Rosberg Enjoys a Chinese Takeaway
Today, Sunday 15th April 2012, in the Chinese Grand Prix, which was an action packed race, saw Niko Rosberg win from pole position, making it the first for Mercedes since the 1950s. Read on to find out more.
Rosberg Enjoys a Chinese Takeaway
Today, Sunday 15th April 2012, saw an action packed Grand Prix in Shanghai, with great overtaking , and positions constantly changing. That is with the exception of Nico Rosberg, who qualified fastest yesterday by a half a second, and led from the start, and went on to take an impressive win. This is particularly poignant for his team , as it’s their first win since the 1950s.
As a Lewis Hamilton fan, who is eager for him to take his first win of the season, I was really sad for him , after qualifying second on Saturday, to hear that he had to take a five place penalty on the grid because he had a change of gear box. This meant he was starting from 7th place, with lots of places to make up to have any hope of finishing in a points position.
My hopes in the future
I hope in years to come, as there is a constructors championship as well as a drivers championship, the rules will be changed so that the penalty is taken by the team rather than the driver. I feel a loss of points from their total shows that they need to improve the build quality of the car, and it should not reflect on the driver, who is completely blameless.
Rosberg opted for a two stop strategy, which clearly worked for him, so did Vettel, who lost out big time in the last few laps of the race, as he was running second at this time, but as his tyres became tired, he fought to maintain his position , but was then passed by Button, Lewis Hamilton, and then his team mate Webber
Kimi Raikonnen was not so lucky
This two stop strategy also did not work for Kimi Raikonnen, as he dropped back from second place to outside the top ten when his tyres deteriorated. It is always difficult to predict whether a two stop tyre change will work for you, luckily for Nico it did, but most of the other drivers opted for a three stop.
I am particularly proud of Lewis today, he did some superb overtaking from seventh place to claim third place, on the podium again for his third race of the season. He accepted his penalty with good grace, even though he knows that he is the only driver to have won in China twice in the past, and would have stood a good chance in different circumstances.
Lewis and Nico have a friendship that goes back to their Karting days, and he was vociferous in his praise and admiration for his friend, who he felt so richly deserved his win today. Whatever disappointment he must have felt for himself was hidden, he acted with dignity at all times.
However Lewis can take comfort from the fact that after the third race, due to his consistency, Lewis leads the world championship by two points. When this was pointed out to him, he reacted with caution , saying they had a long way to go.
I think this season will be an exciting one, the teams are much more closely matched, and Red Bull no longer have a car that is streets ahead of the others on the track. I am looking forward to seeing Lewis take his first win, and even more, and with all the twists and turns that take place during the season with the drivers standings. It will be nail biting stuff.
Good luck to all of them, especially Lewis, who is my hero of Formula One, and well done Nico Rosberg for such a fantastic drive.
Lewis Hamilton's Driving Force
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