The FIFA World Cup is still the trending topic in the world of sports at the moment. With an average of three games being played every day, it’s hard for any other sport to share the same spotlight.
But that doesn’t mean other sports are not taking place simultaneously. From rugby to tennis, there’s still plenty of space for other sports to share the spotlight. One other sporting event set to go down this weekend is the F1 Grand Prix in France.
Seven races after, the French GP will be the eighth and it’s almost certain this one will be one to watch, especially with the turn of events since the 2018 season began.
In the Canadian GP, Sebastian Vettel, led from start to finish and in turn returned to the summit of the drivers’ standings. As it stands, the German driver is leading Lewis Hamilton by a single point.
The Canadian GP was, in a way, a game-changer.
Apart from Vettel finishing in first place, Bottas coming in second place and Max Verstappen rounding up the podium finish, Lewis Hamilton had to settle for a fifth place finish – a first outside-the-top-three finish for the English driver since China.
In terms of race wins so far this season, Vettel’s win in Canada was his third, with Lewis Hamilton and Daniel Ricciardo with two wins apiece.
But Lewis Hamilton is not prepared to make life easy for Sebastian Vettel, knowing full well what’s at stake. Should Vettel finish above Lewis Hamilton in this race, the gap on the championship standings will increase.
And that’s why the English driver finished fastest in the second practice test in France. But that’s only a step in the direction of getting the better of Sebastian. He has to finish the job by going one further than Vettel on Sunday.
On Sunday, Vettel will be just one of the many drivers that Hamilton has to contend with.
His team-mate, Valtteri Bottas, will be looking to also get the better of his fellow Team Mercedes driver. The earlier the points start coming in for the Finnish driver, the better for him.
Then there’s a certain Daniel Ricciardo in the mix. The Australian driver will be looking to make it three wins in the 2018 season.
Max Verstappen may not be talked about that much. But after finishing third at the Canadian Grand Prix, he might as well want to push even further up the standings in this next race.
What seemed like a two-horse race is gradually being torn apart to create more space for the drivers who don’t just want to make up the numbers.
Up next is France. Which of these drivers do you think can go all the way and win the race? Can any other driver finish higher or in a better position than, say Lewis Hamilton or Sebastian Vettel?
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