What a difference a week makes!

An unexepected visitor to the top step of the podium often comes as a result of a certain set of lucky circumstances - but today Vettel’s win was anything but lucky.

Okay, some would argue that had Hamilton, Raikkonen and Kubica made it through to the last segment of qualifying then there’s a chance he wouldn’t have started on pole position but the truth of the matter is that unlike some qualifying formats of old, all drivers were on the track at the same time and therefore had the same opportunities.  Vettel simply did a much better job than everyone else yesterday and that continued today in the race.

From a spectator’s point of view is Alonso joining Renault a good thing in the grand scheme of things?

It’s not an easy question to answer.

What it guarantees (hopefully, barring unforseen circumstances) is that the three best drivers are all going to be at different teams for the next year at least.

Unlike this year where Alonso and Hamilton were both at McLaren, next season will see Hamilton remain at McLaren, Alonso at Renault and Kimi at Ferrari.  Throw a BMW driver or two into the mix and perhaps a Red Bull and it sounds like it could be a good year of racing!

Let’s get this out of the way straight from the off - Lewis Hamilton’s lap on Top Gear last night was simply stunning.  I had an inkling that he would do pretty well, but to almost match The Stig’s dry time when he was running on a wet track was superb.

I’m not a massive Hamilton fan, but credit where credit’s due.

What I’m not so keen on is their eagerness at getting him back to do a dry lap next summer.  Isn’t the whole point of the challenge that each person only gets one timed run?  I’m sure that Jenson Button, Mark Webber, etc could eventually beat their current times if allowed more laps.

This was being billed as a big weekend for English sport - first up today was the final of the Rugby World Cup, followed tomorrow by Lewis Hamilton striving to win the F1 World Championship.

Unfortunately, the first part hasn’t gone to plan, as the English were beaten in a pretty poor, nervy game by South Africa.  There wasn’t a huge amount of good flowing rugby played, and as seems to be the norm these days the emphasis was on kicking penalties and drop goals rather than winning by scoring tries.

It has been noted in the past that following revelations this season, McLaren have been issued with an FIA supervisor who is to oversee all their goings on this weekend and ensure that Fernando Alonso has a fair chance of winning the world championship ahead of his teammate Lewis Hamilton.

This is surely the most damaging thing the sport has seen this year, and that’s saying something.

To think that the governing body feels the need to take a proactive step to stop cheating, rather then the usual reactive step of punishing someone after they have broken the rules, is worrisome in my view.

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