Will The FIA Ban The Shoey?
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Nico Rosberg is lucky that Mercedes built him a tank that went through the 2016 Malaysian Grand Prix undamaged. Rosberg was lucky on multiple other counts too, including that he had a clean getaway (the Mercedes cars canâ€™t take that for granted anymore) and the two VSC periods that helped him climb back up the order.
Daniel Ricciardo had a great result to win the race. Will drivers not want to be on the podium with Ricciardo though, given his love for the â€˜shoeyâ€™ (gross!)? Mark Webber was smart, he threw away Ricciardoâ€™s shoe â€“ the other podium victims need to learn from him. Given how much the FIA loves clamping down on everything thatâ€™s fun in F1, maybe they will ban the shoey on the podium too? A BIG thank you to Red Bull Racing for allowing Ricciardo and Verstappen to race fair and square. Ricciardo managed to do what not a lot of drivers have done this season â€“ he kept Verstappen behind on-track (he claims to have learnt this from Verstappen himself!)
Lewis Hamilton made the race interesting â€“ not sure if it was thanks to his engine failure, post-race comments (or both!). Hamilton believes that â€˜something or someone doesnâ€™t want him to win this yearâ€™ â€“ and heâ€™s right. We tell you who this person in the Mercedes garage is, who has been mercilessly trying to keep Hamilton from winning.
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Nico Rosbergâ€™s penalty was strange. It seems that the FIA does not want drivers to overtake on track at all! Rosberg has notched up so many penalties this season that heâ€™s halfway to a race ban. Clearly, ‘someone or something’ is conspiring against him to get him so many penalties!
Hamiltonâ€™s bad luck was Mercedesâ€™ bad luck â€“ they lost their second attempt at equaling the record for the most consecutive wins in Formula 1. Speaking of records, Jenson Button notched up 300 Grand Prix starts â€“ and McLaren celebrated this by turning their paddock into an English pub (luckily no shoeys on offer there).
Ferrariâ€™s race was like how their whole season has been â€“ all talk. Surprisingly, Raikkonen is outperforming Vettel. Perhaps Vettel go the Alonso way if Ferrari are unable to deliver a winning package in 2017! Is McLaren now part of the midfield teams with Williams and Force India? If so, theyâ€™re still at the bottom of that mid field.
BMW recently announced their motorsport program and it doesnâ€™t feature F1, but does include Formula E and the WEC. We guess theyâ€™ve been listening to Fernando Alonsoâ€™s criticism of the sport and decided to stay out!
Hereâ€™s the big question: Can Hamilton still win the World Drivers’ Championship? Of course! 5 races, 125 points to go. Let’s hope a clutch, an engine or swapping of teams doesn’t decide this year’s champion.
Suzuka is up this weekend, and it promises to be a real cracker. Will it be a Mercedes 1-2 again, or can Red Bull Racing challenge them?
(Season 2016, Episode 32)