When Lewis Hamilton wrapped up the 2017 Formula1 drivers’ title in Mexico, it was a win that didn’t exactly come as a surprise to many. Since the race in Azerbaijan, his closest competition, Sebastian Vettel, lost momentum no thanks to a DNF (Did Not Finish), engine failure, amongst other things.
Yes, the remaining races – in Brazil and in Abu Dhabi – will just be for mere formality as the Brit has created an unassailable lead. As we look forward to the last two races of the 2017 Formula1 season, we take a look at some of the best performers and worst performers of the season.
Top of this list has to be the German driver, Sebastian Vettel. This may be a little bit harsh though, putting a player who currently ranks second on the standings in the losers list. But then again, it’s for a reason.
Like we mentioned above, after that incident in the Azerbaijan Grand Prix – the coming together of both Hamilton’s and Vettel’s cars, it seemed the German just went on a downward spiral.
Testament to that slump in form is the fact that the German only won one race after that incident – the race in Hungary. This was the same driver who had previously won 3 races before the drama in Azerbaijan.
Another loser is Ferrari, the team itself this time around. Finnish driver Kimi Raikkonen has come out to say that Ferrari had all the tools they needed his year to give Mercedes a run for their money and probably win the constructor’s title.
The team’s challenge kind of fizzled out after Monza. Raikkonen and Vettel collided in Singapore while engine trouble and a broken spark plug did more damage to Vettel’s chances in Malaysia and Japan. They allowed Mercedes to run away with yet another constructors’ title and will be looking to bounce back next season.
We can’t talk about winners without mentioning Lewis Hamilton. The 2017 F1 World champ, at some point during the race, had to dig deep to not only catch but surpass Vettel in the race to the title.
Just like in 2015, the Brit has again won another drivers’ title – his fourth – with a couple of races to spare. After winning nine of 18 races, there was no contender for his title this season. He was better than all, by a wide margin.
Another name that makes it onto our winners list, apart from the Mercedes team, is the Australian driver, Daniel Ricciardo. The Red Bull driver who currently ranks fourth on the standings has done pretty well for himself so far this season.
In a season largely dominated by Vettel and Hamilton, Ricciardo still found space – and time – for a couple of podium finishes and winning the race in Baku. The lad is only 28 years old which can only mean one thing: the future is bright!
The 2017 Formula1 season is gradually coming to an end. So far, which drivers or teams have wowed and which ones do you think have underperformed? Share your thoughts with us by leaving us a comment. We’d love to hear from you.Tags: Formula 1, Lewis Hamilton