Formula One Shanghai (China) | Review
The third race of the season after a short break. Which team has done his homework ? And which team can go back to the drawing board ? During 'qually' it was already exciting, because of the nearly front-row-lockdown by Mercedes GP. But Hamilton was in 2nd position. But he got a penalty for changing the gearbox during free practice, so it was still a Mercedes GP lockdown. The BBC said before the race started, the one on pole never one the race in the history of this track. Well this time they were wrong
Ferrari was not doing that well. Even Alonso struggled this time. And Massa was still struggeling. Lotus was good during 'qually' but in the race Raikkonnen went down in the last couple of laps. Loss of power/grip. Only Grosjean was doing a solid job. In the mid/back-field the teams were in order of appearence, somehow. So two cars from Williams, two cars from Sahara Force India etc.. McLaren did a solid job once again. Altough the pitstop from Button didn't went well in the last couple of laps. Heikki had problems as well, he finished behind the HRT's.
The people who did a great job ? Nico Rosberg, from pole towards the end of the race with only dropping his leadership during pit stop sequenzes. Pastor Maldonado and Bruno Senna for there solid performance in the Williams. They could really follow the pace from most of the field. So points for Williams, and that a day before the birthday of Frank Williams, still team-owner.. Mark Webber, were Vettel struggled with the car and with the other drivers. Mark had his moments as well, but fought back. Sauber didn't do to well, but the overtaking they did on others and each other were good fun to watch.
The whole race was basicly fun. For a circuit that is quite boring it went nicely and smooth. The DRS zone was shortened this year, and I think that helped alot on this track. Every car was very close to the next, Nico excluded. Okay it is still a fact of the overtaking is done by the DRS zone and not on the other parts. Although sometimes a sauber or williams went past another car. Even in the ending stages of the race it was still close between McLaren, RedBull, and the Mercedes of Nico Rosberg.
I am very curious what Bahrain can bring. China is fortunatly not boring anymore.