In a Grand Prix that was as devoid of surprises as it was spectators, the only real pleasure was to watching the two drivers most in the... "hot seat" at the moment put on the kinds of moves that, had their names been Hamilton or Raikkonen, would have been hailed as definitive proof of a second coming. I'm referring to Kovalainen's great defense against the vastly superior Brawn of Rubens Barrichello and Nelson Piquet's exquisit smackdown outside pass on World Champion Lewis Hamilton.
Barrichello no doubt must have complained bitterly about the slower Heikki daring to stand in his way. In past races we have seen Barrichello's histrionics when he felt held up, usually big, dramatic hand gestures. Barrichello is a man who's career is coming to a close in a repeat of his biggest nightmare, to be a second driver in a top team. In fact, more than one source claims the only reason Rubens is at Brawn is because of the testing restrictions which did not allow for Bruno Senna to be in the car at all before the season. Clearly frustrated, he unleashed the frustrated man's move: the impossible divebomb. Not satisfied with his first failed move, Barrichello later repeats on Sutil's Force India.
Nelson Piquet is another F1 driver everyone, not always unfairly, pretty much writes off. The kind of move he dealt the mighty Hamilton however, was something out of his father's playbook. If Piquet has not found the proper mindset and motivation to raise his game, it is clear that somewhere there is the talent. Kudos Nelsiño.
Oh the race results? Button dominated, Webber had a good race, Vettel showed he is human but Red Bull gave blatant team orders. Ferrari, who would haveve been raked over the coals for a radio transmission like Red Bull's, was nowhere and BMW showed a small improvement.