MOTORSPORT /// F1 /// 2014 GRAND PRIX OF BRAZIL (7.11.2014 – 9.11.2014) /// UNWANTED COMMENTARY: SHALL WE DO THIS LIVE?…

  • Hey.
  • Brazil.
  • Interlagos.
  • Let’s do this.
  • Iiinnnttteeerrrlllaaagggooosss…
  • …Officially, Autódromo José Carlos Pace.
  • …Which is in the Interlagos neighborhood of São Paulo.
  • …The biggest city in the Americas.
  • …And, the 12th biggest city in the world.
  • …Wrap your head around that for a moment, if you will.
  • …Yeah.
  • …Big.
  • …And, plopped in the Lungs of the World.
  • …In fact, it’s positioned so that the air from the Atlantic mixes with the air of the Brazilian rainforest and creating a highly volatile weather vortex in a very hot, humid climate.
  • …So, what does that mean for Interlagos?
  • …Expect rain.
  • …Always expect rain.
  • …Even if it never comes, even if the skies appear blue.
  • …Always expect rain.
  • …Today’s forecast calls for storms.
  • …It’s clear as the cars are rolled from the garages to the track.
  • …But, expect those cars to turn to fan boats in a total washout.
  • …Anyway…
  • …The circuit…
  • …It is 4.309km (2.677mi) in length.
  • …15 turns.
  • …Run counterclockwise.
  • …Today, there will be 71 laps.
  • …Which brings the total distance to 305.909km (190.083mi).
  • …For those who complete the task.
  • …And, if the weather holds out.
  • In 2013…
  • …Red Bull’s Vettel took the win.
  • …In his fourth Championship season.
  • …His teammate, Webber, took second.
  • …In his final F1 race, before moving to the WEC.
  • …And, Ferrari’s Alonso nabbed third.
  • …In a Charlie Brown moment, picking up the podium behind the others as he said goodbye to friends.
  • …His BFF, Webber.
  • …And, his longtime teammate, Massa, who was dumped by Ferrari and would be going to Williams.
  • …(And, is anyone -still- not smirking over that move!  Williams. Wow.)
  • Thus far…
  • …It has all been Mercedes’ Rosberg.
  • …No, really.
  • …P1, Rosberg.
  • …P2, Rosberg.
  • …P3, Rosberg.
  • …Q1, Rosberg.
  • …Q2, Rosberg.
  • …Q3, Rosberg.
  • …Following Rosberg (through Qualifying) was a combination of (teammate) Hamilton and the Williams boys, Massa and Bottas.
  • …The end result being Rosberg taking pole, Hamilton beside him, and Massa and Bottas on the second row.
  • …Behind them, former World Champions, looking to end their not-so-stellar seasons (thanks to not-so-stellar cars), McLaren’s Button and Red Bull’s Vettel.
  • …And, so on.
  • …Let’s be honest, does anyone care about anyone other than Massa?
  • …Really.
  • …Hometown hero in a comeback with a comeback team.
  • …The crowd has gone absolutely wild all weekend for the Brazilian.
  • …Be sure to listen for that.
  • …(It’s really cool.  Talk about passionate fans!)
  • The cars are lining up.
  • …Seven-place penalties have Force India’s Perez and Toro Rosso’s Kvyat starting from the back.
  • …And, word has it, Sauber’s Sutil couldn’t get the car out of the pits in time.
  • …So, best case scenario, he starts from the pits.
  • São Paulo in the background.
  • …Is there a cooler circuit placement?
  • …It’s right in the city.
  • …But, not a city circuit.
  • …This circuit, this grand prix, -is- Brazil.
  • Here we go!
  • Rosberg takes the pole and vaults ahead.
  • Reminder that cars may be (at least) starting a little cautiously today.
  • …Not just because it’s the penultimate race.
  • …Points gathering and place and car preservation.
  • …But, because Interlagos was resurfaced.
  • …And, it’s tremendously slippery.
  • The look of the sky varies by turn.
  • …Blue, with puffy white clouds through one corner.
  • …Ominous grey through the next.
  • …I cannot stress what an iconic race this is enough.
  • …And, all in the land of Senna.
  • Massa pits for new tires.
  • …The options were soft and medium.
  • …With wets, if needed, of course.
  • …And, it’s looking like the softs are wearing out quite quickly.
  • Lap 7…
  • …Bottas and Button pit for tires.
  • …VERY close release in the pits.
  • …Bottas wins it in a clean battle.
  • Rosberg pits.
  • McLaren’s Magnussen pits.
  • Massa is looking at a five-second penalty for pitlane speeding.
  • …Bummer, but, it’s early.
  • …(Anyone think he’s excited?)
  • Thanks to pitting…
  • …Force India’s Incredible Hülkenberg takes the lead.
  • …Toro Rosso’s 20-year-old rookie Kvyat behind him.
  • …Teammate Vergne behind him.
  • …And, Lotus’ Grosjean in fourth.
  • …Hamilton is in a battle for seventh with Sutil.
  • …This is what pitting does to the standings.
  • …It’s like The Beatles and Martin, cutting up “Being for the Benefit of Mr Kite!”, tossing the pieces in the air, and putting it back together to get the swirling effect.
  • At Lap 11…
  • …Mr Incredible leads.
  • …Followed by Kvyat and Rosberg.
  • …Oh, how I love seeing that!
  • …Everyone should get a shot at being at the top.
  • …Aw, Rosberg has just leapfrogged Kvyat.
  • …Well, it was fun while it lasted.
  • …I mean, Kvyat started from the back.
  • …And, Mr Incredible is Mr Incredible.
  • Speaking of Mr Incredible…
  • …He’s radioed that the tires aren’t looking so great.
  • …He’ll have to pit for new ones soon.
  • …Bummer.
  • Williams is radioing Massa to tell him he needs to serve that penalty.
  • …Very specific instructions.
  • …He needs a set gap between him and whoever’s behind him at pit time and so on.
  • …And, it sounds like Massa had no idea he had to serve a penalty.
  • By the way, I did mention Sutil in the running.
  • …So, yes, he was able to start.
  • …Yay!
  • The crowd goes wild as Massa passes Kvyat.
  • …There is such excitement in the air.
  • …And, you know, things just stick in that humidity.
  • You watch races like this…
  • …With this energy.
  • …With this action.
  • …With these conditions.
  • …Under this backdrop.
  • …And, how can you not love Formula 1?
  • …There’s this fan mentality in other motorsports that it’s just going around and around, that it’s dull, and so on…
  • …It’s (all) apples and oranges, folks.
  • …So very different.
  • …But (both) so very delicious and nutritious.
  • …Also, I reserve the right to refer to this prejudice as “being stupid, you stupidheads”.
  • …FYI.
  • Hey, so, the topic of the Sauber drama has come up…
  • …And…
  • …I have a question…
  • …Okay, so, if Sutil and (reserve) van der Garde have these existing agreements…
  • …Which, I could swear beyond swear that I had heard about…
  • …And, they are (both) 100% sure that they have…
  • …Because they have these sponsors, these financial backers, couldn’t those entities get involved over breaches?
  • …And, do remember that, technically, legally, even verbal agreements can be held as solid as a written contract.
  • …So, whatever these guys have, Sauber could be in very serious trouble.
  • …Trouble that shouldn’t exist with a corporate attorney with years of F1 experience as Team Principal.
  • …Unless Kaltenborn is some sort of evil genius, working on the diabolical side.
  • …Which, I hope isn’t the case.
  • Speaking of Sauber and Sutil…
  • …Some pit drama for Sutil.
  • …It appears that something with his rear-right wheel was stuck.
  • More pit drama…
  • …Well, not so much drama.
  • …But, it will have an effect on the standings.
  • …Anyway, they’ve got their hands in Bottas’ crotch.
  • …And, yanking.
  • …I am going to go ahead and assume it’s seatbelt-related.
  • …Yep.
  • Holy crap!
  • …Rosberg has slid right off track!
  • …He saves it and gets back on.
  • …Preserving his lead.
  • …But, that was a massive slide.
  • …And, that (definitely) narrows the gap for Hamilton.
  • At Lap 32…
  • …Rosberg, Hamilton, Ferrari’s Räikkönen, and Mr Incredible lead.
  • …I think one of the reasons I love Interlagos may be that Mr Incredible has a knack for taking leads (here).
  • …The first time I covered it, in 2012, he took and held the lead for a nail-bitingly long time.
  • …In the rain.
  • …Oh, man, was it exciting!
  • …That was the race in which Kimi went off, assumed he could get back on by using the old pitlane, found a closed gate, had to turn around, and used his rallying background for some off-roading…
  • …After his whole “Leave me alone, I know what to do, I do all time…” radio action at Abu Dhabi…
  • …Yes, that one.
  • If you needed more pit drama…
  • …Ferrari have just botched Kimi’s stop.
  • …Something happened, something stuck…
  • …It’s going to take one heckuva fight to get that position back.
  • …Darn.
  • …Really, he needed this.
  • …It’s been a brutal season for Mr Of Espoo.
  • Rosberg has just responded to a radio from his team, requesting they stop feeding him gap times between Hamilton and himself.
  • …Good move.
  • …Just drive.
  • …I’m a big fan of just driving.
  • …I know there are people who are motivated by that information, that have that extreme competitiveness.
  • …But, for most people, it just creates nerves, whether conscious or subconscious.
  • …And, nerves create distractions and mistakes.
  • …Just drive, drive it like you love it.
  • …Do your best, because your best is all you can do.
  • …And, that’s good enough for guys like this.
  • Oh, you wanted more drama?
  • …Ricciardo’s Red Bull has just retired.
  • …On replay, braking resulted in a big, black cloud.
  • …So…
  • …That’s it for the Aussie.
  • Mr Incredible and Bottas, around the turn!
  • …Ooo…
  • …Mr Incredible locks up!
  • …He goes wide!
  • …Bottas is forced off track!
  • …My, oh, my…
  • …That was unfortunate.
  • …And, you know, Bottas needed more setbacks today.
  • …By the way, rack up more pit drama for the Finn.
  • …They were digging around the front-right for a while.
  • …This is not Bottas’ day.
  • …But, can it be Hülkenberg’s?
  • …That would be nice.
  • The crowd goes wild with every pass Massa makes!
  • …And, those cheers only get louder when those passes are on a Ferrari!
  • …Case in point, I (actually) just heard the cheering, in North America, from South America, as Massa passed Alonso.
  • …True story.
  • …(Those are the new rules, right?  Make crap up and claim them as truth?)
  • At Lap 49…
  • …Rosberg, Hamilton, Massa, and Button lead.
  • …Mr Incredible is in sixth.
  • …Bottas is in 13th.
  • A 2.5-second stop for Hamilton.
  • …I haven’t covered stop times (this season) as much as I have in the past.
  • …I (still) think a broadcast of just pit stops would be awesome.
  • …And, that there should be some sort of honors for these crews.
  • …Remember when Red Bull beat that two-second barrier (last year)?
  • …Amazing.
  • Oh!!!
  • …Massa started to stop at the wrong garage!
  • …McLaren is right ahead of Williams.
  • …Both resemble Storm Troopers.
  • …That can, and does, happen when drivers get excited.
  • …A perfect mix of smiling and annoyed cringing from (Williams Deputy Team Principal) Claire Williams.
  • …Exactly, Claire.
  • …Ridiculous, but (potentially) costly.
  • …He’s just so excited.
  • …His adrenaline has got to be pumping out of control.
  • …Running third at home.
  • …With his dad and (brother) Dudu, looking on.
  • …I saw his dad on yesterday’s Qualifying broadcast and, suddenly, panicked, thinking I’d lost a few decades.
  • …He’s Future Felipe.
  • …And, it’s a party when Dudu’s in the house.
  • …This is my story and I’m sticking to it.
  • …Felipe’s wife, Raffaela, and son, Felipinho, are (also) there.
  • …Okay, honestly, how cute is that family?
  • …Holy crap.
  • …Is that even legal?
  • …How sweet would a win be for this comeback kid, with this comeback team?
  • Word has it that Mr Incredible has yet to use (both) tire options.
  • …Which, in F1, you have to do.
  • …So, there’s going to be a swap-out.
  • …But, when and what effect will it have on his performance.
  • At Lap 63…
  • …Rosberg, Hamilton, Massa, and Button lead.
  • …Button passed Kimi.
  • …And, Vettel followed Button.
  • …Kimi remains in sixth.
  • …Mr Incredible makes his pit and comes back in ninth.
  • There go the Ferraris.
  • …Alonso is right on Kimi.
  • …Kimi is not having it.
  • …Alonso just cannot get around him.
  • …And, you just know that they’re (both) getting increasingly annoyed with one another.
  • Lotus has radioed Grosjean to “stop the car”.
  • …So, Grosjean is stopped on track.
  • …Ooo-is that car (now) in a cloud?
  • …Anyway, yellow flag.
  • …(Caution)
  • The Ferraris continue to go at it.
  • …Kimi continues to lead.
  • …He’s not a guy you want to be stuck behind.
  • …The dude is a wall.
  • …When he’s on and the car is working, of course.
  • …Alonso (finally) gets it.
  • …On the start line straight.
  • Three laps left.
  • …No rain thus far.
  • …Will it hold off for the last few miles?
  • You know…
  • …Not to wish it on anyone, but…
  • …If  those Mercs were to run into each other…
  • …That would be an amazing podium.
  • …(Massa, Button, Vettel)
  • …Just saying.
  • …I mean, the Drivers’ Championship is going to Abu Dhabi, anyway.
  • …Bygones.
  • Final lap.
  • OH, JUST RUN IN TO EACH OTHER SO WE CAN HEAR THE CROWD!!!
  • …Crap.
  • …Sorry.
  • Rosberg wins.
  • Hamilton, second.
  • MASSA TAKES THIRD IN BRAZIL!!!!!!!
  • …The hometown hero!
  • …On the 20th anniversary year of Senna’s death.
  • …This…
  • …If you’re new to F1, I cannot put into words how huge this is.
  • …Just know that this is massive.
  • …(Massa-ive.  Ooohhh!)
  • Button, the man who may be without a seat next season, takes fourth.
  • Vettel grabs fifth.
  • No one is cheering for you, Nico, just go do your stuff.
  • …(Rosberg was waving as Massa was pulling into parc ferme.)
  • …Not to take away from what Rosberg has just done.
  • …Because, seriously, what he has just done…
  • …The Championship was going to the final round, anyway.
  • …But, he’s just closed the gap significantly.
  • …And, Abu Dhabi is worth double points.
  • …But, is Rosberg a Brazilian in Brazil?
  • …Nope.
  • …So, Massa wins this one.
  • Podium!
  • …Interlagos loses its shit as Massa takes the podium.
  • Question…
  • …At this point, shouldn’t they have swapped out the German national anthem for “Du Hast”?
  • …Just saying.
  • A couple claps for Rosberg.
  • A couple claps for Hamilton.
  • How about Massa?
  • …Massa takes the trophy, runs to the rail, hoists it, and the entirely of Brazil goes crazy!
  • …Tops are off all across the nation.
  • …As the celebration music goes very Carnival.
  • Want more Brazilian heroes?
  • …Nelson Piquet will be handling the interviews.
  • Good god, Rosberg, how many languages does one person need to know?
  • …We get it, you’re the most worldly person ever.
  • …Sheesh.
  • …(Love you!)
  • Ha!
  • …Piquet handles the real questions…
  • …Asking Hamilton where his girlfriend is.
  • …Yes!
  • …That is how it’s done!
  • …Unless, of course, the crowd is booing and you’re Eddie Jordan.
  • …Then, you stop everything and tell them to shut up.
  • …Pay attention, people.
  • …This is how it’s done.
  • Massa speaks…
  • …Interlagos freaks out.
  • …He speaks in Portuguese…
  • …There may be riots.
  • …It’s too early to tell.
  • …Amazing, amazing stuff.
  • …All under the backdrop of the São Paulo skyline.
  • …You have just witnessed a race that will be revisited in the reels throughout history.
  • Okay…
  • …Rounding out the top 10…
  • …Alonso, Räikkönen, Hülkenberg, Magnussen, and Bottas.
  • …Hamilton holds the Championship lead (over Rosberg).
  • …But, (only) by 17 points.
  • …Despite a retirement, Ricciardo holds third.
  • …And, the fight for fourth remains open…
  • …Let’s do this with numbers…
  • …Vettel, 159.
  • …Alonso, 157.
  • …Bottas, 156.
  • …As for the Constructors’ Championship…
  • …Which was (unofficially) won by Mercedes at Russia…
  • …Red Bull, Williams, and Ferrari round out the top four.
  • …With a mere 44 points separating Williams and Ferrari.
  • I just need to note a flag, shown flying in the crowd.
  • …Commemorating the 20th anniversary of Senna’s death, with the #KeepFightingMichael and #ForzaJules tags underneath.
  • …It’s been…a year.
  • …A very tough year.
  • …Very exciting, but…
  • …Summited peaks and flooded valleys.
  • …Starkly contrasted yin and yang.
  • …From wrangling those new cars to the emergence of new heros.
  • …From battling on track to fighting for lives off track.
  • …From thrilling wins and comebacks to hideous mechanical failures and the loss of whole teams.
  • …For better and for worse, 2014 has seen it all.
  • …And, it all comes to an end at the next round.
  • …Abu Dhabi.
  • …In two weeks, it will all be over.
  • …Who will win?
  • …Honestly, who knows.
  • …But, that’s F1.
  • And, that’s that for Brazil.
  • If you’re in the US…
  • …A rebroadcast starts now.
  • …On NBC.
  • …Yes, NBC.
  • Until next time…
  • …Before we go to that last round…
  • …In the light of an entire season and in the light of the celebrations we have witnessed in Brazil (today)…
  • …I have to echo Vettel’s thoughts, radioed during his doughnuts at the 2013 USGP…
  • …Remember these days.
  • …Relish this excitement.
  • …We are all bouncy balls on this spinning sphere.
  • …Just orbiting another sphere, surrounded by the great unknown.
  • …Things can change in a flash.
  • …Enjoy what you just witnessed here, today.
  • …Remember it.
  • …Remember it every time Silly Season starts to get to you.
  • …Remember it through the legal crap.
  • …And, remember it as we look to 2015.
  • …F1 is a good place to be.
  • …And, what you saw today, what you felt?
  • …This is (exactly) why.
  • See you in Abu Dhabi.
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