The British media must be totally over the top. Lewis Hamilton has delivered his first win in just the sixth race of his career, and after their previous experience of rooting for Jenson Button and waiting for years wondering wistfully if he would ever win a race – one can easily understand their sentiments. Hamilton is darned good, so good in fact that I couldn’t quite help cheering for him despite his McLaren allegiance. And what a race it turned out to be! Well, rather a stinker from Ferrari’s perspective – but still nail-bitingly so. Firstly, we (here at FFN) are vastly relieved that Robert Kubica is completely fine except for a sprained ankle – in all seriousness, it was a horrifying crash – and we wish him speedy recovery.

That said, what the deuce is wrong with the Spyker drivers? Do they particularly like running into barriers during the pitstop window and raising cain? Adrian Sutil binned his car on lap 23 just in time for the first round of pitstops, bringing out the safety car and in the ensuing chaos Alonso and Rosberg earned themselves a penalty while Felipe and Fisi got themselves black-flagged, all in a matter of few minutes. When Michael Schumacher was mentoring Felipe last season, he must have neglected to mention that a huge red light flashing in your face as you exit the pits usually means you are supposed to stop the darned car. Poor Felipe probably thought it was there for aesthetic appeal, and it would suffice to say an excellent day’s work was wasted in a moment of carelessness. And when the time came for the second round of pitstops, Albers thought it appropriate to disintegrate his Spyker all over Turn 8 bringing out the blessed safety car again and sending the pitwall strategists tearing their hair out.

When Liuzzi did his bit to add to the excitement and brought the safety car out yet again, it was with an air of resignation that one watched the grid reshuffle itself all over again like a deck of cards, only Hamilton and Heidfeld unperturbed by it all. By then anyway all our hopes rested on Kimi Raikkonen, and after losing two places at the start, nearly running into Massa,  and damaging his front wing from a piece of wreckage from Kubica’s crash, Kimi was not exactly inspiring confidence. However he did well to hold position against Fernando Alonso, who incidentally was providing a fair bit of amusement himself and making more errors during the course of this race than he did over whole of last year. The high point of the race was watching Takumo Sato in his Super Aguiri overtake the 2-time world champion in what is clearly turning out to be the best car this season. Ferrari has a lot of catching up to do.

After the dust had settled down from all the safety car excursions, Wurz found himself in P3 with Heikki on close pursuit in P4, while Ralf who had been cruising around and generally staying out of trouble was rewarded with a point at P8 for not sticking it into the barriers like most of his colleagues. Mark Webber didn’t appear to understand exactly what had transpired during the race as he started in the top 10, was 14th at one point, and then in hot pursuit of Hamilton and in P2 for a while, finally finishing on ninth just out of points. When one also takes into account the piece of synchronized spinning from Trulli and Rosberg, Scott Speed flying over Wurz, not to mention Anthony Davidson’s race getting done in by a beaver, it is fairly safe to conclude that it was one heck of a race. Kudos to Hamilton on his maiden victory. Now if only Kimi, Felipe and Ferrari can get their act together…

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