You know F1 is ready for a major shake up when fans are genuinely happy about the new regulations and cars. F1 2017 has ticked most of the boxes - better noise, faster cars, wider cars, better video content on social media and of course, an element of nail-biting rivalry between teams. And time after time, despite being called "mundane" and "predictable", the keyboard warriors often find themselves proven wrong with F1's unpredictabilty.
For instance, nobody would have predicted Ferrari's 3 wins in 2015 after a win-less campaign in 2014. Not many could have predicted a win-less 2016 for Ferrari after a triumphant 2015 season. Not one would have said Max Verstappen would be a grand prix winner in a Red Bull car in 2016.
Pre-season testing poses a similar challenge for fans, leaving them with bits and pieces of information, some true and some possibly untrue, to complete a jigsaw puzzle called F1 2017. But, one musn't lose heart, therefore I will attempt to…
There are 7 billion people in this world,
and there just 22 grand prix drivers. Out of the 22, there isn’t one female
racing driver. This does make you think, why aren't there any women Formula One
racers? Sexism in motorsport is not new, in fact,
it’s it is as old as the sport itself. In a male dominated field of sport such
as racing, women, as a group haven’t made their mark yet. And in F1, there has
been just one female racing driver to have scored a single point - Lella Lombardi,
an Italian racer who raced for March-Ford in 1974 – 75, scored half a point
after finishing a good 7th position at the Spanish Grand Prix of
1975. Though the breakthrough for a
woman was first given to Maria Teresa de Filippis way back in 1958, she failed
to impress as much as Lomardi did. But yet, Maria, the former Maserati driver
will be remembered as a pioneer for women in motorsport because of her courage
and strength to venture into a sport like Formula One in the age when women were
trained to d…
1. Valtteri Bottas set the pace on the morning of Day 3 using the Ultra Soft tires. Although the laptime was good enough to keep him at the top of the table, the gains between tires were significantly small.
2. Daniel Ricciardo sorted himself into P2, displacing Sebastian Vettel after a quick lap set on soft tires.
3. Jolyon Palmer in the Renault caused the first red flag of the day after a spin coming to Turn 3. Towards the second half of the session, Palmer slotted into P3 with a run on the soft tires, completing a solid 51 laps in the Renault.
4. Williams' rookie driver Lance Stroll managed 55 laps in the FW40 before being swapped in for Felipe Massa to make up for the lost running on Tuesday. The 18 year old Canadian however spun into the gravel after the chequered flag, requiring recovery vehicles to retreive the car.
5. McLaren Honda's Fernando Alonso logged in 28 laps by mid day in a rather smooth sailing Day 3 for McLaren.