Will Mercedes be challenged in Singapore? Or is this yet another Ferrari-inspired pre-race PR hype? Singapore has been tagged as Red Bull Racing’s track, and boy are we excited! Will we get to see some Max Verstappen vs Daniel Ricciardo action, and will Red Bull Racing let it be a fair fight?
To keep his championship hopes alive, Nico Rosberg must fight against all odds in Singapore. However, he's not been on the podium here since eight years. But at the same time, he had his ‘first-ever’ wins in Spa and Monza in the last fortnight. Can he keep up that trend?
In a way, Rosberg is fighting not only Lewis Hamilton, but an entire mentality in the paddock (and the million fans) who believe that Hamilton is meant to be World Champion.
Meanwhile, Max Verstappen and Niki Lauda had a public face-off. It was a good reminder that Verstappen is still a teenager, by his typical teenage back answering. Given the lacking bromance between Lauda and Verstappen, we are glad that Verstappen didn’t sign with Mercedes. But for how long can they remain apart?
We have also seen the new owners of Formula 1, who have said that they will evolve the business model of F1 to generate more revenue. We think they should also fix the regulations that don't allow us too much competition these days. They've picked up the profitable business of Formula 1, but will they be able to make the eco-system of Formula 1 stable and profitable too?
Also, will the American owners be at their toughest best when negotiating with the Russian Grand Prix organisers? Official Live Streaming (rather than just Official Live Timing) is the next big introduction that Formula 1 should make. Just for your information, MotoGP has had theirs since almost a decade.
Speaking of the spirit of competition, did Mercedes actually help Ferrari improve? And if so, Ferrari were foolish to not seek help from Red Bull Racing too. Luckily they weren’t so foolish so as to seek help from Mclaren.
Finally, it certainly looks like a season of retirements – Felipe Massa, possibly Jenson Button and now Bernie Ecclestone too? Or will Ecclestone’s be a sabbatical? One thing’s for sure though, we aren’t retiring any time soon.
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First Published On : Sep 14, 2016 15:29 IST