Lots can go wrong during a Grand Prix — crashes, driver errors, mechanical failures, strategic miscalculations, and more.
Whatever the problem, though, the cause seldom goes unexplained, Formula One being a precision sport that loves post-mortems.
But every now and then something happens for which there is no logical explanation, whose cause seems to be out of everyone’s hands, and yet arrives with a sense of inevitability.
That’s right — karma.
Or as this online definition puts it: “The sum of a person’s actions in this and previous states of existence, viewed as deciding their fate in future existences.”
“Karma” is the word that sprang to mind two weekends ago as I watched Ferrari implode at the Russian Grand Prix, where the team’s efforts to stage-manage a one-two finish went cosmically wrong.
After all, Ferrari’s ill-conceived attempt came just one week after it had pulled a similar stunt in Singapore and got away with it — sort of.