When the going gets tough... Alonso emerges, tough as nails. The F-2012 Ferrari? Not a problem.
But it was a close call. Sergio "Checo" Perez drove an outstanding race in treacherous conditions, and could have won. Should have won? We'll never know. When the radio shouted in his ears "Checo, be careful, we need this position. We need this position", Perez lost concentration, ran wide and precious seconds were gone... And so, we'll have to wait a little more before seeing the first Mexican victory since Pedro Rodriguez, 42 years ago in Spa.
I like to think that Checo didn't back off and wouldn't have backed off, something that would not have crossed the mind of his illustrious compadre either...
Malaysia 2012 GP
Thursday, March 29
Australia 2012 GP
Wednesday, March 21
Melbourne, opening of the 2012 Championship.
Eleven teams decided to play the lemmings game, producing the ugliest collective bunch of F1 cars in history. One team decided to go against the technical regulations' design diktat, produced a beautiful car, and won anyway.
McLaren: 1 - Lemmings: 0
One driver thought he was back on top of the world, after conquering pole position. His team mate made a perfect start, dashed into the lead and was never seen again.
Button: 1 - Hamilton: 0
Let's see what happens in Malaysia.
Japan 2011 GP
Thursday, October 13
Johannes Bernhardus Theodorus "Hans" Hugenholtz designed what is arguably the most challenging race track in the world, the Oriental Temple of Speed, Suzuka! Just ask any Formula 1 driver what his favorite track is. And no less than 17 World Champions have been crowned there... Now Sebastian Vettel has added his name to this legendary list, and at the age of 24 became the youngest ever double World Champion. It looked easy from the outside, but when you consider that Seb scored nine victories this season (so far), while team mate Webber, who is not known for his slow pace, scored none, you begin to realize that we are probably witnessing the birth of a truly outstanding race driver. Meanwhile, Jenson Button once again bluffed those who thought that he was just a smart and opportunistic driver: like great wines, he keeps getting better and better with time, and his pure speed has reached the highest level. And a Suzuka Master he now is...