Tuesday, March 18, 2008

As the dust settles...

No sooner had the flag descended on the season-opening grand prix in Australia on Sunday than the teams were packing up and heading to Malaysia, post-haste, for the second round of the new championship that takes place this very next weekend. After months of preparation on behalf of the teams and anticipation on the part of the watching world the season gets underway with two races within seven days of each other.

This potentially presents a tremendous opportunity for those teams that hit the ground running in Australia to hit home an early advantage, leaving those teams that didn't facing a potential double-whammy of early season chaos and misfortune, which will see them punch drunk and on the back foot as the young season then heads to Bahrain in the first week of April with barely a pause for breath. Then, and only then, will they get the chance to take stock and address their problems before the European season begins in earnest on April 27.

As the dust settles on a chaotic opening race what can we glean about the current balance of power, if anything at all?

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