First race tomorrow morning in Australia (early start for anyone watching!). Hamilton starting in pole, but could be an interesting season, seeing if other teams have managaed to close the gap to Mercedes.
Well... I know it's only one race, but so far not impressed with the changes made. I was reading an article with Martin Brundle recently in which he described it as "depressing" that the brief for changing F1 for this year didn't make a single mention of overtaking in it, and that having the cars going faster wouldn't make it visually better for spectators. Apparently Bernie was unhappy that someone as young as Verstappen was driving well and thought it must be too easy to drive an F1 car. Realistically at the speeds they're travelling who's going to notice if they're going a few seconds quicker per lap? That was a snooze-fest today - Vettel (on Hamilton), Hamilton (on Verstappen) and Verstappen (on Raikkonnen) all got close to the car in front without being able to even make any impression on getting past. I think the only single overtake in the entire points past the first lap was Ocon overtaking Alonso for 10th near the end. Thanks for the parting gift Bernie!
Plus point, the pace shown by Ferrari seems to show it's not going to be all Mercedes way this time around.
I thought it was a decent race two weeks ago - even if Hamilton hadn't made his error in the pitstops I'm not sure he would have had the pace to beat Vettel as I always felt he was criusing at the end and could have upped it if needed.
Russia this weekend and Ferrari have been blistering in practice so far.
To be fair, I don't think you missed all that much action in the race. Hamilton made a decent overtake on Vandoorne for a place on the first corner and then I think I could count on one hand the number of overtakes throughout the whole race - with the wider cars this year but not wider tracks, in places like Monaco where overtaking already difficult, it then becomes impossible - just ask Jenson Button! https://twitter.com/F1/status/8690971221...monaco-crash%2F
A great race yesterday I thought. Lots of action throughout from start to finish. Force India won't be happy at Perez for ignoring team orders that ultimately ended up costing them places near the end. Also on the podium how great was Patrick Stewart? Loved it when he did a shoey with Riciardo!
Austria today. I didn't see the last race live due to being away, but saw five minutes of highlights on German TV. Even from the pictures, without really understanding the commentary, it was obvious an awful lot had happened in that race!
A huge task today for Hamilton to finish higher than Vettel, probably a case of the best he can hope for is damage limitation.