|Winners and Losers|
The German Grand Prix
Giancarlo Fisichella: What a weekend for the man who was tipped to be Ralfey's underdog. Fisi has consistently walloped Ralf for most of the year with some very astute and safe drives, doing Eddie Jordan's team more good than Ralf has managed. His storming run in qualifying and for most of the race stamped this new boy's authority on Berger's gearbox. Full marks to Fisi, minus several million to that piece of debris that cut his tyres.
Gerhard Berger: There's life in the old duffer yet.
Michael Schumacher: He was lucky to salvage third from an uncharacterisitically quiet race for the German on his home turf. The fireworks in the crowd and this year's possible world champion were absent, but he scored the points and Jacques didn't.
Jarno Trulli: Yay!! He's back and, yes, Olivier should be proud to have Jarno flying his flag. After a good race in Britain, Nakano has again lost the plot. Prost is a good team and Jarno will do well if he can grab the second seat next year if Damon doesn't.
Mika Hakkinen: Third place was some consolation after the British disaster.
Jacques Villeneuve: Do I have to say it again? STAYING ON THE TRACK IS ESSENTIAL to winning a grand prix/world championship/etc. Even in a Williams. Lost the plot after stuffing around in a non-points finish place and spun off into the gravel all by himself. Loser, loser, loser.
(sigh) MEMO TO PATRICK HEAD: Sack him...he's a
loser. For someone who was so highly rated and replaced
Britain's best driver since Stirling Moss (forget
Mansell) he has done depressingly little. Running into
Eddie Irvine and then blaming him for his own colossal
stupidity is pretty poor form.
Stewart-Ford: The usual crap equipment from FoMoCo ruining a weekend. Dear, oh, dear...
One day it will all come together for McLaren. These are
two very talented drivers and a good engine package...all
it needs is that extra spot of whatever (Adrian Newey)
and we're there.
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