Kovalainen Extends His Lead
Well, at least the race wasn’t boring. Once again fuelled by controversy, Formula 1 managed to get back up to speed with a dramatic race in Melbourne. While Jenson Button won the race, it was also an impressive performance by the three new teams.
The notable exception was for Jarno Trulli, who didn’t even manage to start the race due to a hydraulic problem.
The advantage was left with the other teams, and all five remaining drivers managed to avoid the chaotic first lap, but the next to retire was Bruno Senna on lap 6.
Lucas di Grassi put in a heroic performance, even defending his position against seven time World Champion Michael Schumacher. Even after he had been passed, di Grassi overtook Schumacher to keep his position. Sadly, he retired later with mechanical issues, but managed to return to the track for a few more laps.
Timo Glock managed to make it to lap 41, close to the mark which would have seen him score his first points, but more mechanical issues saw him retire for the second race in a row.
Heikki Kovalainen drove a solid race to finish in 13th, just 2 laps down on eventual race winner Jenson Button. But the most impressive performance must go to Karun Chandhok, having not made it past lap 1 in Bahrain, he drove 52 laps to finish in 14th and last, but more importantly finish the race.
|3||Timo Glock||Virgin Racing||Ret.||0|
|4||Lucas di Grassi||Virgin Racing||Ret.||0|
Heikki Kovalainen’s second win extends his lead to a massive 14 points to the chasers of Chandhok and Trulli. Chandhok’s solid race sees him move up to equal second with Jarno Trulli. Timo Glock, Lucas di Grassi and Bruno Senna have all yet to finish a race.
|4||Timo Glock||Virgin Racing||0|
|5||Lucas di Grassi||Virgin Racing||0|
Early signs are good for Lotus, with a massive lead over Hispania. Virgin Racing are already 26 points down and need to sort something out soon if they are to get back in it.