Another Grand Prix and another win for the Brawn GP team and their driver Jenson Button. Despite starting from fourth on the grid Button was supreme but his win seemed to be assisted somewhat by Toyota’s poor tyre strategy at the first pit stop, and Sebastian Vettel’s uninspiring drive to second place when his car should have been quicker than Button’s. Vettel seemed content to sit behind Lewis Hamilton until his first pit stop (although Lewis did have the KERS advantage) and then did the same with Jarno Trulli until the second pit stop. I believe that if Vettel had of been able to pass either Hamilton or Trulli on the track (rather than in the pits) he could have been able to challenge Button.
Lewis Hamilton had a great drive in his dog of a McLaren. To take fourth place in that car is testimony to his skill as a driver. It was good how he kept Vettel at bay (with his KERS button) before the first pit stop, and afterwards he remained on the tail of both Vettel and Trulli who both have much better cars.
Rubens Barrichello took fifth place for Brawn, his hopes dashed by a pit strategy that did not suit, while Kimi Raikkonen scored the Scuderia’s first points with sixth place, and in doing so helped Ferrari avoid having their worst start to a season ever.
BMW Sauber had a horrendous race, coming 18th and 19th (2nd and 3rd last) for Robert Kubica and Nick Heidfeld. Their season which started with some promise in Melbourne seems to have gone a bit backwards. I expect that they will bounce back now that the F1 circus arrives in Europe, and at the next race in Barcelona they should do much, much better.