Melbourne overview -F1

Sun 28 Mar 2010

After the disappointment of Bahrain, Melbourne was the exact opposite.  Usually I go get a cup of coffee halfway through a race, and come back to see that the leader is even further out in front than when I left, and I almost watch the finish out of politeness.

Not in Australia !  It’s been a long time since we have seen such excitement, and most importantly overtaking, throughout the whole race.  Just when you got comfy, bam…. something else happened.

To start Alonso clashed with Button at the first corner and finds himself at the back of the field, with a lot to do to work his way through the field.  Soon after, the safety car is out after Kobayashi does his best to take out half of the field.

Vettel took an early lead and at one point looking as though he was going to run away with it, (and if Red Bull can sort out their reliability problem he probably would have), but then along came Jenson to take over with a masterful drive after Vettel’s brakes failed.  Button’s smooth driving style really suits Melbourne and reduces the graining of his tyres, meaning they last longer.  At the end of lap six he made a superb call to pit earlier than everyone else, changing from intermediates to soft tyres paid off.

Ferrari struggled latterly with their tyres, but even from the off they looked to have issues with the set up, as they kept running wide.  Lewis stormed through the track with Webber in tow, hunting down the Ferrari’s, but it wasn’t to be as they both careered off near the end.

Both Kubica and Rosberg drove sterling races, and whilst Liuzzi in the Force India didn’t get much attention he came in a credible 7th.  Alguersuari had his own little race with a man twice his age, Michael Schumacher, near the back of the pack.

Glad to see both Chandhok finished his first GP, and Kovalainen bringing the Lotus home… looks like they are slowly overcoming their reliability problems.

So the results were Button on the top step, followed by Kubica and Massa.  Alonso takes 12 points home, and also in the points were Rosberg, Hamilton, Liuzzi, Barrichello, Webber and finally Schumacher.  Other finishers on the same lap were Alguersuari and de la Rosa, with Kovalainen and Chandhok being lapped. 

Those that did not finish, in reverse order were Glock, di Grassi, Vettel, Suttil, Petrov and Senna on the fourth lap.  Buemi, Hulkenberg and Kobayashi crashed out on the first lap and Trulli who did not even start.

So all the talk of F1 having become boring, just got turned on it’s head !

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