Australia 2010 Grand Prix
I must admit that while this week's race was more interesting than Bahrain I still feel let down by the start to the season. I believe in the pre season we were promised as always more overtaking a wheel to wheel racing that would make this year the most exciting F1 season to date. while there was much more going on this weekend I feel that more needs to be done to aid overtaking.
The start of the race saw Button getting into the back of Alonso and pushing Schumacher down to last pre-retirement this would of spurred Schumacher into a heroic chase through the pack to probably still win the race, today however with all the new and in some cases stupid rules he didn't get much further.
There were few other incidents, apart from Hulkenburg, Buemi and Kobayashi's coming together which nearly saw the front tyre and tose taken off the Sauber. To make his season get off to a worse start Sebastian Vettle's Brake failure put him off just two corners from the pit lane entrance.
Lewis towards the end despite making two tyre stops for who knows what reason (he certainly didn't seem to know why) managed to catch Alonso at over a second per lap catching him with about 10 laps to go. Now this is what really gets me, in 90's his biggest problem would be getting past the Ferrari, he would of been all over the gearbox lap after lap until Alonso gave up or one of the drivers made a mistake, not now.
Due to the aerodynamics which have spoilt F1 especially in the last 5 years Lewis would of been lucky to have gotten to within 10 feet of his gearbox. this meant that the last few laps saw lewis sat anywhere between three tenths of a second to a full second behind Alonso. In the end Lewis got fed up and tried a move that was (from outside the car) obviously never going to work, this was compounded with MArk Webber following so closely that when things did go wrong he couldn't do anything but slide into the back of the Mclaren.
In the end it finished like this:
1 Jenson Button McLaren
2 Robert Kubica Renault
3 Felipe Massa Ferrari
4 Fernando Alonso Ferrari
5 Nico Rosberg Mercedes
6 Lewis Hamilton McLaren
7 Tonio Liuzzi Force India
8 Rubens Barrichello Williams
9 Mark Webber Red Bull
10 Michael Schumacher Mercedes
11 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso
12 Pedro de la Rosa BMW Sauber
13 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus
14 Karun Chandhok HRT F1
lap 41 Timo Glock Virgin - "handling issues"
Lap 1 and lap 26 Lucas di Grassi Virgin - Hydraulic problems/overheating gearbox
Lap 25 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull - Brake Failure
Lap 9 Adrian Sutil Force India - Engine problems
Lap 9 Vitaly Petrov Renault - Spun
Lap 4 Bruno Senna HRT - Hydraulics
Lap 1 Sébastien Buemi Toro Rosso - Kobayashi
Lap 1 Nico Hülkenberg Williams - Kobayashi
Lap 1 Kamui Kobayashi BMW Sauber - Accident
Did Not Start Jarno Trulli Lotus - Hydraulics
A hearty round of applause to Karun Chandhok for completing HRT's first race, well done to HRT for completing a race before Virgin Racing did.