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WINNERS AND LOSERS IN JAPAN
Top of the podium in Japan, after bumping their way 1 st over the finish line, were the Dodgems, in what was a generally low scoring race. With points from both their engine and chassis, plus their star driver, Trulli-better, the Dodgems leap 5 places, from 11 th up into 6 th, and are now firmly ensconced as the Edenvale A team.
Another 2 nd podium place for the Windbag saw the Big Puffer stretch his lead over ADT still further, as they could only manage 9 th. They remain a distant 2 nd but it looks as if the Windbag has all but got the title and the loot in his grasp. (Gnashing of teeth from the Broom cupboard???)
After his humiliating outing in China, look who pops up on the 3 rd step of the podium in Japan? None other than the Drug Baron himself! Thanks to a strong 2 nd place from Massa, and a good finish from both Toyota’s, he redeems himself, and moves up a place to 20 th.
The Loose Spaghetti’s gained 3 places, up to 14 th, thanks to Ralf’s 7 th place finish, and a few points for second driver Monteiro. They also scraped some points for both their Red Bull engine and chassis (lucky, lucky).
The Snags were also winners on the day, gaining 2 places, up from 13 th to 11 th. Button scored them points for their Honda chassis, and Baby Nico limped in 10 th but nonetheless scored some points for the Williams engine. 5 points for Alonso’s Michelin boots.
Biggest winner on the day had to be Alonso, who watched in amazement as the Ferrari ahead of him blew up, and with it, the hopes of an 8 th world title for his main rival, Michael Schumacher. He could scarcely believe his luck! The Gods must have been smiling on him.
The biggest FF1 loser on the day was Dizzy Blondes who were last over the finish line with a miserable 9 points. No points from her drivers at all, a miserably 7 points from her Red Bull chassis, and 2 points from her Bridgestones. This saw the Blondes drop from 14 th – 16 th. No doubt she has other things on her mind right now anyway – like all that lovely sunshine she will soon be lapping up – to worry too much about dropped places in the FF1.
With the Red Bulls poor showing, and the axing of Klien, it was not the Bee Gee’s day, and they limped over the finish line second last (down a place).
Likewise the Black Hand (ho, ho), in 3 rd last, and also down a place. Minus points from DC, a small contribution from the Bulls, it was left to Nico’s Williams and the Michelins to pull them out the dwang. Take heart, Dastardly, you’re not doing as badly as the Schmucks!!
Most other FF1 teams stayed as they were.
Other big loser on the day (you are in good company, DB) was MS Superstar, who saw his championship hopes vanish in a cloud of oily smoke! Only Brazil to come, and it’s not over till it’s over, but as he said, he does not want to hang his hope of winning the championship on a wish for his rival’s car to break down, or to have an accident. He says they will be concentrating on trying to win the constructor’s championship for Ferrari. Go Schuey!
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Last Modified May 14, 2004 4:19 PM