OK, so the race is run. Congrats to Jenson Button once again on a good race won on track, as opposed to in the pits.
But this thread doesn't exist to talk about the glory alone, but rather about a special kind of glory instead: ROTR.
There have been quite a few reject-worthy statements made during this weekend. Sutil blocking Mark Webber on his flying lap and pushing Webber to P19 in qualifying was the first one. Sutil duly apologized and the stewards agreed with him there, taking off 3 grid spots from his P16 qualifying position, which put him just behind Mark Webber. But still, Sutil found himself ahead of Sebastien Bourdais on the grid. The latter was again in the slipstream of his teammate, and generally went unnoticed. But down to low expectations, he doesn't get the award just yet. After all, the straight-sharp corner-straight-sharp corner-etc. type of track that is located in the Sakhir desert has proven to be a kind of track to which Bourdais' driving style isn't suited too well.
Our 2nd favourite campaigner for the award at season's end, Nelsinho (why is it that Brazilian F1 drivers always have surnames, whereas Brazilian football/soccer stars don't? That would sound so much in the commentary: Nelsinho, Rubinho, Fisico ... oh, wait, he's not Brazilian) ... Anyway, Nelsinho actually made use of his Renault's KERS quite well and I think he did a good job especially in holding people off from overtaking him during the race. No points, but it was some kind of a response to the award he earned at the last round. Wasn't it at the 1st corner when Felipe Massa ruined his front wing and his own race, so much that later on, he had to kick the Force 1ndia of Fisico in the side, going into Turn 11? That performance must have not quite impressed il Conte Di Montezemolo (Is he a Conte or what title does he have?)
The hard tyres not working on the Toyota during the 2nd stint would be another good candidate, because it effectively let go to naught their double pole and their expensive winter testing effort at Sakhir when they were infamously sandblasted off the track whilst there together with Ferrari and BMW Sauber.
I must talk BMW Sauber now, and it's not nice, I'm afraid. On German TV, they interviewed Heidfeld before the race and he said that they had gotten a weather prediction on Saturday that the wind would turn during the race, which later it didn't. Of course, on Saturday, teams have to finalize their gearshift settings for the race or go back 5 grid spots. And Heidfeld told the interviewer that they were having the problem of always getting into the rev limiter because of their gearshift settings that were calculated expecting wind from a different direction. If that is publicocrap or not, everyone must decide for themselves. But being a longtime BMW Sauber supporter, even I think it's time to give them a wakeup-call, to give them the wind from the opposite direction that they so much craved for during the race, to hand the team BMW Sauber the ROTR award for Bahrain 2009 for scoring last and 2nd last. They raced with KERS on board but couldn't make any use of it because they were already in the rev limiter. Sorry guys, but I think the choice is obvious.
“Mexico City is a better place to hold the (Mexican GP) than Cancun,” said Ecclestone. “In more or less any city around the world you could ask people ‘where is Mexico City?’ and they would say ‘Mexico’.”