Thrill, speed, battles and cars. I'll keep you posted on what's going on in the world of Formula One, one GP after another - the whole season.
Pictures from the German Grand Prix
Note: Sorry! I know it's a bit late, and the German GP was 3 weeks ago.. but it won't hurt to look at the pictures from the paddock!
< Pic 1: Mark's loose wheel cased quite a ruckus in the paddock, but the FIA has a solution for that! 10 place grid penalty if the tyre is fitted loosely.
<Pic 2 - Sebastian Vettel celebrates with his team after maiden German GP win. Did you know Seb has scored twice as many points this year than he had last year by the 10th race.
<Pic 3: there's a reason why he's called Brittany.. fabulous hair!
<Pic 4: Alonso. Championship. Car. That's all in this pic.
<Pic 5: 26 years old, 3 championships, 30 career wins, 50 podiums.. and myriad records. Need more to explain 'great'?
<pic 6: The best part of the race is the start. When 22 cars line up, and the engines rev up. And you eagerly watch the treacherous 1st corner of the circuit wiping drivers out one by one.
< After the booing in Canada, and the cheer in Silverstone when he retired, the German grand Prix was a treat, when he passed by that huge banner and the sense of massive support I'm sure would've cheered him up.
You know F1 is ready for a major shake up when fans are genuinely happy about the new regulations and cars. F1 2017 has ticked most of the boxes - better noise, faster cars, wider cars, better video content on social media and of course, an element of nail-biting rivalry between teams. And time after time, despite being called "mundane" and "predictable", the keyboard warriors often find themselves proven wrong with F1's unpredictabilty.
For instance, nobody would have predicted Ferrari's 3 wins in 2015 after a win-less campaign in 2014. Not many could have predicted a win-less 2016 for Ferrari after a triumphant 2015 season. Not one would have said Max Verstappen would be a grand prix winner in a Red Bull car in 2016.
Pre-season testing poses a similar challenge for fans, leaving them with bits and pieces of information, some true and some possibly untrue, to complete a jigsaw puzzle called F1 2017. But, one musn't lose heart, therefore I will attempt to…
There are 7 billion people in this world,
and there just 22 grand prix drivers. Out of the 22, there isn’t one female
racing driver. This does make you think, why aren't there any women Formula One
racers? Sexism in motorsport is not new, in fact,
it’s it is as old as the sport itself. In a male dominated field of sport such
as racing, women, as a group haven’t made their mark yet. And in F1, there has
been just one female racing driver to have scored a single point - Lella Lombardi,
an Italian racer who raced for March-Ford in 1974 – 75, scored half a point
after finishing a good 7th position at the Spanish Grand Prix of
1975. Though the breakthrough for a
woman was first given to Maria Teresa de Filippis way back in 1958, she failed
to impress as much as Lomardi did. But yet, Maria, the former Maserati driver
will be remembered as a pioneer for women in motorsport because of her courage
and strength to venture into a sport like Formula One in the age when women were
trained to d…
With 2 races till the end of yet
another season of Formula One, I do not really have to wait to give my opinion
on how the season has been so far. Nothing can happen in the next two rounds of
2016 that has not been screened before. 2016 was nothing like 2015 where there
was a mix of scarlet with the silver - Sebastian Vettel often playing the role
of a therapist to ease the tension between the two Mercedes drivers in press
conferences. 2016 was rather a season full of controversies, record breaking
streaks and anxiety amongst drivers and teams. I must admit, though, that it
was quite a bit entertaining. However, on an other side , disappointingly, it
revealed cracks in the very grounds on which the sport was built. Gone are the days when Ayrton Senna
and Alain Prost spiced up the on track bombast with their heart stopping racing
or when the media highlighted the off track rivalry between strikingly
different but charismatic driver personalties amongst Niki Lauda and James
Hunt. Now th…