Looking forward, Hamilton needs to look behind him

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.

Ferrari Commits Double Suicide

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...

Burning Oil in F1. Why do it, what does it achieve, and how to do it?

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.

Ferrari parted company with chief designer PU designer Sassi

If the Italian press is correct then it would appear that orders from the very top have emerged from "secret Maranello rooms" that the F1 team have removed chief PU designer Lorenzo Sassi from office despite the boost in performance he has created, with the gap in performance to Mercedes reduced or even non-existent.

‘Don’t exclude a Ferrari return for Alonso’  – believable or Briatore ballyhoo?

Fernando Alonso's career path has been called into question since his return to McLaren, however, once again his manager, the Italian businessman Flavio Briatore (banned for fixing the Singapore Grand Prix whilst chief of Renault F1) has stirred the hornet's nest once more with his latest promotional statement: ‘Don’t exclude a Ferrari return for Alonso’