|Pastor Maldonado giving his detractors the finger.|
Happy Birthday Frank! What a way for Frank Williams to celebrate his 70th, an unexpected win and a disastrous fire in the garages just as celebratory pictures were being taken. Fantastic seeing a Williams Renault win again though.
I don't know how a company can agree to make deliberately inferior tires, these Pirellis are just flaky and not just because they turn tracks into single lane toboggan runs more even than the Bridgestone before them. Can we please have a linear tire that does not throw crap all over the track?
What of Pastor Maldonado? Does he prove every dog has his day or did he get a bad rap along with his giant suitcase full of money courtesy of Hugo Chavez? Well, despite how Autoblog described him, he's no rookie, he beat Perez and the much touted Jules Bianchi in GP2. An nobody can take away a win that was not in any way "gifted" or lucky, It took Rosberg a hell of a lot longer to get in that club and while some will argue Barrichello was the faster driver (yes, some will other than Rubens himself), money talks and after today the Venezuelan shepard has made bullshit walk, at least a little further down the road.
As far as the bigger picture of the championship you might have seen the statistics from 1983 when the first five races were won by Piquet, Watson, Prost, Tambay and Rosberg. Piquet won the championship that year with only three wins and in the final few races. A similar outcome could mean the championship would be decided by consistency. Who have been the consistent podium finishers in 2012? It's the usual crowd, Hamilton, Alonso, Button, Vettel and Raikkonen. Of those only two have scored in every race, Hamilton and Alonso. I have no doubt Raikkonen will be in the mix as longas the Lotus pit wall stops smoking that funny stuff and gives him a sane strategy. Bring it but please Pirelli, let them drive!
As usual I look forward to your comments, but first, enjoy the Executive Summary!