Monday, March 27, 2017


The sight of a Ferrari winning the Australian Grand Prix was simply fantastic! There were many reports that the Italian team was, to a degree, 'sandbagging' during the official test sessions at the pre-season programme in Barcelona.

Yesterday Ferrari showed pace and reliability, and in the hands of a determined Sebastien Vettel, a will to win, which can only be great for the 2017 F1 season.

Mercedes-AMG's strategic fail also revealed what impact a single-stop tyre change event is going to have on the races to come. It will be imperative that the only stop is 'modelled' and fine-tuned, if Hamilton's relegation to second is anything to go by.

I'm sure everyone watching the AGP could feel for Daniel Ricciardo. To be robbed of being able to put on a show for his Australian fans continues the misery of the AGP that started last year when he was disqualified from second place, thanks to his Red Bull team violating regulations.

All the King's horses and all the King's men .........
This year, the expensive gathering of experts let him down again. But, Daniel is already moving on.

I am very much looking forward to the Chinese GP, after this weekend's results. I think we are in for possibly the best F1 season for decades, thanks to rule changes.

Force India made an excellent showing and I was really pleased to see rookie Ocon in the points.
Enrico Zanarini

For my money, the young man to watch is Antonio Giovinazzi, in the AGP driving for Sauber, but in reality he is Ferrari's number three. He showed great skill, and was unfazed by the chaos around him. Make a note of the name.

Young Antonio is managed by a dear friend of mine, Enrico Zanarini (L), who has coached and guided a number of young Italian drivers with great potential, my favourite being Giancarlo Fisichella.

F1's new supremo, Chase Carey, looked pretty happy with things in the pre-race grid video roaming.

I am confident those calling for changes to make F1 more entertaining will get their wish this year.

There was no shortage of stars and glamour along for the ride this year.
Nicole Kidman

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