Red Hot Ferrari Pepper: The Tifosis are gathering this weekend at the Japanese Grand Prix on the Tilke-treated Mt. Fuji circuit. Their jockey, Felipe Massa, fell 7 points behind the McLaren maverick Lewis Hamilton under bright lights of Singapore. His Woking based British team has also taken lead in the constructor’s championship over the Ferrari powerhouse. Rain may put more salt in the wound for Massa as it was in this race in torrential downpour last year that Hamilton stamped his authority as rain meister.
Lewis is looking to put the gremlins of last year’s final two races behind him and both the driver and the team have adopted a safe but sure not-win-at-all-cost strategy hoping to bring world driver’s championship to Britain for the first time since Damon Hill in 1996.
Massa is Maranello’s Man of the Moment. He is looking to be the first Brazilian world champion since the legendary and Late Ayrton Senna in 1991. His bad luck in Hungary and team’s blunder in Singapore has been very detrimental to his championship aspirations.
Both championship challengers have teammates who are Finnish-ed, at least for the season. Heikki Kovalainen’s moment of glory and only win so far was Massa’s misery in Budapest. Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari’s defending world champion, seems to be lacking in zest and desire and is winless since the Spanish Grand Prix in April.
China is the next stop after Japan and F1’s final samba will be in Sao Paulo next month.
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