Talking Points from the 2018 German Grand Prix

Housekeeping
As part of Formula One’s first ever tripleheader, I planned to do three posts similar to this; discussing the talking points from the Grand Prix weekends before producing a team by team review. The first of those was published and shared around while the latter two took more time as I balanced a couple of job applications. The posts on Austria and Britain were published and are available on the links.

The team by team review post was held back and became quite an overwhelming task. Unfortunately, that had to be shelved however my ratings of both the teams and drivers will be made available in a link in my next Review Post. With F1 having a doubleheader before the big summer break (Germany and Hungary), I aim to do the same format as I did for those three races and this time follow through with the team by team review post.

So without further ado, let's get into my discussion of the German Grand Prix.
Sebastian Vettel celebrates pole position at Hockenheim. [Image from formula1.com].

The German Grand Prix was probably always going to throw up some entertaining racing with Daniel Ricciardo set to start at the back of the grid after taking a number of grid place penalties for engine component changes. That was added to even further when Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes came to a halt in Q1. He would start 14th while the home favourite and Championship leader, Sebastian Vettel claimed a record-breaking pole position.

Vettel led away from the start and seemed to be in control of the race. [Image from jamesalisononf1.com].

From the start, Vettel was in control of the race as he led from Valtteri Bottas, Kimi Raikkonen and Max Verstappen. Meanwhile, Hamilton began his charge through the field and had made 10 positions to 5th by lap 14. Ricciardo’s charge took a bit longer having started 19th on the grid but came to a premature end when his Red Bull pulled up on lap 27 running in 6th with an engine issue. read more

Talking Points from the 2018 British Grand Prix

It was the final part of Formula One’s first ever triple header and after all the energy put into travelling approximately 2,500km to drive these races, the action and adrenaline did not let off as the British Grand Prix did not disappoint.

Lewis Hamilton celebrates pole position at Silverstone. [Image from RaceFans.net].

Lewis Hamilton qualified on pole after a sensational effort in Q3 but that was undone at the start as wheelspin meant Sebastian Vettel and Hamilton’s teammate, Valtteri Bottas stole a march on him at turn 1. Vettel led away as Sergio Perez was forced wide and across the circuit in front of the Williams coming from the pitlane start. At turn three, the other Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen locked up into Hamilton, spinning his Mercedes. It was a chaotic but nightmare start for the Mercedes man. read more

Talking Points from the 2018 Austrian Grand Prix

We are now two-thirds of the way through Formula One’s first ever tripleheader after last weekends Eyetime Grosser Preus Con Osterreich; The Austrian Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring.

It was three abreast at the start in Austria. [Image from Daily Express].

What a race we saw! After taking pole position for the second time in Austria, Valtteri Bottas found himself down to 4th after turn 1 after a lightning start from the Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen made it three abreast at turn 1. Bottas was forced wide and Lewis Hamilton on the inside took the lead. Bottas came back at Raikkonen and the Red Bull of Max Verstappen to pass them both into turn 4 in a really impressive move. read more