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2016 Formula One Season

How the 2016 F1 World Championship Race is Panning Out

2016 Formula One Season

The 2016 Formula One Season has once again seen the Mercedes team dominate the opening rounds, with German Nico Rosberg winning four of the first five races. He has overtaken his team-mate Lewis Hamilton – the 2014 and 2015 World Champion – as the sport’s leading man.

Another boost for Rosberg has been his ability to finish races in front of the Englishman, despite only having two pole positions so far – one fewer than Hamilton. This season he seems to have a greater self-belief in his own driving ability. In previous seasons he has seemed to be almost submissive to his fellow Mercedes driver, but as the coming together at the Spanish Grand Prix showed, he is no longer willing to play second fiddle.

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That crash allowed 18-year-old Dutch driver Max Verstappen to win his maiden Grand Prix on May 15th – he is the youngest ever winner of a race. Despite this victory that shows his vast potential, he is probably a few years too young to show the required consistency to win the World Championship title.

The current top ten in the standings are:

  1. Nico Rosberg 100 points
  2. Kimi Raikkonen 61
  3. Lewis Hamilton 57
  4. Sebastian Vettel 48
  5. Daniel Ricciardo 48
  6. Max Verstappen 38
  7. Felipe Massa 36
  8. Valtteri Bottas 29
  9. Daniil Kvyat 22
  10. Romain Grosjean 22

 

With a title race that is likely to be the closest in years, and could go down to one of the last races of the season, more betting markets are opening for the 2016/17 season. Coral are offering numerous betting options for the current season, including on the Drivers’ Championship, Constructors’ Championship and the upcoming Monaco Grand Prix, which is taking place on 29th May.

According to Coral, the upcoming Monaco race sees both Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg unsurprisingly put as favourites – they are both 6/4 to be the race winner. Their nearest challenger is rated as Sebastian Vettel, the German who won four titles during his time at Red Bull. Now at the ever-improving Ferrari, he is at 9/1 to win the race on the Principality.

Looking forward, Rosberg is out ahead as clear favourite to win his first World Championship – he is rated at 4/6 to be named as champion by the final race, which is in Abu Dhabi on 27th November. Hamilton is quite rightly at 6/4 due to already being 39 points behind, mainly due to a number of reliability issues.

The Constructors’ title seems to be heading to one team only – Mercedes – as they are at 1/25, and if their cars finish a race they are inevitably both in a podium position, barring any errors. Last year the team won 703 points as Hamilton romped to the World Championship.

As this is the longest ever Formula 1 season, with 21 races altogether, it is looking like being one of the most entertaining title fights in recent years. Whilst it seems most likely that Mercedes will be the car that the eventual winner will be in, the identity of the driver is less clear. On current form, the new and improved Rosberg is the favourite, but Hamilton will not want to relinquish his titles easily and will certainly run him close.

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Formula 1 – Has it been a Good Year?

Formula 1 – Has it been a Good YearFormula 1 racing is another sport that I quite enjoy to watch when I get the opportunity, but is not one that I would purposely stay up to the early hours of the morning to catch some of the races halfway across the world.

2014 has been an interesting year for Formula 1 I think, maybe even one of the best in a while.

The New V6 Engines

As of 2014, V6 engines were introduced and a requirement for all cars.  There has been a lot of debate over whether it was necessary for another change, but the change itself came because of the way the road car industry is heading.  My main gripe and one shared with many other fans of Formula 1 is that even if it is a more powerful and efficient engine than previous models, it is an extremely quiet one.

One of the main reasons I enjoy Formula 1 racing when I watch, and maybe it’s just because I am more of a casual fan than a diehard one, is the sound.  Without the sound I find it less interesting and I am more likely to switch over and watch something else.

Hamilton Vs Rosberg

Lewis Hamilton is currently in the lead in the Driver’s Championship driving for Mercedes with his main rival coming in the form of teammate Nico Rosberg.  For me, as much as the sound is as important, the most important thing for a good Formula 1 season is a good rivalry, and I think that Hamilton and Rosberg have put on a great display.  Not only had they secured the Constructors Championship by the Russian Grand Prix, leaving Red Bull no chance of catching up, but they have been thrilling to watch against each other.

Where Has Vettel Been?

They have been a dominating force against all other challengers with either of them appearing more in pole position, fastest lap and winning position standings.  The defending champion from last year Sebastian Vettel has really been nowhere to be seen and this season I wondered if we really have seen the last of his best performances.  Daniel Ricciardo has been another driver I’ve enjoyed watching, but despite his performance, he has been unable to win enough races to stand a chance of winning the Driver’s title.

A Year of Many Changes

I think overall it has been an interesting year and one of many changes, some good – I think the new engines take a lot of getting used to, and some not so good – I really missed Mark Webber.  By far the most interesting change and I purposely left it as being the last thing  I spoke about, was Susie Wolff joining Williams as a reserve and test driver as part of the Free Practice 1 sessions.

This was a seemingly small, but actually very big and much needed change to the sport as she became the first female driver to take part in any Grand Prix weekend since 1992 when Giovanna Amati failed to qualify for the Brazilian Grand Prix.  I am not sure how they would figure out the logistics of female drivers being allowed to compete but I do think it is a step in the right direction.