Contrasts

It is a long time since I wrote something here, so on a cold Saturday afternoon I've decided, I will make some slight adjustments.

This is a weekend full of history. Full of nostalgia, where were you remember the fallen, the hurt, the great and the leaving. It is a weekend, when Formula1 returns to the United States to the newly built Circuit of the Americas, where the jung German driver Sebastian Vettel, much like his childhood idol Michael Schumacher, has a very real possibility to win his 3rd World championship. There is a strong message in it. He was the quickest throughout the weekend, in every practice and qualifying he was just right on top of that board and was starting from his 6th pole this season, on the clean side of the track.

The strategic decision which made Ferrari, by deliberately breaking the seal on Felipe Massa's gearbox just to put Fernando on the right side of the track was a bit odd, but very understandable from the strategic point of view. And hey, they have only 2 venues left, so they just have to do everything they can, to win the world championship. Even though Fernando did a great job and finished 3rd overall, with his team mate on his back, Vettel didn't manage to win. Hamilton was just too quick, even for that insanely fast Redbull. So the results are pretty clear, 13 points difference and the final decision will be made in Brasil next week. I've waited till the end of the GP to finish this post, so I can reflect on what an extraordinary event the Austin venue was! I mean they just built the circuit by picking the best bits of tracks from all around the world and it just comes together fabulously. There has been more overtaking and more action, than in probably the whole season combined.

As many of you may know, Brasil will be the last ever race for his Schumacherness. And it makes me sad. Mainly not because we won't see him race anymore, lets be honest, he didn't make much difference in the past 2 seasons and he surely will stick around F1, as it is his life. But mainly because he represents something bigger. Something what we could see in the old days. What Senna did, what Michael was doing.The sheer love, passion and unconditional dedication to win. The huge number of hours spent in the pits, garage and testing circuits, thats just something, I think, we won't see in this or next generation. I mean, Michael helped develop his F1 cars, he helped develop Ferrari road cars for crying out loud! His passion, heart and the dedication to put the best and hardest work into what he was doing, that made him great. And I know I will inevitably hit big wave of resistance on this, because in eyes of many, he wasn't so great as the world thinks he is. But let me tell you something. No matter what your views are, he IS great. He IS the best and he WILL remain long after he's no longer racing.If you disagree, well thats your right, but then go and show me somebody, who's more dedicated and more passionate about racing in F1. I dare you.But enough with the glorifying. For me he is the greatest after Senna and it will take a huge amount of energy and time, to convince me otherwise. And I fairly don't care, if you do agree with me or not. I wanted to express my gratitude, love and respect for this man, who has been brutally medialized beyond bearable limits. He always protected his private life and from the position of the 7 times world F1 champion, I really admire his success in that field. And don't be misled, he was totally different in private, than he was on cameras. But most of all, I wanted to express my deep disappointment with his decision to leave Formula1.

You are the all time great Michael, you will stay in our hearts as a true and undeniable hero and we will miss you on the grid and on the box. Thank you Michael for all the things you have done for the sport, for the community, for charities all around the globe, and most importantly - for all us petrol heads.