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Vettel wins as Lewis Hamilton maintains his championship lead!

Sebastian Vettel who started from pole position went on to win the Valencia GP while his team mate Mark Webber caught some air after colliding with the back of Heikki Kovalainen’s Lotus ending the Australian’s race in spectacular style, thankfully Webber walked away unhurt which is amazing given the severity of the smash! Of course there was more controversy in Valencia, Lewis Hamilton breached the rules by overtaking the safety car while Fernando Alonso stayed behind the safety car dropping the Spaniard back to 9th while Hamilton remained in second place as he banged in lap after lap of fastest laps before having to serve his drive through penalty. Of course, Luca di Montezemolo has been whining again about McLaren, Hamilton and the FIA claiming that this incident has set a dangerous precedent and damages F1. Yes, Hamilton was wrong to overtake the safety car; but I can see what he was trying to do. if he passed the safety car line before the safety exited the pits; he would have been fine, bending but staying within the rules. But he got his timing wrong and got a drive through penalty for it, punishment served in my opinion. Ferrari are always complaining about something; especially when it is detrimental to their cause, if Stefano Domenicali and Luca di Montezemolo put as much effort into developing their car as they do into running their mouths they would be streets ahead of everyone! Ultimately it was the FIA that were to blame as they messed up their safety car procedure; Vettel had already passed so couldn’t pick up the leader; Hamilton, Alonso etc should have been waved past to allow for Vettel to be picked up as he came around again! Anyway, Jenson Button finished in third spot behind team mate Hamilton. Rubens Barrichello brought his Williams home in an excellent fourth place, it’s great to see Williams starting to get some decent points on the board. Sauber’s Kamui Kobayashi ran as high as third staying out on his prime tyres until just six laps to the end; the Japanese needed to pit to remain within the rules of using both tyre compounds which dropped him back to ninth. But he had the advantage of brand new soft tyres which allowed him to catch and overtake Alonso and Sebastien Buemi in the final two laps of the race to finish in seventh. I really like the young Japanese driver; he’s exciting to watch and has no fear which makes for great racing. I still predict he’s a future world champion if he can get a seat in a truly competitive car! So McLaren top the constructors championship with Lewis Hamilton six points clear of Jenson Button while Sebastian Vettel is a further six points adrift in third place!

Should he stay or should he go? that is the question on every Englishman’s lips today. It seems that the FA don’t have confidence in Fabio Capello; not giving the Italian the backing that he wanted out of the box. The FA instead have told Capello that there will be a two week cooling off period before any decision will be made. It seems the fans are split; some think Capello should go as his tactics and squad choice has been decidedly suspect. Other’s believe that it’s the FA’s football system that is failing; too many foreigners in the English game stifling the development of grass roots football. And that Capello should stay to try to mould a new generation of players for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Obviously something needs to be done as the so called “golden generation” are failing dismally. I think Capello will walk if he doesn’t get the full support of the FA!

At least the English national cricket team did us proud claiming the one day international series win over Australia at Old Trafford. England are now 3 – 0 up with two games remaining, England can not be beaten but I hope that England can complete the job and whitewash the Aussies. Australia were bowled out in just 46 overs for a total of 212 with Shane Watson top scoring for Australia with 61. England surpassed the Aussie total with five balls and one wicket remaining after an England collapse that reduced the Englishmen from 185 – 3 to 203 for nine wickets. Tim Bresnan managed to steady the ship to steer England home to victory and a the one day series win.

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