Whether you want to believe that having tire changes again is why Ferrari was on pole is up to you. But it was obvious during the race that Schumacher's Ferrari was keeping up with the Alonso's Renault and it made for an exciting race. Alonso drove a good race in perhaps the better car, and he deserved the win.
I also very much enjoyed the new qualifying format. Having a lot of track time for all the cars is better than having one lap and out. I do wish the engine rules would allow teams to not worry about putting miles on the engine. I only wonder if after a while the teams will figure out the qualifying system better so they end up not on track as much and still qualify high. Until then, I'll shall enjoy saturday.
Same old story
We also saw the the McLaren's with problems that forced Raikkonen to start from the back. If he isn't in red next year, he should be headed to talking to Renault and taking Alonso's car, and not Fisichella's.
My allegance to ChampCar makes me an instant fan of Cosworth. Last year I cheered for Red Bull, this year I want to see Williams do well. I think the proof was in this race, Webber 6th and Rosberg 7th. Apparently Sir Frank Williams wanted a Toyota this year and is hoping to have one next year. If that is the case he should check out the finishing order. Williams could have been fighting it out with Midland instead.
I was impressed that BMW Sauber was as competitive as it was. They still blew an engine in spectacular fashion, but they were ahead of Toyota whom should be in the points.
I think I've pretty much said what needs to be said about Toyota in the previous section. How can a manufacturer over $300M a year and end up with crap like that. Maybe Toyota's move to NASCAR is a good idea because it's managed competition and the NASCAR officials can give them an advantage so they can compete against the others. The ritual suicides should be starting in the Toyota F1 office on monday.
Barrichello's only disappointment was having a transmission problem. It seems he again is plagued with bad luck while his teammate is on the podium. Different team, same result.
So how are the Ferrari engine's doing there Red Bull? Did you enjoy watching the Cosworth blow past you for 7th place? Yep, you could have had those engines and maybe been farther up in the results.
And as a final comment, Minardi sure looks better when you put them in last year's Red Bull car.