Talking Points from the 2018 French Grand Prix

As Formula One embarks on its first ever triple header with three Grand Prix in as many weekends, I thought I would do something different in my F1 posts. Normally, I try to cram in the talking points into the same review post. However, realising how much longer it makes those posts I thought I would attempt to break them down. I will do a post on this the talking points from the second and third leg of the triple-header before the review of the driver's performances including ratings.

The first though is the talking points around the French Grand Prix which saw its return to F1 for the first time in ten years.

The race saw a chaotic start with Sebastian Vettel making contact with Valtteri Bottas at turn 1 which dropped them down to the back of the field. Turn three then saw two French drivers, Esteban Ocon and Pierre Gasly coming together as both their races came to an end. The Safety car inevitably made its appearance.

Racing resumed on lap 6 and the action was there again as Vettel was involved with Fernando Alonso at turn three who went for a spin. Several drivers were out of position after the opening lap and was shown as Raikkonen and Ricciardo soon made positions on Magnussen and Sainz respectively in the following five laps. Sebastian Vettel meanwhile was on a charge as he was back into the points paying positions after only 6 laps of racing and was into 5th by lap the end of lap 20. However, he soon appeared to e a sitting duck as Ricciardo and Raikkonen came back at him after they made their pit stops. read more

Vettel takes the Championship lead and his place in the 50 win club: 2018 Canadian Grand Prix Review

After Red Bull domination in the streets of the principality, the Canadian Grand Prix at the Gilles Villeneuve Circuit in Canada looked set to be showcasing more of the same as Max Verstappen went fastest in all three practice sessions. However, that narrative was disrupted by Sebastian Vettel in Qualifying who went on to take pole position.

Vettel dominated off the line in the race but that was nullified after five turns as Lance Stroll and Brendon Hartley came together bringing out the safety car in the process. The Ferrari man managed that well and easily pulled away when racing restarted on lap 5 and had a 2.6 second lead after just lap 10. He was in cruise control. read more

2018 World Cup Russia Preview

Football could have been coming home this summer but it was not to be. Instead, when Russia hosts Saudi Arabia, they will kick start the 2018 World Cup. 736 players representing 32 nations from five continental football federations will be competing on this, the biggest stage in football and after a mammoth month of football (64 games between 14th June and 15th July), 23 players will have played their part I crowning their national side, World Champions!

The geographical spread of the host cities in Russia. [Image from Sky Sports].

With this being Russia’s first hosting of a major international football tournament, a number of new stadiums were built. With Russia spanning 17.1 million square km and two continents, it is mostly concentrated in European Russia (West of the Ural mountains) with the exception of Ekaterinburg that will see football. From St. Petersburg in the north to Sochi in the south on the Caspian Sea, from Yaketerinburg in the east to Kaliningrad in the west, the world cup spans a diameter of 7.1 million square miles. The tournament spans four different time zones and has 12 stadiums being used from 11 cities with the capital, Moscow the only city to be using two stadiums. read more

Daniel Ricciardo gets his redemption in the Principtality: 2018 Monaco Grand Prix Review

After the opening lap drama and Lewis Hamilton’s dominant performance, Formula One moved from Spain to the Mediterranean coast and the principality of Monaco for the most prestigious race of the year; The Monaco Grand Prix!

In brief: News coming into Monaco

• The first in-season test was conducted after the race in Spain. Max Verstappen set the pace on the first day while Valtteri Bottas set a new track record of 1:16.904 on the second day. McLaren reserve driver Lando Norris had a very good performance as he ended the second day third on the timesheet. read more