Month: January 2015

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix: Recounting the Race That Was

They say that all good things have to come to an end, but with Lewis Hamilton having won his 2nd F1 title it seems like nothing is coming to an end here. In fact, most analysts who were watching and holding their breath during the last race are already talking about a legend in the making.

Abu Dhabi was widely expected to elicit fireworks due to the double point rule but it feels like an anti-climax of sorts. This was after the other GP title challenger Nico Rosberg developed technical issues with his car to make it a comfortable win for Hamilton and Mercedes AMG.

The Abu Dhabi GP in Details

To appreciate what the new calendar presents for every Formula One enthusiast, you just have to assess the winners, losers and of course a prediction of what is ahead. However, first things first; the race as usual was splendid and race organizers again outdid themselves to give the world of Formula One lovers a delightful season-ender.

Winner Takes it All

So, who were the winners in the frenzied action? Take a look:

  • Lewis Hamilton: Of course bagging the 2014 World Title after a stuttering start to the season is no mean feat. In fact, it seemed like Hamilton was under a jinx due to the mechanical issues, which the company called ‘reliability problems’. What’s more, the nasty encounters between Nico and Rosberg on the track almost ruined the party for Mercedes in the battle for constructor’s title.
  • Mercedes AMG: The team had already bagged the constructor’s title even before the amazing win by Hamilton. However, the confidence that both Nico and Hamilton displayed this season reminds one of Ferraris reign in the 90s. This is probably a start of a new era by Mercedes especially if their two star drivers work amicably.
  • Formula One: There is no denying that reception of Sebastian Vettel’s dominant reign by fans was negative. It is good to have a champion but when the same personality or team dominates a sport things get dour. As such, this year’s supercharged action and drama has reinvigorated interest in the sport.
  • Williams: The year was in 2005 when Webber and Heidfeld finished on the podium driving a Williams racing car. At Abu Dhabi the team seems to have been rejuvenated with two drivers Felippe Massa and Bottas finishing on the podium
  • Felippe Massa and Valterri Bottas: These are two great drivers and there is no gainsaying this. In fact, the new season seems to be shaping up and Hamilton and NicoRosberg better start looking over their shoulders. Massa ensured Hamilton fought for the 1st position while Bottas produced an electrifying race to finish 3rd and also earn his second podium finish in 2014.
  • Daniel Ricciardo: This Red Bull driver seems not ready to give up yet; indeed the comeback and overtaking moves that he exhibited on lap 13 against Torro Rosso’s Jean Eric-Vergne oozed of brilliance.

The Losers at Abu Dhabi GP

In every sport there has to be a winner and a loser. In Formula One, a loser is not necessarily the one who comes last but one whom fans and pundits feel could have done better. Take a look:

  • Sauber Racing: While Monisha Kaltenborn was right to call the team’s performance a huge disappointment, it seems like an understatement. Throughout the season, it was obvious things were not good especially with financial strains. When their two drivers Adrian Sutil and Gutierezz went home 16th and 15th respectively, it was obvious something has to change in strategy.
  • Nico Rosberg: The wheel spin away from the grid box by Nico was all it took for Hamilton to win the race. For a driver who is always under control even in tense situations, it was not the best day for the German. Finishing 14th was almost a shocker for a driver who has always finished on the podium. Of course, a new season is in the offing and the Mercedes engine seems to be perfect; expect fireworks.
  • Ferrari: When you think Formula One, which car comes to mind? Most likely a Ferrari and hence failing to win even one race and finishing 9th and 10th in Abu Dhabi was clearly a  below-par performance. Do you blame the team or the drivers? Considering Alonso and Raikkonen are forces to reckon with on any track, the engine simply let them down.

Well, 2015 season promises to be a delight. With Button reportedly throwing in the towel you will definitely see more stars born. Sit back and enjoy the fast ride and of course the roller coaster of the 2015 ‘silly season.’