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Too many zeroes spoil the till
Milan overcome Liverpool
Arsenal, Barca bow out
Melbourne clinches double in style
New Connex timetable kicks in
The Finals swansong
McLarens rule in Monaco
Night race a non-starter
This was the fifth race of the season and so far the podium has comprised McLaren and Ferrari drivers only and the only driver to feature on all podiums so far is Hamilton.
I think Hamilton was disappointed that he did not get pole on Saturday because he knows that had he got it he would have won the race. I think he is no longer satisfied with breaking records ( this time first rookie driver to finish on podium in first five races) and finishing on the podium but would like to win a race and that is what counts more. Felipe Massa finished a distant third and his team-mate Kimi Raikkonen scrapped into the points points grabbing eight position having started the race in 16th position.
It was good to see Renault's Giancarlo Fisichella finish fourth and I wonder if this marks a change of fortune for the team. However it was good not all that rosy for Fisichella's team-mate Heikki Kovalainen who finished thirteenth.
BMW sauber continue to be consistent but I think they still lack the cutting edge to challenge the top two teams. I still think that the day when we see a driver outside McLaren and Ferrari on the podium it will be one from BMW Sauber.
Robert Kubica and Nick Heidfeld finished fifth and sixth respectively with Williams' Alexander Wurz finishing seventh. Last time it was Nico Rosberg who finished in the points for Williams and this is a positive result for they have managed to score points in two successive races.
Mark Webber did not finish the race once again and it doesn't look good for him so far this season. I thought Webber had a chance this time of scoring points after qualifying sixth but car problems continue to trouble him and it is increasingly looking like last season already. This time it was a gearbox problem.
The next two races will be in North America starting with the race in Montreal, Canada.
But I also feel that McLaren should create conditions that are fair to both drivers and not prepare Hamilton's race strategy in such a way that he will finish at least behind Alonso. Each race is now getting interesting and lets see what will happen in Canada.
I also think that McLaren should let their drivers race at least at this early stage of the season and that may give Hamilton his maiden win. Drivers tend to be remembered by how many races they won rather than how many they finished second and I think Hamilton now realise as you say that he is capable of finishing first whereas before maybe he would have been contend on just being on the podium especially in his first year.
No team admits to the existence of 'team orders' although I suspect that they do exist.
I would be following with interest these investigations by the FIA.
While McLaren may have been cleared, I believe they gave the orders because Hamilton was pushing Alonso to the limit and in all honesty Hamilton looked like he was going to crash out with the way he was moving the car, hitting those kerbs and at one point he looked like he had shaved the wall, McLaren didn't want to lose a car....
In Monaco you can move from 20th to fifth with a faster car, but its difficult to move from say fifth to first, moreso if your cars are doing more or less the same lap times..
Webber should have moved to a better team...Red Bull is the old Jaguar team where he was before, with the only change being a few more capital budget dollars..