Vettel's really not happy with the way this is going, is he? My favorite moment of the race:
Vettel: What tyres is he on?
Engineer: Primes - but he stopped three laps after you.
Vettel: Tough luck.
Originally Posted by 62ohm
Personally I am more impressed by Rosberg than Alonso, I honestly thought Rosberg would not be able to catch up to the front row when he had that utterly bad start, but I guess I was wrong as the car turns out to be much quicker than I thought...
I would have been very disappointed in Rosberg if he hadn't. With a car that's at least a second a lap quicker than anything else in the dry, he should (and did) have been able to get easily past the whole lot of them, and personally I think he should have been able to do it sooner. He's showing the same lack of aggression that really cost him in Bahrain, and if he keeps it up his championship lead is going to start counting up in the negatives very quickly.
Personally, how I feel about the drivers this year so far:
Rosberg: I said earlier he hasn't convinced me he can beat Hamilton in a straight race, and he's starting to convince me he can't unless Hamilton makes a mistake.
Hamilton: This is his championship to lose. His car advantage eliminates the only drivers at or potentially above his ability level, and he currently has the measure of his teammate.
Alonso: My driver of the year so far. Not only beating his teammate extremely soundly, but consistently (except Bahrain) finishing ahead of cars we know are faster on pure pace.
Hulkenberg: The runner-up for the above, but I just don't think he's doing as well as Alonso. Not making any mistakes, but just not standing out enough either.
Vettel: Really needs to improve, and quickly. If Ricciardo keeps beating him fair and square it's not going to do the last four years any favors in retrospect.
Ricciardo: Very impressive so far; I was expecting him to lose to Vettel by a larger margin than he's beating him, so he's definitely surprised me. We'll see once Vettel gets to grips with the car, though.
Bottas: I honestly don't see all the Bottas hype. He's good, but he hasn't convinced me he's a future champion yet. Maybe he will.
Button: Button is still beating Magnussen handily, but right now the McLaren doesn't look good enough to do much more than that. I'm hoping it improves soon, or I'm back to hoping for next year for McLaren.
Magnussen: I think everyone got a little carried away after Melbourne, but he's still doing well to keep close to Button. I was hoping he'd keep a bit cleaner, though...
Perez: Right now it still looks like Bahrain was a fluke - Hulkenberg seems to have him well in hand, exactly as I expected.
Massa: Still inconsistent, just like before. But I think he's driving a bit better than he was during his later Ferrari years. Further from Bottas in the races than I expected, but this one doesn't really count.
Raikkonen: I was nervous of Raikkonen vs. Alonso as a RAI fan, but I expected a bit better than this. I just hope he gets to grips with the car and starts to get a lot closer. Soon.
Vergne: Never did look spectacular, although at one point I thought he was better than Ricciardo in the races. I doubt he'll last long, though. He needs to beat Kvyat a lot more consistently than he is.
Kvyat: Looking good, but isn't really shining yet. Still showing good potential.
Grosjean: If the Lotus would ever let him finish a solid race, he might be able to do something...
Sutil: Sutil has never been more than a consistently mediocre driver, and he still is.
Guitierrez: Guitierrez has never impressed me, and he doesn't show any signs of starting now.
Chilton: Very consistent, and at the moment that consistency is putting him ahead of Bianchi, but their relative qualifying is back to form and I expect Bianchi to place ahead of him from now on.
Kobayashi: It's hard to tell, but currently the best of the back-pack; of course, it's hard to tell how much is him and how much is the Caterham, considering the company he has for now.
Maldanado: I think his time in F1 is done.
Ericsson: Has utterly failed to impress me so far. His record in lower series wasn't good, but some people insisted there was more to him. Well, if there is let's see it soon.
Bianchi: Has gotten really erratic lately, but is still a fast driver. Now he needs fast and consistent, especially if he can hope to be part of the Hulkenberg/Bianchi 2016 lineup I have in mind.