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The Emotional Roller Coaster

By PsyM
June 12 2007

PsyM talks about the Canadian Grand Prix, and explains why watching it on TV was like riding an emotional roller coaster. Nick's well-deserved podium contrasted heavily with Robert's horrific crash, and as a result, we all felt a mixture of emotions inside.

Before the race my expectations were really high. After the dull and boring Monaco GP, things could only get better. My hopes were to get both our boys into a good points scoring position.
The weekend didn’t get off to a good start. Kubica was stuck in the garage for the whole first session on Friday and Heidfeld experienced the same thing on Saturday practice.
After all these problems, Qualifying in high grid positions looked as though it was going to be hard. Q1 was, as expected, no problem. Q2 was nerve-racking as Heidfeld got his best lap deleted because of cutting the final chicane and, as a result, he was out of the top 10 with only minutes to go.  However, a brave effort on his last lap put him in an impressive 3rd, whilst Kubica also successfully secured a top 10 time to take him into Q3.
In Q3 Nick delivered a great lap to take 3rd place on the grid and Robert would line up 8th with a heavier fuel load. On Pole, it was Hamilton for the first time!

The Race:
Great start from both our guys! Alonso makes a mistake and Heidfeld goes through to take second, further back Kubica holds his 8th place. Inside of my brain a podium finish starts to seem possible.
Everything seems like a normal race the first 21 laps. But then Sutil parks his car in the wall of champions and that’s where the normal race ends!! After that there was to be 4 saftey car periods, 2 stop and go penalties, 2 Black Flags, Albers crash, Trulli crash, Liuzzi crash, Davidson crashes with a BEAVER (yes a beaver) and of course the massive crash for Kubica. That was the most horrifying crash I have seen in many, many years. I was totally silent for many minutes and my heart was racing very fast... My mind went back to Ayrton Senna’s and Roland Ratzenberger’s fatal crashes in 1994. At the same time Heidfeld was holding a very strong 2nd place, but my only concern was on Kubica’s health... 20 minutes or so later, the Swedish commentators received some really happy news that Robert was ok and not seriously injured.
The focus was then back to Nick! And what a glorious race it was for him. He took the chequered flag in 2nd place and took BMW Sauber’s best race finish ever and I´m pretty sure he could have done it even without all the drama.

To sum it up, the first 20 laps were all joy and happiness! The laps between 20-40 were a nightmare, not knowing about Robert’s medical status. The final laps were all Joy!! Robert was ok and Nick took a well-deserved 2nd place and 8 points for the team. That was one hell of a race and one hell of an emotional roller coaster ride.

Regards Peter a.k.a PsyM

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