German GP – First Aussie in 28 Years

{ Posted on Jul 15 2009 by dScribe }

A massive congratulations to Mark Webber on winning the German Grand Prix. By doing so, he’s the first Australian to win a Formula One race in 28 years (last Aussie winner was Alan Jones in 1981).

Not only did Mark win, but he completely dominated the race. That’s a huge achievement against a teammate like Sebastian Vettel and to do it for a team that isn’t traditionally a “top team” is even sweeter.

The points:

Mark Webber – Apart from a stupid swerve at the start that gave him a penalty he deserved, he was simply brilliant. I didn’t think of Mark as a championship contender, but now I do. Let’s hope his bad luck doesn’t stop his roll :)

Sebastian Vettel – Strong race although for him to finish second puts Mark Webber’s pace into perspective – despite a drive through penalty Mark was still that much ahead at the end of the race.

Felipe Massa – Felipe continues to impress me immensely. He’s making his teammate Kimi Raikkonen look ordinary. And I’m sure Kimi is still a very quick driver. Good drive.

Nico Rosberg – Rosberg and Williams certainly do look to be getting stronger lately.. A fairly anonymous race resulting in a very solid 4th place :)

Rubens Barrichello – Rubens must have the 2nd worst luck in F1 after Mark Webber. Although even if he wasn’t forced to a 3 stop strategy because of the fueling problem I don’t think he could have touched Webber still.

Jenson Button – How quickly the tide turns. It’ll be very interesting to have another hot race to see if the Brawn cars are suddenly quick again. Otherwise Jenson will have to worry about not only being beaten by Red Bull cars but by the ol’ Ferrari and McLarens amongst others.

Fernando Alonso – Did some Michael Schumacher magic tricks :) All the race he’s running in 11th or 12th then bang, 5th place! And some very very fast laps to boot! :)

Kimi vs Sutil incident – A racing incident, but if you had to lay blame it looks like Sutil slid into Kimi so one cross against Adrian’s name :)

Webber vs Barrichello start – Clearly Webber was a bit too agressive this time. The on-board shots made it look like a solid thump against Barrichello. Although the non-on-board stuff looked fairly light and he might have got away with it if it wasn’t for the on-boards :)

In Summary – Brawn starting to slip a little. McLaren and Ferrari still clawing away. Red Bull at least on par with Brawn (some circuits suit one car, some suit the other.. and interesting how the Brawn car can run in dirty air better than the Red Bull)

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