I've never been brave (or perhaps stupid) enough to bet on a Grand Prix result, but I'm kicking myself a bit after last weekend. Prior to Canada, Fernando Alonso had expressed his fear that Renault would lose out badly to Ferrari in the North American races, and it would be a case of damage limitation.
In fact, in Montreal it was the other way round, as Michael Schumacher overcame dire troubles on Friday to eventually salvage second place. However, there were signs that Alonso was right to be worried, and guess what? At Indianapolis, Ferrari found not a little but a lot more speed from the tyres, and Renault were left trailing.
On Friday at Indy, Ferrari already had a good idea of how successful the weekend would be. Felipe Massa and Schumacher were fourth and sixth at the end of the second session, up among the third drivers who regularly top the Friday practice times. And while that didn't suggest dominance, the team knew how much fuel they were running and could extrapolate forward.