Clip The Apex
A Vettel victory came as a complete surprise after the complete Mercedes dominance of Melbourne. Quite a bit of action through the field too, but how did you rate it?
I'm between a 7 and an 8. It's a great result for the prospects of the season but in the top 3 it was all about strategy and tyre degradation rather than elbows out battles. We had some nice battles in the midfield, but at the same time some amateurish mistakes. I'm leaning towards 7, which is possibly a bit harsh but I'm going to rate it as a good race rather than a great race.
With Mercedes looking imposingly dominant once again this year, it might appear that there is little chance for any of the other teams to score a pole position or take the top step of the podium. Last season Williams were able to give Mercedes a run for their money a couple times, particularly at Austria where Felipe Massa took the only non-Mercedes pole of the season, but it was a Red Bull in the hands of Daniel Ricciardo that took the wins where Mercedes failed - for one reason or another.
Whilst Ricciardo and Massa were able to elbow their way in on the success, defending 4 time champion Sebastian Vettel struggled all year as he was trounced by his less illustrious team mate. However, this season it would seem that he has found his mojo again at the wheel of one of the Ferraris with the Italian outfit looking to have made strides with their engine (the Saubers looked racy too) as well as with other areas of development over the winter. This looks to have left them as best of the rest at the moment - I know it's only been one race - and Vettel will no doubt try to emulate his former team mates trick of picking up the pieces when the opportunity presents itself. Having scored a podium on his debut for the scarlet red outfit, Seb and Ferrari both have their sights set on closing that 30 second gap to the Mercs in front.
Whilst it was no doubt a relief to not see The Finger for over a year since the 2013 Brazilian GP, I feel it is only a matter of time before (a) neither Mercedes finishes due to clashing or reliability or (b) Ferrari close the gap enough to compete. Whilst the first option is a more likely scenario for the next couple of months, I think Ferrari should have more room to develop their car compared to the Mercedes and will be genuine contenders for race wins after the midway point in the season. I'm going to go for a hectic qualifying at Monaco where Vettel will pip Rosberg to pole. But what do you think? Will we see The Finger this year? If so, where and will it be a pole position or a race win? And leave your explanation below if you can be bothered
Renault have been dipping in and out of F1 since 1977 in one guise or another. Currently supplying Redbull and Toro Rosso. There is talk afoot of them now taking over Toro Rosso and bringing back the Renualt Works team.
Renualt have a significant track record of 304 races, 35 race victories, 51 pole positions, 2 drivers championships and 2 constructors championships. Plenty of big boy scaring form there. This could be good.
The inclusion of another manufacturer works team would be a much need security blanket for Formula One. With F1's run away costs, consistently failing to be addressed, the only realistic way to get financially secure teams in F1 is for them to be backed by car manufacturers.
It would of course be far better for F1 if Renualt were to do a HAAS and leave Toro Rosso alone and look at bringing in a new Renualt Works team from scratch. Two extra cars on the grid would be a far better scenario for F1, what with Caterham falling off the back of the grid last year.
If they were to come back as a works team it would be unlikely they would supply engines to another top team such as Redbull. So I guess Horner would have to moan about someone else's engine. My heart bleeds.
I think this would be great for F1. To have Renualt back as a fully blown works team would make me and I'm sure many other F1 fans very happy.
Lets hope it happens.
Well believe it or not the next Formula E race is already less than 3 weeks away as the race schedule starts to speed up after its sporadic start. Round 6 of Formula E swoops into a venue very familiar to motorsport as it lands at Long Beach, South California. The track itself is a modified version of the classic lay out that has held races such as F1 and Indy Car since 1975. The track lay out looks like so:
Whilst the traditional 90 degree corners of US street tracks are there we also have a couple of chicanes thrown in so while some of the racing will be similar to what we saw in Miami we will have added breaking zones which should create added overtaking opportunities and, most likely, added carnage. Miami was the first Formula E race to go all the way through with no safety car which added to the interesting element of power saving. Whilst there will be an element of that here I doubt we'll go the distance without someone in the wall so I expect it to lessen off.
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