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In a season of often inexplicable twists and turns, this one in Hungary was instead an case of history repeating. Appropriately for 2018, the lightening hitting the precise same spots as in Germany a week ago was in itself highly uncanny.
The German Grand Prix weekend at Hockenheim was but the latest reminder of the mantras’ efficacy. And the sternest one. Sebastian Vettel took a crushing pole position in his Ferrari – Mercedes spoke of the Italian car having a half second advantage on the straights alone. And moreover Vettel’s title foe Lewis Hamilton started 14th after a qualifying hydraulics failure on his Mercedes.
The British Grand Prix was about coming to a realisation. Martin Brundle called it in Friday practice – that in 2018 we have to get used to the idea that Ferrari will be quick everywhere. And if this one was the red car’s ultimate test then it passed it triumphantly.
And in France at the Paul Ricard circuit – F1’s first visit to the country since 2008 and the first to this circuit since 1990 – this continued. Hamilton and Mercedes zigged while Vettel and Ferrari zagged.
Two years ago Daniel Ricciardo dominated the Monaco weekend, but lost the win due to Red Bull botching a pitstop. This time he dominated if anything to a greater extent – topping every single practice and qualifying session.
There are two things we associate chiefly with Spanish Grands Prix at the Barcelona track. One is dull races with little overtaking. The other is a strong steer of the competitive pecking order among the competing cars.
Baku eventually did its worst. A Lewis Hamilton victory really shouldn’t seem incongruous – even with Mercedes incongruously going three rounds without a win – but that it did says a lot about this latest Azerbaijan Grand Prix.
To think that just over two weeks ago after Melbourne’s season-opening qualifying session we were bracing ourselves for a year of Mercedes domination. Somehow Ferrari, and Sebastian Vettel, has won the campaign’s opening two rounds. The first time the Scuderia has done so since its pomp of 2004.
For all that much is new in contemporary F1, the pecking order in the season-opening Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne’s Albert Park looked terribly familiar. The grand reveal of the first qualifying session confirmed the efficacy of the pre-season testing grapevine.
The start of the F1 season draws near and we are more than excited to see how this years changes effect the standings. This season we welcome a number of young drivers with Charles Leclerc joining the Sauber F1 Team replacing Pascal Wehrlein, Sergey Sirotkin…
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