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:
Singapore GP answered a lot of questions as to the make-up of F1 in 2018, but not all. The Honda / McLaren split was officially announced, with the Woking team swopping engines with Toro Rosso. Renault was able to extract Carlos Sainz from Toro Rosso as part of the deal, though officially the move is … Continue reading The last pieces of the driver 2018 puzzle reveal themselves…
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...
The track that Hamilton once described at "twice as hard to negotiate" than the more famous Monaco street circuit has a polymer modified binder, which was laid on the track surface to offer vehicles 20% more grip. Taking this year's wider bodies and higher grip levels, it is not surprising that most teams have gone for the maximum adhesion options.
Whilst on one hand defending Jolyons progress (or lack of) and offering a number of reasons that we should take into account before making judgement, Renault team boss Cyril Abiteboul stated clearly at today's press conference that 8th in the championship was absolutely not where the team expected or wanted to be an " urgent action" must be taken to effect a big change. He said recent management changes have stalled decisions and hinted that we might know more in the next few races.
Oop's it would seem (Motorsport.com) that Torro Rosso has tried cutting some dangerous corners ahead of Thursdays scrutineering at Silverstone by presenting Carlos Sainz's car in an 'unsafe condition'.
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.