Monday, August 31

"Does anyone know the physics of what happens to a rabbit hit by an F1 car?"

Force india

Two time Spa podium finisher Giancarlo Fisichella of Force India executed one of the most shocking and surprising feats in the history of Formula One. He won the pole position at the Belgian GP on 29th Aug. And on Sunday, 30 August 2009 for the first time any bottom-ranking team has made it to the spotlight, ever! In addition, Fisichella also broke Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonnen's record of 1:47.930 from the 2008 season and claimed the fastest lap record of 1:44.667 in a lap in Q2.

The reporter said.. Current weather conditions sunny with patches of cloud.,15C outside but 32C on the track. The word is no rain is expected… But that may change...The picture was in front of my eyes as the BBC reported ,twittered. Spa air full of Predictions , Sporting sunglasses as big as the face, tyre updates, Swiss stars, Discussion on Belgium chips the best in the world if tried with mayonnaise..

The Race began…. Kimmi began with a good start but bad start made Hamiltan, first-lap mayhem and so on. Busy pit lane as Kimi Raikkonen, Giancarlo Fisichella, Mark Webber and Nick Heidfeld came in.. near-miss between Webber and Heidfeld - and the Aussie did receive a drive-through penalty for an "unsafe release".

The excitement grew from the Lap 17 when Kimi Raikkonen was second, ahead of Giancarlo Fisichella and they both made their first stop. At Lap 18: Giancarlo Fisichella was catching Kimi Raikkonen. Fernando Alonso in fourth in… the only Renault left in the race - in the Lap 19 Kimi Raikkonen leads again, with Giancarlo Fisichella 0.9 seconds behind..

We heard at Lap 20 Renault told Fernando Alonso: "If you can, save some fuel behind Fisi, don't lose any time." Alonso was third but yet to stop. But Kimi Raikkonen stretched his lead over Giancarlo Fisichella to a second. loll

Luca Badoer at the Lap 21 does the fastest first section of the race. Jarno Trulli comes in for his second stop from last place and one of the Toyota tyre men wasn’t ready and the fuel rig gets stuck. Shittt!!. It was devastating race for Trulli. He becomes the fifth retirement of the race. Meanwhile Ferrari told Kimi Raikkonnen’s he needed to pull out a gap because they suspect Giancarlo Fisichella could be stopping on the same lap, or even going longer.

Jarno Trulli's “retirement” meant the inevitable had happened: Luca Badoer is rock bottom. Force India responded to Ferrari's message to Kimi Raikkonen by telling Giancarlo Fisichella he needs a "tenth per lap". My heart was pounding… My God..couldn't... could he ?

At the Lap 24 Fernando Alonso comes in for his only stop of the race from third. BUT IT'S WAS A DISASTER FOR RENAULT. The Front left got damaged as he had a collision with Adrian Sutil .They could not get the left front tyre on.. The gloomy message came over the radio that he's to return to the pits for good. Neither Renault will finish the race. The picture was clear.

At the front, Kimi Raikkonen leads by 1 measly second from Giancarlo Fisichella.

Lap 27: Heikki Kovalainen has made his one and only stop. Rubens Barrichello comes in for stop number two. Kov now 10th.

And Anthony Davidson announces "If Kimi Raikkonen pits before Giancarlo Fisichella then Fisichella is going to win this race."

I lost the track as was excited…. The lead for Kimi Raikkonen was only a second. Only 13.8 seconds separate the first five. While on Lap 30 we all heard that Force India owner Vijay Mallya was unable bring himself to watch from the pit wallalthough they expect Raikkonen to come in one lap after Fisichella. But they seemed happy

The Lap 31 was indeed a Crucial moment. Kimi Raikkonen and Giancarlo Fisichella in fact come into the pits at the same time... Ferrari get Raikkonen out first and the Finn maintains the lead from the Italian.

At the Lap 40 Kimi Raikkonen's lead over Giancarlo Fisichella was still 0.8 seconds. And we heard “Stunning performance from the Force India today.”"Just an oil leak, so you just need to eke it out for one more lap," Brawn told Rubinho. Kimi Raikkonen on the verge of victory, Giancarlo Fisichella on the verge of Force India's first points in F1


After 29 false starts, Vijay Mallya-owned Force India finally scored their maiden Formula One points with Giancarlo Fisichella finishing second behind Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen in the Belgian Grand Prix.

Giancarlo Fisichella: "I was quicker than Kimi and I'm a little bit sad for that. We had exactly the same strategy. It's great because I finished second, just one second behind leader - but actually, we could have won the race."

Martin Brundle on BBC: "Had it not been for the safety car, I don't think Kimi Raikkonen would have won this race. I think Giancarlo Fisichella had the pace to drive away."

Giancarlo Fisichella, speaking to David Coulthard on BBC: "When you do pole position with a good car, it's great, but when you do it like [Saturday], with not a winning car, with a small team, it's just like something very amazing, very unusual."

Giancarlo Fisichella on his qualifying performance: "I hit a rabbit during morning practice and damaged the front wing. My mechanics said: 'In England, rabbits are good luck.' Maybe they're right."

Friday, August 21

Talak Talak Talak

It is very tempting to describe Jaswant Singh's unceremonious expulsion from the Bharatiya Janata Party.

Talak ..Talak ..Talak.

The BJP’s treatment of Jaswant Singh only brings the Chand Fiza affair back to my mind.
Chand Mohammad place has been taken by Rajnath Singh and poor Jaswant Singh has been left to fend himself so much like Fiza aka ….

The media off course is unbiased and is giving as much time to Jaswant Singh as was given to Chand and Fiza.

Chand loved Fiza and Fiza loved Chand. Our Hanuman turned Ravana loves Jinnh the only difference is the Jaswant Jinnah love affair can turn sour only if the BJP gives Jaswant Singh PM in waiting tag. 2014 Singh in that case make give an explanation that he had not been able to distribute the opium to his quests because of the bloody media and was forced to consume the whole stock him self and that is the time the Jinnah Affair started.

A facetious way to look at the expulsion is to call it a telephone breakup of the kind teenagers engage in these days thanks to mobile phones. Dispelling Jaswant Singh over telephone.. Shows evolution is needed. loll

On the other note my dear friends don’t you think this as a blatant example of the culture of intolerance of independence of thought that runs through India's political class.
What does this show ? Isn’t this merely one political party's inability to define itself? Otherwise what?

Inspite being in the party for all of those 30 years, it is barely evident whether the party was with him in those decades. Jaswant Singh managed this dichotomy much less successfully than his more illustrious mentor Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

Again, which is to be noticed is “Prudence” by the forbearer of the BJP. More doctrinaire members of the party need a Chintan. Their role in the p[arty is “ Unambiguous”. With the retirement of Vajpayee it was only a matter of time.. The hardliners strike once again and modernization tolerance raises questions.

Lal Krishna Advani tempted fate by doing so once but escaped justice because of his RSS roots. There was no way Singh could have survived in the aftermath of the book.

On a more serious note this Book underscores a lack of evolution within the BJP leadership which is grappling with a serious identity crisis.

Jaswant Singh in his book demonstrates the boldness to be an impartial historian and not a party demagogue. When Singh says that if India does not watch out it would enter a "dark alley" by boiling dispute and discouraging honest intellectual reflection over its history's most traumatic phases he is not wrong.

One can legitimately describe the book as the proverbial last straw that broke the camel's back but it is a serious illustration of which has gripped the BJP.

The book is not going to change the history. The leaders who want to rule us should understand that they have to wake up from the slumber and to be reintroduced to 2009.

The youth of this country need not be told the explanation of secularism.

Banning books won’t lead us anywhere. Jaswant Singh strongly has contested the popular Indian view of most of us that Jinnah was the villain of the 1947 partition. Let’s be honest! We have been taught. A person who is the man principally responsible for partition is Jinnah.

Asked if he thought this view was wrong, Jaswant Singh said: "It is. It is not borne out of the facts... we need to correct it.". Singh's intellectual inquiries and assessments as an author are hardly an impediment. What is chintan baithak than for?

India needs to challenge lazy certainties of established wisdoms.The book of Jaswant Singh also questions the wisdom of Indians who hesitate. …The cold Shimla weather did create hot waves for the veteran BJP leader.

But…we don’t need to create more demons for our country. We have a long way to go... do we have a Ram ban coming our way and the celebration of Diwali.

So… lets wait and watch .. Cheers !!