Driver Ratings, Melbourne 12, Pt. 1 Caterham, Ferrari and Force India.

18 Mar

Picture courtesy of Andrew Scott (http://www.flickr.com/photos/asphotos/)

Heikki Kovalainen: 6/10 Q18, DNF (Caterham)

Took the ‘new team’ pole position and was only running behind Vitaly Petrov when steering problems forced him to retire. A strong first stint showed that this could really be the year that Caterham join the midfield and pick up points.

Vitaly Petrov: 7/10 Q19 DNF (Caterham)

Was ahead of his teammate when he was forced to retire after a much better timed pit stop, and once Caterham have sorted out this car we should see their drivers providing much more competition for each other than Jarno Trulli ever did.

Fernando Alonso: 8/10 Q12 F5 (Ferrari)

Maybe if he hadn’t have spun out of Q2 he could have made Q3 and we could have seen how competitive the Ferrari actually is in qualifying. In the race though he was sensational, moved up 6 places in the first lap alone and pushed the car at the right times to bring home important points to the Scuderia.

Felipe Massa: 5/10 Q16 DNF (Ferrari)

Much weaker in qualifying than team mate Alonso so much so that he was the slowest driver to go out in Q2, race wasn’t much better despite going up to 10th on the first lap, he ate the tyres up way too quickly and there were times that he was just too slow. This is not the performance required of a driver who’s on the brink of getting dropped.

Nico Hulkenburg: 8/10 Q9 DNF (Force India)

Weekend one down and in my opinion Nico was the better Force India driver, he was faster in every practise session and unlike Di Resta he made it to Q3. It’s just a shame we didn’t get to see how his race pace is because his race was unfairly ended almost before it had begun on lap 1.

Paul Di Resta: 6/10 Q15 F10

Was lucky that 5 drivers that should have finished ahead of him had to retire and was well down on team mate Nico all weekend (he was 0.7 seconds slower in Q2). Despite this he did pick up a point, but he needs dramatic improvement if he’s going to be competitive this year.

 

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