The 2018 edition of Formula 1 is not revving in accordance with Ferrari’s grand design. At this time in 2017, Vettel was King of the Hill – leading the championship.
His start to the 2018 season showed promise, but we all knew that Mercedes would come out swinging in a jiffy. Defending World Champion, Lewis Hamilton has answered the call and is now performing at the level his fans expect. His lead is now 17 points.
In 2017, at Senna’s playground – the Brazilian boasts half a dozen victories – Vettel’s red hot knife – Ferrari – slashed hapless butter. He grabbed P1 and delivered what eluded Ferrari since 2001.
His luck has been genetically altered. He is floundering, a tired fish displaced from water. With his nemesis chilling on a 17 points cushion, Vettel will enjoy no happy hour. It is far too early to read title implications, but a town crier is not necessary to inform his fans that the Monaco GP is a crucial race for Ferrari and Vettel!
Ricciardo has made a dramatic statement thus far- smashing the track record in FP. The wolves are out in numbers. They are hungry! Who will leave the indelible mark on the streets which have built legends?
Are you a betting man/woman? Will Lewis Hamilton extend his lead? Will Vettel guard the principality from Mercedes’ wrath? Should we expect Round 2 of Ricciardo vs Verstappen? Alonso? Bottas?
The Monaco GP, this weekend, should be what it usually is – a thriller!
Cecil Munroe Gleaner On-Line Writer