Sports fans love an underdog story. A tale where the most unlikely heros emerge and write headlines which will never be forgotten. Leicester City have managed to make these headlines, becoming Barclays Premier League Champions despite narrowly avoiding relegation from the division just 12 months ago. A phenomenal sporting achievement and one which will unquestionably go down as one of the greatest tales of underdog glory.
F1 has had plenty of it’s own unlikely victors over the years. Here are the top five F1 underdog success stories since the Premier League’s inception in 1992.
Twitter has emerged as one of the world’s busiest social media platforms and today, it celebrates it’s tenth birthday. F1 drivers, journalists and fans alike often take to the site to share their views of the sport, often with hilarious results. Here are 10 of the very best F1 related tweets.
300 races, 19 seasons and 35 race victories amassed by talents such as Rene Arnoux, Alain Prost and Fernando Alonso, amounting to two drivers titles both claimed by the latter. Renault is a works team with an illustrious history and with us F1 fans being a nostalgic bunch, their return to the grid in 2016 is significant.
Now back at the Enstone base where they enjoyed title success in 2005 and 2006, the French marque will hope that they can rekindle that achievement over a stint in the sport which will span until 2024 at least.
Following a tortuous 2014 driving an E22 which was notoriously unpredictable, both Romain Grosjean and Pastor Maldonado were hopeful that 2015 would see Enstone return to the upper echelon of the field. While the successor to last season’s twin-tusked machine is a marked improvement, the E23 is yet to show any of the race winning credentials that were possessed by the Lotus’ that propelled Kimi Raikkonen to his 19th and 20th career wins. This fact, combined with a heap of misfortune and occasional driver errors means that Lotus have a right to feel a touch disappointed with their points tally at the halfway mark.
After the first two rounds of the season, Sebastian Vettel’s victory in Malaysia has been the leading headline, as an unexpected challenger to Mercedes superiority has emerged. However, one of the most curious aspects of the fledgling season has been the stuttering start for Lotus. The E23 has promised so much, with a shiny new Mercedes powertrain providing some relief following last year’s dire performance, yet the team are yet to convert this new ingredient into a top ten finish – disconcertingly, a la 2014.
Just as it seemed that McLaren’s 2015 preparation had turned in fortunes, the MGU-K gremlins returned again today, with Jenson Button managing just 24 laps. While the Woking team faced another un-productive outing, day three yielded five centurions – a record for this pre-season so far – with Max Verstappen’s haul of 129 setting the benchmark for the day, while the W06 surpassed the 800 lap mark and with five days of testing to spare.
Pre-season testing made its return today and the opening day of the first Barcelona test was certainly not void of incident. Pastor Maldonado strapped a set of soft tyres to the E23, to finish the day at the head of the timesheet, however, Mercedes’ day was uncharacteristically unproductive, as their programme was dramatically altered when Lewis Hamilton brought a halt to his day after just 11 laps – the Brit, struggling with a fever. Elsewhere, Felipe Nasr and Susie Wolff met on track for the very first time and their first encounter will not be forgotten in a hurry.