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What an extraordinary Friday Practice…

So the things have now come to a reality that the order on the Sunday’s twilight race will be really be somewhat different, though we have another 24 hours to go for the red lights to go…

We had a pleasant surprise in Williams F1 when Rosberg went on to top both the time sheets today. Must be Sir Frank has his work less cut out after his performance today. Nico if he can continue this for another two days the whole paddock is gonna worry for sure.

Ofcourse not to be left behind Nakajima too followed suit and made it up just behind Nico in the first session. The main point could be read into the fact the early gainers here were Toyota as a the machine and Williams as the car.

As we already saw that BrawnGP would be underdogs turned favorites this weekend they were also pretty fast and were in the top five bracket both the times. Once it was Button and then it was Barichello. Now this underdogs would be Williams going by today’s times and may be favourites too.

We can probably spell it out by tomorrow after noon as soon as the Qualifying is over when we get to know the car weights and the load of fuel.

We have reasons to celebrate with Force India too really up on the pace at 9th and 13th respectively. A good sign that Mallya would be relieved to see and be smiling ear to ear. The hard work is paying off for the lower rung teams and the fact is that this year could be sign of things to come and this would in all probability make F1 more competitive and dynamic on the track and ofcourse spectator friendly.

As for the other teams Ferrari would tread into the top ten and then the Red Bull too were good enough for the Williams and Brawns.

Then there is BMW and McLaren still struggling to keep the car under control. We need to see if there could be a miracle to set the things in order for these two teams for tomorrow at the Qualifying.

STR too are lacking in pace with a new car in the garage.

As reported earlier the bets are on Brawn GP to win the races, could that be history with a new rung team winning in its first ever GP. A sure shot possibility exists between now and tomorrow.

One thing for sure Nico would have second thoughts on his going from Williams.

Catch up after the qualifying and lets see how the grid looks like tomorrow for the twilight race at Albert Park, Melbourne.

Catch up on all these actions at www.indiamotorsports.com

See ya,

Senthilkumar aka Indian F1 fan

Sponsorless Narain’s A1GP car

It pained me no bounds when I got to know Narain will be driving without any of the sponsors aboard the A1GP India car powered by Ferrari. It was an anticlimax or an paradox that the first driver who represented the nation in the pinnacle of motor sports has been left to fend for himself in such an disrespectful fashion.

Having known Mr. Narain as a professional, I am sure this is just a passing phase and his positive vibes are sure to get him back to the helm of affairs rightful place among the stars. It also puts a question mark on the viability of Indian brands to reach for the global status. That F1 anf A1GP are of international magnitude is a documented fact and A1GP received a shot in the arm with Ferrari coming on board with their 2007 F1 engine.

The races F1 and A1 have great advertising and massive television reach though A1 cannot be compared to the larger audience that F1 commands, but they are truly international in reach and making it a force to reckon with for the media guys in the advertising fraternity.

It is of course nobody’s case when Doordarshan our national broadcaster shows its door to F1 supremo Bernie few years back when he gave the TV rights on a platter but we refused because of the tobacco advertising and I fail to understand how I am watching Grand Prix a half hour show every night in DD sports and mind you its all the old broad cast files and bet you had more tobacco advertising than today…:(

Then we have Mr. Mallya with ideas that only he thinks deem fit that no Indians are worth the F1 cars that he is owning. Crass imperialist notion we Indians are known for. Like that of Slumdog Millionaire. I just cant digest an anchor like the “Prem” played by Anil Kapoor, still leaving you wonder if anyone worth his self respect can be so rude as those were played real time on small screen by Big B and SRK and ofcourse the Dus Ka Dum Sallu.

So where does it leave Indian Motorsports, not so rosy picture I guess, nevertheless that a die hard optimist that I am as always I am hopeful that there shall be some great business Samaritans to help the Team A1 GP out of the slushy pit of the financial trouble that they are in now.

Hopefully if Narain can pull it off, it will be possible only by Narain. Keep going as you say that 110% on the over drive…

So that leaves us to think about a long term plan for the motorsports industry now that Bernie has almost promised a GP an Indian GP in 2011. And let the people who are handling the Circuit do their best to get the races asap.

Here’s NK interview at ndtv.com

Signing off

R Senthilkumar aka Indian F1 fan