dc.jpgDavid Coulthard has had a rather mixed beginning to the season so far this year, which is to say he is yet to score a championship point or make it into Q3 for that matter, but it is all looking rather promising (No, honest!) He started off the season by running wide in Q1 and qualifying 18th, and didn’t do too much better in the race either. Let us just say Alex Wurz was lucky to escape with his head intact after DC unleashed a particularly potent and botched up overtaking move from his unique repertoire. If DC was determined to turn things around in Malaysia after the rather dramatic start in Australia, well…it didn’t quite show, though the Adrian Newey designed Red Bull was partly to blame. He did make it to 13th on the qualifying grid this time (when a mistake in Q2 stopped his progress to Q3), but was forced to retire from the race on encountering a rather weird problem. With his brake pedal obstructing his steering column, he was forced to choose between braking and turning, and understandably chose the third option of parking his car instead. With barely a week between Malaysia and Bahrain, the RB reliability didn’t exactly improve by leaps and bounds and gearbox problems this time around meant DC started the Bahrain race from 21st on the grid, not really the ideal position one has to admit. A sterling drive and an aggressive fuel strategy saw him storm to seventh, before the car decided it had had enough of racing and a broken driveshaft put paid to any hopes DC might have had of picking up a point or two.

After 3 retirements from 3 races, he remains positive for the rest of the season and claims “he would rather park the car having had a good race” than finish the race 2 laps down in a turkey. Now that is precisely the dangerous attitude that caused McLaren to become popularly known as ‘McBoomer’, and it has taken them all these years to realize reliability is not a bad thing after all. Christian Horner says the current reliability level  is unacceptable and they have every intention of doing something about it, but he is also busy trying to prevent former employees from distributing RB design documents to all and sundry, not to mention convincing Spyker (and possibly Williams) that there is nothing quite wrong in multiple constructors saving a bit of money and nicking chassis design from each other (or chassis-sharing in other words). Adrian Newey’s finely tuned aerodynamicist senses are still in shock after calculating the effect of the open fuel flap on Webber’s car from last race, and hopefully he will recover soon enough to do the needful. It will be interesting to see if there are any improvements in the RB reliability in Barcelona post the one month break.

PS: If you are wondering why I started this feature with David Coulthard, I don’t have a clue either, it just seemed like a rather good idea at that time. Anyway, watch out for The Season So Far: Kimi Raikkonen next.

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