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Let’s Not Belittle The Formula 1 Drivers’ Championship

Posted: November 8, 2016 at 12:55 pm   /   by   /   comments (2)

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The 2016 Brazilian Grand Prix could be a Grand Prix of firsts for the Mercedes drivers. Lewis Hamilton could win his first-ever Brazilian Grand Prix OR Nico Rosberg could win his first-ever Formula 1 Drivers’ Championship. Let’s hope the ‘best driver’ wins. In which case, shouldn’t it then be Fernando Alonso? (Fernando Alonso – Formula 1’s Unluckiest Double World Champion?)

We’re loving the suspense and surprise of title fight this season and don’t mind it being taken forward to Abu Dhabi. After all, there’s finally some surprise in the sport other than Max Verstappen! Unless, of course, you’re Robbie Williams. (The FIA Bans ‘The Verstappen’)

While Abu Dhabi pays millions hoping to host a ‘title decider’, Brazil has done so 6 times in our recent memory. By the way, the 2012 edition of the race was also Mclaren and Jenson Button’s last win. What are the bets we could be repeating this statistic for Mclaren this time, next year? (Tim Cook Could Replace Ron Dennis At Mclaren?)

As we look forward to Interlagos, we share our vivid memories of a circuit that made Timo Glock world famous. We also remember a rare and unexpected robbery attempt on Jenson Button, Adrian Newey’s Red Bull Racing ‘tank’ that withstood a bang in 2012 and Schumi helping Baby Schumi to his 3rd world title.

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Will Nico Rosberg be able to race in Brazil without thinking of the Drivers’ Championship? He’s made the ‘race-by-race’ approach work, till date. We’re sure that mind games will be at their absolute best. And as tough as it will ever be, we try and settle this whole ‘Does Nico Rosberg deserve the Drivers’ Championship?’ debate. Let’s remember, by saying that someone was ‘lucky’ to win a Formula 1 Drivers’ Championship, that too in its longest season ever, might be belittling the title in itself! (Boring Formula 1 Races Might Be Good For Heineken’s Beer Sales)

As for Lewis Hamilton, we hope he’s learning lessons from Serena Williams on how to thwart a ‘match point’. Actually, who better than Williams to teach him.

Gravel traps, yes or no? Formula 1 has senseless penalties. It would be good to see some sensible ones applied too, especially for exceeding track limits. All sports have one. In fact, the one sport that doesn’t is World Wrestling Entertainment. (DRS Has Ruined Formula 1)

And how on earth did Sebastian Vettel go scot free after his expletive laden radio message in Mexico? It is one thing to not respect competitors, but it is another to not respect the Race Director. The least they should’ve done was strip him of his ‘Driver of the Day’ award. But the FIA isn’t in setting examples, so we shouldn’t be surprised. (The Truth About Overtaking)

Fernando Alonso has called the current Formula 1 as Formula 1/2 (or Formula 0.5)! This is probably better than being classified as GP2. If Ross Brawn is indeed interested in working on the long term plans for the sport, it should include a robust part that should have the best drivers on the grid race in Formula 1 cars and not Formula 0.5! (Fernando Alonso Endorses Raymond Suiting)

Finally, just when we thought that almost no one would be been interested in learning from Formula 1, an Olympic Champion has indicated how skiing should use Formula 1 qualifying system at their World Cups. This comes in a year when we almost ditched the only thing that’s working well in the sport.

Tune in!

(Season 2016, Episode 37)

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  • November 8, 2016 at 2:35 pm Jeff k

    I think only Hamilton fans are saying Nico isn’t worthy of the championship

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    • November 10, 2016 at 6:44 am Kunal Shah

      Hahaha. Indeed, yes. The thing is that there are just so many HAM fans out there that ROS’ impact seems minimal.

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