F1 Season Starts with Some Excitement in Bahrain

I personnally think that Kimi Raikkonen should start from the back of the grid at every race!! It was really exciting to watch him come through the field from 22nd on the grid to finish third.  A podium finish from last place is an accomplishment, so much so that Fernando Alonso, who won the race for Renault, said "I was surprised to see him on the podium...I thought Jenson (Button, from Honda) was third".  This could be an interesting season if Kimi can keep that pace up.

The race itself was largely uneventful.  More passing than in previous years but the cars at the front did not change all that much, with Michael Schumacher leading for most of the race and only losing the lead permanently to Alonso after the second pit stop.  Bringing tire changes back made the pit stops more exciting to watch, especially when Massa came in after flat-spotting his tires and the rear left tire gun was not working properly.  That problem probably cost him a podium, and definitiely some points.

I was happy to see my favourite team, Williams, get both cars in the points.  Quite an accomplishement considering they have Cosworth customer (i.e. they have to pay for them) engines.  BMW, which is also on my favourites list, did not do as well as I hoped, though watching Jacques Villeneuve exit the race when his BMW powerplant blew up brilliantly was exciting and sad at the same time.  I honestly thought he could have brought home some points and was on pace to finish seventh or eighth.

The rinal results from the race are:

 P. No  Driver       Team - Engine   Tyres   Gaps/Laps     Average
 1.  1  ALONSO       Renault           M   1h29'46"205  206.018 Km/h 
 2.  5  M.SCHUMACHER Ferrari           B   +  0'01"246  205.971 Km/h 
 3.  3  RAIKKONEN    McLaren Mercedes  M   +  0'19"360  205.280 Km/h 
 4. 12  BUTTON       Honda             M   +  0'19"992  205.256 Km/h 
 5.  4  MONTOYA      McLaren Mercedes  M   +  0'37"048  204.611 Km/h 
 6.  9  WEBBER       Williams Cosworth B   +  0'41"932  204.427 Km/h 
 7. 10  ROSBERG      Williams Cosworth B   +  1'03"043  203.635 Km/h 
 8. 15  KLIEN        RedBull Ferrari   M   +  1'06"771  203.496 Km/h 
 9.  6  MASSA        Ferrari           B   +  1'09"907  203.379 Km/h 
10. 14  COULTHARD    RedBull Ferrari   M   +  1'15"541  203.169 Km/h 
11. 20  LIUZZI       Toro Rosso Cosw.  M   +  1'25"997  202.781 Km/h 
12. 16  HEIDFELD     BMW Sauber        M      1 lap(s)               
13. 21  SPEED        Toro Rosso Cosw.  M      1 lap(s)               
14.  7  R.SCHUMACHER Toyota            B      1 lap(s)               
15. 11  BARRICHELLO  Honda             M      1 lap(s)               
16.  8  TRULLI       Toyota            B      1 lap(s)               
17. 18  MONTEIRO     Midland Toyota    B      2 lap(s)               
18. 22  SATO         S. Aguri F1 Honda B      4 lap(s)               
19. 23  IDE          S. Aguri F1 Honda B     22 lap(s)               
20. 17  VILLENEUVE   BMW Sauber        M     22 lap(s)               
21.  2  FISICHELLA   Renault           M     36 lap(s)               
22. 19  ALBERS       Midland Toyota    B     57 lap(s)               

The current points standings for the drivers championship are:

 Points Driver       Team - Engine     
    10  ALONSO       Renault         
     8  M.SCHUMACHER Ferrari         
     6  RAIKKONEN    McLaren Mercedes  
     5  BUTTON       Honda             
     4  MONTOYA      McLaren Mercedes  
     3  WEBBER       Williams Cosworth  
     2  ROSBERG      Williams Cosworth  
     1  KLIEN        RedBull Ferrari   

The current points standing for the constructors championship are:

 Points Team - Engine     
    10  Renault         
    10  McLaren Mercedes  
     8  Ferrari         
     5  Honda             
     5  Williams Cosworth  
     1  RedBull Ferrari   

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