super excited for this season, plenty of interesting bits going on before it all gets reset next season by a change of rules
You’d be brave to bet against them having a car that’s good enough to win, or that (given their well oiled workings as a team), they will win both titles again.
Hamilton remains the man to beat. not challenged by his team mate but he’s still had to drive very well to beat Ferrari as comprehensively as he has for the last three years. My opinion of him remains pretty much the same as it was a few years ago - he’s up there with the best of all time.
I still think Schumacher is the greatest, with Hamilton and Alonso in the top 5. Fangio the other I’d definitely include in the top 5 due to him winning the title with 4 (four!) different constructers.
Bottas is in a fairly boring place. He’s a no. 2 driver who will continue to be just that. He’s not fast enough to challenge Hamilton and he’s not interesting enough to be in any fun battles with other people, he’s just kind of… there. The F1 equivalent of playing for Everton
Having signed a 5 year contract, Charles is now effectively their number 1 driver. Absolutely fascinated to see how the driver rivalry works out this year, and to see if Vettel is still about next year.
I think Verstappen is faster than Leclerc and therefore 2nd best on the grid currently but over a season it would be very close as the latter seems more likely to be consistent over time.
Albon has to get way closer this season. Last season he did well given the circumstances but this time he’s got full pre season so no excuses - gotta be racing the rest of the top 3 teams not hanging on in front of the midfield.
How good are their drivers? Sainz did reasonably against Verstappen in their time together at Torro Rosso but he was considerably older and more experience in junior categories. He was comprehensively taken apart by Hulkenberg who now hasn’t got a seat. What if the car last was actually capable of a lot more?
Norris did very very well to outqualify his team mate as a rookie and was unlucky - particularly at spa
Ocon vs Ricciardo could get pretty spicy, the former is no slouch and the latter has got his eye on Vettel’s seat
Grojean more consistent, Magnussen more of a hard racer. Both have gone up against world champion team mates and been roundly out performed. Wish one had left so we could see someone else tested against a known quantity!
Newly branded Torro Rosso/RB junior team. Really nice looking car they’ve got. Fascinating driver line up too given that both have been given chances in the main team and then dropped. Whoever does worse of the two will surely be out a the the end of the season… tho having said that, there are no obvious replacements in the RB junior programme. The only driver in that programme who’s actually won a series is Dennis Hauger who demolished the field in Italian F4 last season and is in Formula 3 this year. So highly unlikely he’ll be in F1 before 2022.
Going to be renamed as Aston Martin. Perez is another driver who’s gone up against a world champion and been taken apart. He’s not bad though - could argue he’s the best driver on the grid who’s not won a race.
Stroll did poorly in qualifying and then made up a fair bit in the races but ultimately with the midfield so tight he was underperforming
Kimi is now in his 40s so Giovinazzi and his lovely hair need to continue where he left off last year in improving relative to his teammate
Latifi is a big fan of Deadmaus, this was mentioned today during testing. Ted is also a fan - Crofty was asking him about gig in NYC They claimed that Deadmaus was gonna make some music for Latifi’s website.
He hasn’t had a very impressive junior career. Drivers who win junior categories in their first season are the ones to watch. Leclerc managed 7 wins and 8 poles in his first and only F2 season (2017) which was also Latifi’s first season in F2. Russell managed 7 wins and 5 poles in his first and only F2 season (2018).
Latifi has taken part in 67 F2 races, and managed 6 wins and 0 poles, with 4 of the wins coming in his 3rd season. Before his single win in the 2017 F2 season Latifi hadn’t won a race in any category for 5 years
How good Russell is, we’ll hopefully see this year if the car is good enough to regularly be seriously in the midfield