Why does he owe me £10? Because last week, after collecting my winnings from Monaco (thank you again, Jarno) I had £2.50 left in my Hills account which I used to back him each-way at 40/1. So, when he was in third place and challenging for second, I was on for a bonus £10 until he decided to try overtaking when it just wasn't possible. Must be quite annoying for the team as well, as the pace Button had later on showed that Sato could probably have waited and taken Barrichello later on.
One of those races where the accidents are of more interest than the racing, and it's always fun when someone takes out their own team mate. Of course, it was especially fun that Ralf managed to take out a Toyota on his way out of the race. I'm sure that's going to aid his negotiations for a drive there next year. Personally, I'm thinking that it's becoming more and more likely that he's not going to get a drive next year. Williams seem to be thinking of two new drivers, and at the moment a Coulthard/Da Matta combination looks more much better for Toyota than one of Ralf and someone he doesn't object to.
As for the race itself, well it was pretty much over as soon as Raikonnen got into second place and let Schumacher get away. He was perfectly entitled to, and it's good to see that McLaren have finally got some pace back, even if their reliability remains utterly appalling, but it meant we missed out on the straight fight between the Ferraris and the BARs that could have been pretty interesting. Button didn't quite get the breaks, but he'll be glad of yet another third place which keeps him ahead in his championship battle with Trulli, but sometime soon they're going to get a win. BAR seem to be going well on the circuits where Williams did well last year, so they might be worth watching in Canada next time out.
Anyway, time for the ratings. We'll have the quick ones this time:
(well, what else did you expect?), Sauber
(Fisichella for Williams next year?), Jaguar
(one wonders how motivated Webber will be to score points in the next couple of races, if they might keep him there next year)
(would have been good until Sato's brainfade), Renault
(need more horsepower, but still got nine points), Jordan
(starting to get in touch with the midfield), Toyota
(unlucky with Da Matta, but Panis ran well)
(must be tempted to go home until next year), McLaren
(look like they have gone home until next year), Minardi
(look like they might finish a race a year behind the leaders)
Now it's a couple of weeks off and then the back-to-back North American races.