Davidson expects fewer shocks
Sky F1 pundit reckons traditional big guns about to reassert dominance
Last Updated: 23/08/12 5:12pm
Sky Sports F1's Anthony Davidson believes Formula 1's bigger teams will begin to assert their traditional dominance over the field over the rest of the season, limiting the likelihood of further shock results.
Pastor Maldonado's win for Williams in Spain, and Sauber driver Sergio Perez's victory near-miss in Malaysia, have underlined the unpredictable nature of a season so far which has also produced seven different race winners and 11 podium finishers.
Four drivers also remain within two wins of Fernando Alonso in the Drivers' Championship heading into the decisive final nine rounds, but in the week in which Mercedes team boss Ross Brawn warned about the dangers of too much unpredictability for F1, Davidson has said that he expects a more natural order to re-emerge when racing resumes in Spa next week.
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"One thing that has made me smile all along this year, especially watching the races from home, is that people get so carried away in saying 'now so and so, they're the leader. No, actually, so and so, they've got the best car'. It's just done that the whole season," Davidson, who returns to The F1 Show this Friday following his Le Mans accident, told Sky Sports News.
"I don't know whether we're going to see a surprise like a Maldonado say win a race through to the end of the year. I think now you're starting to see that natural progression of top teams starting to pull away. But I could be wrong."
Davidson also believes that it is inevitable that as the battle for the Drivers' Championship enters its defining phase the top teams will have to employ team orders at some stage, even if this means some of the grid's more established stars are left having to play supporting roles.
"You are allowed team orders now in Formula 1 so I'm sure we will see a bit of that - like we always do towards the end of the season," he said.
"But it's a bit harsh if you're a driver like Jenson Button, his kind of calibre, to be told to let the guy [his team-mate] go."