The holiday is over and this weekend it starts getting interesting again.
In the last few races before rain affected Hungary Ferrari were in the ascendancy and Renault were having trouble even staying in front of McLaren.
But everyone at Renault seems to think they turned the corner at Hungary but it’s difficult to tell objectively because of the rain and also because the biggest factor in Ferrari’s recent performance improvement was tires and because of the rain we didn’t get any more information on that.
Last year Turkey pulled out a fantastic race for us and we’ve got to be hoping for more of the same. But last year saw Michael under performing he hasn’t won here or in China. And some commentators have said that Michael drove worse last year than he should have done even allowing for his car. But with his car causing him so many troubles last year it’s very difficult to tell.
So are Renault returning to form at the same time as Michael hits a track he doesn’t like? Or was Hungary a blip and without the mass dampners in the dry the Renault is compromised and Michael doesn’t have bogey circuits?
There’s another complicated issue a bit further back in the shape of rookie Robert Kubica. He almost scored a point at the end of his first race but it was stripped from him because his car was under weight. So how fast was he? The answer was almost certainly mega. Because he was only marginally under weight and that happened right on the last few laps when he wasn’t being caught anyway. And it was his first time of driving a formula one car in the wet. So should we expect great things from him this weekend? Well perhaps but it will be his first time driving a car anti clockwise.
And what about Jenson? Will his win last time change his fortune? Well I have a sneaking suspicion that Honda targeted this track as their spot for Jenson’s first win. So something special could happen.