Thanks to all the people who sent in their Top Five moments of the season. There were some really good ones, well expressed.
It was a crazy year, with some great moments on the track and some totally insane goings on off the track. Hopefully there will be no return to the hyper politics of this year, but I do fear that the next negotiation over the Concorde Agreement post 2012 is going to get bloody. Behind the scenes it is the topic on the minds and lips of all team principals at the moment.
I read all your entries and have picked out five winners, based on what they said and in many cases the way they said it. There were some common themes; Webber’s win in Germany was very popular as was Kobayashi’s debut, the Fisi vs Kimi Spa battle and Button’s drive in Brazil.
These were the five that entertained me the most:
No 38 – Steve Q
No 79 – Pierre
No 85 – Chris Bird
No 130 – Rhys Xanthis
No 158 – Rich Gibbons
Congratulations. We will be in touch with you after the holiday period to get addresses and a signed copy of my 2009 yearbook will be sent off to you.
As for my Top Five Moments of the year they are as follows:
1. Barcelona Test – Day 1 of testing for the new Brawn Mercedes car. It happens once every ten years or so that you are at a test and you see a car which is so obviously right, so perfect straight out of the box and so darned fast. I remember talking to Jenson that evening and he was bouncing up and down with excitement. Ross Brawn seemed very pleased. It was obvious what would happen next.
2. Spa – Fisi on pole in a Force India on merit – I’ve seen those Force India guys toiling away just as hard as any other team and for such scant rewards in recent years. It was a great to see such joy on their faces. Fisi drove well in the race, but Kimi Raikkonen did better. The Ferrari wasn’t a match for the Force India on the day (yes, you read that right) but he overcame him through stealth and opportunism with KERS. It was a brilliant motor race.
3. Silverstone – Friday morning was full of drama after FOTA announced they were breaking away to start their own series. This was serious and it was so unbelievably tense in the paddock. But Sunday as the grid formed up was THE moment – a sell out crowd, the sheer passion and enthusiasm of the fans was fantastic. It sent out a signal of how great F1 can be. Vettel then drove a blinder.
4. Alonso’s press briefing in Suzuka when he could finally talk about joining Ferrari after almost a year of saying “Wait and see”. There is a thrilling energy about these landmark press conferences and you sensed that this was a big moment – a great champion signing for Ferrari, the start of a new era.
5. Button running down the pit lane at Monaco – he must have lain in bed all his childhood dreaming of winning the Monaco GP and he did it in great style. But then he cocked it up by forgetting that this is the one race where you drive up to the Prince’s box on the start line to get the trophy. The running man bit was so far off the script it was hilarious.
Thanks to everyone for visiting the site this year, for leaving such interesting comments and for spreading the word and letting others know about it.
The site has grown way beyond my expectations and I’ve really enjoyed the interactivity with you all. We’ve got some exciting developments planned for 2010 and I look forward to it with great enthusiasm.
Tomorrow we will have the introduction to a themed series of posts which will run over the holiday period, and I will welcome your ideas and feedback.
Happy Christmas to you all.