Despite McLaren's dominance of the Australian Grand Prix, and the Malaysian weekend thus far, there remains a huge amount that is unknown about the 2012 Formula 1 season in terms of who sits where in the pecking order.
To try and shed some light on this and the other issues surrounding the sport at the moment, you've been sending in your questions for AUTOSPORT F1 editor Edd Straw all week. Here are the six best along with the answers you've been waiting for.
Maldonado may not be in Alonso's league, but he's worth his spot in F1 © LAT
Peter Allen asks: With his erratic driving in GP2, Pastor Maldonado hardly looked like a future world-beater, and this seems to be continuing in Formula 1. Do you think Williams will rue the day they didn't employ a better driver for what appears to be a decent car?
Edd Straw: It's true that Maldonado has always had a wild streak in him. There are plenty of examples from earlier in his career of incidents and mistakes, so it wasn't a great surprise to see him throwing away what would have been a superb sixth place in Australia with a last-lap crash. But while it's true that he has never looked like a future world champion, he has always had a handy turn of speed in him and traditionally is exceptional at tracks like Monaco.
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Edd Straw is Editor-in-Chief of Autosport, overseeing both print and digital versions of the brand. Edd has worked for Autosport since joining as a junior reporter in 2002. He became Editor in November 2014, having previously worked as National Editor, News Editor and Grand Prix Editor.
Originally from Guernsey in the Channel Islands, he joined Autosport shortly after graduating from university. He went on to cover a wide range of categories from club motorsport to the World Touring Car Championship and Le Mans to Formula 3 before switching to F1 full-time at the 2008 French Grand Prix. He continues to cover a range of international events in his position as Editor-in-Chief.
In his spare time, he was formerly a club racer whose abilities did not match his enthusiasm in a variety of categories.