F1-China Grand Prix: The point….by Gian Carlo Minardi
The China Grand Prix showed an interesting variable concerning tyre compounds. The interesting fact is that in a gap from 3 to 4 degrees, performances can notably change, making the championship even more exciting. We have to make our congratulations to Nico Rosberg, one of the best pilots of the grid, who made a perfect week-end: from the pole position to the victory. I’m pleased to see the German pilot, who runs for Mercedes team, breaking the leadership of the world champions. After Button and Alonso, Rosberg.
Behind him we saw 6-7 cars which made an exciting struggle. Under such conditions, it’s very easy to make a mistake. A little mistake can heavily affect the race, as we saw with Raikonnen and Alonso. The Finnish pilot, just few laps before the end, was in the second position and, after running off the track, he was out of the top ten.
Three different winners for other Gran Prix with a compression of strengths. We have minimum gaps between the cars as we saw with the McLaren, which was the most prepared and complete car, as as showed by Hamilton, both leading world championships. Therefore, we should take into great consideration also Red Bull, Mercedes, Lotus and Ferrari itself.
We are going to see an exciting season, full of surprises. Outsiders are ready to exploit every single chance left from top team. Today Williams scored important points, placing two cars among the top ten, as yesterday did Sauber with Perez. A little mistake can heavily affect the position inside the ranking. We have seen that even today, with two important mistakes made at the boxes by Mercedes and McLaren. Pit- stops are decisive and the tenths gained at changing tyres are very important. This increases stress. The Mercedes could have placed two pilots on the podium. Chances like this have to be taken.
In only one week we will go to Bahrein. The track is very difficult down there and we will see if tyres will be once again decisive. We will have higher temperatures and different compounds. It would be interesting to see if the two compounds will bear temperature changes.
Gian Carlo Minardi