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Congratulations to Kimi Raikkonen on winning his first win of his career. Also congratulations go to Fernando Alonso for his first Pole position of his career.

The second race of the season produced an interesting result. Thanks to a first corner incident that took out Michael Schumacher, Jarno Trulli and Juan Pablo Montoya from the front and also mixed up the field. There were also some interesting strategies by some of the teams as they continue to find the optimum strategy for the new regulations.

A few of the highlights:

  • Once again Kimi Raikkonen proved to be of championship material driving faultlessly and this time he didn't have any bad luck and won the race.

  • A superb performance by the young Spaniard Fernando Alonso who snatched pole albeit on a lighter fuel load than the rest and managed to finish third despite having troubles with his gear shift in the last half of the race and suffering from a fever.

  • Michael Schumacher committing a mistake for the second race in a row!. That is uncharacteristic of Michael. This time he caused the 1st corner incident, could that be due to him not being used to cars in front of him at the start ?

  • Ralf Schumacher continuing to struggle in qualifying, this time starting from 17th. He managed to finish 4th but after a lot of other top runners ran into problems.

  • Tyres played a major role in the outcome. It appeared that the Bridgestone were suffering from the heat while the Michelins managed reasonably well.

  • This was the first race where the weather was not a factor. Do you think the new rules added to the excitement ? Is it worth sacrificing the Qualifying event ?

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The future of Formula 1? 
What a great race for we have seen Alonso and Raikkonen the future of F1 on the podium. No Schumi on the podium again! This will not last however, but it does prove that he is not Superman. The new points system has allowed him to gather 8 points which will be very useful later in the year. The F2002 is still the fastest car out there, closely followed by the McLaren. Malaysia showed us that Trulli is not just a qualifier, as on a number of occasions he tried to outbrake his competitors. Great stuff! 
Renault were impressive and appears to have a car similar to the Stewart of 1999 - less powerful but great chassis. 
Hopefully Brazil provides an explosive race, with a Brazilian winning and Mark Webber scoring his first points in another storming drive for Jaguar. Lastly Toyota should do well here and should have a few points had it not been for reliability issues - Craig - Australia

Michelin won the race. And that's it.- Andre B - Brazil

Two races in a row without a Schumacher on the podium. Surely someone has looked up to see how long it's been. Certainly the rules changes re: qualifying played a part in this, but the more important point is that there were FOUR DIFFERENT makes in the first FOUR PLACES and the gap from first to fourth was insignificant (I can't tell from the posted results if it was more than two seconds). 
Do you remember when Ron Dennis replaced a World Champion Finn with another Finn and people were saying he stole Kimi from Ferrari? Ferrari denied it, of course. But if they WEREN'T trying to get him that was a major mistake. I knew Michael wouldn't have 30 points going back to Italy; I never dreamed he'd have less than 10! And Alonso: what a race! 
I loved last year (I'm a lifelong fan of the red cars); but I love this year even more --and it's only just begun! 
I only wish I knew what they did at Renault this week; in Oz they didn't look anything like this impressive. Alas, my other favorite teams (Jordan & Jaguar) look to be trending down. Can BAR really be coming back? This is just fun. That's the only word. 
Bring on Brazil!! - Jim W - USA

Looks to me like the new rules (particularly qualifying) have achieved what they set out to do. We now have different cars at the front of the grid, there is lots of different race leaders, lots of passing and McLaren are dominating instead of Ferrari (albeit different drivers).
The bit I seem to be missing is the racing. The passing is only because of the different strategies (fuel loads) that different drivers are on (and which I can't seem to be able to work out).
Check out the fastest laps done in the race - none of them were done by the top 3!
And Ralf Schumacher, did anyone see him do anything useful during qualifying or the race for his 4th?
Michael was catching the Trulli/Button dice at something like 2 or 3 seconds a lap, until he caught Trulli and then couldn't pass. I am a bit concerned that once you dig a bit deeper, these changes are going to spoil the fun of F1.
Solution: Lets find a way to make overtaking happen!!!!! Can we make the things as narrow as a motorbike? Can we take the wings off? How about skinny (slick) tyres? Can we make the engine smaller to compensate?
OOPS, I think somebody already thought of that - it's called Formula Ford! now that's exciting racing - GAZ914 - Australia

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