Red Bull team boss Christian Horner has told F1 fans to expect the unexpected for the time being after another topsy-turvy race at Catalunya.
Pastor Maldonado's success for Williams made him the fifth different winner in five races this season, while the wins have also been shared between five different teams – with Red Bull, McLaren, Ferrari, Mercedes and now Williams all taking turns at the top of the podium.
Thus far, the 2012 campaign has been one of the most unpredictable seen for some time and Horner said he expected the situation to continue in the upcoming races.
"For the time being, performance is going to fluctuate from team to team and the most important thing is to be consistent,” he told the BBC
. “Consistency over the year is ultimately going to be crucial. Arguably after five races we must have been the most consistent because we find ourselves leading both championships.
"[So far] We've seen the spotlight on different cars at different times. Is it conditions, is it track type, is it temperature, is it car characteristic, is it the driver? There are so many factors to weigh up and I'm sure these debates are going on up and down the pit lane."
Horner did admit however that there was one factor that was seemingly having the biggest impact on the racing on track, with the Pirelli tyres being used this season causing problems for team up and down the paddock.
"I should imagine there is a great deal of head scratching going on up and down the paddock, but it's a matter of whoever understands these tyre characteristics and manages to broaden the window of performance from track to track who will ultimately prevail," he said. "It's a bit all over the place at the moment, but they're the same for everybody, and what we're seeing is aerodynamics are far less of a factor than they have been historically. I'm struggling to explain it, as you can see."