The last few weeks in the Formula 1 world have been exciting, intense and most definitely eventful. We love everything car related here at MotorQuoteDirect, so it is time for another update on the F1. One of the team even went to the British Grand Prix so we have some exclusive pictures to share with you too!
The last Grand Prix was held in Hungry and it did not disappoint. Lewis Hamilton was left struggling during qualifying yet again, and it is now 6 races in a row he has not managed to grasp pole position for race day. During the Canadian, Austrian and British Grand Prix he was at fault however, at the German Grand Prix he experienced brake failure and once again his Mercedes betrayed him in Hungry. It caught fire in Q1 and the cause is believed to be a fuel leak; the fourth time this season that he hasn’t been able to rely on his car.
Hamilton has proven time and time again that he is the fastest driver and has the best car, and as a result only has one real competitor for the World Championship title and that is his team mate Nico Rosberg. Rosberg has been luckier on the track than Hamilton but he has had one major setback himself: he did not complete the British Grand Prix meaning that his 27 point lead was diminished, but he is now back with a 14 point lead.
However, this does not mean that Hamilton isn’t giving the title a fighting shot. Two weeks in a row he has started from the pit lane and still made it onto the podium although his statement after qualifying in Hungry was less than positive: (“We’ll have to replace the engine and gearbox”) which led to the team receiving a penalty. He continued to say, “I can’t go any further back. There’s a lot going through my mind, but I just have to try to turn it into positives. I think it’s getting to the point beyond bad luck.”
There are some fans that believe there is a bias towards Rosberg at Mercedes, however after the performance in Q1 Mercedes’ motorsport chief, Toto Wolff, said, “It’s clear that Lewis has a lot of hard-core fans who are not into the smallest detail and it looks from the outside as if one driver has most of the luck and the other driver is having reliability issues. The only thing we can do is keep telling the fans we are working hard to have both cars on the same level and keep pushing hard.
“We know what some people are going to think when these things happen and it’s not something we want to see. We must sort out the reliability problems. It is not something that we will accept. I’m extremely upset for Lewis. This is the fourth reliability issue he has had. The championship is very tight and it is a shame for him. I have no doubt that he will be in good spirits tomorrow. He has developed the strength to recover.”
Later on Hamilton responded: “I can’t really believe it but that’s the way it is. I just have to try to put my focus on the race, there is nothing else I can do. I can’t say on TV what I thought. These things are sent to try us. I did nothing wrong. I looked in the mirror and my backside was on fire. You saw what happened in the last race. Hopefully I can do something similar.” He did just that, finishing third again