A Quandary

I am wracked with indecision.

The Formula One season has begun.  (I can hear my mom jumping for joy).  

The first race this season is in Melbourne, Australia.  This makes for some time zone gymnastics but thanks to the miraculous invention of the DVR it is not a big deal.

However I have a problem.  Because the race is in Australia, that means it is on my television starting at midnight.  Normally, I would just go to bed.  But tonight I am tempted to stay up. 

This temptation has been brought on by the fact that qualifying was rained out last night.  This doesn’t happen very often, but it does happen.  Do you know what this means?  It means they will have to run qualifying before the race starts.  So that will be on NBCSports (America’s new home of F1) starting at 11.  But if I stay up to watch qualifying, I will want to stay up for the race.  And if I stay up for the race I will be up until about 3am.  

I have to be at work at 7am so staying up until 3am is probably not a good idea.  But I am not sure I can resist.  Watch this space.

The Australian Grand Prix Report

Or, The Ice Man Returneth.

It’s true.  The Ice Man, also known as Kimi Raikkonen has returned to Formula One after spending 2 years driving rally cars and drinking Red Bull or whatever it is Kimi does when he isn’t racing.  I am happy to see him back.  I like him.  Unfortunately he had to do his returnething from P18 during the race thanks to some sort of communication error or something during Qualifying.

Qually didn’t go much better for your hero and mine, the lovely and talented Fernando Alonso.  His Ferrari got away from him after only 2 laps in Q2 and he beached it.   He ended up starting 12th.  Massa was even further back  He started in 16th place.  The Ferrari’s are not looking all that great.

The Renault team is now called Team Lotus, and their other driver started the race from P3, right behind Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button, both from McLaren. Red Bull’s defending world champion Sebastian Vettel was up there too, starting from the 7th spot, behind Michael Schumacher and Mark Webber.

When the race started Button took off like he had been shot out of a cannon and it was basically all over from there.  He won handily, and should be pleased because he drove a very good race.  Vettel ended up coming in second, and Hamilton, who had started on pole, slipped back and finished third.  He didn’t look too happy about it either.

Alonso managed to finish fifth after struggling with the car all afternoon.  That thing looks like a pig to drive.  But it was better than I expected, and hopefully things will improve from here.  Massa was having an okay race until he got into with with Bruno Senna and ended up breaking his car.  That is a DNF for him.

Anyway, I didn’t blog about F1 last year, much to the dismay of my many fans (ha ha ha).  But this year I plan to get back into the habit.  This week’s report is a little short because I have a lot of stuff going on at work right now.  Hopefully I can be more in-depth next week after the Malaysian Grand Prix.

I know mom is counting down the minutes.