Hungarian GP – Massa Actually does Win

{ Posted on Aug 05 2008 by dScribe }
Categories : Formula 1 Races

I can’t imagine what Felipe Massa is feeling right now. After some dodgy drives this year he put together a stunning and perfect performance on Sunday – and all for nothing. Well, almost for nothing…

Felipe Massa – He may not have finished first, but he definitely won on Sunday. Felipe has won our respect and no doubt the respect of many others. More importantly – he broke Lewis Hamilton – a psychological victory that is possibly worth more than 10 points. Lewis was miles quicker than anyone all weekend, yet Felipe managed to break his confidence by sticking it to him in the first corner. Lewis, surprisingly, had no comeback after that. As the track warmed up, so did Massa. 3 laps from his most outstanding victory ever his hopes went up in smoke… Let’s hope he doesn’t get too depressed over the result. At the end of the day he’s still in the championship fight and he’s proved he would be a worthy champion to everyone.

Timo Glock – Wow. Where did Toyota come from? Again, another driver bouncing back from an accident with such a strong drive! Definitely up there with Massa for driver of the day! :)

Lewis Hamilton – Everything was pointing to Lewis completely dominating again, until Massa broke that sense of invincibility. Very unlucky with yet another tyre failure. Keeps it interesting I guess :)

Kimi Raikkonen – Fernando Alonso is really starting to cause problems for Kimi in races isn’t he? The fact is though, Kimi should be further up the front in qualifying so he doesn’t have to deal with passing Alonso for the majority of the race. He had great race pace once in clear air. Makes you wonder what could have been… Still, valuable points in the bag so not a total disaster like previous races.

Heikki Kovalainen – Some may question why we put Heikki so far down on the review… Well, he wasn’t really a factor in the race despite winning it. It’s like Heikki is just there for the ride. The performance difference between him and Lewis is ridiculous. Let’s hope this victory gets the monkey off his back and increases his confidence so he can close that gap. Needless to say, Heikki was very lucky to inherit the win from Massa. At least he seems like a nice bloke so congrats Heikki! Just make sure it’s not a one-off!! 8)

Renault – A good strong race from both drivers. It’s always interesting to see how Nelson Piquet Jr keeps coming from a terrible grid position to a good result lately. And this time he didn’t even need the help of the pace car! ;)

BMW – Hmm… Has development stopped?

Refuelling Rigs – How many fires can you have in one day? Thankfully no-one was hurt. I wonder if the manufacturer of these rigs is the same manufacturer that’s made them all these years. It’s one thing that they don’t seem to work half the time, it’s another thing when safety is an issue…

6 Responses to “Hungarian GP – Massa Actually does Win”

  1. Massa: Thumbs Up !!
    Kimi : Thumbs down
    Heiki : Lucky strike
    Lewis : Aggressive, not necessarily fast
    Alonso : Piquet catching up fast..
    Timo & Trulli : Revelation of Toyota as a super-power

    Next year, Toyota will be among the top 3 and in 2 years…??

    The first thing I really noticed with Massa was a reflection of schumi in the first few laps… After he locked in the first corner and made the awesome (payback for Germany) move on Lewis, took absolute care of his tyres for the first 3 laps, a reminiscence of MS. On the other hand an agitated lewis veered left and right and spoilt his tyres and lost pace… The second stint had him do the same and eventually puncturing it.. It still showed the Aggressiveness in him but didnt show the “Controlled Aggression”
    He still is the man for the title but Massa might have taken a huge psychological advantage over him…

    Hope they replace Kimi this year itself(NOT with Alonso tho’ Plzzz).. He really doesnt see anything to motivate him after the ultimate drivers title last year..

    Glocks drive was brilliant, but standard procedure.. nothing out of the book… Alonso shud eye a seat for toyota next year (Hope he builds them and not break them… I am still angry with him for not congratulating Piquet on his 2nd place in Hockenheim)

    Finally, the heat was just too much to bear for the fuelling rigs and poor Massa’s Ferrari… But 10 points for awesome driving…The REAL winner…

  2. Oops.. Sorry Heiki, I forgot to mention about you. Congratulations on your first win !!

  3. Robin Stephen, why would Ferrari replace Raikkonen?
    Looking back to last year, he had a slump somewhere in the season and he was even worse off than he is now (5 points behind Lewis? That’s not too bad, especially compared to the twenty-something points behind the leader last year). And then he won the championship.
    What’s really annoying is the people who always say that he has lost his motivation or should be replaced at Ferrari during his not-so-good part of the season are usually the ones who say that they knew he was going to win all along and have supported him all the way.
    Give the man a chance.

    Oh, and did you read what Alonso said about Kovalainen? Something along the lines of how he’s “not allowed to win” under McLaren’s watch because it has to be all about Lewis.

  4. Caitlin, I am a big fan of Kimi more than any driver in the circuit but very honestly have to admit that he doesnt seem to be the same Kimi anymore. I really hope that I am proved wrong but the very mushed talk in the garages tell us that he might not push for one more year.

    He sure has the capacity to answer us with his driving, but if I were the team manager I would give No.1 status to Massa and push him to snatch the title from Lewis.

    And Loud mouth Alonso says a lot man… Keep him behind..

  5. Yeah, I’m a Kimi fan too, but I think it’s best when people just let him do his thing.
    Although I think Raikkonen’s got another championship in him, I would LOVE to see Massa take it this year.
    Actually, pretty much anyone except Hamilton. But that will be a hard thing to do.


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