Hot Rod or Hot Dog is our regular post-grand prix column in which we review driver performances from the race. One driver is then declared as Badger’s “Top Dog” – and this week it’s…
Let’s face it, the Indian Grand Prix wasn’t that brilliant was it? Perfectly tolerable, but just not a classic. Too dusty offline to produce anything remotely approaching a prolonged “battle” for position, it just strolled towards the finishing line with only a smattering of overtaking at the sharp end.
It’s been quite difficult to pick a Top Dog; so difficult, in fact, it’s taken us until Monday to decide. We flirted with Michael Schumacher, we cast furtive glances at Jaime Alguersuari and we even made eyes at Sebastian Vettel. None took our fancy.
The man we finally settled on drove a solid race, made the most of his car, his strategy and his ability. You can’t ask any more than that – step forward one Mr. Sergio Perez.
Yes, he finished tenth and yes, that only gives you a point. However, given he took a three place grid drop to start twentieth it was a very good effort.
It was achieved with a bit of fancy (for this read risky) strategy. After using the hard tyre on the first lap, Perez then pitted and completed the rest of the race on the soft tyre. It’s always nice to see someone trying something a bit different and having it pay off, although it does also tend to smack of desperation. Starting twentieth will do that to a man.
More broadly, the young Mexican has started only one race this season within the top ten yet has finished five within points scoring positions. He’s definitely got the hang of this F1 lark and we think he’s upwardly mobile; within the next few years expect him to come to a top team by you.
Well done Sergio, you’re this weekend’s Top Dog.