Australian Grand Prix Wrap Up - Bloody Nora, Williams-Toyota!
By: Jeremy McMullen
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By: Jeremy McMullen
| Though it rather appeared to be a lackluster race due to Raikkonen/Ferrari dominance, the Australian Grand Prix did offer some noteworthy highlights that could be signs of things to come. Much was made after the race about Raikkonen being able to step right into the Ferrari and win in his first attempt, but that wasn't the biggest news story that developed out the Australian Grand Prix. That honor went to Williams-Toyota.
Super Aguri came to Australia and set a pace that made people wonder if they weren't, in fact, Honda's number one works team. The confusion was well justified when Super Aguri out-qualified the Honda cars and made Honda's apparent first team cars, in the planet-earth livery, look comparatively more like expensive science fair projects then finely tuned race cars.
Red Bull showed good form despite a poor off-season testing and Coulthard making his exit from the race on top of Alex Wurz's Williams-Toyota. Yet, despite Wurz's unfortunate exit, it was the Williams-Toyota team that seemed to shine excessively bright in Australia. This is true despite McLaren-Mercedes's return to form, Lewis Hamilton's impressive debut, and BMW-Sauber impressive run to a fourth place finish with Nick Heidfeld. The fact is, after last season and the embarrassment it was, many more eyes were on Williams then many other teams like BMW-Sauber. And while many looked with questioning eyes, Williams came through.
Despite being out-qualified by the Toyota works team, Nico Rosberg (who qualified twelfth) was able to come up through the field methodically to bring his Toyota powered Williams home in seventh; ahead of the two Toyota team cars. Although Wurz's qualifying spot was worse than Rosberg, Alex came out and was actually quicker than his teammate in the first round of qualifying. His second run also improved but not to the extent Nico was able to do. Thus, Alex started the race in fifteenth.