With the 2019 Formula 1 season taking a midseason break after an entertaining start, it promises to be an even better second half to the season. Mercedes’ driver, Lewis Hamilton still leads the way and looks certain to win and reclaim the Championship.This is what we have witnessed thus far:
Lewis Hamilton is still top of his game
Maybe it sounds too early or but once again, Lewis Hamilton has had a terrific start to this season in the formula 1 campaign thus far. He leads the scoring charts with 250 points; 62 clear of teammate Valetteri Bottas who lies in second with 188.
The Mercedes’ driver has been fantastic in all departments and it looks like he is running away with the Championship yet again. Not only is he running away but no one is really putting up a fight with the defending champion. It would have been good to gauge any driver giving him the challenge because that’s where we get to see him strive and his experience. Hamilton has only managed to not win 4 races – with teammate Bottas and Red Bull Max Verstappen winning two apiece. In other races he certainly cruised to victory without any fuss. He is such a brilliant driver – a bit of arrogance in which some people may say but that’s the quality about him.
Le Clerc’s performances have been inconsistent
Having replaced former Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen , all eyes were on Charles le Clerc to gauge whether how will the young driver cope with the pressure of driving for Ferrari. It’s a good signing by Ferrari, as the young driver will give stiff competition to teammate Sebastian Vettel and improve team Ferrari but that is not the case. Oh rather, It started off on a good note when Charles le Clerc challenged teammate Sebastian Vettel and the Mercedes pair of Hamilton and Bottas at the top.
There were even comments that le Clerc should be the no.1 driver but the hype has quickly faded. The inexperience has really caught out with him and now he has just been inconsistent with reckless mistakes from him. He certainly has a long way to go but he being voted the best driver more than two occasions clearly raises volumes of what a talent and driver team Ferrari has in their disposal.
Verstappen is stepping up and increasing the pressure at the top
Austrialian and Austin Martin Red Bull driver Max Verstappen is one driver that will be a F1 racing Champion soon. It’s clearly inevitable! Verstappen has showed signs of maturity and racing intelligence.
The young driver has been unlucky in some races but he’s been brilliant to watch. The rapport he has with his team and also being the number one driver has clearly given him extra motivation and confidence. With 181 points in the bag and in third position, it’s been a great season thus far. He has the capabilities to cause an upset but Hamilton loves a challenge and I’m sure will wait and see how it pens out. Winning two races is not because there is Lewis Hamilton – “which is a bit tough.”
Team Mercedes looking stronger again!
With 438 points currently, Mercedes once again look stronger and unstoppable. We all know that Ferrari has the better and faster car than their rival Mercedes, but actually it looks the other way around. Team Principle, Tito Woolf will be delighted with his team behind the scenes as they will look to continue from where they have left off and win the Construction Championship for the sixth time in a row.
With Ferrari currently on 288 points lying second, i don’t see them not really giving a shift or a scare to their rivals.
Riccardo’s start at Renault is not what he had hoped for
As a driver or in sport rather, you need luck. In Daniel Riccardo’s case, he certainly hasn’t gotten luck. The former Red Bull driver needed a new challenge somewhere else and that has somewhat backfired on him. It might be his first season driving the Renault car but Riccardo must be regretting his decision leaving Red Bull because he hasn’t finished half of his 11 races – with mostly being technical issues with his car. Talking about luck, for Riccardo now that the break is finally over , he will hope for a better second half of the season to show that he can still be regarded as a top quality driver and hope his car performs.
Gasly is replaced by Albon
Talking about luck, that could be said about former Red Bull driver Pierre Gasly. The latter has been dropped for the remainder of the season going to Toro Rosso and he is replaced by Alex Albon. Gasly has had it tough with the Red Bull and keeping pace with former partner Verstappen. With only 63 points accumulated, Red Bull didn’t waste time and replaced him with young driver Albon. They see it fit that he should be replaced now.
Mercedes might drop Bottas for next season
It’s not a secret that Valeterri Bottas is a good driver but a poor run of form has clearly dampened his chances of being right up there with teammate Hamilton. Started so brightly but the last few races, he’s been awful. He has dropped quite significantly and there are already rumours that he will be boot out and replaced by a young driver. Not that team principle Tito Woolf has mentioned anything in the media leading him to leaving but with rumours already circulating in favour of Bottas leaving, his departure inevitably draws closer.
He has the chance to make things right as the break came in the right time to recharge his batteries and fight again if he wants to remain in Mercedes.
Formula 1 returns this weekend at Johnnie Walker Belgian Grand Prix in Spa. Will Hamilton continue from where he left off or will either Bottas or Verstappen stop Hamilton? Will just have to wait and see.