Australia – It’s the excitement of staying up all night.
It’s the fun of having some friends round for a party that goes through ’til morning.
It’s waiting for the first time Jim says, “Hello”, all season – I hope Steve can do it.
It’s back to school.
It’s remembering that amazing time that Mark Webber got his Australian Minardi into a points paying position and seeing Paul Stoddart in tears.
It’s a lot of other things, but mainly it’s watching them all seeming to have that much fun.
So what’s going to be different between our predictions for the season and our predictions for the race? Might you feel that Ferrari have an early advantage but will go to seed later in the season as the full lack of Ross Brawn becomes clear. Might you think that Massa being the only person in Ferrari and McLaren to have be in the same spot gives him an advantage. Do you subscribe to Kimi’s point that with the tyre changes the rookies have the advantage because they aren’t trying to unlearn how tyres have worked in Formula 1 for the last few years. Or are you focusing on the carnage that the large number of rookies might bring to bear on the race this year. Anything can happen in Formula 1 and it usually does. And that goes double for Australia. We had 4 safety car sessions last year, and then it wasn’t even the first race of the season!
So top 8 ranked places, and a pole position prediction please. Good Luck!