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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

Lewis Hamilton celebrates in the stadium section of the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez following his ninth place finish in the 2017 Mexican Grand Prix. Hamilton joins Juan Manuel Fangio, Alain Prost, Michael Schumacher and Sebastian Vettel as the only drivers to have won four or more drivers championships.

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Indycar World Series

Josef Newgarden has clinched his first Indycar World Series title following his second place finish in the final round of the championship at the Sonoma Raceway.  Newgarden is the third Penske driver to take the title in the last four years al of which were their first titles.  He is the first American to win the title since Ryan Hunter-Reay took the title with Andretti Racing in 2012.

FIA Formula 1 World Championship

The greatest unkept secret in Formula 1 has finally been announced following the announcement that McLaren will use Renault engines from 2018 through to 2020. The deal, which sees the Toro Rosso team take Honda engines for three years until 2020, was finalised following Red Bull’s agreement to loan Carlos Sainz Jnr to the works Renault team for the 2018 season. The announcement signals the end to one of the more catastrophic partnerships in Formula 1 history. Without a title sponsor and a customer engine it saw as never enabling them to challenge for a title, McLaren accepted enormous funding from Honda on the belief that both brands would benefit from promoting their previous dominant partnership, despite early teething problems with the Honda engine. History will now show that the teething problems were never resolved and were so bad that McLaren struggled to draw in a title sponsor. Honda has not escaped the debacle with journalists calling into question their former domination in the sport.

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.


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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