The recent Grand Prix has made us say it again: it's going to the best season for a long time.
We've been saying it for a few years now, but I think I can actually start believing it now. And here's my reasons why.
My main man Jenson Button has delivered the goods for the third time in four races at Albert Park. It's a track he has excelled at since he started driving Formula One cars. And whilst I know that Lewis Hamilton will give him a run for his money this year, I think the experience that Jenson holds over Lewis will prove invaluable.
But my biggest delight was the midfield battle we had going on. Lotus, Williams, Force India, Toro Rosso and Sauber seem have somewhat equal cars, meaning driver skill could mean the different between glory and disappointment. And with Ferrari somewhat lagging in performance, that all important midfield gap is closing up.
We also have some excellent driving potential on the grid, drivers who are not afraid of the big contenders. Since Romain Grosjean's first foray into F1, he's won the GP2 championship convincingly, and wom the Italian F3000 champioship despite only contending 8 out of 12 races; the man has matured well.
Pastor Maldonado is an interesting character as well. Money has kept him in this sport, maybe he's been told not to squander this opportunity, because he was driving like a pro (until Lap 58) and is definitely one to keep an eye. I was also impressed by the Ricciardo and Vergne pairing, both men with something to prove if they want that Red Bull space Mark Webber is sitting in. They remind me of Buemi and Alguersuari, without the mediocrity.
But the thing I want to see more of is the close action we were seeing at the end of the race, and at points throughout it. It left me wanting more, and so I'm happy I only have to wait till Sunday for the next race.
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