First up on the winners list is Red Bull, from which the focus of Formula 1 attention has turned. I’m very interested to see if a quieter week leading into the Hungarian Grand Prix pays off for the team with a 1-2 finish.
But a close second is HRT. I suspect if it weren’t for the Smedleygate there would be a lot more focus on the team’s finances, or lack thereof.
And word comes today that — the ultimate, truest team order that tells a driver, “Don’t even bother going near that car” — Sakon Yamamoto will again drive in place of Karun Chandhok this weekend. This time, the team isn’t touting the news as they did before:
Sakon: â€œI canâ€™t wait to go back to the Hungaroring as I know the circuit already very well from my Formula 1 races with Super Aguri, Spyker F1 and with ART in GP2 series. The races there are always very tough because there is no big gap between the corners. You need a good braking stability and good traction on the car. I keep on pushing for another challenge and I hope that we are luckier than in Hockenheim.â€
I suppose as I think about it, there could be another big winner from all this. And so I will start the campaign: Karun to Ferrari ’11!!!