Formula 1. Malaysian Grand Prix this coming weekend on the BBC …
Monaco is a classic street circuit but in essence street circuits don’t really float my boat, particularly when you have tracks for example like Spa or Silverstone.
Adrian Newey stays at Red Bull after Ferrari recently try to attract him into the team. Despite people disliking the positive and successful run Sebastian Vettel has so far to date, in this stage off the session, there are many other racing drivers who have been in this situation in the past. Examples are, Senna, Prost and Schumacher and who could forget the likes of Ascari, Fangio, Brabham, Clark and Stewart.
Webber has often been behind in comparison to Vettel but I am sure around the globe there are many who would agree with me, Mark is worthy of a championship win.
Frustration from Hamilton is obvious, he wants to race. Lewis reminds me of Juan Pablo Montoya who departed quickly from F1, all he wanted to do was race, but moved off to do other things during a season !
Yesterday Hamilton capitalised on maximising his points and there really is nothing in it between Jenson and Webber who have 109 points jointly, Lewis with 97 and Alonso with 87.
Currently, Vettel is dominant with 186 points !
With 20 laps to go in the Valencia F1 Grand Prix, I sat back to ponder. The general consensus and feedback at that stage overall and simply, it was a boring race !
And yet two weeks ago in Montreal, Canada, a race which could easily be described as monumental and reflected upon as a dramatic, chaotic in a rain-soaked and action packed Grand Prix, one not to be forgotten and probably be talked about in years to come.
Though we must not lose sight, with eight races in and not even half way through the season there are eleven races yet to come.
Being quick in Formula 1 racing isn’t just about going fast – stopping well is a major part of the equation.
Montreal’s circuit Gilles Villeneuvre, host to this weekend’s Canadian race, features seven braking events in all, six of which are considered ‘heavy’ and four of which involve breaking from over 295 km/h.
It amounts to one of the toughest tracks of the year on brakes.
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Having followed Formula 1 over a 35 year period to date, I did enjoy the race but over the weekend it did occur to me…
Has this street circuit outgrown the evolution of a what we find in the build and technology used in the current day, Formula 1 car ?
The DRS (Drag Reduction System) adjustable rear wing, was a topic of conversation of whether it could or could not be used, and if so – where ?
There is now a question on how the exhaust diffuser should and can be used as the teams recently won a stay of execution over a ban on Formula 1′s latest must-have technology, but for how long ?
Over all, Monaco attracts attention from the enticing glamour but on the track it can result in frustrations as the drivers complete or in some cases not the 78 laps with overall, very little overtaking opportunities !
Strategy is imperative and often the safety car is a banker for those who play the correct hand to maximise position and points.
For me it was another picture well crafted as the race unfolded in what could only be described as one of those, Wacky Races !
What a fantastic race today in Cataluna, Spain.
Both Lewis and Jenson did us proud. Nail biting to the end. Brilliant.
Looking forward to next weekend and the Monaco Grand Prix.
It will be interesting to see what decisions are made in how the use of DRS on a street circuit will be implemented !