Pirelli, charged with the task of spicing up Formula One and making it less predictable have done everything that’s been asked of them and more.For the first time in a long while it seems that we the fans know very little less than the actual teams themselves.
Here’s how the standing shape up so far;
- Fernando Alonso Ferrari 164
- Mark Webber Red Bull 124
- Sebastian Vettel Red Bull 122
- Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 117
- Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 116
- Nico Rosberg Mercedes GP 77
- Jenson Button McLaren-Mecedes 76
- Romain Grosjean
- Sergio Perez Sauber 47
- Kamui Kobayashi Sauber 33
Fernando grabbed and held onto the top spot from 3 podiums and 2 wins. His closest challenger remains as Mark Webber who after 2 wins and a flurry of high top ten finishes remains in second. His team mate, Sebastian holds a steady third with 2 podiums and 1 win. Hamilton is charging his way up the Championship with 3 podiums and 2 wins under his belt. Ice man Kimi is hot on his heels in 5th with 4 podium finishes.
The William’s of Pastor Maldonado and McLaren of Jenson Button have both parked in P1 spot with Jenson also taking another 2 podiums, leaving him level peggings with Romain who attained his after an impressive 4 podium finishes.
Sergio Perez has celebrated on the podium twice, Nico Rosberg has finally experienced a grand prix win and another podium in Monacco. We’ve even seen Schumacher sneaking in a crafty podium.
We have seen wheel to wheel racing not witnessed in recent years. With the making and breaking of races often boiling down to strategy and tyre wear. With a majority of the drivers finding more often than not excessive tyre wear, the nursing of tyres and guiding home of the car has become an essential ability. Others have had success with race strategy gambles.
This season has done preciously what it said on the tin – it has turned the teams upside down and even the field out. No longer do three top teams race one another as the middle field and back marker stand by and be lapped. The back and middle fields are competing as front runners but in cruel twist of fate their inexperience to act quickly has halted their progressing. The lessons learnt from this season will certainly ensure an even more unpredictable season is dished up in 2013.
As the men take their positions to make their final title stabs, the characters fall into place…
The Defending Champion – Sebastian Vettel The Dark Horse – Mark Webber The Dreamer - Nico
Rosberg The Challenger – Fernando Alonso
The Comeback King – Kimi Raikonnan The Chancer – Pastor Maldonado The Apprentice – Bruno Senna The Racer – Lewis Hamilton
But with the ever changing fortunes of those enclosed in the hectic world of formula one, I almost expect to hear the commentators burst into narration as the theme for Wacky Races infiltrates the mics.
If one were to indulge, just for a moment………
Breezing through the pit lane in a McLaren converted compact Pussycat convertible is Lewis. His car decked out with all manner of girlie beauty supplies ensuring he is always picture perfect! Unfortunately one of the grid has to take the female role of Penelope - as Lewis seems to be the most groomed of the pit it seems only fair he should get the goodies.
Jenson Button, viewed by many to be the quintessentially classically British gentlemen driver takes the role of Peter Perfect. Persistently praising his car, which frequently crumbles around him within seconds of him closing his mouth.
Piloting a car/plane hybrid that is capable of limited flight - usually just enough to leapfrog over, he happily sours above the rest and avoids needless on track scraps. If Red Bull really did give you wings this would undoubtedly be the result.
Webber’s method of improvement when experiencing failing systems could be "Getaway Power," which is achieved by extending their feet through the floor of the car and running.
Something which in previous seasons would have probably been more effective than relaying on repairs to a stricken KERS failing and power struggling car.
William's new line up equates to not only a point scoring duo breathing new life into an ailing team but also a volatile accident waiting to occur.
Collectively they have 3DNF and 7 penalties and we're only mid way through the season.
With the ability to surge a car made of logs through virtually anything standing in it's way, the Sauber boys take the roles of Rufus Ruffcut and Sawtooth.
With the affectionate fan nickname of 'Hulk', it seems only fair that Nico takes on the role of Big Gruesome who relays on his brawn whilst strategic man Paul who some willl say uses mind over matter plays Little Gruesome.
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