Author : cmunroe

We accept that Formula 1 is the pinnacle of motorsports. We also accept, that being average, in the driver-skill-set department, will secure no seat in a F1 machine (unless you are bringing major currency to the table – lol ). So, despite being human, rookie-type mistakes are not expected from ‘name brand’ drivers.

But, 2020 insists on being an unusual year. Hamilton, at Round 1 ignored yellow flags and he paid the price. In Hungary, ‘big driver’ and a permanent thorn to Mercedes AMG and Ferrari, Red Bull’s marksman and preferred sharpshooter – Verstappen – booked the penthouse suite in Errors Hotel when he careened of the track and had an argument with the tyre barrier while on his way to the grid.

It must have been a rather awkward, embarrassing¬† and humbling moment for the potential world champion. But, Formula 1 is a team sport. When the wounded chariot was brought to the grid, the automotive surgeons attacked it with knowledge-based expertise and erased the pain and trauma Verstappen’s folly created.

The surgery was successful. Verstappen was audibly impressed and as if to show his gratitude, he held his end of the bargain. He drove a brilliant race and secured P2 in the process.



Three races are in the rear-view mirror and if the early signs are anything to go by, Lewis Hamilton is poised to launch a reign of unanswered victories.  Hamilton won convincingly, extended his streak of consecutive victories in Hungary and exited with a massive bag full of total victories at the same circuit.


His early dominance has prompted the resumption of a simmering conversation. Are we witnessing the exploits of the greatest Formula 1 driver of all time? And yes, he is black !

Cecil Munroe Gleaner On-Line Writer

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