I know many of you are watching the racing and in the immortal words of Eric Morecambe, I ask you; The 2022 F1 season, “What do you think of it so far?” I have to say it certainly isn’t rubbish, the cat was amongst the pigeons last week and now this week in Bahrain, we start with Hamilton’s very poor qualifying not even getting past the first round and finally ending up in 15th place on the grid.
Next came Mick Schumacher and his massive crash in qualifying, luckily resulting in no damage for the driver, although the same couldn’t be said of the car.
Finally, Perez grabbing pole position at the last minute and sharing the front row with Le clerc, followed by Sainz in third and Verstappen in fourth, also wonderful to see both the Alpines in fifth and and seventh respectively. Bearing in mind how poorly the Mercedes is doing I think Russell did well to grab sixth and splendid to see Bottas in a strong eight in his Alfa Romeo.
What a great race and I believe credit is due to Ross Brawn who devised the new regulations which enable the cars to follow so closely and overtake, as proved by the two Alpines of Alonso and Ocon who spent many laps changing places.
Well, as they say it all kicked off later when Lafitte hit the wall bringing out the safety car, Perez losing the lead and the retirement of Alonso, Ricardo and Bottas one after the other.
Hamilton was unable to get into the pits to change tyres as the pit lane was closed and when he finally got in after the pit lane opened again he was in 12th place, followed by Albon hitting the wall causing a yellow flag.
Quite strange to see two cars virtually standing on the brakes before the DRS line and using it as a tactical ploy, resulting in a race to the flag between Leclerc and Verstappen changing places all the way.
For those of us who support the plucky Brits, not our best result with Russell 5th and Hamilton 10th but there is a long way to the end of the season and I have to say I’m quite looking forward to it, what do you think?