We've got three races in the books in the brave new world of Formula 1 and so far none of them have been even a bit boring. The tables haven't just been turned, they've been kicked over, broken, and thrown in a wood chipper. Honda Brawn is out front with Jenson leading the championship and Red Bull, despite lacking a trick diffuser, are nipping at their heels. Williams continues to have a super quick car but things keep on going pear shaped during the races. It must be infinitely frustrating. Meanwhile McLaren, Ferrari and BMW have been lost at sea, with Ferrari looking the most hopeless so far and sitting at the bottom of the points table.
However, only those with very short memories will believe that we won't see a resurgence at some point this year by one of the traditional powerhouses. They've all got such incredible resources at their disposal that you know they're working 24/7 to close the gap. Brawn and Red Bull are well funded but staying ahead will be a real challenge. (although Ferrari, having yet to score, may write this season off and go for next year, ala Honda08)
The enticing situation that this presents is one where we have absolutely no idea which driver or team will come out on top come November. Sure, Button, Barrichello, Brawn, Branson and the Bulls are racking up wins and points right now, but if we see the likes of Renault and McLaren move to the top at some point we could end up with 4 or 5 drivers from 3 or 4 teams battling for the championship. Last year we asked how the past few seasons could get tighter, now we're wondering just how competitive F1 can possibly get. Things seem like they're getting tighter and tighter at the pinnacle of motorsports.