Saturday, March 16, 2013

F1 is back in session

Welcome back Formula1 fans. Bernie Ecclestone is glad you have found his show so appealing. And we really do find the Bernie show very appealing. Here are a few of our musings so far:

Paul DiResta needs to become the team leader at Force India. In our understanding Mercedes helped him get the seat. But manufacturers only invest in talent they want to develop. In his first season we felt he was over rated, and last year against Nico Hulkenberg who had sat out the whole 2011 season, he was over matched. He has another chance to stick it to Adrian Sutil this year. We think this time it will make or break his F1 career. He needs to beat Sutil at the end of the season or at least make 1 or 2 trips to the podium to show promise.

It seems Caterham is behind Marussia in terms of pace. We would have kept Vitaly Petrov in the mix. Despite what everyone thinks he actually bested Heikki Kovalainen in 2012. That makes him the best driver they've ever had.

McLaren did not do too well during the first practice sessions. It's only practice but they were nowhere near anyone expected them. All the complains about lack of grip are becoming very redundant. Jenson needs to take a lead and assertive role fast. Come the halfway point of the season Sergio Perez would have figured out the ins and outs of the team and will begin making a case as the franchise man. Besides, Telmex his sponsor can easily replace Vodafone as the naming sponsor. If they do, they would want  Perez as the headline driver. For Button there is no more copying of Lewis Hamiton's car setup, his immense tactical knowledge and experience needs to come into play.

We're still trying to figure out the pecking order at Mercedes. Common wisdom would say Hamilton first, but Rosberg is showing just as much pace. The car seems to be as fast as where it was expected to be when Mercedes took over from Brawn in 2010. But Lewis Hamilton almost had another head on crash (as during off season testing), and Nico Rosberg had to stop on the circuit. Are those bugs creeping up in the hardware?

The man of the season to watch is....Nico Hulkenberg! Yes we think so. If he can at least match the season that Sergio Perez had last year with Sauber a top ride could be calling.

Red Bull still looks dominant. 2014 can't come fast enough. Hopefully the new regulations will shake up things a bit