The Formula 1 season has been a thriller so far, with seven races producing seven different winners, something that has never happened before.
From race one in Australia it was evident that there was not going to be Red Bull dominance this time round. It seems that every circuit suited a different driver. The rules have once more changed with the result of cars having a dictated low drop nose.
Vodafone McLaren, however, might have found a different interpretation on how to go about their nose job however many feel that McLaren will have to eventually change their design. A slight, almost unnoticeable modification they made in Spain resulted in the best caron track.
The advantage they gained through this design, however, seems to have been zeroed due to their inefficiency in the pits. It seems that the more they practice, the more they got it wrong.
On the other hand, Ferrari have improved with Massa getting his act together and matching Alonso’s track time. Pirelli were still playing a mayor part in tactics and strategy. This year the Italian rubber supplier reduced its 2011 excessive wear race attitude to a more robust race duration with laps on the increase in same tyre utilization.
Next week we will head to another street circuit in Valencia where low grip and heavy down force will be the norm. Come Silverstone on a proper track, we will finally start getting a good idea of who this year’s title contender will be.