Its finally sinking in that it is Mark’s last ever GP this weekend.
I remember him being linked with a McLaren and Benetton drive in the 90’s, I remember him flipping in a Merc at Le Mans. I remember his first ever race and the amazing way he fought off Mika Salo to get a fifth place… for Minardi… at Albert Park.
I remember the constant bad luck at Jaguar. Getting great qualification spots only to be destroyed in the race. I remember when he signed for Williams and all the hopes he might finally have a race winning car… only for Williams to go shit. But then he finally got a podium at Monaco… but it was spoilt by the way Williams had given Heidfeld the favourable strategy despite running behind Webber before the stops. Then he joined Red Bull and I watched team handsome (Webbo and DC, best duo) run amock in the midfield for so long. And when Vettel ran up the back of him when Webber was finally in a position to challenge for the win at Fuji, I was so mad.
And then he finally had a decent car in 2009. And he finally got a race win. And all is right with the world.
Seriously though, top effort by Kimi and Nando to get onto the podium, and holy heck ass shit pants, I’m pretty sure I saw Vettel leave the track during the race, with his car just floating away to another plane of racing driver existence.
In a dry Sunday warm-up, Williams set their cars up for a dry race and started the race with dry tyres. Schumacher set his car for a wet race, and started with wet tyres. By lap 5, Schumacher was ahead by 22 seconds. He won the race by nearly a minute to future team mate and fellow wet weather specialist Rubens Barrichello, while both Williams drivers crashed out.
Sure as hell made up for the embarrassment of crashing out on the first lap the year earlier.
Mika Salo damaged the front of his car early in the race after colliding with Mika Hakkinen early in the race, but didn’t make a single stop and finished fifth to score two points. These were the last two points ever scored by Tyrrell.