Category Archives: Formula 1

Formula 1 Season is Heating Up

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I saw a tweet from a follower of mine exclaiming that the motor sport Formula 1 was a tad bit tedious and can be likened to Cricket. Whether you like Formula 1 or not, although the sport may consist of fast cars driving around a circuit at exhilarating speeds repetitively for around 50 laps, tedium is not something that should be associated with such a sport. The Malaysian best showed that, the Grand Prix which documented everything about F1 racing.

2008 Formula 1 champion Lewis Hamilton formerly Mercedes McLaren’s poster boy driver, now of Team Mercedes unthinkingly drove into his former team’s pit lane for a tire change before realising that he had made the wrongful move and loss valuable seconds as he manufactured his way into the arms of a bewildered Mercedes team of engineers. Surely enough to get a few cackles circulating. But not only that traditionally in every Formula 1 race, one car or driver pulls out of an F1 race due to an intense collision or difficulties escalating from their car.

Romain Grosjean the calamitous Lotus driver saw this more than most last year as he was involved in some of the biggest crashes of last year’s Grand Prix season. So far this year Grosjean has kept his car firmly on the ground and although failing to pick up the pace fondly seen last year in his Renault Lotus car, the Frenchman seems to be one crash away to cementing his role once again as the ‘first lap nutcase’. To reiterate the sport is far from tedious.

Then further up the grid you have the leader’s grid consisting of the quicker team’s and title contenders; Red Bull, Ferrari and joining the pack former F1 Champion Kimi Raikonnen’s Lotus Renault and Hamilton’s Mercedes. All four teams will be up there at the end of the season battling it out for the honours of best driver and best team. Ferrari a team I always associated with Formula 1 because of the sport’s most iconic figure Michael Schumacher has reaffirmed themselves yet again as one of the sport’s elites. The famous Italian manufacturers now made up of Spain’s Fernando Alonso and Brazil’s Felipe Massa, both title contenders and the challengers to the Sebastian Vettel F1 supremacy under Red Bull.

But the season thus far has not been so straight forward for the young German. The long-lost twin of WWE superstar Christian had one of his more contentious moments of his career to date. The reigning champion’s quest to improve on his early season dominance lured Vettel into overruling the decision made by Red Bull bosses to overtake teammate Mark Webber in the closing stages of the Malaysian Grand Prix, even though the Australian was elected as the man to lead the team to the finishing line. A cardinal sin in the sport of F1 racing.

The move provided F1 with a widespread of discussion and debates. Potential unrest has been speculated within the Red Bull camp ever since the Malaysian Grand Prix, Webber publicly lambasted “Seb” and cast doubts over his future as a Red Bull driver.

But just like everything else in life, the show must go on. And this weekend was certainly the case. The loud sounds of engines, exhausts, tires thrusting, Grosjean’s car crashing into the barracade’s all made a return in China for the third race of the calendar year. Despite the tumult of the Malaysian Grand Prix last time around, the Chinese Grand Prix was fairly straightforward by Formula 1’s standards and Fernando Alonso picked up the victory to close the gap on both Raikonnen and leader Vettel, who missed out on a podium finish by 0.2 seconds to Brit Lewis Hamilton in a tense finish.

But hey let’s bring on another race and continue the joyous festivity of Formula 1 driving, how does the Bahrain Grand Prix next Sunday sound to you?

Reece Ravalier (@ReeceRav)

My Thoughts On Why I Believe Lewis Hamilton Left McLaren

Thursday morning saw a historic announcement from Lewis Hamilton, he announced the end of his 14 year relationship with McLaren, a decision that breaks up the British ‘Dream team’ to join Team Mercedes.

Lewis’s decision is one that many F1 fans have been predicting throughout a season full of contract arguments that have made Hamilton and his team’s relations become incredibly stretched. The Stevenage born driver’s decision to leave was becoming inevitable.

Many of the more cynical fans and F1 journalists have criticised Hamilton for showing a lack of loyalty and condemned his move as being purely financially driven. Whilst I agree money played a massive role in Lewis’s decision to turn down McLaren who were still willing to make Hamilton F1’s highest paid star with an annual 15million salary. It wasn’t the salary that caused the issues it was the image rights clauses in the contract.

Lewis Hamilton is one of the most marketable men in sport and has a massive earning potential from endorsements and sponsorship. This earning potential was extremely limited thanks to McLaren who only permitted one private endorsement for the star where as he will be offered greater freedom at Mercedes.

Whilst the freedom to gain private endorsement played a huge part in Lewis leaving I do not feel money drives Lewis’s passion. After all this is a man who every fortnight or so risks his life at breakneck speeds driving with one of the most risky and competitive styles F1 has ever seen. Being competitive and having fun is what drives Lewis to success.

If an interview with Mercedes supremo Niki Lauda is to be believed money was not at the forefront for Lewis it was the desire for a new challenge, which after all most can argue Lewis was becoming stale and moody at McLaren?

Hamilton made the change in my opinion to gain a new challenge, learn from new people, particularly F1’s Jose Mourinho, Ross Brawn. After 6 years on the grid he definitely deserves the chance to have a crack at something new, if he’s earning more money doing so, who cares? I respect that!

Reece Ravalier (@ReeceRav)