Well,last race before the break,8 more races and we're done with 2010.
Today was pretty disappointing,as most of this season has been,for MS and fans like myself: joy on the other side of the fence,I'd imagine.
That said,some of the comments on here are pretty sad-don't care for the trolls but also from some of the others whose opinions I respected...
When they changed the rules in 2009 I was hoping for a better spectacle as on paper they were meant to emphasize the role of the driver more,but judging by the way these two seasons have played out I think they've only made it worse,overall. Car performance is dependent on track characteristics than ever before,and areas that were of secondary importance to driver talent in the past (quite rightly so) such as tyre expertise/being a tyre engineer cum driver are now at the very top of an F1 driver skillset. In the current era,you mustn't push too hard,brake too late,or carry too much speed into a corner as that will take the sheen off your tyres-and you'll suddenly find yourself 4 tenths off the pace. The upside to the rule changes was that it handed more control to the driver-IMO this is has been completely negated by the effect of other,'pointless' variables,which is now amplified to a ridiculous extent. If the car is good on your tyres (at standard temperature,pressure and humidity conditions,of course!) at a certain track
,on a certain weekend
,and you are a careful driver
,you will do well,provided you aren't aggressive,ballsy or interesting in any way. Doing your math before a session and listening to the engineer's driving tips is also extremely important: if the crown's at T1 and the tyre wall is at T2,you ought to take it easy through Eau Rouge etc.....Last season Button-the eventual world champion-was hopeless at some races and was beaten by RB,all because he couldn't get enough temperature into his tyres. Too cold-X wins; too warm,it's going to be Y's weekend.
MS is old school. I don't think he gives a damn about any of these things and maybe just wants to head out there and do his best with whatever's at his disposal,but then things have changed.....I'm sure he realizes just as much. As a person he is remarkably intelligent and insightful- this will stand him in good stead as he adapts,of that much I am certain.
Rosberg: good job thus far. To me he'll always be a bit meh. Used to defend him in 2006,'07 and '08 when people called him overrated-stand by the same now. Good driver,not overrated at all,but not in any way excellent.
Anyway,I've personally had about enough with this era. It's a bit of a poker game to me-if all variables are in place for a team you are guaranteed a formation grid (RBR,RBR,Ferrari,Ferrari) because talent plays very little part in the process. Excellent entertainment,however. A lot of people walked away when the turbos were banned,when the cars were neutered or when grooves were introduced because it shattered some notion of the sport they'd held in their minds: this one's done exactly that for me. Yeah,MS is struggling,I'm sure he'll fare much better in 2011,but what's the point when you could just as easily swap him for a Bridgestone engineer or a data analyst somewhere?