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Reactions from Valencia’s 3rd F1 Race

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In a day that also so Germany crush England in the World Cup, 4-1, German Sebastian Vettel raced past the competition in the European Grand Prix, including second-place Lewis Hamilton of England.

Photo Credit: Julio G Milat

The first two races at the Valencia Street Circuit were roundly derided as boring by racing fans, but did that change for the better this year? Here’s a quick round-up of reactions from around the web:

The BBC’s Andrew Benson was impressed:

For the first time in its short history, the Valencia track produced a thrilling grand prix but the irony is that in doing so a potentially even better one – in terms of the battle for the lead – was lost.

But the Bleacher Report disagrees:

[Many] will argue that the Webber crash alone made this race at least a little exciting. However, whilst I agree the incident was indeed tense (and thank God both Webber and Kovalainen walked away safely), the resulting safety car actually made the race even more boring than it otherwise would have been.

The consensus seems to be however, that this year’s race was a lot better than previous editions. But was Red Bull the winner or the loser?

The race at Valencia was a very exciting one with the Red Bulls getting back in business. Vettel proved himself once again as he converted his pole to a victory in Valencia. But his partner Webber had a disappointing race as he crashed into Kovalainen and his crew flew into the side wall.

At least one team wasn’t happy at all… take it away, Ferrari:

“A scandal, that’s the opinion of so many fans and employees who are all in agreement: there is no other way to describe what happened during the European Grand Prix. The way the race and the incidents during it were managed raise doubts that could see Formula One lose some credibility again, as it was seen around the world.”

Here’s Webber’s crash, if you missed it. Thank God nobody was hurt.

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The America’s Cup — It’s On?

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How about this? For the 2010 edition of the America’s Cup, ditch the yachts and put the presidents of Alinghi and Oracle/BMW in canoes, rowing for their lives away from Valencia’s Mayor Rita Barbera, who will be following them in a motorboat with a shotgun. I’m sure poor Rita would be up for that idea, and it’s something I’d pay to watch.

Americas Cup 2010

On again, off again, on again, off again, now in Valencia, now in the United Arab Emirates, now in Australia, perhaps then again in Valencia. Oracle sues Alinghi, who counter sues, or raises a complaint, or files suit, or makes an appeal. Sigh. Trying to follow the legal maneuverings and fickle decision-making of the two teams has been a Sisyphean task.

But now, it looks as though Valencia has won the day. The 33rd edition of the America’s Cup is set to take place in February, 2010. Only Alinghi (the current champion) and Oracle/BMW (the challenger) will be competing in the event that is currently set to run from Feb 8th to the 12th. It won’t be as lucrative a boon to the city as the 32nd edition in 2007, but still… in this economy, every little helps.

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