After a pleasant Sunday drive in Suzuka, Red Bull were poised for a repeat in Korea until it literally rained on their parade. And it was a parade as they went round and round behind the safety car, Hamilton insisting that everything looked just shipshape from the bow while Vettel complained that his periscope wasn’t working. Alonso wasn’t much happier but took the opportunity to snack on some pintxos, call his mum and review Yeongam on TripAdvisor.
Hamilton eventually got his way by Lap 17 and the race was on, though not for long where Mark Webber was concerned. Concluding that a 14 point championship lead meant that he was no longer the underdog in true Australian fashion, he sought to rectify the situation immediately.
Webber wasn’t going to listen to Vettel gloat all the way to the airport though – a strategically placed potato in Seb’s tailpipe worked its magic just as he had the trophy in sight. And Vettel was surely spitting chips when Alonso cruised home to a crucial win in dwindling light while half the field ended up in the mud. Captain Hamilton capitalised on his yachting skills to snatch second place; Massa salvaged a respectable third. Button’s boating experience didn’t help him however as he foundered in the lower ranks.
But now all eyes turn to Brazil and Webber. Will Aussie Grit be enough to prevail at Interlagos? Will Eric Bana portray him the inevitable biopic if he wins? Who will play Bernie? Only one of these questions and will be answered in early November. But given Alonso’s extra hirsute appearance on the weekend, Webber should heed our advice and grow a mo.