Still think that F1 racing is a boring game of follow the leader? Think that F1 drivers are talentless robots dependent upon the latest technology for speed? Beg, borrow or steal a copy of today’s F1 race from Australia, and I guarantee it’ll change your mind.
Want horrific crashes? Got one, when Kamui Kobayashi lost his front wing (and all steering control of his car), then t-boned Nico Hulkenberg and Sebastian Buemi at speed. Miraculously, none of the three drivers was injured in the accident, which destroyed a few million dollars worth of carbon fiber.
Want wheel to wheel racing, complete with the occasional bump or head game? You’ve got Lewis Hamilton’s battles with Mark Weber and Felipe Massa, or Michael Schumacher’s battles with Jamie Alguersuari.
Want strategy? Jenson Button’s early gamble on switching from intermediate rain tires to soft compound slicks, while the track was still wet, won him the race. Want to see sheer driving talent? Watch any of the drivers pilot an F1 car around a wet-but-drying track on cold slicks. That takes some serious skill, not to mention some large huevos.
In the end, it was Jenson Button with the victory, followed by Robert Kubica for second and Felipe Massa for third. Mad props to Button, who is well on his way to proving that last year’s World Driver’s Championship was no fluke, and to his teammate Lewis Hamilton, who again proved that he is probably the best driver in the series on a wet track.