Aleksandar • Vacić

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Champion crowned in Brasil

Fernando Alonso is new F1 world champion. With masterful driving in the several first races of the season and with closest rivals having too much reliability problems he succeeded to become the youngest champion ever, at 24 years and almost two months. My sincere congratulations to the man. It is well deserved title for the Spain, who always had drivers in F1.

On the cheerful ;) side of this race, McLaren finally had its long deserved 1-2 finish. Montoya aggressively passed Alonso at the beginning and later Kimi passed him through after Alonso’s first stop (he went first of all). McLarens clearly belong to a class of their own, but it came too late. Too many DNFs, too many problems. They remain my favourite team, never boring to watch. They will most likely win the Constructors title - which is well deserved just the same.

Sidekick of the day: Renault’s mechanic who wore a shirt with “Schumacher who?” written on the back. :)

Spa 2005

The fact that I’m full four days late in writing this is telling enough. Huge work overload in recent weeks is dragging me away from the joys of life…

Perfect track, perfect qualifications, great racing and damn stupid ending. Kimi won, but that 1-2 is so damn elusive… Pizzonia crashed into the back of Montoya with no particular reason other than not paying attention. It ruined the whole damn race for me as it could have been 100% percent perfect.

Spa is never boring and this race was no exception. Horrendous rain throughout weekend amazingly missed the F1 race entirely. I was watching GP2 race before it - it was red-flagged after 2/3 of the race because of the huge crash.

One thing I noted and one of the reasons why is F1 so expensive. Each and every driver that crashed in GP2 could barely walk after getting out of the car and most had injuries either in legs or arms. Nothing serious, but still…In F1, drivers get out of the car and walk away as nothing happened. It was so painfully obvious that GP2 cars are technologically not up to the F1 standards. All those cost-savings talks are stupid and in wain. F1 will always remain very expensive no matter what is done. Ferrari will always have the biggest budget, closely followed by every other factory or semi-factory team (like Toyota, Mercedes, BMW etc).

And for the record - single tyre supplier rule is most stupidest one I have heard in years. I want more manufacturers getting in (like Pirelli and Good Year) not one of two going out. Considering the animosity between FIA and Michelin, it is likely that Michelin will get the kick out. Mosley is certainly trying his best to ruin F1.

Can anyone challenge McLaren?

The Lady Fortune sure can. And seems to delight in doing so.

First Kimi’s engine had to be replaced and he started 10 grid positions back (for the 3rd time this season). McLaren then changes the strategy for him to 1-pit stop and the crazy Finn sets the pole-position time with heaviest fuel load on the grid. That was simply a magnificent lap to behold. Then in the middle of the race his left rear tyre started to go to hell and had to be replaced - 24 laps is too much and he had to push which is impossible with such tyre condition. This ultimately killed all hope of finishing in front of Alonso.

Montoya also had problems with the same tyre and when I saw it 3 laps before the end I could not believe it. Was it possible that both drivers would fail and Renault will be given undeserved 1-2? Luckily, Juan managed to save the tyre and the weekend did not turn into a complete disaster.

Montoya wins monza

Alonso is 99% champion now. Only a miracle and complete twist of Lady Fortune’s mood could make Kimi champ. Too much to wish for…

And in one week time is my beloved Spa. Oh Spa, how long have I waited for you.

Any plan, Mr. President?

How can you take on other countries when you can’t take care of your own citizens? Don’t go there, we need you, here.

Some guy from NO said this on CNN, yesterday. And it’s a bullseye. It’s unbelievable how bad the state response was - for two full days nothing happened and it took them 5 days to actually help anyone. For a country that proud itself as the most competent in the world and where vast majority of citizens think is the best country in world - this must have been an eye opener.

I was simply amazed. At the lack of any plan, any organized effort to do something. Here in Serbia, when something similar happens, government immediately brings the army to help close the holes and evacuate endangered people. Use anything you have, but help the people. That’s the first thing you should do and later think about how much it costs, what to do with damaged houses etc.

Is it really possible that the strongest military in the world could not raise enough helicopters and transportation tracks to do the same ? Is it really possible that they could not make mobile hospitals just outside the NO with hundreds of hospital staff? All that in a matter of hours? I highly doubt.

I was deeply impressed how UK reacted to July 7th bombings. And I’m even more unimpressed how USA not reacted to the flooding. This by itself is a huge embarrassment for the USA, but with all the people dead this is tragedy. USA need some serious reconsideration of its priorities and where the tax-payers money is going. Or Cuba (with sending doctors) and North Korea (I mean, come on…) will have another field day. Sri Lanka offers to send experts for dealing with flood consequences to US? Geez…

I could write pages more but really have no heart for it. Any sane man can see it for him self.