Right after the Mugello Tests - which i admittedly never had a chance to follow - I asked (in my last post on the previous page) if Ferrari had made a big step.
Well, with Alonso up there on the grid and the race in Spain...and Massa up there
ahead of Button and Vettel and Raikkonen on the Monte Carlo grid, one has to say that Ferrari are now in the Top 4 in qually and race spec.
Well, at least they're no longer 5th or worse!
Clearly Hamilton is a very
fast qualifyer...And clearly Button isn't that
poor a driver.
This means that McLaren are no longer the fastest qualifying and race car like they were in the first few races.
McLaren will rue the umpteen costly mistakes they made on Hamilton's side of things.
Hamilton ought to be leading the WDC standings, not Alonso. But Ferrari pitstops for Alonso have been THE best this season and have aided Alonso in gaining track position vs the opposition and, thus, aided in taking the points lead.
McLaren have been dismal...and now they've lost pace too. Button is plainly looking piss poor in Qually and McLaren must be worried. They were arrogant in March and April when others (like Ferrari) were on the back foot, but arrogant no more...And, they've yet to sign their faster driver (who could yet get fed up and still sign elsewere like Mercedes or Red Bull or even Ferrari (unlikely...but money talks).)
Some of the 'pundits' are saying that the Mercedes W03 will be a real force in Montreal.
It wouldn't surprise me if Rosberg or Schumacher won our national Grand Prix, frankly.
I'd put Red Bull in the Top 3 in both Qually and the Race, possibly even Top 2 depending on circuit config and temperatures.
Lotus. They didn't make hay whilst the sun was shining...and, from now, the pace of development at the Grandees - ie Ferrari, McLaren, Red Bull and Mercedes/Brawn - will be relentless...and, so, I expect Lotus to fall once they circus comes back to Europe for the Summer. Lotus need to capitalize on whatever they've got in Montreal. Otherwise good luck
Williams need a driver who is both
consistent. Sadly, Bruno is neither...and Maldo - whose pace can be lightning at times - seems not to have a proper head on his shoulders yet. Operative word being "yet".
Edited by RayInTorontoCanada, 28 May 2012 - 14:43.