The Japanese Grand Prix [Spoilers]
Again we return to my favorite race on the calendar, The Japanese Grand Prix. I’m not alone in this favoritism; many drivers and teams say they greatly enjoy this race as well. How could you not? Nestled in the foothills of the Suzuka mountains in Mie Prefecture, it’s a wonderful setting for a Formula 1 event.
The track itself is unique in its figure 8 configuration, and contains several classic corners; in summation this is one of the highlights of the season for fans and participants alike.
The Race [SPOILERS]
All you need to know is the first lap is a disaster. Alonso put out of the race along with Nico Rosberg; Alonso pressing Kimi just a bit too hard results in a puncture and a cloud of dust… The end of his race. Not exactly how he wanted the day to turn out. Kobayashi seizes the opportunity to slot himself into second place right behind Vettel, and we’re off for a decent portion of the event.
Sergio Perez has a very close pass on Hamilton early on heading into the hairpin in which he goes into full lock on three out of four wheels, demonstrating the eagerness required for a jump to a prestegious team like McLaren. However, several laps later he tries to go on the outside of Hamilton in the same spot, overcooking it and putting himself into the gravel.
The real excitement comes toward the final quarter of the race as Kobayashi attempts to defend his 3rd place podium finish from an attacking Jenson Button. For what seems like and endless series of laps, Kobayashi drives his ass off to successfully prevent Jenson from getting DRS until the very last lap and still manages to defend the position for his first ever podium finish. All of this at his home grand prix no less! Well done Kobayashi!