Of the few sports that I love watching, F1 and Tennis tops the list. Regarding the latter, its not just restricted to watching, I play the game a little bit too .
Yesterday’s French Open final between Roger Federer and Nadal wasÂ supposed to be a clash of the “titans” and I expected at least aÂ 5 set thriller. However it turned out to be more of a one sided match. I have never seen Federer play that bad; The number of unforced errors he made were so untypical of him.
After Schumacher’s exit previous year, I was not sure if I would watch Formula1 racing with the same enthusiasm. However the guy who has caught everybody’s attention including me is the rookie Lewis Hamilton !
This guy has had a dream run till now on his debut year. He has stepped on the podium in all the 6 races and now leads the driver championship. The car thatÂ he is currently driving (McLaren Mercedes)Â is definitely of some help, but even then you got to have something to be in the top and win races.
He reminds me a little bit of Jacque Villeneuve when he entered F1 in 1996. His dÃ©but was nothing less than spectacular; he became only the third Formula One driver in history to achieve both a pole and a podium position in his maiden grand prix.
He led the race until an oil leak, and team orders, forced him to slow and allow team mate Damon Hill to pass. He held on to finish second.
So is Hamilton the next Schumi or the next Jacque ?
P.S. Yesterdays race also had a spectacular crash by Robert Kubica. The fact that he survived with just a sprained leg is a testimonial of the safety standards set in Formula 1. (Move the video slider to 1:10 sec to quickly have a lookÂ at the crash)