Just over a month ago, Fernando Alonso was marching inexorably toward becoming the eighth driver in history to record back-to-back world championship successes. His win in Canada was his fourth in a row, and it came from his fifth successive pole position.
Although F1 is so often maligned for being predictable, Michael Schumacher and Ferrari have thrown the form book out of the window in the last three events, proving to be totally dominant in a way reminiscent of their crushing 2002 and 2004 campaigns, while also hitting statistical highs that even those seasons did not see.
Schumacher and Massa ran 1-2 for the final 56 laps of the German Grand Prix, meaning that 166 of the last 210 racing laps have had the two red cars at the head of the field. The Ferrari 1-2 finish was the 30th that Schumacher has been a part of since his first 1-2 with the team, at the 1998 French Grand Prix.
Ferrari teammates Michael Schumacher and Felipe Massa on the grid © XPB/LAT
Amazingly, although Schumacher has taken the "hat-trick" of a win from pole with the fastest lap a record 22 times, Indianapolis and Magny-Cours was the first time ever that he had done it in back-to-back races. If it were not for Kimi Raikkonen's wonder lap to take pole on Saturday, Schumacher would now have a hat-trick of hat-tricks!