The contrast between the demeanour of the McLaren and Renault bosses after the Australian GP was quite something. As you can imagine, Ron Dennis was as happy as a kid with a new toy after his boys finished second and third, and even the worryingly fast pace of Kimi Raikkonen and Ferrari failed to dampen his enthusiasm. Flavio Briatore, in contrast, looked far from happy.
Flav has never been a touchy-feely kind of guy as far as keeping his drivers happy is concerned, but his attack on Heikki Kovalainen was pretty strong stuff, even by his standards. I didn't hear his comments personally, and much of what we've read has been translated from Italian, but I doubt if it has been embellished too much. His forthright views certainly couldn't have done much to make the Finn feel very comfortable at a time when he needed some support.
So what went wrong for Heikki? Let's take a look at his weekend. Things began with heavy rain that spoiled most of Friday morning, the session when he should have been learning the circuit. Like most of the others, he got in one quick lap in right at the end on dry tyres, albeit on a track that was still damp. He was eighth overall, and half a second quicker than team mate Giancarlo Fisichella. Not a bad start.