Well, Hamilton joined a long list of distinguished GP drivers that have stuffed it into the armco, missed the entry, overcooked it, stalled, or otherwise failed to successfully enter the pit lane. Such a shame too, he was on his way to another podium and to the world driving championship.
I enjoyed the GP regardless. Real racing. Strategies, offs, fuel loads, tyre choice, rain, drizzle, dry lines, bumps, spins, and so on. A real Grand Prix for a change. Raikkonen and Massa and Alonso are showing that GP driver knack for never, ever, giving up until the finish lines (and in modern times, with lawyers, even well after the finish line -- but that's another story).
This has turned out to be a great season. I can't imagine viewership dropping after all this, as each GP has gotten better and better with more spectacle and plenty of drama both on and off the course. F1 had almost become homogenized, but now things are looking better.
Next year, the lack of traction control will separate the men from the boys, and maybe even equalize chassis advantages the big spenders have over the smaller teams -- after all, at least initially every surface and every track on every GP will seem "wet" compared to the ECU-controlled full-throttle exits everyone had been using. What does worry me a bit is the unified ECU. It's an idea that addressed a question nobody was really asking, in a way nobody can really predict, and instead of making things more interesting it can set up a real fiasco. After all, the ECU is one of the things that makes each car different. By unifying the design, F1 would take a step back toward a homogenized "spec" series -- and I can always watch Nascar instead for that sort of thing. Hopefully the step backwards will be very, very small.
Champion this year -- post your predictions?