In my opinion, there is no ball sport that comes close in comparison to auto racing. Ball sports play with little round things; they kick them; they dribble them; they toss and pass it off in hopes of someone tossing it up and it goes into the hoop. They even throw the funny shaped ball down the field in hopes someone catching it - hopefully, someone on your team. Oh, then they even kick it - or try to, between a couple of posts. They risk little. Some ball series are so short it seems like "part time."
Ok, Ok. I'm finished with my bashing of the little ball sports. Let's get down to the real deal: The Formula One World Championship.
There was drama in Brazil from the get-go; possibility of rain; what tires to start on? If weather changes when do you pit? What tire do you go to? How long can you stay out on slicks? How long on intermediate rains?
Brazil ended up being not just a race of strategy but one of driver skill as well. In my mind, it came down to what driver best could take advantage of what he had to deal with - tires vs track vs weather vs setup.
We all know that Nico Hulkenberg drove his heart out in the lead for many laps, but finally succumbed to pressure with a very small error and ending up fifth - an extremely impressive drive to say the least.
The man, Sebastian Vettel, did what was necessary. And, he did it under adverse conditions - being nearly taken out by an ignorant move by Bruno Senna - but he came back to do what was necessary to take care of business; a brilliant drive from my view.
Alonso did everything humanly and car possible to win the Championship. It just did not come to be for either he or Ferrari.
How could I not say that Jean-Eric Vergne did not have a great drive in the Toro Roso Ferrari with his 8th place finish?
Oh, did I not mention that Sebastian Vettel won his third consecutive title? The youngest driver to ever do so.
Another really cool thing - Sam Posey - the guy that kicked it all off for SpeedVision - was there at the end. God bless the SPEED Chanel and what It's done for Formula 1 and all the fans in America.
No question. I'm now in the 'numb' mode until I hear the roar of engines in 2013.