After watching Qualifying on Saturday, I just knew that race day would be as unpredictable and controversial.
I was right. A Shanghai thriller they’re calling it.
I’d like to congratulate Nico Rosberg for his maiden Formula 1 Grand Prix victory! He makes history giving Mercedes its first win since 1955. Well deserved indeed! Germany produces phenomenal drivers! Congratulations to the Mercedes team as well for a job well done! The promise that the car has been showing before the start of the season and in previous Qs has finally reaped a win!
If you ask me, if the incident in the pits didn’t happen with Michael Schumacher, Mercedes would’ve gotten the 1-2. I’m so desperate for Schumi to head to the podium on his post-retirement career but, these things happen.
Mclaren is still definitely the team to beat with Button and Hamilton (despite a 5 position penalty) taking 2nd and 3rd - both having to battle with the Red Bulls in the final laps. Which leads me to, WHAT IS UP WITH RED BULL?! When Vettel failed to make Q3 on Saturday I was totally flabbergasted! Although, it was a decent result having started from P11 and Webber moving up a couple spots as well despite a car flop (literally), they have got to do something. I want Seb to get a 3peat!
As usual, here are my highlights:
3 Mercedes powered cars take the podium: Rosberg with his first F1 win followed by Jenson and Lewis.
It was nice seeing Nico extremely happy! He joins his father who holds 5 GP titles in the father-son F1 legacy. Mercedes had great strategy and guided Nico brilliantly throughout the race. I also found the conversation between Nico, Jenson and Lewis before heading onto the podium pretty funny, the whole Nico kept on asking who was behind him coz it kept on changing. :))
My worry for Red Bull has gotten worse. I’m starting to sweat a little but I still have faith that Sebastian will win soon. I BELIEVE.
Massa underperforming has become a recurring issue and I am nervous for him as well. The car has not helped him at all. Massa is such a fantastic driver, I hope Ferrari gets his car sorted out soon.
The next race takes place in Bahrain. If you’ve been reading up, the Bahrain GP was “this close” to not happening. But the FIA has assured teams that the route and area for the GP is safe and the race will still happen.
The Bahrain Grand Prix will be on April 22, 2012, Sunday at 8pm.
Grosjean FINALLY finishes the a grand prix.
Oh, and if you’re a Red Bull fan and an iPhone user, download Red Bull Kart Fighter! It’s such a fun game! Numerous countries with different difficulty circuits to get your Formula 1 fix on the go! I’ll definitely be on it until next weekend! :))
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The rain during the Malaysian GP proved that Formula 1 is definitely unpredictable. Which is probably why I’m doing so bad in the Castrol EDGE Grand Prix Predictor. :))
The 2nd race takes place in Asia and just like how the weather has been so bipolar here in the Philippines the past few days, it was pretty much the same in Malaysia.
First of, I wanna start by saying how much I love the Sepang circuit. Turn 1 is just made to push cars into the sand and the start-finish strip is a DRS zone that made overtaking such a delight!
In qualifying, McLaren dominated once again taking the front row of the grid with Hamilton and Button, and imagine the smile on my face when Schumacher took P3! I hoped that this race would be the race he’d finally make it back onto the podium (of course, I was mistaken)! The Red Bulls weren’t deep into the grid either with Webber at P4 and Vettel at P6. And former world champ Kimi Raikkonen was at P5 for Lotus.
The rain was already pouring before the race started so I was a bit scared that they’d start behind the safety car - didn’t take long for them to send it out though! As usual, here are my highlights of the race:
Race ends with ALONSO - PEREZ - HAMILTON at the podium.
I was a bit thrown off by Perez’s appearance on the podium but Sauber definitely had great strategy as well as pitted at the right time with consideration to the weather. The win boosted their spirits and there’s no way but up for Sauber! They’ve proven that they’ve got a car worthy of a podium finish and a hella smart team to back up Sergio.
Sad that Jenson finished 14th, from the top to the back of the grid. Hamilton was a bit happier this time at the press conference for finishing 3rd considering the race conditions. Great driving on his end for being careful out on the track.
I’m extremely happy for Fernando and Ferrari. While I was reading my copy of Formula 1 Racing, in the driver’s profiles, they were waiting on Ferrari to give Fernando the car that’ll reinforce his great driving skills - and it looks like they have.
Starting to get really concerned about Red Bull though. It’s only a matter of time before Sebastian gets frustrated that he’s not taking P1 at qualifying. I guess the RB8 isn’t all it’s cracked up to be?
Next race is the Chinese Grand Prix, April 15 at 3pm! :)
No F1 for two weeks! :((((
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