With 11 of the 20 races now completed, F1 moves into its summer break with action not due to resume until the end of August when the Belgian grand prix takes place at Spa. The start of the 2012 season was one of complete uncertainty with an unprecedented number of winners with the first seven races being won by seven different drivers and this has been reflected in the standings just after the midway point. So considering Red Bull has not been as dominant as they were last year, who are the winners and losers of the first part of the season?
The best driver so far has to be Fernando Alonso due to his ability to take the underperforming Ferrari, there were clear signs at pre-season testing it was struggling big style, and getting it at the sharp end of the races. He has of course won three of the eleven so far and is 40 points clear in the standings with amazing consistency in most races so Alonso has to be the best driver up to this point.
When it comes to the teams, then the best performing one has to be Lotus-Renault who currently sit just a single point behind Mclaren in the standings and if it was not for some bad luck at a few races, then they would have been a comfortable second. The biggest surprise is that they have not yet won a race, although that surely has to come, but with so many second and third places from a car that was being talked down by a number of fans they are certainly performing better than expected.
For the losers, then the villain so far must be Pastor Maldonado who apart from winning in Spain seems to have been involved in more incidents than anybody else. There does also seem to be some discontent amongst the drivers about his style with stories emerging that he is seen as being quite erratic and verging on using his car like some kind of battering ram. It will be interesting to watch how he performs in the second half and see if he can stay out of trouble.
For drivers underperforming, then Felipe Massa is the name that will immediately spring to mind especially when you look at how he has qualified in comparison with his teammate. Due to his lack of success, or even getting close to success, it is no surprise that there are a number of stories floating around about who will replace him at Ferrari as there is no way they can be happy with his form in 2012.
For the teams it is perhaps fair to say that those you expect to be at the bottom are indeed there whilst those you expect to score points have been doing so on a regular basis. Out of those scoring points, Williams would have been underperforming slightly if it was not for Maldonado winning in Spain since that alone has contributed to almost half of their points so an improvement from the likes of Senna must surely be on their mind for the remaining races.
Overall though the 2012 F1 season has been amazing for fans as teams struggled to come to terms with the new tyre compounds leading to unexpected results and a real sense of wondering who will win the next race. What is certain is that if the remaining nine races are as exciting as the first eleven, then this will be one of the best seasons for quite some time.
Written by Car Warranty