Sample – get your hard long one today!”

So, to all you hardworking spambots (and anyone else who might check this blog occasionally), my apologies. The lack of posting has been partially a result of my having to spend a lot of my free time doing stuff I actually get paid for, partially a result of general laziness, and partially brought about by deep antipathy related to quite a bit of my blog content mysteriously disappearing not too long ago. (According to WordPress, I was the one who deleted it — but unless I did it in my sleep, I have to respectfully disagree!) Trying to get back in the habit of regular posting now, though, so please bear with me, faithful bots!

That was some race in Turkey, which of course by now has been covered to death by everyone everywhere. After Sebastian Vettel’s crash in Friday practice, I said in an e-mail exchange with a couple friends that I. . .wait, let me quote: I didn’t “. . .know how this [would] affect Seb’s confidence level.” I had to concede that there was every chance it might not affect it, because, after all “he’s a pretty ridiculously confident guy — but he’s also very superstitious. . . .” And considering what happened at that circuit last year, I couldn’t help but wonder about his emotional and mental state going into qualifying on Saturday.

Well, as we know now, he showed there had never been anything to worry about. Never anything at all. If anything, he and the team displayed more confidence than usual. Sure, okay, they apparently had talked about that qualifying strategy even before Seb’s crash — but in order for it to have really been feasible, they had to lay down some serious fast laps in Q3. Yes, I get that it’s possible to claw your way up the field these days, a la Mark Webber in China, especially if your tire situation is good — but is that something anyone really wants to have to put themselves through if they don’t have to? I find it almost impossible to believe being in that position is going to be anyone’s first choice. What they did took balls, is what I’m saying. The title of this post comes from David Hobbs, on SpeedTV’s coverage of qualifying, talking about the effect that strategy would have on other teams’ states of mind, as Seb and Mark chilled out in the garage while others were frantically trying to beat their last lap times.

Peter Windsor has written that, on Seb’s pole lap, he had DRS activated before the third apex of Turn 8. This is not something someone does when they’re a bit lacking in confidence after a big crash the day before. You should just go read what Peter Windsor has to say about all that, because he, unlike me, actually knows what he’s talking about. Not that his description of Seb’s “astonishing feel for grip and harmony at the daunting Turn 8 corner” is going to change any of the haters’ minds or make them stop thinking pretty much any idiot could be driving the RB7 and laying down almost record-breaking laps — but, if it were up to me, they’d all read that post anyway.

As Karun Chandhok put it in his most recent column, Seb is “. . . just driving in an unbeatable zone of self-confidence and belief.” There are plenty of people doubting Sebastian Vettel’s abilities right now, but, thankfully, Sebastian Vettel is not one of them.

As for the race itself, there has been much talk about how overtaking was artificial/too easy/boring, about DRS being the work of the devil, etcetera. I can see both sides, and some of those overtakes weren’t exactly edge-of-your-seat thrilling maneuvers, I’d agree. But I wouldn’t go so far as to say DRS is ruining the racing for me as a spectator. To me, it seems like a bit of fine tuning with regard to where the DRS zones are designated at each circuit is probably a good idea, but it doesn’t seem like an insoluble problem. The drivers’ opinions about DRS certainly do seem to vary widely, with Rosberg, Hamilton, and Alonso saying they’re cool with it and Heidfeld, Barrichello, and Webber not seeming quite so enamored. Webber was presumably even less enamored of the news that teams will be free to use DRS in Monaco, a situation he argued posed potential safety risks.

Finally, in the aftermath of the race, a lot of discussion has centered around Michael Schumacher, especially in light of his comments that this season has not been one of “big joy” for him. I began to write about this — and write and write and write, until I realized that’s going to need to be an entirely separate post. So spambots, start your engines! You’ll have yet another post to comment on soon.


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