IdeFan wrote:Once again it is proven that all you need to do to make F1 great is add water.
At the risk of overusing the word in this thread, I too am gutted for Perez, a win would have been magical. Ultimately though what cost him the win was staying out an extra lap on inters and the mistake coming onto the back straight, so you can't put it down to luck.
Both Alonso and Perez were consistently fast on inters at the start, on full wets before the red flag, on inters after the red flag, and on slicks at the end. It's tempting to put the result down to luck (and its true they probably wouldn't have finished where they did had it not rained) but they were consistently the best drivers throughout the race today and that's not luck.
I was praying for the red flag to end the race when it did after Karthikeyan's heroics (he was as high as 8th at one point) and I think I would have preferred an HRT half point to a Perez victory, but only just.
Finally I think the stick that Hamilton will inevitably receive for his third position is a bit harsh. Its been a chaotic couple of races so far and it looks set to be an unpredictable season, under these circumstances keeping your head down, keeping out of trouble and "anonymously" picking up podiums is exactly what he needs to do.
A pretty fair assessment, I'd say - those two drivers may have been fortunate that the conditions favoured them, but both of them took full advantage of the situation to earn their position.
As for Sauber's message to Perez, I can understand their anxiety - Kobayashi was out of the race by that point, so if Perez misjudged the situation and crashed into Alonso, it would have been a disaster for them: Perez was driving sensibly, but he is still relatively inexperienced and Alonso can, when he wants to, defend quite aggressively. We might have wanted him to battle Alonso, but asking him to back off ensured Perez of 5th in the WDC; it also means Sauber remain a solid 4th in the WCC (only five points behind Ferrari and with nearly double the points total of Lotus).
As for Hamilton, I'd say that assessment is probably fairly reasonable - given what happened to him last season, keeping out of the way and picking up points is a safer tactic, and worked well for Alonso last year. After all, this time around it was Button who ended up crashing into another car - although Button has at least held his hands up about his clash with Karthikeyan and put the blame entirely on himself:
"I was struggling to keep the tyres up temperature and it was totally my fault," Button admitted.
"I hit the brakes, I lost the rear. I was struggling to get the car slowed down. I tried to get around the corner but I couldn't do anything but hit him really."
And to be fair to the rest of the grid, I'd have to say that Bruno Senna's drive today was somewhat overlooked due to the action elsewhere, but should go some way to addressing the criticism he faced after the Australian GP. If Maldonado's engine hadn't let go - and he wasn't doing too badly either at the time - Williams would be ahead of Force India in the constructors (they are currently one point behind, but Bruno's 6th would have put them ahead on count back). Kimi wasn't too shabby either - given his grid penalty, 5th is a fairly decent return and his pace was pretty solid, demonstrating to Grosjean that the points and rewards come on Sunday, not Saturday...
Enforcer wrote:Finally a word on Mercedes: lol.
That car chewed up its inters mid race so quickly it was comical. Schumacher pulled up to the back of Hulkenberg and had a two lap window (if even that) to get him before his tires went and he dropped away. Rosberg pitted after being passed 3 times in as many laps and re-emerged 16th. By the time he got to 14th, he'd dropped off to Schumacher's pace on knackered tires. That's how quickly he did his tires. So much for tire wear being a once off thing at Australia. Even if Schumacher hadn't been spun around by Grosjean, I'm struggling to see how he could've done much better than 10th. Mercedes challening for the front row on Saturday and then fending off Force Indias and Torro Rossos on Sunday might be a recurring theme for a few races.
There is likely to be a lot of head scratching at Mercedes over their tyre management - Schumacher might have been able to finish a few places higher had Grosjean not hit him (given that 7th to 10th were covered by 5.5s, he could have slotted in ahead of Rosberg, Vergne or perhaps even Di Resta), but otherwise their pace on Sunday just doesn't live up to what they can manage on Saturday. Still, given that in the dry they were pressurising McLaren for the front row, to fall back that far suggests that they might have focussed too much on qualifying rather than race pace (particularly that F-ducted DRS).