Giovinazzi, Sauber, Ferrari & the Italian connection

With the majority of seats locked down for the 2018 season, F1’s most recent debutant, Antonio Giovinazzi is still without a drive. Armed with an abundance of talent, it actually highlights the lack of teams currently on the grid, rather than any of his shortcomings.

That being said, there are still one or two opportunities available to the Italian driver, but backing from Ferrari is likely to be pivotal.

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Ricciardo wins chaotic Azerbaijan Grand Prix

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Daniel Ricciardo took his 5th race victory for Red Bull Racing (Canada 2014, Hungary 2014, Belgium 2014, Malaysia 2016, Azerbaijan 2017)

After taking his 5th Grand Prix victory, Daniel Ricciardo summarised the Azerbaijan Grand Prix perfectly in the cool-down room. This was the race we all expected last year.

It was a reference to the cities’ inagural event in 2016, where Nico Rosberg won comfortably in a race that produced little in the way of action, excitement and drama. 

This years event was an entirely different story. 

Unquestionably the major talking point is Sebastian Vettel ramming Lewis Hamilton moments before a safety car restart. A championship battle that had been friendly and respectful became hostile and angry in a matter of moments. Continue reading

Analysis: Wehrlein, Ocon & the Mercedes Driver Development Programme

The Mercedes Driver Development Programme took a self-inflicted, but somewhat temporary blow over the winter. Junior drivers Pascal Wehrlein & Esteban Ocon were overlooked for Williams driver Valtteri Bottas, to replace retiring F1 champion Nico Rosberg in the silver arrows. A decision that has already been justified, with Bottas winning the Russian GP. However, with an unstable drivers market looming for the 2018 grid and beyond, can Wehrlein or Ocon make the final step in the same way that Verstappen, Ricciardo & Vettel have done at Red Bull? Continue reading