Good week for:
Kimi Raikkonen – the 2007 champion has bought a £20 million dream home on the outskirts of Zurich, where he can shut the door behind him and not give another thought to slow Ferraris, KERS or the media. Ice cream anyone?
Honda – Despite seeing the car it paid for winning three out of four races, the company says that ditching the F1 programme will help it stay profitable in 2009.
KERS – After lots of wobbles as teams lost confidence in KERS in China, in Bahrain it was proven to be a ‘must have’ for any wheel-to-wheel battler. And as for the starts….
Paris Hoteliers – An unexpected bonus as the extraordinary world council called to hear the McLaren case fills loads of rooms. No need for a Spring break offer when these high rollers come to town.
Bad week for:
BMW – finished last and second last In Bahrain, “A catastrophe,” according to Nick Heidfeld. How must they regret not throwing everything at trying to win last year’s championship?
Sebastien Bourdais – finally beats his rookie team mate, only to find it’s because young Buemi had a bit of BMW debris jammed in his front wing for the whole race, meanwhile Bruno Senna is measuring up for blue overalls.
Nelson Piquet – got the dreaded ‘vote of confidence’ from Renault boss Flavio Briatore last weekend. In football he’d be out within a month. In F1, he’ll probably be out within a month too.
Mercedes – Parent company Daimler loses £1 billion in first quarter of the year. F1 programme not directly threatened, yet, but it certainly won’t help.