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Wow wow wow - today's race had a bit of everything, from a very public squabble between two team-mates about not being allowed past mid-race (and it wasn't Mercedes or Red Bull), to a points finish for Haas on debut (equal to Toyota's 2002 debut) that expanded an F1infocentre patron's wallet significantly due to the long odds on offer, an Australian on the podium covered in champagne (and it wasn't Daniel), to the Iceman on fire (literally) and the most awful accident in years that Alonso miraculously walked away from. The new tyre regime, radio restrictions and, for some drivers, a few cobwebs from the off-season combined to deliver a race that bodes really well for the season ahead.

But just in case that wasn't enough, there was some considerable amusement in watching the mildly happy, slightly sloshed and/or falling down drunk (respectively) patrons climb / vault / swing / crash / bounce their way over the safety barriers to souvenier anything they could find on the track on their rush round to the podium. Braking markers, bits of Pirelli tyre, carbon-fibre body scraps, even bits of gravel disappeared as the hordes rushed past. People-watching is almost as much fun as F1 watching. I did say almost.....

And for those who might have missed it on the TV, yes Arnie was back but he didn't feature on the podium!! Roll on Bahrain - a circuit that has delivered some cracking races in the last few years.

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