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Force India's pace was better than Mercedes
« on: March 16, 2010, 08:32:39 AM »

Force India's pace was better than Mercedes
Harish Samtani, TNN, Mar 15, 2010, 12.47am IST

It could have been a dream start for the rejuvenated Force India for the season but this was clouded by the smoke of Mark Webberís engine that caused Adrian Sutil and Robert Kubica to make contact thus putting paid to the hopes of having both drivers in the points instead of just one.

Sutil also gave his team something to smile about when he delivered the second fastest lap of the race - just a fraction behind Alonso. He also showed his mettle by bringing in the car 12th from the 21st place that he had slid down too. What is further remarkable is that Force India has a race pace better than even Mercedes as could be seen from the performance of Vitantonio Liuzzi and Sutil.

They outdid Schumi and Button comprehensively in pace and it could very well be that Force India can turn out be one of the three top teams on the grid sooner than later. This is commendable. They have made an amazing transition from a struggling outfit to a team that has stunned the paddock with its rapid stride to competitiveness.

Vijay Mallya is certainly over the moon after bringing his team among the points despite the hiccup at the very start. His choice in Vitantonio Liuzzi - who finished 9th to get two points - was obviously made with a clear idea about his capabilities. Many a cynic was questioning his choice of driver and he is now having the last laugh.

Itís obvious that the new regulations have caught many a team unawares but this will be more an exception than the rule. As the season unfolds it is for sure that teams will be trading blows and no clear winner will be visible soon.

Karun Chandhokís foray into Formula 1 began on a dismal note with his going off early into the race. He is paying the price of getting into an F1 car too late into the season. Itís tough even for an accomplished F1 driver to do what he is attempting and as a rookie it just isnít possible. It would have been good for him to at least go around the circuit in this race, as he will now head to Melbourne carrying the tension of not knowing what happens there as well. With no testing permitted at all until end of the year it all looks so tough for him at the initial stage of his F1 career. I wish him well.

Meanwhile, Fernando Alonso made his intentions clear by drawing first blood for the Scuderia. He was of course fortunate that Vettel the pace setter did develop an engine problem during the closing stages of the race. It could have been a thrilling finish but the reliability of the Ferrari power plant scored over the Renault.

Felipe Massa drove like he always does - at a frenetic pace and it was obvious from this comeback that he is hale and hearty as always. RBR and Ferrari are definitely on a pace that has both McLaren and Mercedes perplexed. The much awaited action-packed drama did not unfold as was largely expected. The reason is that most teams have gone in with much more caution than they would normally do. They were all testing the waters.

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