1. Lewis Hamilton takes victory at the Indianapolis Grand Prix
2. Alonso and Hamilton fighting for the lead
3. Spurs defeat Cavaliers to win their 4th NBA title in 9 seasons
1. Real Madrid winning the La Liga title for the 30th time
1. Barcelona losing the La Liga title despite defeating Gimnastic
(The video quality isn’t great.)
F1 is coming to India, if you believe what Suresh Kalmadi is saying. (He can easily go back on his words, but if BBC is quoting something, then it should be authentic.)
The Indian Olympic Association says it has reached an agreement with Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone to stage a Grand Prix in New Delhi from 2009.
IOA president Suresh Kalmadi said the agreement was preliminary and conditional on having a venue approved.
The city does not currently have a racing track.
“We have received a letter in this regard from Bernie Ecclestone,” said Kalmadi. “The IOA will be the promoter, the first event will be held in 2009.”[Link]
I am off to New Delhi in 2009. Watching a street race would surely be a lot of fun. Imagine a McLaren and Ferrari driving past the India Gate or the Raisina Hill areas. It will be quite awesome.
Last weekend was blessed with some superb sporting action. The French Open final between Nadal and Federer, the Catalunya MotoGP, the Canadian GP, the La Liga and a cricket match was also thrown into the midst of these things.
1. Lewis Hamilton takes victory at the Canadian GP
2. Nadal defeats Federer (I like Federer but Nadal was just better yesterday.)
3. Stoner takes victory from Rossi
1. Nistelrooy scoring for Real Madrid and Raul Tamudo scoring for Espanyol, thus putting Real Madrid in the best possible position for the title.
1. Robert Kubica’s Crash at the Canadian GP (I just stopped thinking about the race after this incident. It was quite horrendous. People have compared it with Barrichello’s accident at Imola in 1994.)
1. Synchronized spinning of Trulli and Rosberg at the Canadian GP
(am not able to find a video of this. Please leave a comment if you know where the video is. I will add it here)
Two laps later Rosberg and Trulli were battling for position and engaged in a highly comical exchange of synchronized spinning at turn one. Montreal did host the Olympics at one point but never previously considered this art form as a sport. [Link]
Rosberg Trulli synchronized spin (I am not able to put the video directly here)
Thanks to mj.
1. Messi scores a “Hand of God” like goal against Espanyol
Maybe he wants to emulate Diego Maradona in the infamous aspects also.
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Michael Schumacher will head into retirement at the end of this season after the Brazilian Grand Prix at Interlagos. It is always better to quit when everyone asks why, rather than when. And I am happy that Michael has decided to call it a day. I don’t like him too much, but there should be no disrespect for someone who has achieved so much. F1 will never be the same again.
For the tifosi fans, they might never see another great champion like Michael, for F1 fans they might not see another driver who has dominated the sport successfully for nearly a decade and for the critics they might not see a more controversial champion. Success never comes without controversy and Schumacher has had his fair share of controversy in the last decade and half. With 90 wins, 1354 points and seven world titles till date, there will most probably never be another champion like Schumacher, but will he be considered the greatest of all drivers or will his legacy last as much as that of Senna, Prost or Fangio is another matter altogether. Frankly, I feel that his name will be there in the list of all time greats just looking at his achievements statistically. He will never be forgotten like other drivers who had won a couple of championships and most probably never be beaten with respect to the records.
Just for on-track performance his achievements will be in par with drivers of any other era, but how those achievements have come leads to questioning of Schumacher’s genius. Geniuses needn’t be great. Geniuses generally come with that swagger about them, that touch of arrogance about what they do and without that touch of arrogance they seem to be lost. Schumacher was a genius in the sport and his performances reflect that. But, greatness is more than just being a genius. In footballing terms the debate of genius vs. greatness can be the debate between Maradona and Pele. Pele might not have been a genius but he is a great soccer legend, but Maradona is a footballer non-pareil on the field.
Greatness is about character along with ability. And Schumacher stutters here a little bit. Michael’s first title was clinched after a collision with Damon Hill in 1994. Then in 1997, he was stripped of his second place in the championship after colliding with Jacques Villeneuve. There have been other moments like the Ferrari team asking Barrichello to move to let Michael take the win in 2003 and of late Michael stopping at the last corner in Monaco. It is small things like these that add up and shroud the achievements of Schumacher. Maybe they don’t shroud them, but any discussion about Michael will involve this darker side also. It is not that other drivers haven’t had their dark sides, but it is the length of these events that have led people to point a finger at Michael. Schumacher might just not be remembered the way in which he would dearly like to be remembered.
Ferrari has had to play a major part in his career. He turned Ferrari from also-rans on the field to one of the sport’s most dominant forces along with a couple of his trusted lieutenants. Ross Brawn and Rory Byrne joined him from Benetton in 1996 and Jean Todt joined Ferrari a year later. They turned Ferrari into a winning machine and the tifosi will never forget the era in which Ferrari dominated to win 6 constructors and 5 drivers titles from 1999 to 2004. Rules were changed to ensure that the sport had more competition but Ferrari proved that they can be up to the mark irrespective of what the conditions and rules are. This should be considered one of the greatest achievements of the Schumacher era – Changing of rules by the FIA to stop schumacher from winning (or as they will claim it to make the sport more competitive.). But, the stay in Ferrari also had its share of problems, as he insisted that he be the number 1 driver. Though Barrichello and Massa might not like it too much, they were the submersive number two’s who had a role to play in Michael’s success.
Schumacher also had his fair share of on-track rivalries. First with Damon Hill in 1994, then with Jacques Villeneuve in 1996 and 1997, Mika Hakkinen in 1998, ’99 and 2000, Raikkonen in 2003 and not Alonso in 2006. But, no one withstood his attack for prolonged periods. His rivals came and went, but Michael stood there to fight and kept on winning for a much longer time than expected. Schumacher had it all in his bag, Speed, talent, work ethic and above all the killer instinct to demolish opppnents.
If the late 80′s and early 90′s belonged to the legacy of the Senna-Prost rivalry, then the first decade of the new millenium is undoubtedly belongs to Schumacher.
Kimi Raikkonen moves to Ferrari to take the place of Michael. He might replace Michael as the number one driver, but he cannot reach the status of Michael unless he starts winning a few drivers championships. He might walk into that car without any problems, but will not be able to fill the void left by Michael.
In the midst of the entire retirement saga, it has been forgotten that Michael won his 90th race today. Raikkonen took the second place, while Kubica took the third place. Kubica looks a very good prospect and I feel that in a couple of years time he will move to one of the top teams.
Well, this is as sensational as it can get. It seems that BMW boss Mario Theissen has spoken to Michael about a possible move to BMW for the 2007 season. Read the article here.
Mr. Theissen keep trying and you are trying to get the best for your team. That is indeed good news for your team. The article says that he has offered Michael something near $100mn for a season. Yes, Michael can make a difference to the team and most probably if he arrives he will bring Jean Todt and Ross Brawn (provided he doesn’t take a sabbatical next year). But, will he do it in the first place?
Most probably, NO. First and foremost, he is nearing the end of his career. He might drive for one more year and would like to end his career on a high, either by winning the drivers championship or atleast go down fighting for it. He wouldn’t want to be a also-ran in the championship. Secondly, after 10 years at the helm of Ferrari, he might not relish the move to another F1 team and the tifosi might not like it at all. And lastly, he does not have the time he had 10 years ago to build a team at BMW as he had at Ferrari. (Remember, that Ferrari were struggling before Micheal arrived in 1996. Their last drivers title came in 1979 before the title in 2000) The only thing in favour of the BMW team is that Michael is a German (though settled in Austria) and the team is also German (BMW bought Sauber).
If he indeed moves, then Alonso and Kimi can think about the drivers championships without thinking about Micheal. And Micheal can keep fighting for the final championship points.
Sometimes it makes me wonder if every race would be as exciting as the Hungarian Grand Prix yesterday, there would be nothing better to do on Sundays, except wait for the five red lights to go off. It was quite amazing to watch Button come from 14th position to clinch his 1st victory. It has taken 116 starts for this to happen and it couldn’t have come at a better time for Button and Honda. Anyway, yesterday’s race was all about incidents and it all started right from the first few laps. With Alonso charging his way forward and Schumacher struggling, it promised lots of fireworks. He just drove past Schumacher as if he was overtaking someone on the road, but alas the Bridgestones were struggling in the wet conditions. Anyway, there was the Kimi accident, the Fisichella spin and much more to keep everyone occupied. And the producer didn’t have any idea of which battle to focus on.
Things started to take a bad turn after the second pit-stop for Alonso. Though a wheel nut could be seen to be coming out, the problem quoted was that of a drive shaft failure. And it ended what promised to be an inspired performance starting from 15th on the grid. And it also gave Schumacher the chance to close the gap. But, for once luck was not on the side of Michael and Ferrari. Justice was done and Michael stopped with 3 laps to go. He was involved in a good fight with De La Rosa and Heidfeld and Pedro’s overtaking was quite superb. He waited for the oppurtunity and overtook Micheal very cleanly. While all this was happening, Button was driving his way to glory and was least bothered about what was happening behind as the cars in positions 2 and 3 were slowing themselves down so much that the gap increased from 18secs to 37secs in the space of 8 laps.
Watch out for Robert Kubica. Though he was disqualified later for running an underweight car, he looked really promising. The raw agression, ability to overtake cleanly and the ability to push when required. He finished 7th as per the classification before he was disqualified. Anyone remember what happened in 1991. A certain driver drove as a replacement driver in Jordan and finished 7th in his first race. And he has gone on to win a meagre 7 world championships after that. Anyway, at this point there are no comparisons.
Read this article: Bridgestone and Microsoft get exclusive F1 contracts
This poses a lot of questions for the teams as such, but for Microsoft and Bridgestone, this is the beginning of a new era in F1. Bridgestone has been a long-term supplier of tires to F1 teams (Read Ferrari). The contract for Electronic Control Units (ECU’s) which control the engine management software has been awarded to MES (This is a collaboration between Microsoft and Siemens.). There is not much information on how the cost is going to get reduced.
Now, imagine what all problems can engines controlled by Microsoft software bring on to F1:
1. At full speed, the engine management software will say ‘Press CTRL-ALT-DEL to restart the system’.
2. On the Steering another button will get added. This will be the button to reset the engine in case of any problems in the middle of the race.
3. At 150mph the driver will be asked a question which would require him to ‘Press Y or N’ to proceed.
4. There might be cases which during the race when the driver might be required to download software to check if the copy of engine management software is genuine or not.
5. Might help Schumacher to stop in the middle of the track and get away with it. Software stopped the car and said ‘FYI. The system is going to shut down in 30secs.’
6. Who is going to get the contract for Anti-Virus software? Naturally with Windows you get all the problems for free. (And on the same lines for Malware, removal of spyware…)
You should be able to think of many more questions and wonder what all can make the Blue Screen of Death appear.