In the end, Fernando Alonso’s decision to leave Formula 1 at the end of 2018 wasn’t really a news bombshell – for that, it would have to have been unexpected.
Sometimes it is possible to overlook the value of the status quo. As much as Formula 1 has recently increased the exposure and output of its second-tier Formula 2, there is still work to be done.
This was most poignantly evidenced during the team principals press conference at the Hungarian Grand Prix, where Toto Wolff was presented with a question – should F1 double-up with other international series in one-off weekends at certain circuits?
Not for the first time in his Formula 1 career, Romain Grosjean is a man under pressure after a tumultuous 2018 season so far.
2018 British Grand Prix analysis
Scorching temperatures were matched by red-hot track action at Silverstone, as the 2018 British Grand Prix delivered the race in which the 2018 title fight was truly ignited.
Sure, this was round 10 of the season and chief title protagonists Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel had already exchanged top spot in the drivers’ championship on three occasions in 2018.
However, the billed ‘Fight for Five’ – in which four-time champions Vettel and Hamilton would fight each other in a duel to secure a fifth crown – had somewhat been lost in other storylines. Valtteri Bottas has starred, only to be hampered by misfortune. Red Bull has won three races with it’s strongest package since 2013.
These distractions dissolved at Silverstone, replaced by what felt like the first gloves off duel between Vettel and Hamilton. It highlighted and potentially foreshadowed some of the themes that will define the outcome of the championship.
Winning the Le Mans 24 Hours on his first attempt, two-time Formula 1 world champion Fernando Alonso has taken a big step towards becoming “best racing driver in the world.”
2018 Monaco Grand Prix Analysis
When watching Formula 1 races, I steer clear of Twitter. It’s for the same reason as for why it’s best to avoid reviews of a film before watching it for the first time – it’s better not to have someone else’s opinion impeding on your own impressions.
My first reaction when the chequered flag fell on Sunday afternoon – ‘what a brilliant race.’ Safe to say, it was rather surprising to see that the Twitter machine had fired into a frenzy to the contrary, with fans lamenting what they believed to have been a boring race.
Even Fernando Alonso powerfully described it as “the most boring F1 race ever.”
While the top six may have finished in the same positions that they started and overtaking was at a premium, the 2018 Monaco Grand Prix was far better than the critics would lead you to believe.
Haas Formula 1 development driver Santino Ferrucci will make his IndyCar debut this weekend, substituting as part of the driver reshuffle at Dale Coyne Racing for the double-header at Detroit.
His development programme with Haas and current Formula 2 commitments with Trident mean that he remains on a path to F1. However, in an era in which seats at the pinnacle are as hotly contested as ever, getting a foot in the door at an IndyCar team could be hugely valuable.