It’s about 3:45 AM here in Amsterdam, and in 15 minutes, I shall move to my living room to watch the Qualifying session of the 2003 Australian Grand Prix, live from Albert Park, Melbourne.
I’m so happy the long wait’s finally over!!
With the new rules, it ought to be interesting. Single lap qualifying, no refueling between qualifying and race (that could mean a TON of strategies right there!), no more techno gadgets and driver aids (although they’ll only be banned fully after a few races), and a few very interesting new drivers: Da Matta and Alonso seem to be the greatest promises.
The new points system means the first 8 spots get points instead of the first 6: ought to make things more interesting mid-field.
My man Jaqcues Villeneuve stunned everyone with his 3rd spot in free training despite engine problems: maybe BAR is finally on the right track, and we get to see Jaqcues duke it out with the big boys again this year? It would be great to see him in a fighting position again.
Williams has been disappointing in training, but maybe it’s all a smoke screen?
Jos Verstappen of the Netherlands is back in the paddock again, but as he’s driving for Minardi, I only expect him to do reasonably well in wet races, alas.
Mark Webber, the surprise of last season, is looking good as well, although I have my doubts about the Jaguar outfit - he was fast in training, though. Great driver.
Obviously, Shumacher has first dibs on the title again, what with Ferrari being so dominant. But damn, Kimi Raikkonen sure can drive. Kimi is going to declass Coulthard for sure this year, but can he beat Schuey in the long run?
AAAAAAAHHHH!! The wait is over.
Any more F1 fans out there? Are you watching?
Let’s reconvene in this thread in 1.5 hours.