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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)
This Saturday see's Formula E land in Berlin for a second time only this year it has a more central location. The Alexanderplatz is a picturesque setting however whether the long straights and 90 degree corners lend to good racing I Don't know. With the news that the Moscow round has been cancelled it really ramps up the tension for the championship. With 3 races left (this and two in London) it is now an official straight duel between Di Grassi and Buemi for the title.
Di Grassi and Audi Abt are the form pairing and the team will be keen to get a win in home ground. Equally EDams would love to spoil that party like Abt spoilt their's in France. Let's face it Buemi needs to get his act together and fast. All he needs to do really is pull off a decent quali but he has not managed that all year. Di Grassi on the other hand is the height of consistency.
Interestingly Di Grassi hinted in an interview recently that him staying at Audi Abt is noted given and suggestion is he might sign...
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...
I'm starting this thread early as the next couple of days are rather busy, and I may post to it from the mobile as I go, so having it here already might save a couple of thumb-swipes.
This will be the fourth Barca GP in a row - it's a weekend away with the same three mates each time, a break from the family and a chance to let our hair down, hopefully in the sun. Usually a Thursday to Tuesday break, with Saturday and Sunday at the track. I live half an hour from Gatwick so it's an easy trip – four days of mayhem then Monday spent doing absolutely nothing, back on Tuesday fresh as a daisy – well almost. This year however I've had to book another flight from Birmingham at 6.40am on Saturday as I'm attending a funeral there on Friday afternoon. Less said about that the better.
Anyway, that means a cab straight from the airport to the track, and if all goes to plan I'll be there in time for qualifying. Wish me luck.
Quite excited about the seats, first row with decent views of turns...
And so, the F1 Circus returns to its traditional European opener in the outskirts of Barcelona for the 48th running of the Gran Prix de Espana, with 25 editions having previously been held at the Circuit de Catalunya. The track has remained relatively unchanged, barring the addition of a chicane before its speedy final turn in 2007, and is home to one of the sports most iconic images as Nigel Mansell and Ayrton Senna battled just inches from each other down the pit straight during the inaugural race there. More recently it was the scene of the magically bizarre saga of Williams ending its victory drought in 2012 only to have their garage erupt into an electrical fire shortly after the champagne was popped.
Mercedes remains the dominant force in Formula One with Nico Rosberg riding high and putting himself in legendary territory on his current win-streak. The tides have well and truly turned since the Austin meeting last year and the man seems destined to follow in his father's...
So Formula E returns to Europe with a first time trip to race around the streets of gay Paris. The organizers have made a lot of fuss over getting a race in the French capital and even more over the track go round 'monuments of old' and 'visions of the future'. To be honest the track doesn't look too brilliant but it races round the Hotel de Ville which I'm sure will be full of visiting VIP's from the FIA. The track also goes past the Army Museum and the Tomb of Napoleon. Not the Eiffel Tower though unfortunately but I am expecting it to look fairly cool even if it can;t match going through Red Square in Russia.
So the French public can not only look forward to a glorious race in their capital but also cheering on an all conquering French team? Sadly no. Once again Ze Germans have overcome the French and against overwhelming odds its the Audi Abt team who arrive at the race in the lead of the teams championship and there driver Lucas Di Grassi who is on top of the drivers...
As China fades into the sunset and F1 moves on to Sochi, what a different picture we have in 2016 to the 2015 season.The same team is out front, but with Rosberg well in control while Hamilton is struggling to stay with him. Last year Hamilton was 66 points in the lead after Sochi. Although that could never be the case this year, as the Sochi race is considerably earlier.
This year the Russian GP is being run almost six months earlier in the season, the previous two having been run in October. But the weather, or at least the temperature range seems to be about the same, I don't know if it's any wetter, so from that point of view it's a bit of an unknown.
But for the teams the tyre choices should be relatively straightforward. The Pirelli choice of tyres for Russia are medium, soft and supersoft, the drivers must use one set of medium and one set of soft during the race. Sochi has a long slow pitlane so I can't imagine that there will be too many pit stops, or that the teams will...
Oh no! Another thread about who's the best F1 driver ever? ... I'm afraid so. This time it's supposedly backed by science. I haven't looked at the paper, but this is their top-20 list:
8. Schumacher (Michael)
11. Fitipaldi (Christian)
14. Hill (Graham)
15. Dan Gurney
19. Hill (Damon)
20. Louis Rosier
As a bonus, here's their top-10 list of teams:
4. Red Bull
6. Lotus (2010s)
8. Daimler Benz AG
10. Mattra Intl
Here's the link:
Science proves that Fangio was the greatest F1 driver of all time
Here's the paper:...
I just had a look back at last years race review on Wiki. This was when the cracks started to appear between Hamilton and Rosberg as Nico accused Lewis of deliberately slowing down in the middle stint to compromise his race and then got a right sulk on telling Hamilton he only cared about himself. Wah, wah, wah. Other than the race finishing under the safety car I can't see anything else which is memorable, although Jenson Button was found to have caused an accident with Pastor Maldonado. Go figure!
On to 2016. It's hard to see past a Mercedes pole, fastest lap and race win but which car? Nico Rosberg is 2 and O for 2016 and heads the championship by 17 points from his team mate who's had a few problems at the start in the first couple of races. No bitching about your team mate so far this season eh Nico? Lewis was almost certainly faster in Bahrain but his tangle with Bottas destroyed any chance of a win. Third with a bent car was quite some achievement.
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