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2012-05-21 14:31

AND THE SIXTH WINNER IN 2012 WILL BE...: Could Lewis Hamilton shrug off his run of bad luck and claim his first win of the season?

After five different teams won the opening five races of 2012, a debate has sparked amongst experts - is it good for Formula 1?

Paul Weaver, The Guardian newspaper, wrote: "Take a pack of playing cards, throw them up in the air and make a note of those that land on top.

"Then do it again, and again, and again.  That's five.  Enthralled?  Perhaps you should get out more."


Triple world champion Niki Lauda, agrees that despite initially enjoying this season's unpredictability, the chaos is now becoming all too predictable.

Lauda said: "Last year, when Sebastian Vettel won everything, it was almost boring. Now it is so confusing that you almost can't follow it.

"Until now it's been good but I hope it's now the turning point for more logical races. If it goes on like this, we will all be completely confused by the end," said Lauda.

Helmut Marko, whose Red Bull boss Dietrich Mateschitz likened the 2012 championship to a "lottery", agrees.

Marko said: "Can I explain how (Pastor) Maldonado was eight tenths better (in Spain)?  Not over a lap, but in one sector!" he exclaimed rhetorically.

2012 has been likened to 1983, when five different cars and drivers won the opening five races.

Brazilian F1 correspondent Livio Oricchio reminded that, 29 years ago, there were three competing tyre manufacturers, and turbo engines competing with normally aspirated ones.

Now, it's all about Pirelli, but HRT driver Pedro de la Rosa admitted he is enjoying it: "It is impossible to predict what is going to happen so for me the championship is the best that I have experienced."

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