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My Driver of the day

There were alot of great drives throughout the field today.

Jenson Button obviously did a great job. He got the pole position, got a great start and controlled the race from there. There were a couple of dodgy moments including the restart after the safety car, and the second pit stop but he held it altogether and won the race. There is no doubt that he deserved this victory. I am sure he could have gone quicker if he needed to. He did a great job at looking after those softer tyres, which no doubt is down to his very smooth style of driving.

Sebastien Buemi really caught my eye today. Many questioned the decision to put him into the seat. However he comfortably beat Bourdais in qualifying and the race. He drove a very mature race, made no errors, and showed no fear whatsoever. He happily battled with the Ferraris, and took no prisoners. For quite a long time he also had a very quick Nico Rosberg behind him, and soaked up the pressure with ease. To finish 8th on his debut in a car that has had its problems for far was a fantastic job. I was one of the ones who questioned Toro Rosso’s decision but Buemi has proved me and alot of people wrong.

Lewis Hamilton  however was my man of the race today. Throughout the weekend he has stayed very positive and kept his team’s spirits high. He hasn’t walked around with his head down at all. He has been used to racing at the front in a great car. This weekend was the start of a new challenge for him, and he adapted to it brilliantly. He managed to get through to Q2, and if it hadn’t been for that gearbox failure then who knows how much furthur he may have got.

As it was he started from the back of the grid, and battled gallantly through the field pulling off some great moves on drivers who were ment to have a much quicker car than the Mclaren. The likes of Nelson Piquet and Nico Rosberg for example. Getting third place may have been a little bit lucky but clearly he kept his head whilst a few others lost theirs. Australia is often a place where we get a race of attrition, and Hamilton made the most of that. He pulled off a great drive in a poor car. It could be one of the best drives of his career.

Lets see what he can acheive in Sepang and Bahrain. It will be very hard to repeat today’s result I feel, but if he can pick up the odd point here and there then he still has an outside chance of the title if Mclaren get the car sorted.

So there you go. Lewis Hamilton is my driver of the day.

Thumbs up for Jarno Trulli as well who came back from the pit lane to third. Unfortunately he got a 25 second penalty for overtaking Lewis under SC conditions. Without this incident Trulli may well have got my driver of the day award.

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March 29, 2009 - Posted by | Race reviews

1 Comment »

  1. This blog’s great!! Thanks :).

    Comment by matt | March 30, 2009 | Reply


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