The brilliant thing about Dr Mario Thissenn is that he never seems to oversell this position. Last year they wanted to be solidly in third place. This year they wanted to win a race. And they have. They have been smart at underplaying their position knowing it’s better to beat people’s expectations. (Ross Brawn has finally stopped Honda serially doing the opposite to this.)
Obviously Robert Kubica didn’t get the softly softly message though as he announced he’s going for the world championship now. Fair enough I suppose, he is in the lead of the drivers championship. The key questions is, is it achievable?
Obviously Lewis won his first race a Canada last year and he came very close to winning the championship. You’d have to say that McLaren had already won a race with Alonso. Also there was a bit more momentum for Lewis last year.
And most crucially while Robert looked set to do well this weekend he only really stood a chance because Lewis drove into Kimi. (It could easily have been Kubica he crashed into. I wonder if he had time to decide?)
Lewis had this race in the bag. Kimi’s tires were just coming into their own though and there could have been a mistake from Lewis under pressure. So one of those two should have won.
But in order to win the race, as we all know, you have to finish the race. Kubica has done well at that. He’s also finished high each time.
He’s been plugging away at those results. And I’d have to say if ever a season has seemed less predictable I don’t remember it.
With Heidfeld suffering a loss of form this year. Massa going very well, and Heikki having more good days than bad you’d have to say Robert is the most comfortably ahead of his team mate.
Perhaps in the topsy turvy world of Formula 1 in 2008, a driver of consistency is what’s needed? Perhaps Kubica isn’t as unlikely a winner as we first thought.