With all the cards laid on the table, the 2017 F1 season comes to a close. While Lewis Hamilton walks away as a four-time champion, today’s race didn’t go quite his way. The season finale served as a convincing platform to the season-long narrative.
This is it: the final race weekend of the 2017 F1 season. Lewis Hamilton sits atop his throne as a four-time champion — the most successful British driver in F1 history. The Briton wrapped up the battle against Sebastian Vettel in Mexico last month.
The penultimate race of the season had many stories waiting to be told. How would Felipe Massa perform in his final race in Brazil? How far up the field could Hamilton and Ricciardo get? Could Bottas hold off Vettel?
The midfield battle continues to rage on in Formula One, with teams vying for the best position in the Constructors’ Championship — millions of Euros are at stake. With 333 points to his name, Lewis Hamilton is this year’s World Champion but there’s still plenty left to play for in the 2017 season. Valtteri Bottas is only 15 points behind Sebastian Vettel in the Drivers’ Championship as they jostle for the runner-up spot.
Williams Martini Racing confirms Felipe Massa will leave the team — and F1 — at the end of the 2017 season. Longtime viewers and fans of the Brazilian driver will know this isn’t the first time he’s retired from F1.
With Lewis Hamilton only needing to finish 5th or higher in the race to clinch the championship, the stage was set for possibly the finale of this year’s title fight. This year’s battle has been one of the most exciting we’ve seen. Two different drivers of two different nationalities in two different teams. Head to head.
This weekend’s Grand Prix is a critical one for both Mercedes and Ferrari. Should Lewis Hamilton finish in the top 5 for tomorrow’s race, he secures his fourth drivers’ title. Luckily, today’s qualifying has shaken the formula (no pun intended) quite a bit.
This year’s United States Grand Prix was a spectacle, and rightfully so because it had it all. Nearing season’s end, it was make or break for Ferrari and Sebastian Vettel delivered when it counted, keeping his title hopes alive and well.
The Japanese Grand Prix, whether it’s at Fuji or Suzuka, always seems to throw up some drama. The stage was set for a terrific race today. The championship leader Lewis Hamilton started on pole for the first time in Suzuka, setting a new lap record yesterday in Qualifying. Beside him, Sebastian Vettel — ready to fight back and grab an all-important victory. Over thirty points adrift, the German needed a strong race to get back into the title fight.
As proven time and again, the 2017 F1 season’s narrative is unpredictable. Following yesterday’s qualifying, today’s Malaysia Grand Prix went out in style — a fitting end to the final Grand Prix in the country for the foreseeable future.
After 19 years of racing, this is the last time we’ll come to Malaysia for a Grand Prix. We’ve seen some ups and downs, some great races and some controversy. After today’s qualifying session it’s shaping up to be an interesting last hurrah, a final F1 flourish in the sweltering Sepang heat.
Daniil Kvyat has to be one of the luckiest sub-par drivers in Formula One. The sport is notorious for its quick driver turn around. Perform well quickly or find yourself without a drive and looking for other categories to race in. But Kvyat is still here.
When we look at greatness and success in sport, we often make comparisons. In F1, this usually consists of comparing a currently successful driver to one of past success. Lewis Hamilton and Ayrton Senna are two that come to mind.
The excitement began before the lights even went out. The heavens opened and the rain came down right before the race began. We’ve been wondering about it for 10 years and it finally happened — the first ever wet Singapore Grand Prix.
Qualifying for tomorrow’s Singapore Grand Prix promised to shake things up a bit and it didn’t disappoint. The narrative of Mercedes’ dominance takes a backseat to their closest competitors: Ferrari and Red Bull. This comes as a bit of a surprise following the results of the Italian Grand Prix two weeks ago.
If you were watching the Italian Grand Prix last weekend, you’ll probably have noticed that almost no-one started the race where they qualified. Nine of the 20 drivers earned grid place penalties, resulting in a rather shaken-up grid.
Following yesterday’s qualifying giving us a grid order no one expected, today’s Italian Grand Prix fell short of the mark. Mercedes continues to write 2017’s narrative but not without Ferrari taking home a well-deserved podium on its home turf.
The home of fries, bricks, chocolate and tennis players played host to arguably its greatest export — motor racing. As is the norm at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, the race threw up lots of action.