The swoop of Aqua Minarale, the dive into Rivazza, the thrill of Piratella: Imola is the closest that bitumen gets to poetry. Surely the drama of ‘classic’ circuits beats that of the ‘Tilke Drome Tour’ in more recent years? More please.
Purists should stop complaining: if you want a more ‘objective’ view, watch the season review DVD instead.
Downforce was trimmed by 10% this year in a bid to stop Pirelli tyres bursting with sheer pride at F1’s record-breaking speeds. Hang on though, what’s this? The new rules seemed to have had the convenient side-effect of… slowing Merc down. Title battle here we come.