The 2017 F1 season has surpassed expectations! No one could have foreseen what is materializing at each round of what is now a scrumptious season for the rabid F1 fans.
Lewis Hamilton’s legacy has been under extreme threat, as a direct result of the resurgence of Maranello’s horse. Despite securing victories, Hamilton has been battered and found himself drowning under a 25 points deficit. But, at a place which he has always found favor – Canada – his inherent ability soared and he took the position that mattered most – P1!
The victory ensured that he remains relevant in the championship race, but we cannot overlook Vettel’s stellar drive. Vettel was a victim of Verstappen’s first lap bloodbath! The bold youngster exhibited early sublime overtaking prowess and crept into P2 from P5 on the grid! But in the process, his machine embraced Vettel’s steed.
A clipped front wing meant a recalculated pit-stop for Vettel and the multiple World Champion was forced to wrestle with the pack of famished wolves. And wrestle he did, narrowly missing out on the final step of the podium!
The facts are irrefutable though – Hamilton won – he is now 12 points behind in the chase and Mercedes secured a 1-2. But, and there is always a but. Vettel’s drive in Canada confirms that he is in the form of his life and he is aboard a rapid machine. We anticipate relentless shelling from both camps in Azerbaijan!
Cecil Munroe Gleaner On-Line Writer