Kimi had a great win, and his experience here over other drivers shows. It’s not so much his driving, but his tyre management, and ability to drive on tyres that could be worn out more than other – definitely something learned and carried over from his WRC days. It’s great to see Lotus getting a win, and I’ve previously said on here, they are going to be one very competitive team this year. Great work! Grosjean didn’t seem to have the same speed he had last year, but I expect him to continue to be quick this year when he settles in to the new car.
Regarding Red Bull, they had their issues. I am a massive Mark Webber fan and was severely disappointed with his start. McLaren have owned up to this, as the ECU manufacturer for every car on the grid, as something went skewif with his on the formation lap and ended up ruining his start. Unfortunate, I was hoping it would be his first home win, or atleast, better than fourth. I’m a firm believer in “anyone but Vettel”, so no comments there. He also had a great drive as usual, but Red Bull in general still can’t match Kimi’s tyre management skills. This will be an early season issue which will affect all teams as they understand how the tyres work.
McLaren appear to have a much slower car, with Button only finishing in 9th (he took out 1st place last season), so this was an appalling start for them. Perez finishing lower confirms the car just doesn’t work too well…yet. They’ll catch up as the season progresses, and they understand the car, and of course, tyres.
Mercedes seem to have brought another fantastic car to the grid this year, with Hamilton (unfortunately) doing a great job. Rosberg also
finished with points (correction: no he didn’t – but his performance up to his retirement was strong) which shows the car is strong and competitive. They will be a strong contender for the championship this year IMO.
Anthony Sutil’s performance surprised everyone, and I’m glad to see him back in a car. Him and Paul Di Resta are very competitive drivers, and last years Force India performance saw them moving up into points finishes for most races. This season should see them continuing to get points, and I expect some podium finishes from both drivers.
And lastly, Ferrari. Fantastic start to the season for them, and Felipe Massa’s performance was second to none. He blew me away with his performance, having suffered alot of criticism for his poor performance last year. Both Massa and Alonso will be fighting for the championship this year, Alonso coming in to the season as the favorite to win this year, on par or second to Vettel.
Great opening race for the season, and I’m sure I’ll be posting alot more this season to add my analysis as a devout “die hard f1 fan” 🙂
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