Hungarian GP In Excitement SHOCKER!
That's what I'd imagine a red-top paper using as a headline if they gave any more than lip-service to Formula 1. As it is, only the fact of Jensen Button's win got any attention. I'm happy that Jensen finally won a race because for one thing it ends one of the most tedious subjects in F1 journalism - when will he win a race? Having said that, the first win for Jensen (and the first for Honda since the 1960s) wasn't the only great thing about a race from a circuit that usually delivers a snooze-fest.
Certainly if I could only watch 20 laps of that race it would be the first 20. The way Schumacher and Alonso were carving their way through the field from the penalty-caused grid slots was a sight to behold. And when Schumacher's tyres gave up and Alonso was faster, seeing them battle for position on a wet track, taking different lines and getting up close - well, it's just reminding everyone how awesome F1 could be if the cars could be - if the cars could get close without disasterous understeer, if the cars could go off-line without losing all grip, if drivers occasionally made mistakes (and I'm not just talking about MF1 and Super Aguri drivers) so that if you only happened to read the results of the race on Monday morning, you'd at least want to hear how they came about.
Sadly it seems we're only due this level of excitement in a Formula 1 race when it's wet and we've had precious few wet races in recent seasons. I wonder if Mad Max will claim that it's due to global warming and that is why the manufacturer's should get in line with his plans for "green" F1. Well, I wouldn't put anything past him at the moment. The sheer irony that the best race of the season (frankly the only memorable one) was held at what most fans would agree, is the most dull racetrack on the callendar makes it even better. I liked the way that Martin Brundle took the week off (as he did last season) from commentating for ITV and by some coincidence we god Honda's 3rd driver, Anthony Davidson (hereafter refered to as Little Ant) as guest commentator. It was all Little Ant could do at the end of the race to not call Brundle a muppet for missing the best race of the season. Well, in any other year, it would have been a fair decision. Entertaining races only seem to come once a season these days (the last being at Suzuka in 2005) but I see them as a reward for the die-hard fans. Those who say F1 is boring and they're not going to watch any more - well, they missed a treat.