Do you remember the year that Sebastian Vettel won the title by the kind of landslide margin only Jeremy Corbyn wins by? Well there’s a danger that could happen this year if Lewis Hamilton keeps on racing the way he has been recently.
Perhaps we should find some way of deducting points to make it a closer title race? Take off points for bad hairstyles, appalling fashion sense at Wimbledon and not taking your cap off during a one minute silence. Then again the points deducted would be negated by those Nico Rosberg would lose for his singing.
Joking aside though, the Mercedes dominance is bad enough but to have one driver in that team way ahead of the other isn’t helping the sport a great deal. Lewis Hamilton leads the title race by 53 points from Nico Rosberg and unless the German can claw back some points over the next few races, there’s no hope of anything like a title race that will still be alive in the closing races of the season.
This weekend we’re in Singapore for one of the best races of the season. Racing at night adds an extra touch of spectacle to the race.
The first practice session provided some hope for Rosberg who admits that he has “nothing to lose” in the title race. The fear that we’d have a race where one Mercedes won and the other failed to finish the race came true at Monza. Sadly in terms of the wish for a close title race it wasn’t Hamilton who retired.
Rosberg finished ahead of Hamilton in the first practice session. He has more worries to contend with though because if his engine has further problems this season and another is needed, that’ll mean a grid penalty.
Away from the Mercedes battle, Red Bull had another good practice session with Ricciardo in third, ahead of the two Ferrari’s.
McLaren fans actually had some reason to be pleased as Alonso finished 11th in the first practice with Button four places behind. This track won’t highlight the problems their engine has when having to deal with long straights.
The good news for Red Bull supporters continued in the second practice session. Dannii Kvyat finished fastest ahead of Raikkonen in second with Ricciardo third. The tight and twisty nature of this track suits Red Bull and so far it’s all going well for them. Lewis Hamilton could only finish fourth fastest with Nico Rosberg back in seventh. It’d be a major surprise if that continued to be the case on Saturday and Sunday.
Some things don’t happen that often like Southampton winning the FA Cup or Jeremy Clarkson going a week without being in the papers. Well hold the back pages because McLaren actually managed a top ten finish with Alonso finishing 8th fastest. Button was back in 14th but at least McLaren can have a slightly better Friday night sleep.
It all promises for a weekend that might see some better competition between Mercedes, Red Bull and Ferrari. That’s what the sport needs at the moment, perhaps Bernie could introduce triple points for this race?