Once again the Englishman in the German car continues to lead the F1™ standings despite having to retire due to power loss a few days ago in Singapore. Even with the incomplete race Lewis Hamilton has won seven of the last thirteen races, leading teammate Nico Rosberg by 41 points in the standings. Rosberg is followed closely by the Ferrari team drivers, Sebastion Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen, respectively.
Although Vettel took the trophy in Singapore, many deem it a hollow victory. In addition to issues with the Mercedes vehicles, a strange incident involving a spectator running onto the track was able to secure Vettel’s lead. Daniel Ricciardo of Red Bull Racing was on Vettel’s heels as the safety car was deployed for the second time in the race; afterwards Ricciardo radioed back to his team “He got lucky, didn’t he?”
Slippery in Suzuka
After the circus that was Singapore, drivers head to Japan for the Grand Prix in Suzuka and Round 14 of the F1™ season. Boasting 18 turns, Suzuka is one of the fastest and arguably one of the most aggressive circuits of the tour.
With still no word on what caused Hamilton’s vehicle to fail in Singapore, it’s up in the air what the Mercedes team performance will be at Suzuka.
“I’m not confident, because my engineers have not yet been able to give me any information on why we were struggling,” said the points leader. “The car felt balanced, but it lacked grip and we don’t yet know why, and there’s not a lot of time left before we race again this coming weekend.”
Vettel is looking to capitalize on any potential mistakes made by Mercedes, stating that if they have more weekends like Singapore, Ferrari has a great chance to take the number one spot. Furthermore Ricciardo is quite confident about his Red Bull Racing team; historically performing well in Suzuka, he predicts a top five finish.
The biggest adversary may not be behind a wheel at all. Forecasts call for rain come race day, which will severely alter the performance and strategy of every driver. With unpredictable track conditions and erratic vehicle performances, it’s quite possible you’ll see a different set of standings in just a few days.
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