Well bend me over and call me Barbara if the boy Schumi doesn't whoop everyone yet again! 5 in a row eh', and his 59th Pole (only 6 behind Senna now ). Quite a tight race though, the way that Renault out dragged a Ferrari, a BMW and a Honda to the first corner was spectacular, there's something well dodge in the way that Renault takes off though, they've obviously found a rule loop hole because the way that they pick up from a standing start is incredible... gaining multiple car lengths within 100 metres. Bit of sweaty palms moment mid race when Schumi's exhaust started playing up, I was expecting his first mechanical retirement since Germany '01, but once the telemetry was all checked... and Pow! he starts punching in the lap times again! sweet! McLaren seem to have given up on the MP4-19, judging by what Brundle was saying, all dev is being focused on the 19B due for Germany mid summer... that's probably a wise thing to do as the 19 not only looks plain jane slow, but also evil handling wise... What I can't see though is where Newey is going to find the 1-2 seconds he'll need to get the car competitive with Ferrari, the 19 is a tweaked 18 so the platform isn't exactly old in dev terms, and certainly it's a seriously resolved car aerodynamically... but I just don't see them catching up this season, if they can't do it whilst developing a brand new car over the last 2 seasons (the MP4-18 design was started in '02) then I can't see them managing it in 6 months... unless Merc-Illmor have some kind of super-duper engine up their sleeves (and I find that hard to believe considering how they've not had the best engine for years now), either way... McLaren are in seriour trouble. BMW Williams are also way off the pace, and that's a surprise, they were knocking in the times in Winter testing, but so far they're behind both the Renaults and the BAR's, and with losing both drivers for next season, they could be in serious trouble for next season too. Thoughts???