In Formula One, predicting the winners is a big part of the sport. In fact, there are so many theories out there that you might start thinking Nico Rosberg has already won the championships after five wins. Have you heard the one about no driver ever losing the championship after five consecutive wins?
There are many more where that came from, but if you really want to enjoy the rest of the races you have to learn from the brief history. Here are some of the lessons the action on the track has offered the Formula One world:
1. Racing Decision Must be Consultative
A few weeks before the new season, FIA honchos decided to change the qualifying format. There was also the issue of the halo design to protect drivers. The two decisions were negatively received by the people who actually matter; drivers and the paddock. After two races in Australia and Bahrain, the new qualifying format has been ditched after it proved too controversial and unnecessarily complex.
2. The 2016 F1 Championship is Up for Grabs
When Nico Rosberg wowed F1 with 3 back to back wins at the close of the season, everyone argued that Hamilton had just relaxed after winning the title in Austin, USA. Three races into the 2016 season everyone is now wondering whether Nico could just upset Lewis this year. Vettel is also looking ominous especially with the higher performance car, which is now being touted as close to Mercedes as it can get.
3. McLaren Woes to Continue
The partnership between Honda and McLaren seems doomed and both Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso are showing their desperation. Well, the stand-in driver for Alonso in Bahrain GP, Stoffel Vandoorn, managed to snatch a point beating team mate and the more experienced Jenson Button. Is it lack of motivation by the two experienced former world championships or is the MP4-31 just awful?
4. Romain Grosjean Proves his Mettle
When Grosjean decided to join Haas and ignore Renault, everyone in F1 was shocked but it seems he had an idea what the new team could achieve. At the inaugural race at the Australian GP, the Frenchman was at his best bringing home his car at 6th and later 5th in Bahrain. Well, things might not have worked with the car in China GP but it is obvious this is a future champion in the making.
5. Red Bull upping the Ante
Since the departure of Sebastian Vettel after winning four championship titles, Red Bull has been on a mission to rebuild. There is no denying they have the talent considering their incredible feeder team is Toro Rosso. However, Renault was not providing them with enough power to fight Mercedes, Ferrari and Williams until now. At one time, the team contemplated quitting Formula One but things now seem to be working for them. The team has two amazing drivers in Daniel Ricciardo and Daniil Kvyat and both seem ready to snap William’s position as the third best team in F1.
As the 2016 Formula 1 Grand Prix season continues, there is so much more to learn. This is what makes this one of the most exciting sports to follow.