Monday, September 27, 2010

Waking up to rain again

It was raining when Fernando Alonso arrived in Singapore last Wednesday and it greeted him again this afternoon, as he boarded his flight home. In between came some very busy times for the Spaniard, culminating in yesterday night’s fantastic win which has propelled him into second place in the Drivers’ championship, eleven points off the leader, Mark Webber.

Indeed, the only rain-free day was Sunday, which definitely added to the spectacle on track. Given that the track surface at Marina Bay takes a long time to dry, the slightest shower in the three hours leading up to the start of the race would have had a significant effect, at least in the early stages. In the end, up until this morning, the weather was fine, although the rain then reappeared until sunset on Monday. This was also good news for all the men and women who worked until dawn, packing away all the equipment in the paddock; the garage equipment, the cars themselves, the pit stop kit and everything used in the hospitality area, which will now be heading for Suzuka, the next stop on this round the world tour that ends in eight weeks time with a test session in Abu Dhabi, the week after the final round of the 2010 season.

Tonight, the team members take a direct flight to Milan Malpensa, landing tomorrow morning. Then, it will be straight back to work to prepare for the Japanese Grand Prix: tomorrow afternoon will see the usual debriefing session, while the first part of the crew leaves for Suzuka on Sunday 3 October: there is definitely no time to draw breath, both at the track and in Maranello!


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