That illustrious comment given to Daniel Ricciardo signaled a climax we all hoped the final race of the season would evolve into.
Yeah, yeah; I bet you saw that headline coming, but 14th to 3rd in 16 laps while every boat is crashing out and circling the bottom of the lake is nothing to ignore. Give the kid some Adrian Newey downforce and even an overly-mascara’d Johnny Depp would have no chance.
A damp start for Lewis Hamilton saw a bodged clutch release and a championship battle definitively shift toward the points leader, Nico Rosberg. Lewis Hamilton dropped down to 8th before regaining pace with the pack.
It all looked straightforward going into the weekend, then Qualifying, and then the race. Mercedes would have their cake and Petronas-sponsored Malaysian champaign, close out the 2016 WCC, and leave Red Bull and Ferrari in the dust; or would they?
You know that time you tried really hard at something, and then the person you expected to win did anyways; yeah well so does Daniel Ricciardo.
The 2016 Italian Grand Prix was far from the most exciting race of the year, but it did prove important in the world championship battle.
A Nico Rosberg pole and race victory were almost expected after Lewis Hamilton’s engineers replaced his engine twice, incurring the Brit a 55 place grid penalty. However, Rosberg should be more fortunate to not have been caught up in the carnage that followed his Mercedes.
Yesterday’s qualifying saw Nico Rosberg pip Lewis Hamilton’s identical Mercedes for pole position in lead to the German driver’s home race. Meanwhile, Red Bull had firmly secured 3rd and 4th on the grid, showing their recent dominance over Ferrari.
The 2016 Hungarian Grand Prix didn’t offer the show that the 2015 episode brought, but like an average Game of Thrones binge, today’s race was an important set up future battles between teammates.
A soggy Silverstone hosted what we’d hope would be another exciting race under drying conditions; the crowd was poised for the potential perilous pirouettes of even their British pole-sitter.
With Hamilton having ended Q3 early after hitting the wall, Nico Rosberg was left unchallenged into Sunday morning; the closest, a surprising Sergio Perez, was struck with a grid penalty after qualifying P2 and would start back in seventh.
During Saturday’s qualifying, Ferrari came the closest to the silver arrows so far in the 2016 season, just over a tenth of a second shy of pole, and with Red Bull sporting the TJI Renault engine, Mercedes had a right to be worried.
The 2016 Monaco Grand Prix was a race lost, not won. Red Bull, despite all the hype though the Spanish Grand Prix and leading up to the 78-lap race around Monaco, made their own bed trying to contain the superior chassis.
After lap two of the race, the Spanish Grand Prix became like chess with cars. The two main players, Red Bull and Ferrari, split their strategies and gave the fans a race for the centuries.
A sole silver arrow was ready to fire way from the grid when the LED fire went out. Nico Rosberg’s only threat was himself. Valtteri Bottas lined up alongside the German as Lewis Hamilton could not put in a Q3 lap due to power unit issues and Sebastian Vettel took a 5-place grid penalty for a gearbox change.
Heavy lap 1 collateral damage saw several key competitors’ race compromised, but strangely the Chinese Grand Prix was the sixth race in history without any retirements.
After snatching pole from Nico by .077 seconds on Saturday’s qualifying session, that looks doomed from returning to a version the fans actually want, Lewis lined up on pole with both Ferraris on the second row, a sole Red Bull of Daniel Ricciardo in P5, and two Mercedes-powered Williams poised for attack just behind.
The 2016 Formula 1 season opener at Albert Park in Melbourne seized its opportunity to rattle everyone’s hearts, choosing misfortune for some drivers and leaving others lucky to walk away unscathed.
An end to a season, an end to a championship, and end to a story; the dominance of Mercedes will live on in history, but the battle between Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton with a lurking Ferrari gaining pace for 2016 is just beginning.
Formula 1 doesn’t have the highest appreciation in the US. The scandalous race at Indianapolis rightfully felt like a scam to the crowd and ruined the sport’s image. This weekend could have been just as bad: very few laps in the one practice session, a pole position shootout with no final showdown and fans getting…