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2012 Spanish Grand Prix Results

Huh.. that one certainly came out of left field.

1. Pastor Maldonado

2. Fernando Alonso

3. Kimi Raikkonen

4. Romain Grosjean

5. Kamui Kobayashi

6. Sebastian Vettel

7. Nico Rosberg

8. Lewis Hamilton

9. Jenson Button

10. Nico Hulkenberg

2012 Chinese Grand Prix Results

Well, what an interesting race! In the early stages, I thought that it would just be a processional until the checkered flag, but the battle for second place (after Schumacher’s retirement) really heated up over the last 20 laps or so. In fact, so heated was the battle that in two laps, Kimi Raikkonen went from second spot to 12th! Such is the pace of all the cars this season that you can never count on one dominant team. However, I do still believe that the McLarens are the class of the field this season, and had it not been for poor qualifying, troubles in the pits for Jenson, the gearbox change for Lewis and the cooler temps, it would have been a very different outcome. But those are a lot of “ifs” in a race that saw Nico Rosberg finally record his first – and very convincing – win after taking his first pole position as well. The Mercedes benefitted from those cooler temps and the long straights where it could flex its top speed and walk away from the rest of the pack. Will the same prove true in Bahrain, if everything goes smoothly and no one gets brutally shot? I’m betting no. My money next week will still be on the McLarens, as they will be in warmer temps, and there isn’t as much opportunity to have the DRS activated as much as it was in China with those two tremendous straights. But my predictions for then will have to wait, although not very long. Bahrain is up next in what should be one of the more interesting races, both on and off the track, in a very long time.

1. Nico Rosberg

2. Jenson Button

3. Lewis Hamilton

4. Mark Webber

5. Sebastian Vettel

6. Romain Grosjean

7. Bruno Senna

8. Pastor Maldonado

9. Fernando Alonso

10. Kamui Kobayashi

2012 Australian Grand Prix Results

Well, well, well. It seems as though it won’t be a Red Bull runaway this season. However, we may just see McLaren go on a tear. After locking out the front row, the duo from Woking went straight to work on the rest of the field and romped out to a huge lead. This would prove to be insurmountable in the case of Jenson Button, who had an absolute serene day at the front of the pack, only being closed in on during the safety car period. Lewis Hamilton, who started on pole, came under pressure midway through the contest from Sebastian Vettel, starting from sixth, and was passed in the pit stop rotation resulting from that safety car. Mark Webber put up a good fight for fourth, which is his best finishing position ever in his home race, but was never really close enough to challenge for a podium.

The biggest movers of the day had to have been the Ferraris at the start, with both Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa jumping right up into points positions. However, while Alonso was able to keep a reasonable pace with the front runners for awhile, it all proved too much for his car and he eventually fell off the pace and claimed a “best of the rest” fifth. Massa meanwhile ended up being swallowed up by backmarkers and was run into in the closing stages, having to retire the car. Other big movers were both Kimi Raikkonen, coming up to claim seventh from 18th on the grid after some closing lap incidents in front of him, and Sergio Perez, who started dead last in 22nd and finished eighth. He probably could have made up more positions but his one-stop strategy made for some dodgy tires at the end of the race.

The biggest losers from this race were undoubtedly Mercedes and Williams. Both of the Mercedes team were expecting to run faster, with Nico Rosberg even saying that he thought he had a car that could challenge for the win, and Michael Schumacher starting in fourth. Neither of the cars finished in the points, as Schumacher damaged the gearbox and Rosberg obtained a punctured rear tire from Perez on the last lap. The Williams team also came away disappointed as their main man Pastor Maldonado started in eighth and had a great fight going with the Ferrari of Alonso for most of the race. They had the pace in their car and it was a shame that Maldonado ended up smacking the wall on the final lap.

All in all, I would say that this was one of the better opening rounds of any season I’ve watched. It was incident filled, but not to the extent that it caused too many stops with safety cars. There were some good fights on track and there are some great stories that are about to burst forth. For instance, the battle between the midfield teams is amazingly tight this year, with both Saubers scoring points and the Lotus and Williams looking mighty respectable. In fact, if you look at the Constructor’s points, Sauber is ahead of Ferrari right now! Whether that will last is to be seen, but if both of their drivers continue to end up in the points and Ferrari has to continue relying on Alonso to secure all of their points, there are a few teams that will eventually garner more points than the squad from Maranello. As a bonus, we won’t even have to wait that long to see how this season continues to shape up, as the Malaysian Grand Prix is next weekend already! Mark your calendars, it’s going to be spectacular!

1. Jenson Button

2. Sebastian Vettel

3. Lewis Hamilton

4. Mark Webber

5. Fernando Alonso

6. Kamui Kobayashi

7. Kimi Raikkonen

8. Sergio Perez

9. Daniel Ricciardo

10. Paul di Resta

Belgian Grand Prix Results

Well, I called both Vettel and Alonso’s finishing positions correctly this time, but that’s about all. The 2011 Belgian Grand Prix saw a frantic start to the action, and then, about halfway through, became just another normal race.

From the start, it looked like this could actually be an interesting race, and for the first 20 or so laps, it was. The run down to the first corner, La Source, is a short one, but it is very tight and there is a lot of runoff room on the other side, so many drivers go into there with too much speed to try and make the most of the run to Eau Rouge afterward. However, Bruno Senna came in way too hot and busted up Jaime Alguersuari’s Toro Rosso, causing a huge flurry of cars streaming out of the way as shards of carbon flew all over the track. In the end, the Mercedes of Nico Rosberg made an impressive getaway from fifth to first, with the Ferrari’s of Massa and Alonso following closely behind championship leader Vettel. Mark Webber, in the other Red Bull, made his typical horrible start and bogged down from third to eighth.

As the race progressed, it became apparent that Vettel had made the correct call on his choice of tires, despite all of the blistering that was occurring on his front tires. The Ferrari of Fernando Alonso looked to be in the pound seat for a good podium, but the car came under fire from both Mark Webber and Jenson Button to end up fourth. It’s so odd that the Ferrari does really well at the beginning of the race, but can’t hold station. However, Jenson made the most of his starting position of 13th to end up third. The biggest loser of the day has to be Lewis Hamilton, who was another person to be in a great position for either the win or, at the very least, a nice podium, but didn’t realize he wasn’t all the way by Kamui Kobayashi, and the two came together spectacularly at Les Combes. The best drive of the day, aside from Button, has to go to Michael Schumacher. In this, his 20th year in the sport, he started from 24th and dead last, to quietly come all the way up to fifth! That is a hell of an effort and one that just goes to show that maybe he still has something left in the tanks after all. Here then, is how they finished.

1. Sebastian Vettel

2. Mark Webber

3. Jenson Button

4. Fernando Alonso

5. Michael Schumacher

6. Nico Rosberg

7. Adrian Sutil

8. Felipe Massa

9. Vitaly Petrov

10. Pastor Maldonado