Sunday, November 03, 2013

Jaguar Racing

This is Mark Webber, who is retiring after this year, in 2004 taking a lap at Suzuka, the frequent home of the Japanese Grand Prix.  I have no idea what make of car this is, but I like the Jets green paint job.

Eau-Rouge makes the course at Spa famous.  The Parabolica makes Monza famous.  Everything about Monaco is famous, although you could argue Mirabeau is the highlight.  The left turn at the top of the hill will someday make the Circuit of the Americas famous.  What makes Suzuka famous is the stretch of s-curves that come just after the main straight.  You haul ass down the straight, make a sweeping right turn, collect yourself (in the space of, like, no time at all), and then you're in them.  Or, rather, they're upon you.  Everybody who races at this level can get through them quickly enough, but they do separate the men from the boys when it comes to those final couple of tenths of seconds.

Me?  I've driven this circuit hundreds of times.  On my Playstation 3.  So I know what I'm talking about.

Webber, unlike his sniveling teammate, is a stand up guy.  Formula One will be worse off in his absence.  It would have been nice if he'd won a drivers' championship.  He was very close near the end of maybe 2010, but Vettel nipped him at the end of the season.

Update:  It was a Jaguar.  


Blogger John Harbour said...

I thought you retired from watching/commenting on F1 out of protest of the tire controversy. That said, Webber was the first F1 driver that I followed, and he will be missed. Sucks his last year is overshadowed by his sniveling teammate.

P.S. The grapes (sour) are over on that other tree...

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