Well.... first race of the new era, what did everyone think? Personally, I thought mid-race everyone was a tad cautious, but there were some great battles. Although half the time we didn't know what anyone was doing.
Very nice race and it assured us that the future of F1 is in safe hands - great performances from the youngsters Magnussen, Bottas, Ricciardo, Kvyat. Terrible shame for Hamilton though as I think he came into Melbourne with one hand already on the trophy. Enjoyable race, looking forward to what the rest of 2014 brings!
If this race had come near the end of the season I doubt I'd be giving it more than a 5 as there wasn't a battle for the lead nor through the field after the start (apart from Bottas). However, there was a lot of interest with the new regulations that kept me enthralled throughout. It's going to be very interesting to see how the season develops, especially with Renault already seeming pretty much on the pace already. 7 from me.
Hamilton not had the first race problem of the season.
The brakes not failed on the Caterham.
Hulkenberg been able to keep up with the leaders or not had so much speed in a straight line.
The F1.com timing screens been working, did you realise that both Button and Chilton had their fastest laps on the final one, in Chilton's case it was his fastest in all three sectors. I am assuming this on the evidence of green dots.
Had the TV coverage not been crap. Too much time spent on showing Aussies who patently were there to be seen on TV rather than watch the race. Why were they so reluctant to show the timing of anyone below eighth and where did the ticker-tape go.
Had drivers not been scare of exceeding the fuel limit.
I went for a 6, and it only rated that much because of the William's resurgence. I really cannot stand it when officials disqualify a driver after a race. If there was an infraction of the rules, black flag the car! To allow a driver to continue to put his life at risk, and then deem his effort meaningless is intolerable!
10 from me purely for the Safety car and the fact that Mclaren were back on the podium with the new kid on the block Magnussen who drove beautifully even if for like a second at the start he almost gave me a mini heartattack.
Also can't remember the last Aussie GP I got up early for an enjoyed it so much. Dad and Mum told me to shut the eff up cause I was screaming at the Tele with excitement at seven in the morning .