After the second race of the 2012 season, we take a quick look to see the progress (or lack thereof) for those involved.
Winners - Fernando Alonso - The day following his win, Alonso was rushed to Maranello to meet Ferrari Chairman di Montezemolo and to hoist the prancing horse flag at the entrance to the Scuderia department as is the custom after every race win. Single handedly Alonso pushed Ferrari to the limit, takes advantage of every competitor's mistake and mishap and didn't put a wheel wrong.
In the fifth or sixth fastest car in normal conditions, he currently leads the championship. di Montezemolo is certainly impressed. Sergio Perez - The first Mexican racing driver to gain a podium finish since Pedro Rodriguez did in 1971, and he accomplished this in an impressive style. It is still unclear why Lewis Hamilton was slower than Perez during much of the race, as it is unclear what the team meant by telling him not to jeopardize second place. However he was reluctant to obey and jeopardize second place as he went off the track, but luckily survived to finish second.
Bruno Senna - It's much too early making comparisons to his late uncle, but his car control and self-control on the wet track and going from last to sixth by the end of the race is more than expected from most drivers. Maybe after all his family talent will shine through? Adam Parr - You probably haven't heard this name, but just one day after Williams had its best Grand Prix in years, the Group CEO unexpectedly announced his departure without betraying any reasons. In the last few years Parr overhauled the company and took it to an IPO, following a disastrous campaign last year when he replaced all of the senior designers and engineers in the F1 design office.
He got the team a Renault engine contract instead of Cosworth, and although the team is still without a title sponsor, he brought in two pay drivers, whom so far, due to the improved car, performed well above expectations. Senna's 6th place finish was a fine tribute for his legacy. But why did he suddenly resign? Raikkonen - The Finn said after the race that he hoped for more normal races in the future. We don't doubt that he surely does since the Lotus car probably has world championship potential in it and after two years in the wilderness, Raikkonen is hungry.
Losers - Button - An unnecessary error cost him at least a shot at another victory. That would have given him a perfect start to this year's campaign. Fortunately for him, the season is still young. Mercedes-Benz - If Ferrari is performing miracles than Mercedes-Benz is doing just the opposite: squeezing nothing out of a potent racing car. The first Mercedes car to be competitive is just lacking in luck or maybe in drivers' ability. Having one point from two races is as dismal as it sounds.
Massa - Poor old Massa came home 14th watching his team winning the race and his possible replacement coming second. It wouldn't be too surprising whether in two weeks' time in China Massa will be driving a Sauber and Perez a Ferrari. But why should Perez even contemplate switching from a fast moving Sauber to the slower Ferrari? Rosberg - In the first two races Rosberg was beaten by his teammate in both qualifying and the race itself. This is an unusual experience for him during his two years as Schumacher's teammate and the worse was still to come. From lap 22 to lap 26 he was overtaken by four cars, effectively relegated from fourth to eight.
Then came a pit stop and he plummeted to 16th and eventually finished 15th. The future looks grim. Grosjean - Despite two inspirational qualifying sessions, the Frenchman still has to finish a first lap without drama and damage to his overall race. When he will be able to do that he is going to have fine races.