F1 analysis: Season so far

2012-05-21 14:31

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."


  • Cyrus - 2012-05-21 15:39

    I feel sorry for people playing superbru or F1 challenge or any other game of a similar nature

  • Jono - 2012-05-21 15:40

    Rather unpredictable than predictable

  • James - 2012-05-21 17:47

    Schumacher was right about the pathetic Pirelli rubber. They could not match Bridgestone grip/durability.

      Phil - 2012-05-21 20:46

      James - Pirelli was asked by the FIA to create a tyre that would fall away fast, it is not like Pirelli can't create a tyre that won't last the race distance. I really hate it when people on News24 comment about stuff they obviously know nothing about.

      Alan - 2012-05-22 11:02

      Phil - you are totally correct. Pirelli were specifically asked to produce tyres that degraded quickly to add unpredictability to F1 racing, which was getting rather boring in the Schumacher/Vettel eras. I think though that more tyre choices might just be allowed in future races so there is not such a difference between different grades of tyre.

      Dewald - 2012-05-22 14:53

      So, why do they qualify? Why not start last and have a full set of fresh tires

  • Dewald - 2012-05-22 14:51

    This is not 24hour racing, preserving the car and tires. F1 is about as fast as possible. What is next, changing drivers?

      David - 2012-05-22 15:54

      You are right Dewald, I've never been a fan of Schumi but i think hes right to question the tyres since it sounds like DRS intiated to promote more overtaking has been cancelled out by tyres that degrades fast if driver does not sit back and relax to the finishing line

  • lourens.a.kloppers - 2012-05-23 09:24

    I think Kimi Raikkonen is slowly working his way to the top spot, he is consistent and a bloody good driver with a good car

  • craig.b.johnston.7 - 2012-05-23 11:23

    I can understand both sides of the `debate`.All i know is i`m watching more races than ever and actually get excited about the upcoming ones.the days of vettel etc winning the championship halfway through the season were so boring i wouldn`t even watch the rest of it.Even the actual races would have me sleeping on the couch as it would be a matter of vettel getting pole ,then he`d be gone and just cruised around for an hour and a half to victory.

      pmjulie - 2012-05-23 13:22

      Agreed! I'm loving the unpredictability of this season. It's messing up my superbru predictions, but whatever, this season is exciting!And I'm finding Vettel's reactions to not being on pole all the time quite amusing :)

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