Mclaren x1, Sauber x2, Toro Rosso x2, Williams x1 4 Races left, who is inline to the throne?
The Briton, who started from pole position, crossed the line 1.2 seconds ahead of Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo to move 59 points clear at the top of the overall standings. Max made his mark on the 2017 Japanese Grand Prix with this incredible opening lap:
OK, so let's take stock with whats left. What might be in store for the world championship? RAI Average points haul over the last 15 races is 9.2 points. If he was to step up to VET's average of 16.4 FER (a big ask) it would still be almost mathematically impossible to fight for the lead or hope to secure a constructors championship. BOT has just been too strong. We, therefore, assume team orders will be implemented and RAI will become little more than a wingman for Ferrari and Vettel.
Many say Alonso is the best driver in the world. This may be so, or it might be more evident if he could finish a race, but if it is, and we take a look at the current driver standing we might also make a couple of assumptions that:
I was looking forward to that. Weather reports insinuating rain, my engine mode was set to "full anticipation" My mind's eye was anticipating that Seb would come out od corner one in first place, pressured by Verstappen, Alonso would make up 3 or 4 places...
Today, I suggest we saw the start of “exploring options”. Back up plans. With Felipe who returned from his departure to fill an empty seat and act as a mentor for Stroll probably reaching the limit of what he has to offer, expectations are that his seat will become available next year.
Alonso never really ever had any expectation of finishing in the points, he was anticipating “13th or 14th but in reality, it was looking like last. His optimisms of improvements by Budapest are equally cool.
Considering the amount of money Honda has invested in this year’s F1 campaign, and how much that has contributed to the 2017 McLaren entry pot we should understand that McLaren cannot simply walk away or “fire” Honda. It will be up to Honda to decide if they wish to walk away at the end of this year. This sentiment was echoed in today's team representative press conference with Jonathan Neale (McLaren) stating "you can't simply rip up a contract"
Porsche is well experienced in long running, high output, energy recovery, turbos and hybrid engines. It actually makes a lot of sense. After many years out of the sport, Formula 1 may have just come back into Porsche's sweet spot, much of the cost of development has been done.
Fuel blends are very heavily guarded and regulated. The rules also change as teams with clever boffins in dark rooms find ways of “entering into the spirit” of the FIA law. Regulations have also changed on fuel for 2018 (most notably diolefins that likely reduce combustion temperature and so be more predictable) These additives ARE however in the Oil the cars use.