Below the expectations
March 26, 2011
The long winter came to an end and in Melbourne Formula 1 started the engines for this season's first race, thus ending the long wait for fans and enthusiasts (and also for those working in F1) between the end of one and the start of the next Formula 1 World Championship.
It goes without saying that on the first race weekend everybody is looking to understand the real strength of the different teams on the track, considering that it's difficult to understand the situation during the tests in winter. This is especially true with important changes regarding the regulations like this year: the return of the KERS ( the kinetic energy recovery system), DRS (Drag Reduction System), the driver uses to move the rear wing's flap to reduce downforce improving speed, the new Pirelli tyres, which showed a higher wear during testing then the previous ones.
The first conclusion? The Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro was below expectations: Fernando fifth, Felipe eighth, with huge gaps regarding Sebastian Vettel's lap time, which allowed the German driver to gain the pole position, confirming the strong impression Red Bull made during the winter test sessions.
“We can't be happy at all with how things went, but there's no point in losing ones head immediately,” Stefano Domenicali said in Melbourne. And the Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro team principle is right, also considering the good results in race mode the Ferrari 150° Italia showed.
The Australian GP has always been some sort of lottery as of the first lap and reliability will play an important role, just like the strategy. Well, tomorrow is the most important day of this season's first race weekend: Fernando and Felipe are in the condition to bring home points, which, in such a long and difficult Championship, is extremely important.