Jenson Button took his second win of the season, and underlined that the Red Bulls of Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber can be beaten.
I will go straight to the business this time, and though my list doesn´t agree with you, feel free to comment on it or to post your own suggestions.
Jenson Button: The Frome Flyer took the bulls by the horns, showcasing his supreme skills in a race with changing conditions and no clear winner until the end. After Lewis Hamilton stole the lead from Vettel, the McLaren´s looked to be set for a 1-2, their first this season and it could be their first since Canada 2010. But alas, a tyre strategy that went wrong for Hamilton, paired with a drive through penalty for him, ended his race in fourth place. Jenson picked up the lead and took it home for the team. His smooth driving style is a pleasure to watch. I predict the rest of the season to be closer than the first half, with both Jenson and Lewis picking up several wins.
Paul Di Resta: Seventh place finisher Paul Di Resta is making every Scot proud these days. He started his first season by scoring a point in Australia, then took another point in Malaysia. Since then its been pretty quiet around Di Resta, but he has scored some very decent finishes, though not in the points, considering he is a rookie. In Hungary he scored seventh, picking up 6 points, and he has out-performed team-mate Adrian Sutil on five occasions. That´s a massive pass, if there ever was one.
Sebastien Buemi: Sure I could award Vettel with this one for picking up second, but I just can´t stand how his face looks after not winning. Its one of utter disappointment. He is a brilliant driver, but needs to take it with a smile sometimes. Buemi gets this one because he has had a difficult season. He has so far failed to impress me at all this season, same goes for Jaime Alguersuari, though the Spaniard is showing sparks of brilliance from time to time. Toro Rosso is far away from the performance they want, Buemi´s drive on Sunday could give the Swiss driver a little breathing space, now that we head into four weeks of F1 drought. At least the team is not performing as horrible as the Williams team…
McLaren-Mercedes: I know what you´re thinking. With Jenson Button winning and Lewis Hamilton coming fourth, how can they suddenly appear on the NOT-list? There is still a long way to go, before the McLaren-Mercedes team can become proper championship contender this season. Winning here and there, retire three times in a season and ending up collecting too many penalties, is costing the team. There are 7 points from 1st to 2nd, that´s a lot and it stings like a mother… Fighting for 4th place finishes is also costing dearly, there is a huge gap of 13 points every time the McLaren duo sees Vettel taking a win and they are picking up what´s left.
Renault: It looked so promising the way Renault stated their campaign this year. Two third places in two races, then some 7th and 8th places, but then things just started to go really wrong for the team. Heidfeld´s car have caught on fire twice, once in practice in Spain, and once on Hungary during the race on Sunday. It does seem that the blown-floor-off-throttle nonsense is overheating the bodywork, causing this, but it makes me wonder if Renault is focusing too much on getting as much out of the cars as possible, instead of concentrating on reliability. They could have been 6th and 7th respectively, and not 8th and 9th. the gap to the top 5 is huge, with Felipe Massa only scoring roughly half of the points of Jenson Button. I think Renault has two strong drivers, but if they can´t deliver a good car, then they should forget this years campaign and focus on 2012.
Virgin: This makes it three teams on the NOT-list, first time ever. I don´t underdtand the purpose of having the Marussia Virgin cars driving around the way they do, there is no racing element in them at all. Sure all beginnings is hard, and all that, but even though I am against switching drivers mid-way, like other teams are doing, they should take a closer look and determine if they indeed have the right crew to undertake such a massive task. Timo Glock have just extended his contract, which puzzles me, to say the least. He has never shown anything worth a mention, and I am sure fans of Glock will now make crucifixes and chant out the Devil´s name in order to have me “wacked”, but just because he won GP2 in 2007, doesn´t mean he automatically is the new favorite flavour coming out of Germany. He is wasting his time and the team is wasting their energy. On D´Ambrosio – by the way, the most annoying name to type in F1 ever – hasn´t impressed me at all either, and I am sorry to say he probably wn´t be in F1 next year.