The fact that you are out of the championship hunt should affect your performance – correct? Tell that to Lewis Hamilton! With all eyes on the remaining two protagonists for the 2012 World Championship -Vettel and Alonso – the other combatants on the grid were ignored. Lewis Hamilton apparently was not pleased.
When the red lights at the US 400 million dollars facility departed, Vettel led from the front, followed by his teammate Webber, while Hamilton slotted into third spot. Hamilton showed pace rather early and he didn’t waste time, harassing Webber for the position.
Webber is still in search of a good ‘reader-man’, he succumbed to injuries inflicted by mechanical/electrical gremlins and was forced to abort the mission. He pulled off the track.
Hamilton’s fighter-jet went in search of Vettel’s machine and with a decreasing gap a position swap was imminent. With DRS aiding rapid forward motion, Hamilton, with a show of force and stability, slid by Vettel on Lap 42. Red Bull had no assertive response to Vodafone’s call, so in Austin, the outlaw, Lewis Hamilton, robbed a much deserved victory. I am certain he will be presented with a cowboy hat, boots and a six shooter at some stage – if it has not happened already!
The big picture cannot be ignored though. Ferrari bent the rules a bit and used it to their advantage to put Alonso on the clean line at the start. The move paid dividends and by turn 1 Alonso was in P4. We were certain that with all his difficulties over the weekend he would not offer much fight to the Red Bull machines, so he must be silently thanking Hamilton.
The points gap heading to Austin was 10 (points). As they depart Austin, the gap has gained a slim 3 points. The gap is now 13 points (courtesy of Vettel’s P2 and Alonso’s P3).
So after trekking across the world it will take one more race, the final race of the season, to determine who will sit at the head table. Bernie and company could not have asked for a more intriguing season!As Brazil prepares to make the tough decision do you want to express a view? Will Alonso finally slaughter the Bull and take the championship?
Cecil Munroe Gleaner On-Line Writer