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…
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…
After a week of break for all teams, the circus returns back to Barcelona for a second and final testing session before the season opener at Melbourne. This is the time you would ideally see teams out there every minute of the day trying to gain as much data as possible from the track programmes. This also is another opportunity for engineers and fans to try to read in between the lines to establish a more concrete pecking order, but you and I would be slightly insane to think the top teams wouldn’t sandbag this session, leaving everybody in a bit of a quandary. Here is the summary of Day 1 of the second test in Barcelona.
1. Felipe Massa set the pace on the morning of the first session with a hot lap on the super-soft tires which put him within 0.020 of the fastest time set in 2017 so far. The Brazilian also managed to test 67 laps, the second most of the morning session.
2. Daniel Ricciardo who clinched 2nd on the time sheets posted a late time on the Ultra-Soft tir…