|Driver||Rubens Barrichello||Pastor Maldonado||Difference|
|Grid pos||15||18||3 places|
Comparisons are difficult with the struggles Williams have been having for race reliability, though they have looked strong in practice. Qualifying was a disaster for Maldonado, and the race was a disaster for everyone. The stock price of the team has completely dropped off. They’ll be hoping for better in China, but seeing as ‘better’ is ‘finishing a race’, it shouldn’t be too difficult.
|Driver||Adrian Sutil||Paul di Resta||Difference|
|Grid pos||17||14||3 places|
|Final pos||11||10||1 place|
Di Resta might have finished ahead, but I believe Sutil had the best race of the drivers after a forced front wing change put him in 23rd. He came all the way down the field to finish 11th. However, for the Scotsman it’s a good record and if he gets into the points in China then he will have managed a feat only Hamilton before him has done. To be fair, Hamilton managed this when there were only 8 point-finishing positions, and he did it for the first 9 races!
|Driver||Kamui Kobayashi||Sergio Perez||Difference|
|Grid pos||10||16||6 places|
|Final pos||7||21||14 places|
Perez wins the award for ‘strangest retirement’: Buemi’s car continued to lose things, and hit the Sauber. The electrics were damaged, and the fire extinguisher went off! Before that he had been running well. Meanwhile, Kobayashi was in good form and finished a revised 7th after Hamilton’s penalty. He was also doing well with overtaking in his usual way, even making a daring move on Schumacher and not worrying too much about the state of the track. Sauber have their stolen 5th place restored to them, though with 6 points instead of 16.
|Driver||Timo Glock||Jerome d’Ambrosio||Difference|
|Grid pos||21||22||1 place|
|Final pos||16||19||3 places|
Custard/d’Ambrosio had been running reasonably well, though behind his teammate, until he crashed off the track. Glock finished the race a long way behind Kovalainen’s Lotus. The Virgins haven’t got the pace they need. Is it time to forget about CFD?