“Hot Rod or Hot Dog” is our regular post-grand prix column where we review all of the driver performances in that race. As part of the process, one driver is declared as Badger’s “Top Dog”; it’s not necessarily the winner and, to be honest, it could be for anything…”
It has to be…Michael Schumacher
We’ll admit at Badger, the German great is a divisive figure in the Sett, but today we saw flashes of the old magic in the Ardennes forest. Starting at the back of the grid, and getting the harder Prime tyre out of the way, he shot through the field like only he could!
While his young whippersnapper of a teammate Nico Rosberg inexplicably led the field in the early stages, Michael made his way up to 14th place on the first lap alone – aided by several greener drivers making contact into La Source – and steadily picked cars off one by one. The safety car period, brought on by both Lewis Hamilton’s coming together with Kobayashi and Daniel Ricciardo’s HRT breaking down in sympathy, meant that he could close the gap on cars in front while switching to the faster Option tyre.
The moves later in the race, first on Adrian Sutil, later on a struggling Rosberg, were the icing on the proverbial cake. There have been other good drives from back of the grid this season, from the likes of Webber, Kobayashi and Buemi, but this was the most convincing one yet.
He may be a tad controversial and the wrong end of 40, but there’s life in the old dog yet. Michael Schumacher, we doff our hats to you!