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Formula 1: The Rising and Falling Stars of the First 2 Races

The 2012 FIA Formula 1 World Championship has got off to a cracking start.

There are a number of reasons I say that, but the major factor for me has been the unpredictability.  Good practice pace hasn't necessarily meant good qualifying times, and good qualifying times have certainly not translated into unbeatable race speed.

Rain or no rain, it's unlikely anyone thought Fernando Alonso would win the Malaysian Grand Prix.  No one could have expected that Pastor Maldonado would go so well in Australia. 

And Sebastian Vettel, last year's dominant champion, is probably as surprised as anyone that he and Red Bull are struggling to perform well in qualifying. 

Two races isn't much to go on, but a...

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