Clip The Apex
Every decade there comes a point in F1 when we witness the start of the next superstar in F1 once they win their first race
Senna - Estoril 1985
Schumacher - Spa 1992
The two above stood above the rest namely because it was an era where drivers did not start F1 until they were 25 years old and raced until their mid to late 30's and got a longer career out of it so you had to be exceptional to be the next biggest thing to upset the establishment
Today it seems drivers start younger and they have a much shorter time to make it count in F1 before someone else gets their shot
Certain key moments I remember
2003 - F1 Magazine thought Alonso, Raikkonen and Montoya were the next generation of superstars
This was the first time for a few seasons that Schumacher ad some serious challenge to his supremacy and domination after Hakkinen's retirement
It also when Button was able to how his abilities when some thought his career was over when he was sacked by Renault (Flavio)
They were certainly correct with the exception of Montoya who's career went downhill and out . The other 3 have become world champions
2006 - Autosport reviewed the career paths of Hamilton, Rosberg, Kovalainen and Kubica as they have raced each other numerously in junior careers and were expected to match the jump
Vettel had not been mentioned at the time as he was racing in Euro F3 whilst they were in GP2 or WSR3.5 at the time and his moment came when he won for Toro Rosso in 2008 at Monza to become the youngest pole sitter and winner
Which brings me to 2016 Spain where Max Verstappen won to be the youngest winner and is this a sign that the era of Hamilton and Vettel is going to end soon
the BBC have outlined the 4 next generation of superstars and off course Max is one of them . Red Bull and Mclaren should be proud (except Mclaren needs to learn how to keep them)
The drivers competing to become Formula 1's next global stars
Do you agree?
After the excitement of Spain, with a new Grand Prix winner added to the list, we now move to the French Riviera for the jewel in F1's crown. It would appear that Ferrari's place as the next best team after Mercedes has been taken by Red Bull. I suspect we will see a reaction from the red team but do they have the capacity move back ahead?
Monaco hasn't been a happy hunting ground for Lewis Hamilton with only a single win back in his McLaren days. Nico Rosberg has won the last three races at what is, in truth, his home race. Sebastian Vettel has only won here once as well which shows what a lottery this race can sometimes be. Kimi Raikkonen hasn't won since 2005, also in a McLaren.
Mercedes will continue to be the class of the field but Monaco can be a great leveler where fractions of an inch can be the difference between winning and sitting in a pile of carbon fibre wondering what happened.
Max Verstappen must be on cloud nine, can he take this confidence in to the race around the principality? Daniel Ricciardo will have something to prove after his teenage teammate's achievement in Spain. The Toro Rosso boys will also have something to prove; Carlos Sainz that he deserves a drive in the senior team and Daniil Kvyat to show he should have kept in place at Red Bull.
I'm sure Force India will be hoping for some serious points, Williams will continue to be poor and will probably be even worse round the twists on Monaco. Haas will have their first experience of French sunshine, Renault will have something to prove at the closest thing to a home race for the French team. They could well be battling it out for the minor points places.
At the back Manor and Sauber will battle for the wooden spoon. Sauber look to be working hard to ensure they get this as they continue struggle financially. Manor, at least in Wehrlein's hands, hasn't look too bad given their budget. I wonder if Haryanto will have to ask for a special dispensation as he hasn't got within the 107% time.
Fun in the sun? Monaco is always more exciting in the wet, I wonder if we will see a sprinkling of rain just to spice things up?