October 28, 2015

2015 US GP Executive Summary: Three is the magic number.

For a week end that threatened to be a complete disaster, the 2015 United States Grand Prix turned out to be a cracker of a race.

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Unfortunately the local broadcaster, NBC Sports, did a shocking job: the literally missed every key moment of the race while in commercial.  In the exciting bits not missed to commercials, producers insisted on cutting away to meaningless canned pieces about tires or, of all things, Lotus nose cones.

Have no fear, Axis is here!

Hamilton made it number 3 treating Rosberg like number 2.

There's  much to criticize about  his public persona but there is no doubt Lewis deserved the championship more than Nico this year,  He had the best car and except for Monaco, he did not make any key errors.  Nico was left with all the bad luck and made mistakes.

Did he have to win it ugly, pushing his teammate off the road again as he had in Suzuka a few weeks back?
Well, champions are hardly ever saints, God knows Alonso and Vettel are not and for sure Senna, Schumacher, Prost or even Fangio never were.
And, like all champions, luck came his way, in Austin with well timed safety cars.

But at the end of the day, it was Rosberg who threw it away, no question about that.

Nico is too polite,  he hasn't really been the same since Spa 2014.  He let Hamilton out-politic him within the team and  how management feels about him was evidenced by the facial expressions after his error.

Next year it might not be the walk in the park it was this season for Mercedes,  the team will certainly rally even more around Lewis.  For Rosberg, prospects of a world championship look very dim at this point.

Mixed conditions favor drivers over machines and we saw great performances from Vettel, Ricciardo, Sainz, Verstappen, Button.  Ferrari's pace bodes well for next year, especially as they are yet to finish spending all their engine development tokens and were running with a "Monza spec" power unit.

Let's hope so and perhaps people will start paying more attention to racing on track rather than praise drivers for their instagram accounts.    We don't want  Lewis Kardashian ending up in a Vegas brothel after all!

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