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2016 Racefans Top 10 F1 Drivers

2016 Racefans Top 10 F1 Drivers

  2016 Formula 1 Top Ten Drivers 1. Daniel Ricciardo 1 win, 1 pole position, 7 podiums, 4 fastest laps (256 points 3rd in the Championship) Following a disastrous season in 2015 in which the Red Bull Racing team were persistently hampered by the unreliability of their Renault engine, the Milton Keynes crew had very … Continue reading

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The Hungarian Grand Prix is only a couple of days old and already the dominant point of discussion and debate surrounds the FIA’s announcement that they will introduce the halo device into the sport for the 2018 season. The decision was announced after an F1 Strategy Group meeting which revealed that only one of the ten teams supported the implementation of the device. Teams are not alone in their condemnation of the device ridiculing its aesthetics, abandonment of the open-cockpit traditions of Grand Prix racing and its inability to adequately combat the very safety risk it seeks to prevent.

The divide amongst drivers over the introduction of the halo device has been laid bare in the two Thursday morning driver press conferences for this weekend’s Hungarian Grand Prix. Kevin Magnussen, Max Verstappen, and Nico Hulkenberg all voicing their disapproval for the device, with Hulkenberg even feeling the need to clarify that “I’m still going to race. I won’t retire for sure.” In a later interview with Will Buxton from NBC Sports, Max Verstappen indicated that he had no idea what problems may emerge with the device in race conditions but that he hoped some did “because then everybody starts complaining”.

Drivers may have complained of the halo device in the Thursday press conferences but you wouldn’t have noticed it from the official Formula 1 YouTube account. In their official edit of the interviews, Formula 1 have included only the comments of those drivers complimentary of the FIA’s implementation of the device. The edit would appear to show the direction that the sport is willing to go to protect its image; that it is concerned by the opposition towards the halo device; and grossly underestimates the willingness of Formula 1 fans to look through the press conference in its entirety. I have already made my views very well known in the videos comments section and I urge other readers to do the same. You can view the video and read the associated comments here.

The fallout from the disastrous form of McLaren Honda in 2017 has damaged not only the reputation of the Japanese engine suppliers ability to construct a competitive and reliable engine in accordance with the current specifications, but has now made at least one journalist re-assess the manufacturers previous successes in the sport. In an article by Glenn Freeman entitled ‘McLaren should aim to be the new Williams’ Freeman questions the quality of Honda’s achievements in Formula 1 between 1985 – 1992 pointing out that Honda’s success “only came to the fore once pioneers in that area (turbo technology) such as Renault and BMW started to ease away from F1” and that once the sport moved away from turbo technology “it didn’t take long for Renault to surpass it as the leading force…”. The article highlights the further extent of the damage caused by Honda’s continued involvement in the sport. No one doubted that Honda’s intermittent participation in the sport over the last twenty years has had minimal success, but very few would’ve called into question its halcyon days. Such is there current performance that nothing would appear off limits.

Always a fan favourite in the lead up to the summer break is trying to predict who will be where for the 2018 season. Here are my predictions for next years line-up:

Mercedes: Hamilton; Bottas

Red Bull: Ricciardo; Sainz

Ferrari: Vettel; Verstappen

Force India: Perez; Ocon

Williams: Stroll; Massa

Toro Rosso: Kvyat; Gasly

McLaren (Mercedes): Vandoorne; Wehrlein

Haas: Magnussen; Grosjean

Renault: Hulkenberg; Alonso

Sauber (Ferrari): Ericsson; Leclerc

MotoGP World Championship

Three time MotoGP World Champion Jorge Lorenzo has continued to struggle with his new works Ducati ride following a first lap crash at Round 2 in Argentina. Lorenzo, who had ridden for the works Yamaha squad for the first nine years of his MotoGP career, has never finished lower than fourth in the championship standings.

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