I am sorry for being a bit late with this review. Computer crashed and I just got it back.
I watched all of the F1 on Speed this weekend. The first race raised as many questions as it answered. Obviously Ferrari looks great with Red Bull, McLaren, and Mercedes all looking good. The new teams look horrible, which came as no surprise.
The questions that remain are:
- “Why were these teams given the new entries over more experienced outfits like Lola and Prodrive?”
- “Why did it take so long for the sham that was US F1 become apparent to the FIA?”
The race itself was reasonably entertaining, with a little passing, some spins, some very fast tire changes, and great performances from Alonso and Massa. It was especially nice to see Massa back in the car, and in form after his horrendous accident in Hungary.
Michael Schumacher did about as well as expected for his first race in 3 years. I am sure he was not happy to finish behind his younger teammate, and I will be expecting some real fire from him at the next race.
The midpack teams, Williams, Sauber, Force India, Toro Rosso, and Renault all look a little slow compared to the big 4. I would expect Williams and Sauber to improve the quickest. As to the tailenders, the rolling chicanes from Virgin, Lotus, and HRT; I will be very surprised if any of them score a point this year.
See you in Australia!