It seems that a form of insanity had descended upon Formula 1...
It's one thing for different World Champions to win races, and it's was not really a surprise to see Nico Rosberg finally winning his first Grand Prix, but Pastor Maldonado, in a Williams?...
I'm not underestimating Pastor's obvious talent, and I'm absolutely happy for the courageous and tenacious Frank Williams and his team, but beating Red Bull, McLaren, Ferrari and Lotus? Everyone will have their five cents explanation, but there is something that's hard to understand in all this.
On a final note, a special mention goes to Jean-Eric Vergne and Daniel Ricciardo: the two Toro Rosso team mates fought a merciless battle, passing and repassing each other in spectacular fashion while never doing anything stupid; pure, refreshing juvenile skill, and great talent.
PS- Did Hamilton really deserve to be thrown from his brilliant pole to the back of the grid?
PPS- Once again, Alonso was a real devil, what a driver! For sure in a league of his own.
Spain 2012 GP
Wednesday, May 16
Malaysia 2012 GP
Thursday, March 29
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...
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.