Driver Ratings Malaysia 12, Pt.2 HRT, Lotus and Marussia

25 Mar

Pedro De La Rosa: 5/10 Q22 F22

Couldn’t start the race from the grid but HRT’s decision to start both cars on the full wets was inspired and let Pedro restart from 17th once the red flag period was over, but sadly he soon found HRT’s natural position and he ended up last aided by a drive through penalty for team personnel on the grid.

Narain Karthikeyan: 9/10 Q23 F21

Like Pedro he started on the full wets and this let him run in points positions for a few laps and when the race was stopped he was 10th! Had the race then been stopped permanently HRT would have picked up their first points s they’d pick up 0.5 points (half points as they hadn’t completed 75% of race distance. After the restart Narain was back in the action as he was crashed into by first Jenson Button and second Sebastian Vettel which has given Narain a penalty. It’s a funny old world eh?

Kimi Raikkonen: 7/10 Q10 F5

The iceman suffered during the first bunch of pit stops to be sitting down in 13th when the race was stopped but he found time in the second bunch of pit stops to fly to 6th and from there it took some strong wet weather driving to finish 5th.

Romain Grosjean: 6/10 Q6 DNF

Couldn’t find the speed of Melbourne in qualifying but still performed well to park the car in 6th and flew from the start to move up to 3rd. But the rain caught him out and 2 spins in 2 laps forced him yo retire.

Timo Glock: 7/10 Q20 F17

I’ve always regarded  Timo as a wet weather specialist and he didn’t fail to impress finishing ahead of Heikki Kovalainen’s Caterham which is not only faster but also turned up for pre season testing.

Charles Pic: 5/10 Q21 F20

Was doing well to run in 14th for a lap but it was a disappointing weekend for Pic who finished on the same lap as both HRTs. Before the Chinese Grand Prix I intend to run a post on how Charles compares to Virgin’s other rookies Lucas Di Grassi and Jerome D’Ambrosio.

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