Forget Rosberg vs Hamilton, 2016 Is Verstappen’s Year
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The 2016 Brazilian Grand Prix could’ve given us a World Champion. But, it didn’t. However, what it did offer us was a young prodigy delivering a drive worthy of a World Champion in challenging racing conditions. And talent is the last thing that Max Verstappen needs to prove to Formula 1. (Max Verstappen – Talent Of The Century)
The irony of the race was that a bad pit stop call for Max Verstappen actually turned out to be good for the sport. The young Dutchman’s drive from P14 to P3 was classic in which he introduced to the world a new racing line through the famous Senna S sequence of corners – which we’ve dubbed as ‘The Verstappen’ in this week’s episode of the Inside Line F1 Podcast. However, could the 19-year old have won the race had Red Bull Racing’s tyre gamble worked out? There’s a high chance he could have. (The FIA Bans ‘The Verstappen’)
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And how can one forget the ‘save of the season’ by the ‘talent of the century’ in a race where he was rightfully voted as the ‘driver of the race’ for delivering the ‘drive of the race’. Irrespective of who wins the Drivers’ Championship in Abu Dhabi, the 2016 Formula 1 Season will be remembered for Max Verstappen. (Thank God For Max Verstappen)
Lewis Hamilton’s first-ever (and easy) win in the land of Ayrton Senna means that Bernie Ecclestone and the Sheikhs of Abu Dhabi would be happy to see the title fight go down to the very last race of the reason. Hamilton has learned well from Serena Williams on how to save a ‘match point’. Nico Rosberg, who at the moment seems Formula 1’s luckiest and most relaxed driver, held everything together to ensure that stood on the second highest step of the podium and limited damage to his title. This business of finishing second seems scarier and riskier from the outside, we admit. (Hamilton & Verstappen, Formula 1’s Dream Team?)
We don’t usually applaud the FIA for their act, but for the Brazilian Grand Prix, they deserve special credit. They made the right calls during the entire four hour duration of the race to deliver a Grand Prix that went the full distance. A race shorter than 75% of the actual distance would’ve only made it easier for Rosberg in Abu Dhabi. (How They FIA Ensured No Shoey On The Podium)
Finally in this week’s episode, we speak about Fernando Alonso’s short-lived career of a track-side camera man, Sergio Perez’s gutsy drive and even more gutsy sacking of a sponsor via Twitter, Felipe Massa’s heartwarming farewell and how all Pirelli compounds, wet or dry, aren’t best suited for Formula 1! And yes, Jenson seems to have Button-ed himself off!
(Season 2016, Episode 38)
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