Race Analysis

Ricciardo vs Hamilton and the fine margins of motorsport

In Spain, Mercedes’ mistake afforded Red Bull the opportunity to snatch victory. Just two weeks later it was Red Bull who, having dominated the weekend, made a costly error to allow Lewis Hamilton the opportunity to take his 44th race win.

Such is the speed at which fortunes can change in motorsport, pole sitter Daniel Ricciardo saw his maiden win at the Principality slip away, when a miscommunication between pit wall and garage saw him arrive in his pit-box, while his mechanics were still fumbling over which compound of slick tyres to fit.

Elation on Saturday became heartbreak on Sunday for the Aussie.

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2016 Spanish Grand Prix: Race Analysis

Grand Prix win in just 18 years and 228 days

Occasionally, sport will provide a storyline which defies belief. Max Verstappen has completed the impossible, writing his own fairytale by winning his first Grand Prix at the tender age of 18. He has not only broken Sebastian Vettel’s record as the youngest ever race winner, but managed it in his first race with Red Bull. There is not a superlative to do justice to the scale of the achievement.

It was, however, made possible by the latest drama in the Mercedes camp. Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg collided on lap one, with both ending the race in the gravel trap at turn four, following decidedly aggressive maneuvers.

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2016 Bahrain Grand Prix: Race Analysis

Rosberg capitalises on first lap chaos

With his fifth consecutive victory and second of the 2016 campaign, Nico Rosberg’s rich vein of form continued in Bahrain. Despite losing out to teammate and chief rival Lewis Hamilton on Saturday afternoon, Nico dominated Sunday’s race after the Briton was heavily compromised by another poor start, followed by contact with Valtteri Bottas at the turn one pressure point. Recovering to finish third, Mercedes’ inter-team battle currently sees Rosberg a substantial 17 points ahead having recorded the maximum so far.

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2016 Australian Grand Prix Analysis

Rosberg capitalises on Ferrari’s strategic mistake

The 2016 F1 season is underway and some things never change. Mercedes achieved their second consecutive Australian Grand Prix one-two finish, while Sebastian Vettel occupied the final step of the podium for Ferrari. However, read only the final result at your peril, as this year’s season opener was a thriller. With Ferrari matching their pre-season performance and challenging Mercedes down to the wire, it is game on in 2016.

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2015 Mexican Grand Prix: Race Analysis

Rosberg Returns To The Winner’s Enclosure

A lot has changed since the Austrian Grand Prix. Red Bull and Renault have filed their divorce papers, Sebastian Vettel has notched victories number two and three for the Scuderia and crucially, Lewis Hamilton has sealed his third World Drivers Championship title. Meanwhile, Nico Rosberg had failed to record his fourth race win of what has been a difficiult campaign. The breakthrough for the German came in Mexico City, as the re-profiled Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez played host to its first Grand Prix since 1992, with Rosberg claiming the spoils ahead of teammate Hamilton.

Their dice usually dominates the headlines, particularly after such a tense duel, yet Sunday was deservedly dominated by the Mexican fans who collectively staked their claim to the accolade of crowd of the season.

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2015 US Grand Prix: Race Analysis

A Classic Culminating In A Coronation

In a race which depicted Lewis Hamilton’s career of high’s and low’s, the Briton sealed a historic third world championship title in fine style, with a victory against the odds at COTA. Capitalizing on an unforced error by race leader Nico Rosberg, Hamilton led home a Mercedes one-two, while Sebastian Vettel recovered well from his midfield start to finish a close third. The latter looked to be in a prime position to snatch an unlikely victory at one point, as Safety Car’s prompted a race defined by strategic ebb and flow, with numerous momentum swings and lead changes.

A COTA classic – a spectacle worthy of being 2015’s match point in the battle to be champion of the world.

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2015 Italian Grand Prix: Race Analysis

Hamilton’s Win Survives Stewards Inquiry

The drama at last weekend’s Italian Grand Prix continued well past the chequered flag. Lewis Hamilton was imperious on the day, building a substantial lead to Sebastian Vettel, who had no answer to the pace of the championship leader – contrary to Saturday afternoon predictions – as the Scuderia flattered to deceive at home. It was only when Hamilton’s Mercedes team realised that a post-race time penalty for starting the race with illegal tyre pressures could spoil their day that the Briton was informed that Hammer Time was necessary. Albeit, following an anxious two hour wait, Hamilton’s win was upheld.

And what a win it could prove to be in the context of the 2015 campaign.

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