It wasn’t just the fact that he won that made this drive so impressive. The fact that he made absolutely no mistakes all race, didn’t crack under the pressure from Perez, and of course his overtake for the lead. Very possibly the move of the race, he went around the outside of the Sauber to take the lead of the race. An absolutely phenomenal drive from Alonso, it was surely one of his best ever. He may be a masive outsider for the championship, but he proved on Sunday that that's because of the car, not the driver. A world class performance from a world class driver.
The Williams car this season looks so much better than the 2011 car, and on the evidence of his performance inJEAN-ERIC VERGNE
, he is on course for a very good season. Senna was brilliant, finishing sixth for Williams while his team mate spent most of the race at the lower end of the points. The Brazilian passed Malaysia and Di Resta on his way, and his idea of switching to wets early paid off handsomely. Senna said of his second race for Williams: "Having a good result takes some of the weight off your shoulders. There will always be critics and you are never going to please everybody. But for sure, having a strong result will take some wind out of the critics’ sails. Hopefully I can make sure I keep having strong results to show I deserve my place here." Massa
I tipped this young Frenchman to be the surprise star of the season, and a brilliant performance in just his second race certainly helps this prediction. Vergne made a great pass on Felipe Massa in the DRS Zone, using the Toro Rosso's strong straightline speed to his advantage. Vergne made an incredibly brave call and somehow stayed on the intermediates until the red-flag. This brilliant wet weather driving is mainly what earned him four points. The Frenchman was pleased with his day's work: "To go from 18th on the grid to eighth and in the points at the end is great. I stayed out for a long time on the intermediates after the start and then the red flag came along to help me so I was able to switch to extreme wets on the grid. If I'd had to resume behind the safety car on the intermediates it would have been very hard to stay on track! I am happy to settle for this eighth place and I plan to keep improving step-by-step. After these two opening races, the overall performance has been quite good and I feel we can make progress in China starting from this good base line."NARAIN KARTHIKEYAN
DRIVER OF THE DAY: Sergio Perez
WINNERS SO FAR
AUSTRALIA: FERNANDO ALONSO
MALAYSIA: SERGIO PEREZ
After every Grand Prix this season I will be awarding a driver of the day, with the winner this time Sauber's Sergio Perez.