Lap 5: random thoughts

Fernando AlonsoInto lap 6 – just how important was Alonso to Lewis last year? Hamilton’s a bit off the rails this year and his driving is just slightly shabby.

It’s possible that the focus of beating Alonso, and the ability to hone his set-ups based on Alonso’s input, might have givien him the target he needed. This year, it’s down to him. He’s a bit untidy, a bit too racey. And now it looks like a drive-through penalty. That’s the end of him for this race.

Looking at the live timing on F1.com and purple’s the colour that matters. Raikkonen is all purple – it means he’s setting fastest sector and lap times.

So he should if his car is lighter. We’ve seen Kimi have the pace and consistency to destroy Massa on occasion by starting the race with a heavier fuel load, staying in touch, then nailing him at the pit stops. It’ll be interesting to see whether Massa has the ability to do the same to Kimi.

F1 is boring on the surface, admitted, but if you have the lap times, if you care who wins, then F1 is awesome.

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