Guys, I actually think it was a good race and a decent performance from LH. Felt sorry for Nico Rosberg. The pace on the SS was extremely good. Although having said that I think they miscalculated the pace on the mediums. It was also a good call to change from 2 stop strategy to a 3 stop as that is what really guaranteed the 5th place. Although if planned from the start with a 3 stop strategy, then I think a 3rd position was possible especially when you take into account the pace on the supersofts.
The ferrari race pace is quite good and the Lotus is a tyre whisperer once again. Although I think in warmer conditions the Mercedes will be shining through as I think the cooler conditions had something to do with pace on the mediums. having said that, I also think it will reveal the true pace of the red bull.
if the weather is good throughout next weekend, I think Malaysia will provide a decent assessment of where the Merc is (qualy and race pace wise)
I am quite happy with the result after reflecting on it and I would have wanted a podium but I can't help but thinking back to september when LH signed and what some of the doom mongers were prophesying.e.g, Jenson will lap Lewis, they will be scrapping witht he toro rosso, etc....well the Merc today finished ahead of a redbull, both Mclarens which is more than what some said in september.
The season is young and we have 18 races to go. LH is only 15 points from the lead
it might be a stretch for WDC or WCC but stranf=ger things have happened. the bottomline is I think the merc is in the mix and the next race will be crucial.
Edited by BernieEc, 17 March 2013 - 19:12.