After waiting for so long for the new season to start and going through a very thin winter testing season, finally the first race weekend of the year has begun. And what a way to start. Practice 1 and 2 were explosive with almost everybody topping the timesheets one time or another. Even Sutil in the Force India managed to go P1 for a while which was unthinkable last year.
Although the McLaren pace was expected from what we've seen in winter testing (who says testing times does not mean anything) the rest of the field especially the smaller and unfancied teams were incredible to watch. Williams, Toyota, Force India, Brawn, Red Bull were swapping times at the top 10 end of the charts. It was surreal. Also surreal was watching McLaren, Ferrari, BMW and Renault at the bottom and midfield. Weird actually.
Yes, the new rules has shaken up the order and given a chance for others to shine. No doubt about it. But this diffuser thing is not good. It would mean another day in court with some races being driven under appeal. That is what we fans hate, to watch a great race then only to be told that the results have changed because of a meeting in Paris.
As for McLaren, boy do they have a problem on their hands. The MP4-24 somehow is tail happy and not so fast especially in Lewis' hands. It seems to like Heikki better somehow. I hope McLaren can work out the bugs soon before Lewis is too far behind to compete for the championship.
All in all, still gonna be an explosive season.