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Hamilton: Without a paddle?

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Well the soap opera on slicks that is Formula 1 season just gets more interesting.

After Australia we thought the ‘old world order’ (i.e. Ferrari, McLaren, Renault) may re-assert itself, but we were again proved wrong by the indefatigable Brawn team. With two back to back wins (or one and a half if you want to pick flies) they have made an unprecedented start to the season for a new team.

The unusual line up of Heidfeld, Button and Trulli

The unusual line up of Heidfeld, Button and Trulli

But yet again they started on Pole Position, and I confidently predict that, had the race run it’s full course, they would have won outright. I cannot take anything away from Jenson Button. After nine years in the sport who would begrudge him a good run of wins? Will he take the championship title? I think it is way too early to say.

But certainly do not write off the rest of the cast. Kimi Rakkonen, Filipe Massa, Lewis, Fernando, Jarno et all will certainly be back with a vengeance once they have devised a strategy to deal with the new regulations. I feel the real season will start, as it always does, when the season finally reaches Europe, within easier reach of the team’s factories.

Imagine trying to drive at 180 mph in this

Imagine trying to drive at 180 mph in this

So what of the race itself? Well it seemed to be a repeat of Melbourne until the heavens opened, reducing nearly a combined billion pounds worth of sports cars to little more than Bambi on the ice. It was just bad luck at the end of the day and nobody has questioned the competence of the stewards, the teams or the FIA in dealing with the matter.

You can see the pooling water under Nelson Piquet's Renault

You can see the pooling water under Nelson Piquet's Renault

Finally it seems that the FIA have Lewis Hamilton’s McLaren team squarely in their sights. His team have been stripped of all it’s points gained in Australia after the Jarno Trulli overtaking incident. I will let you see the footage yourself here:

Well I think the FIA are not after Lewis specifically, more they have a vendetta against the McLaren team as a whole. Remember it is only two years since the Ferrari stolen plans drama. Doubtlessly some of the people involved in the incident escaped retribution and powered Lewis to victory in 2008. The sporting director Dave Ryan, has been suspended and the recriminations seem far from over.

The embattled McLaren team hard at work

The embattled McLaren team hard at work

Let’s just hope Lewis and his intrepid band can regroup and come out fighting on all fronts. I am confident they will.

Not in Cowley you don't

Not in Cowley you don't

For the latest updates go to: http://www.autosport.com or http://www.f1.com

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Written by Nick Gilmartin

April 6, 2009 at 4:07 pm

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