Hi folks...

We have the second of the two events in North America this weekend and, after the Canadian Grand Prix, which was undoubtedly the most incident-packed race of the season, Indianapolis has a lot to live up to.

Montreal really did have it all and it is really good to hear that Robert Kubica escaped from his horrific crash with nothing more than mild concussion and a sprained right ankle.

The fact there is even talk he might be able to compete this weekend is a real testimony to the strength of these cars and the work done by the FIA, the sport's governing body, to increase safety standards.

It was a shame that the incident slightly overshadowed Lewis Hamilton's first win, but that is the way it goes sometimes.

Lewis' win really was good though, especially as the race was very difficult, with a number of safety car periods and restarts. He was composed throughout and didn't seem especially worried by any of it.

I really have been shocked at how well he has handled things since his debut in Australia and he already looks like a veteran to me. It is quite hard to believe that he is a rookie and that this will be only his seventh outing in the sport. Where he goes from here, I don't know. He is leading the championship and, given his form so far, it has got to the stage that it is now very possible that he could take the title in his debut season. That really would be remarkable.

I think that the US GP will be good to him as well, and I wouldn't be surprised to see him on the top step of the podium again this Sunday. He seems to have the momentum and that first win will have given him even more confidence.

Indianapolis is, of course, a great venue and one steeped in history. Like Monaco and Silverstone, a lot has happened there over the years and that adds to its allure.

Granted, the road course doesn't have nearly as much appeal as the oval - and has only been used since 2000, but it's not too bad a circuit, even if it is sometimes said to be a bit 'Mickey Mouse'. It is also the only track with a banked corner and we all know how many problems that caused back in 2005...

One person who has never gone especially well there, though, is Fernando Alonso and that is bad news for the Spaniard.

His outing in Canada was a bit of a nightmare and his error at the start compromised him for the rest of the afternoon. In the end, he had to settle for seventh. If he is ever going to get to grips with Indy, now would be the perfect moment. One thing is for sure: he cannot afford to keep making silly mistakes.

Of course, the main competition for the two McLaren-Mercedes drivers' is likely to come from Ferrari.

Indy has been good to Ferrari in the past, although the same could have been said for the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. I was very surprised they didn't do better last weekend and, with Felipe Massa being disqualified and Kimi Raikkonen only taking fifth, both will be eager to bounce back and finish a lot higher this time out.

BMW Sauber, meanwhile, are fast becoming a bit of a concern for the top two. The Swiss-based outfit is coming on very strong and Nick Heidfeld's second place was evidence of that. He put in a good performance all weekend and his runners-up spot was well deserved.

Kubica was also going quite well prior to his big off in the sister car and, while his accident is undoubtedly a blow, the fact he may even race this weekend, means it shouldn't effect BMW too much.

All the mayhem in Canada was a big bonus for Alex Wurz, who took third for Williams. Alex has struggled a bit this season, since coming back from a long spell testing, and to take a podium on his tenth anniversary of his debut will certainly have given him a boost.

Nico Rosberg has been showing him the way a bit in the other Williams and while qualifying wasn't very good, with him starting 20th and Nico seventh, he did turn things around in the grand prix itself.

Renault's Heikki Kovalainen also got a good result with fourth and, considering he has had a bit of a tough time since stepping up to F1, I was happy to see him do well.

It was an important result for the regie too, especially as Giancarlo Fisichella was disqualified for the same reason as Massa.

The other person who surprised was Takuma Sato, and for him to take sixth for Super Aguri really was a turn-up. Sato only gave the outfit its first point in Spain and for him now to add three more points to that total is very credible.

The fact he did it in style as well, overtaking the two Toyotas and the reigning world champion in the closing stages really was something that had to be seen to be believed. Well done to them...

Of the rest, Ralf took the final point and, for him, that was something, because his year to date has been very dismal. Of course, there is speculation about his future at Toyota, but we will have to wait and see if any of it actually proves to be true.

So, to sum up, if I had to make a prediction for this weekend, I'd probably go for the McLarens and, given the way Lewis is going, I'd love to see him get win number two.

Enjoy the race...

MB

 

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