As I was watching the qualifying, the last part of Q2 was really something I could not come to terms with. Lot of reasons, some for you:
1. Massa never ever expected something of this sort,
2. We had just written an obituary for Henry Surtees (He also never expected a tyre from somewhere)
3. To imagine 800 gram shock spring to remain in air for such a long time defies Gravitational pull(sic)
4. There was no proper information on what was happening or why there were no ambulances and cranes to ensure faster relief for Massa.
5. Almost half an hour of "no news" on his stability, or his movement, sordid state of affairs,
I almost had a shiver going down every moment, not knowing what to make of it. There were so many what 'ifs' going around.
Finally of course, the green light went on. Nobody was interested and how could they be. Videos showed the crash was awful. We needed to come to terms to accept that it had indeed happened.
The qualifying lost its plot already though the formalities were still there. I suspect there was never a longer qualifying period than this since the introduction of the format.
Making it worse for alteast those few to make merry, with prayers sent heavenwards for Massa, it seemed too good and snap! all the screens go blank, no realtime timing or data. Reset and read the last reading to announce them as pole sitters. 'Bizzare' was the commonly used word across the media to describe the incident.
Massa's accident was always weighing on any move that was happening at every camp & every pit and it was evident.
In our own country where F1 coverage was limited to Race Weekend, Massa has touched a new chord and is now widely covered in all national editions. Massa was a humble racer and even more a mature racer who was the 2008 World Champion - "all for 18 seconds". But behind his small stature was his mannerism that held forth as a super human being acknowledging defeat at its gracious best.
I think we would have cried foul or cursed luck. Not Massa. He got back to the wheel, and waited, sensed the opportunity and grabbed it only in the last race. (coincidence to Henry Surtees)
I keep praying for this little hero of this sport, and keep updated on his getting back to normal ways. Hope he gets to drive the car at the earliest. Its heartening to note that he is recovering fast and hopefully will be back home.
The week had its real heroes in Lewis, Kimi, Webber doing it proud for their teams. Lewis was finally happy it was so much of a distance he has travelled suddenly looked like he was on a familiar territory and ofcourse it was a week with two KERS cars atop the podium. Good or bad You decide.
Alguersuari was no less fantastic and now a less dangerous driver as their Press release said.
As we get on to some other news another unexpected though was this BMW official signs off from F1 in 2009. And FOTA goes one less. Easy for Max and co to play the ball. FOTA also issued a statement saying they are willing to help should Sauber need it.
I was expecting Renault would be first out. Now we need one more Brawn like team to be put in place, Anyone listening hope you got the clue?
I just wanted to conclude the post with the Freak word. Both the accidents - Henry and Massa and the one which earned Renault a sit out penalty was termed Freak. I just don't understand if freak could be so dangerous.