Monday, March 19, 2007

Australian Grand Prix Roundup

Well, when I wrote no news means “finishing in the middle of the pack,” I really didn’t know I’d be that right. Toyota made almost no news during winter testing, and during the practice sessions of the first grand prix, Toyota was being scoffed at by the commentators from Speed Channel. Nevertheless, they surprised a few people when they qualified AND finished 8th and 9th place in the grand prix.

What remains to be seen is if they can improve their performance. Toyota did improve ever so slightly last season after they started the year quite badly. Perhaps they can do the same this year. Although, I do have a sneaking suspicion that most of Toyota’s motivations comes from trying to beat Honda, which is having an almost embarrassing time of it so far this year due to the Super Aguri team using last year’s Honda chassis and outpacing the Honda factory team. Yikes.

Kimi Raikonnen won the race from pole for Ferrari, and many people think Ferrari will be un-catch-able this year. We’ll have to wait and see if the McLaren Mercedes team with defending driver’s champion Fernando Alonso will be able to match the pace. Also, while everyone discounts Fisichella and the Renault team, I do believe that they might be able to provide solid points finishes on a consistent basis and by doing so the Renault team will make things interesting towards the end of the year.
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