In reverse order of the weekends sporting events; Sebastian Vettel led home Mark Webber in a Red Bull 1 – 2 at the Brazilian Grand Prix ahead of championship leader Fernando Alonso. This 1 – 2 secures Red Bull their first constructors championship in just their sixth year in F1; very impressive! You could argue that Brawn GP winning the constructors and drivers titles in their first year is more impressive but Brawn was born out of Honda who had put bucket loads of money into what became Brawn GP before morphing into Mercedes GP. Anyway I’m digressing, congratulations to Red Bull for beating the might of Ferrari and McLaren in the constructor’s championship. Lewis Hamilton finished the race in fourth to mathematically remain in the hunt, but at 24 points behind leader Alonso, it would take Alonso, Webber and Vettel to finish out of the points with the Briton winning to clam a second title. Jenson Button finishing the race in fifth rules him out of the championship as only a win would have kept him in the hunt. Nico Rosberg lead Mercedes team mate Michael Schumacher to the chequered flag in sixth and seventh while fellow German and pole sitter, Williams’ Nico Hulkenberg crossed the line in eighth. I would have liked to have seen Hulkenberg finish higher but in reality he had the fifth fastest car in the race, it was only the weather in qualifying that allowed him to claim his first pole position. I have always had a bit of a soft spot for Williams’ so it was nice to see a Williams at the front of the grid. Renault’s Robert Kubica and Saubers’ Kamui Kobayashi rounded out the points scorers in ninth and tenth respectively. There may be four drivers still in contention but realistically it’s only two baring something miraculous, Mark Webber and Fernando Alonso with the Spaniard the hot favourite only needed a second place finish to claim the title. Webber can only win the title with his team mate Vettel’s help, if Vettel finds himself ahead he’ll need to yield to Webber for Red Bull to claim both titles. I just hope that if Alonso does win; I hope he wins by more than seven points or else this season will be regarded as a sham because of the Germany team orders scandal.
Liverpool have started playing like we have come to expect; beating Chelsea 2 – 0 in front of 44,238 fans at Anfield. Fernando Torres scored both goals showing some of the form that he is known for; but the Spaniard himself says he still has a long way to go to regain the form he had a year ago. Torres found the back of the net on the eleventh minute and just before half time to give the Reds a commanding lead although things could be very different if it wasn’t for Pepe Reina. The Spaniard making a number of excellent blocks and parries to keep a clean sheet; this game could definitely be classed as a game of two Spaniards, one at either end of the field! This victory puts Liverpool upto to the heights of ninth in the league, just 10 points off the team they beat; league leaders Chelsea. Another win could see Liverpool move up as high as fifth place, a top four finish could still be on if the current top four continue with their inconsistent form!
Plymouth Argyle have gone from winning 3 – 1 win against Bristol Rovers at Home Park to a 0 – 4 home loss to Swindon Town just five days later. Manager Peter Reid said about his own team – “We were second best all over the pitch. It was men against boys really. We got well and truly beaten. Their defenders bossed out attackers, their attackers bossed our defenders and they won balls in the middle of the park. It’s really disappointing, a bad day at the office but we’ve just got to get over it.” – When a manager says that about his players, they must have been poor. I haven’t seen the game but I am amazed that a team that won 3 – 1 five days previous could be so poor. Swindon had 57% of the possession and 19 attempts at goal while Plymouth only managed five, Swindon looked like the home team not Plymouth. At least it was a FA Cup tie so it’s not so bad; it’s not in the league; Plymouth are out of both cup tournaments now so at least they can concentrate on the league and obtaining a play-off place, automatic promotion is highly unlikely!