Zurich Gnome

The journal of a Swiss-based motor-racing enthusiast.

Monday, March 20, 2006

Malaysian GP

Yesterday's race wasn't dull by any means, but didn't quite deliver on the excitement front. There was some hectic racing at the beginning though, and there were certainly a number of passes we wouldn't have seen if it hadn't been for the various penalties applied to grid positions. Sometimes I think we may as well just go for a lottery on grid positions and have done with it.

Driver of the day? Well, Alonso certainly delivered again, and you have to think he would have won if it hadn't been for the extra fuel he was carrying because of the mix up on Saturday. Which brings me to something I really don't understand. Last week we saw Kimi start with full tanks and finish ahead of Montoya. This week Felipe finished in front of Schuey despite starting behind him. So at what point does a two stop strategy cease to be effective, with a single stop being better. And why doesn't it work higher up the grid. If Schuey had started with the same fuel as Felipe, surely he would have finished in front of Felipe? If you can explain, please let me know...


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