Driver Ratings, Melbourne 12 Pt.4 Sauber, Toro Rosso and Williams.

18 Mar

Kamui Kobayashi: 8/10 Q13 F6 (Sauber)

Sauber have hit F1 2012 with a bang and needless to say Kamui took the car to 110% of it’s potential. This was the Kamui of 2010 and he’s now banished the ghost that was Kamui 2011. Kamui was lucky that a few guys retired but the final lap was what gave him an 8 because he gained 3 places (overtaking Rosberg, Perez and the retired Maldonado).

Sergio Perez: 8/10 Q22 F8 (Sauber)

In a race where many drivers had 3 stops for a driver to only stop once is a phenomenal achievement. Perez was plagued with problems on saturday failing to set a time in Q2 and then receiving a 5 place grid penalty. Perez flew to 12th in the first few laps and then by not pitting he was in 2nd for a few laps, once he was out of the pits there was a bit more work to do and despite being overtaken twice on the last lap 8th is an amazing achievement. No wonder there are calls for him to replace Massa.

Daniel Ricciardo: 8/10 Q10 F9 (Toro Rosso)

Would you believe that  this was Daniel’s Toro Rosso debut? Stunning in qualifying to make it to Q3 but he was involved in the collision on lap 1 and after only 3 laps was at the back. But Daniel wasn’t put off and stormed up the field to finish 9th taking 2 points at his first ever Australian GP.

Jean-Eric Vergne: 7/10 Q11 F11 (Toro Rosso)

Jean-Eric’s race was almost a mirror image of Daniel’s it was his full debut and he too did fantastic in qualifying before having a bad start (though not as bad as Daniel’s) it then took a legendary first stint to shoot up to 5th before fluctuating around 11th. Maybe could have finished in the points had it not been for a lock up on the last lap.

Pastor Maldonado: 10/10 Q8 DNF (Williams) DRIVER OF THE DAY

Had Pastor not smashed his car on the last lap Pastor would have picked up 8 points, 3 points more than Williams got throughout all of last season. Regularly  we’re told that Pastor is a pay driver but today he showed us that he has talent. He could compete with some of the big boys today challenging the Ferrari near the end of the race. Pastor’s race today was very similar to that of Monaco 2011 where a collision with Hamilton put him out with only a few laps left when he was set for 6 points.

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

Bruno Senna: 6/10 Q14 DNF (Williams)

Couldn’t match Pastor in qualifying and then a collision at the start of the race set the tone for his day,  he fell to penultimate place during the first lap. Having got himself back up to 13th he then had a racing accident with Massa which saw him back in the pits and eventually retired.

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