17 races gone and this year’s F1 season is shaping up to be one of the most exciting one in a long time.
Yeah, the Mercedes rivalry that made the past two or three seasons exciting is no more. Valtteri Bottas replaced the retired Nico Rosberg and it seems Bottas is concentrating more on helping Mercedes tighten its grip on the Constructors’ title rather than being a direct rival of Lewis Hamilton.
Speaking of Hamilton, it’s been an amazing past few days for the Englishman. Since the F1 season resumed from its summer holiday, Lewis Hamilton has won all the races – two of them actually, the Belgian Grand Prix and the Italian Grand Prix.
He becomes the first driver to win back-to-back races in the F1 this year. No other driver has been good enough to pull it off; not even Sebastian Vettel.
Vettel however deserves credit in his own right for making two things happen this season.
The first thing is how he has been a direct competition to Lewis Hamilton. After Hamilton missed out on the drivers’ title last season and Nico retired, it seemed almost assured that Lewis would have a stroll in the F1 this year.
But Sebastian has been able to go head-to-head with the British-born driver and has in turn given Formula 1 fans many reasons to anticipate races. Remember that clash between both drivers in Azerbaijan?
It’s also safe to attribute the current resurgence of Lewis Hamilton to that incident that occurred in that Southwest Asia and Southeastern Europe crossroads country. Not that Hamilton was poor before the Azerbaijan race. He was doing well having won three races – the same with Vettel at the time.
While the jury is still out on whether or not Vettel should have faced a ban or something heavier, Hamilton seems to have found some inspiration from that race in Baku. Hamilton used the event to come back stronger; which is the second thing Vettel can take credit for.
Although Hamilton missed out on a podium finish in Austria – the race that followed the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, he has since then bounced back, winning three of the last four races and leaving Vettel to just one win.
Of course, the tale of how this year’s F1 season has played out will be incomplete without mentioning Daniel Ricciardo. The 28-year old Australian has proven over the season that he is a contender. He knows it too and has been quoted as saying, “I look at Seb or Lewis and think: ‘If only I had your car.’ I acknowledge they are at the top of their game but I feel I could be there as well.”
Maybe he’s right. Maybe with a better car he’d have done one better than the six podium finishes he has been able to manage so far this season. But with a driving skill that saw him start the Italian race in 16th and finish 4th, he’s one to watch out for in the coming days.
It’s been an exciting season so far and the race to the title heats up the more with each passing race. With 8 races left and Lewis Hamilton (238 points) leading the driver standings with just three points and closely followed by Sebastian Vettel (235 points), every race is a final; a final for both drivers and you, the fans.
Up next is the race in Singapore which takes place on the 17th of September – same date as the one for the mega fight between Gennadiy Golovkin (GGG) and Saul Alvarez.
One final question before you go:
Who has been the most exciting F1 driver for you this season? Leave us a comment and let us know what you think.Tags: F1, Formula 1