What a truly fantastic weekend of Formula 1 racing! As usual the Australian Grand Prix at Melbourne’s Albert Park, was home to the season opener.
I went into this race with no expectations. Testing really doesn’t tell us much in terms of who’s going to be “good” during the season, so it was anyone’s game. One thing was for sure, it was all about Mercedes-powered cars. The McLarens were especially fast all weekend, with Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button, 1-2 on the front row of the starting grid. However, things didn’t fare so well for Red Bull and Ferrari, especially the latter. The F2012 certainly has its faults and they became quite obvious, as the weekend wore on. With that said, massive respect for Fernando Alonso, who somehow managed to finish a respectable 5th, after offing the car in the second round of qualifying, for a starting position of 12th.
When all was said and done though, the man of the hour was (of course) Jenson Button. Another fantastic drive from Button who was just as cool and collected as he always is. This weekend was another fitting reminder of why he’s the
new face of McLaren.
Lewis had a respectable drive on Sunday, but was once again beaten by Vettel, who finished 2nd. Some may say the safety car was to blame and if there hadn’t been one, Lewis would’ve been there. That may very well be the case, but he was already out driven by his teammate, at the start of the race.
This is just the beginning and it’s going to be a very long season to come. The cars will be completely different by the end of the season, so it’s still anyone’s game. I’m so stoked Kimi Raikkonen is back. For a guy who just doesn’t seem to care about anything, he’s one hell of a driver. I’d imagine it’ll take a few races for him to get his F1 legs back, but he’s definitely a wild card to look out for this season.
The Malaysian Grand Prix is next weekend and I’ve got a feeling Vettel’s going to have something to say about another McLaren win.
Photo courtesy of McLaren & Hoch Zwei.