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…
While Barcelona decided to start the day on a bright note with seemingly warmer temperatures, F1 scheduled the day for wet weather testing on artificially soaked track to try the wet weather tires manufactured by Pirelli for 2017. The day was planned in such a way that once watered in the morning, the track would gradually dry out by mid day to allow teams to run on both slicks and treaded tires. This will be repeated in the afternoon session to give teams a chance to try different programmes in wet conditions.
Previously, the FIA had alotted a special wet weather testing session during the pre-season tests. However, this has been scrapped out this season and replaced with this particular format. While tires still remain a big question mark as we come closer to kicking off the official season, drivers have said that they are better in terms of degradation. Lewis
Hamilton also went onto say that the tires are 'rock solid'. One would assume that this will mean fewer number of …
Formula One is all set to resume in Australia this March with a plethora of technical changes that have resulted in bigger, wider and louder cars! For the first time in Formula One history, FIA’s technical regulations have focused on making the cars faster in 2017. And from the first impression of cars hitting the track in Barcelona, one will not be disappointed with the new direction the sport has been reset to. Here’s the summary from Test Day 1 in Barcelona- (Morning)
1. First ones to get down to business were Mercedes and Ferrari on the opening morning of the first test. While Ferrari had Sebastian Vettel behind the wheel for Day 1, Mercedes decided to go for a split with their drivers which saw their new addition Valtteri Bottas test the new W08. Alternating for the top spot, Vettel and Bottas ran short medium tire stints.
2. Right behind the silver arrows and Ferrari was Sergio Perez in the Force India who went out for a short soft tire stint right before Vettel topped the char…