F1 » 23 August 2012
Season finally getting more predictable, says Davidson
Sky Sports' F1 commentator Anthony Davidson says that he believes that the 2012 season is finally settling down, and that the relative team standings are becoming clear.
Anthony Davidson had told Sky Sports News that he thinks the the 2012 season is finally settling down into a more predictable pattern, as the top teams start to open up an advantage on the rest.
"I think now you're starting to see that natural progression of top teams starting to pull away," suggested Davidson, who works for Sky Sports as one of the commentary teams for this year's Grand Prix events.
"I don't know whether we're going to see [another] surprise like a [Pastor] Maldonado, say, win a race through to the end of the year," he said, referring to the Venezuelan's breakthrough win for Williams in Spain in May. "But I could be wrong."
Davidson also pointed out that now the season was past the halfway point, team orders - now allowed in F1 - will increasingly play a role in forthcoming races.
"I'm sure we will see a bit of that, like we always do towards the end of the season," said Davidson. But he feared that some big names would lose out in the process, such as Jenson Button who is currently trailing his McLaren team mate in the drivers' championship.
"It's a bit harsh if you're a driver like Jenson Button, his kind of calibre, to be told to let the guy go," the former F1 driver pointed out.
Davidson returns to his media role for the forthcoming race weekend at Spa, after being sidelined through back injuries sustained in a horrific airborne accident during the Le Mans 24 Hours race in June.
He said that watching the Grand Prix races while confined to bed had given him a different perspective to being in the thick of things in the paddock or at his post in the commentary box.
"One thing that has made me smile all along this year - especially watching the races from home - is how people get so carried away saying, 'Now so and so, they're the leader. No, so and so, they've got the best car!'" he said. "It's just done that the whole season."
Mercedes team boss Ross Brawn has been widely quoted in the media this week as saying that while the unpredictability of the 2012 Grand Prix events was refreshing at the start of the season, continued 'random' results could prove damaging to the sport and even turn off viewers from watching.
"There has to be a team or two that are the reference point, and others are trying to beat them and aspire to beat them," he said, adding that a pattern was finally starting to emerge as teams were at last getting on top of their tyre strategies.
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