Felipe Massa had a disaster of the race in a pressure situation. Raikkonen crashed out after an average performance. It appears that the entire team is feeling the pressure and not giving Massa the support. The fact he was released into the pit lane and got penalized may have cost him the title. The problem with their automated pit release lights should have been solved as it was a problem at the European Grand Prix. Although he was not penalized at Valencia for being released too early in the pit lane, he was penalized here. I am very doubtful Ross Brawn would have allowed such errors.
In terms of points of interest:
1. Sebastien Bourdias. It was a complete waste again for Bourdais. The inconsistent performance and poor luck has hurt his ability to capitalize on the speed of the ToroRosso package. He finished 12th.
2. Attrition. Although the rain did not materialize, there were the expected crashes and reliability issues given the nature of street circuits. There were two safety car periods that helped Alonso but by no means was the reason for his win. However, there was an impact on the championship. Raikkonen with his crash has really made it difficult for himself in challenging Robert Kubica for 3rd in the title chase. Webber's problems certain does not help Red Bull's chances of beating their junior team Toro Rosso.
3. Heikki Kovalainen. Simply he failed in his bid to step up his performance which is a real disappointment. For a man driving a car the caliber of McLaren he has to extract more performance from the car. Yes, he has a win this season and its his first year at McLaren but I think Takuma Sato can get similar if not better results in that McLaren. Kovalainen finished 10th.
Notable performances are the Williams duo, Rosberg and Nakajima. They were having an excellent weekend and they followed through by having a great race. Both cars scored points today with Rosberg getting a career best 2nd place finish. Also, Toyota's Timo Glock drove quietly and impeccably to finish 4th.
Fastest lap: Raikkonen, 1:45.599