||[Jun. 22nd, 2008|09:17 pm]
Ferraris got an excellent start. Also Trulli kept his position as third. Toyota had some grief with the team’s former principal Ove Andersson, who was killed recently during an historic car rally in South Africa, so Trulli was wearing a black band around his upper arm and so did all the team. Also the car had a black line on it.
Button hurt his front wing and visited the lawn, but he just got to the pit to get a new wing and on the road again! What a pity, that about 13 laps later he had to retire as the only driver in the whole race. I really felt sorry for him.
Hamilton passed Alonso and slightly hitted his car, and not long after that he made his first pit stop. I wonder was the passing quite wise or was the stop due to the hit.
The first three had been the same persons practically the whole race through, but then Kimi got some mechanical problems: his right exhaust pipe was loose, and Felipe passed him. Weird enough, Ferrari didn´t take him in. The problem was probably one that would take too much time to repair.
Räikkönen went to the pit about 15 laps after the problem showed up. It was an ordinary pit stop with tyres changed and fuel added. They didn´t do anything to the exhaust pipe.
Massa was so far away from the second driving Räikkönen, that he could easily take his position as a first driver back after his last pit stop.
Only a few laps left, and we saw a most exciting battle between Trulli and Kovalainen. Heikki tried hard to pass Jarno, and I jumped up and down on the sofa screaming "noo!" Luckily Jarno win, and could dedicate the podium to Ove Andersson. I think it would´ve been unfair if Kovalainen would have ruined that.
Trulli, who got his own the national anthem played even he didn´t stand in the middle podium, looked happy. Tehee, the Italians must have had real cool time while all the persons on the podium were Italia-related somehow: two driving in an italian team and one being an Italian himself.