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Gran Premio de Monaco 2015

Una de las fechas más esperadas en el mundo del automovilismo es cuando llega hora de que la Formula 1 hace parada en las calles de Monaco. El Gran Premio en este principado tiene muchas historias que contar desde su primera edición en 1955. La batallas entre Ayrton Senna y Alan Prost a finales de los 80 son memorables y no hay circuito que se le parezca.

Los accidentes son cosa de todos los días en Monte Carlo. Las calles son muy angostas y no permiten muchos rebases en un trazado que mide poco más de cuatro kilometros. Las rectas no son muy largas y hay demasiadas curvas, que lo hacen una de las pistas más lentas en el calendario de la máxima categoria. Lorenzo Bandini murió en estas calles en 1967.

Graham Hill fue el primero en ganar la carrera cinco veces pero Senna cuenta con seis victorias en este circuito que forma parta de la “Triple Corona” del automovilismo junto con las 500 millas de Indianapolis y las 24 Horas de Le Mans. Michael Schumacher también es penta campeón en Monaco

Un circuito callejero que reune todo el glamour posible al rededor de una carrera. Hay gente que ve la carrera desde los casinos, otros desde yates y restaurantes de la zona. Las prácticas se llevan a cabo en jueves, y no en viernes como es costumbre. Los organizadores reabren la circulación para los coches en ese día y vuelve a ser territorio de F1 durante el fin de semana.

Este año Lewis Hamilton logró su primera Pole Position en Monaco. El dos veces campeón del Mundo no había salido desde la punta en este circuito y por fin lo logró. El piloto britanico aprovechó su ventaja en la partida y nunca dejo que Nico Rosberg se le acercara en las primeras 65 vueltas hasta que un accidente ajeno al piloto puso las cosas muy interesantes.

Rosberg y Sebastian Vettel no se hicieron daño en la lucha por el segundo lugar. En Monaco es importante mantener el ritmo e igual de importante es mantener la concentración. Hubo una carrera en la que Senna llegó a tener una ventaja de casi un minuto y una desconcentración antes de llegar al tunel le costó terminar contra el muro de contención. Ambos piltos se beneficiaron de algo insólito al final de la carrera.

La gran sorpresa la dieron los McLaren en esta carrera. Después de un inicio para el olvido, el equipo que tiene a dos campeones del mundo como pilotos, obtiene sus primeros puntos con Jenson Button que era el que peor venía rodando. Fenrnado Alonso también estaba en los puntos antes de su abandono cerca de la vuelat 50 de 78 pactadas.

Pastor Maldonado ha dejado claro que no se puede escapar de los problemas. En Monaco le falló lo que no le debe fallar a ningun piloto en las calles de este circuito y son los frenos. No llevabamos ni 15 vueltas y el Venezolano se quedo sin frenos y tuvo que abandonar cuando iba rodando en quinto lugar.

Cuando parecia que iba a ser un Gran Premio sin accidentes fuertes, Max Verstappen hizo la novatada y cuando intenataba pasar a Romain Grossjean y se le acabo la pista para darse durísimo con el muro. Eso dió paso al debut del Safety Car Virtual y poco después salió el Safety Car. Sorpresivamente Grossjean se pudo mantener en la carrera.

La entrada del SC fue aprovechada por Lewis Hamilton para hacer una parada en los pits pero Nico Rosberg y Sebastian Vettel aprovecharon para pasar al que iba sin problemas a ganar la carrera. La suerte le sonrió a los alemanes y para Rosberg borró su error del día anterior en la clasificación. El choque del piloto de Toro Rosso tuvo una reación en cadena sin prececentes. Nico se llevó su tercera victoria en las calles de Monaco.

Sergio Perez cumplió con una gran carrera y no cometió error alguno. Mantuvo al margen a Jenson Button y mantuvo una presión consiberable sobre kimi Raikkonen. El septimo lugar en el que largo fue el mismo lugar en el que terminó la carrera. Lewis Hamilton terminó muy molesto y en tercer lugar una carrera que tenía ganada pero un error de estrategia le costo y caro.

RESULTADOS

1) Nico Rosberg, 2) Sebastian Vettel, 3) Lewis Hamilton, 4) Daniel Ricciardo, 5) Daniil Kvyat, 6) Kimi Raikonen, 7) Sergio Perez, 8) Jenson Button, 9) Felipe Nasr, 10) Carlos Sainz Jr. 11) Nico Hulkenberg, 12) Romain Grosjean, 13) Marcus Ericcson, 14) Valtteri Bottas, 15) Felipe Massa 16) Roberto Merhi, 17) Max Verstappen, 18) Max Verstappen, 19) Fernando Alsonso, 20) Pastor Maldonado

 

Se Calienta la F1 en Bahréin

El desierto de Bahréin es la sede de la próxima carrera en la temporada 2015 de la Fórmula 1. Una carrera que se corre de noche en su totalidad pero que aún así pone a prueba la resistencia física de los pilotos y la sensibilidad al calor de los monoplazas. Aún es muy temprano en el campeonato para sacar conclusiones pero los resultados que ya se tienes apuntan a una temporada diferente a lo que se esperaba.

1) MERCEDES

Un nuevo año pero el equipo mejor clasificaco sigue siendo el mismo. Mercedes se mantiene al frente y Lewis Hamilton es quien lidera la competencia interna. Ya con 35 victorias en la máxima categoria, la últimas dos se han dado en esta temporada. El Británico ganó en Australia y lo hizo con demasiada facilidad en Malasia. Mientras tanto, Nico Rosberg no logra alcanzar a su compañero y Ferrari le esta llenando los espejos. Su primer lugar en la segunda práctica libre en Bahréin le puede dar confianza para acercarse a Lewis quien no ve al circuito en puerta con buenos ojos.

2) FERRARI

La grata sorpresa del campeonato es el ritmo del Cavallino Rampante. Tras muchos años fuera del protagonismo, Ferrari esta luchando por las posiciones más altas en cada carrera. Sebsatian Vettel le ha inyectado la energía necesaria a la escuderia italiana. El alemán aprovechó a la perfección un error de estrategia de Mercedes al principio de la carrera en China y terminó ganando la carrara tras una sequía de más de un año sin ganar una carrera. En las prácticas de Bahrein se ha mantenido en los primeros puestos pero fue su compañero Kimmi Raikonen quien ganó la primera sesión de prácticas para ponerle aún más presión a los de la Flecha Plateada.

3) WILLIAMS

De los pocos equipos que mantuvo su base y muchas caraterísticas del coche anterior. Por ahora no han hecho mucho ruido pero mantienen la misma posición en la que terminaron en el 2014. Williams veien mejorando fecha tras fecha y con Felippe Massa demostrando que es el líder indicado de este equipo dentro de la pista. Hace lo que puede con lo que tiene y terrminó en cuarto lugar en el Gran Premio de China. Su compañero Valtteri Bottas no tuvo un buen incio pero su ritmo ha mejorado. Pensar que puede volar a estar dentro de los primeros cinco en Bahrein no sería una sorpresa.

4) SAUBER

Si señoras y señores, Sauber está que no cree en nadie y dentro de los mejores cinco equipos hasta lo que va del campeonato. En el 2014 no sumaron un solo punto y dejaron ir a Esteban Gutierrez (ahora reserva en Ferrari) y en tres carreras tienen 19. Felipe Nasr va que vuela para ser la revelación del año. Su rendimiento le ha dado 14 puntos a su escuderia y los otros cinco vienen de Marcus Ericsson. Una explicación razonable es que el motor Ferrari ha evolucionado y por eso también Ferrari va dando grandes pasos hacia adelante. Aún así no hay que desprestigiar el esfuerzo de sus pilotos.

5) RED BULL

El equipo del que se despidió Sebastian Vettel el año pasado hoy la esta pasando mal sin el alemán. Su quinto lugar en la clasificación de constructores no tiene contentos a Christian Horner y compañia. Un equipo acostumbrado al podio, no lo ha conseguido en este 2015. Su rendimiento no ha permitido que Daniel Ricciardo se consolide como el gran piloto que mostró ser en el 2014 dejando atras a Vettel. Daniil Kvyat no ha logrado hacer mucho y le esta dejando toda la responsabiidad al australiano para sacar avante el proyecto de Red Bull. Esperemos que el equipo mejore con el pasar de las carreras.

6) TORO ROSSO

Tan grande como es la sorpresa de tener a Sauber sumando puntos, es la noticia de que Toro Rosso, el hermano menor de Red Bull le pisa los talones a su hermano mayor. Se puede decir que le hace ¨bullying¨ pero en serio carrera tras carrera. Tan solo un punto separa a las dos escuderias. Carlos Sainz es otro de los novatos en el circuito pero lo esta haciendo bastante bien.  Max Verstappen tiene los mismos seis puntos que su compañero, dándole 12 a la escuderia en apenas tres carreras y basados en el bajo rendimiento de otros equipos, pinta que serán muchos más antes de noviembre.

7) FORCE INDIA Es triste ver a Sergio Perez y Nico Hulkenberg fuera del protagonismo esta temporada. Un equipo que sorprendió para bien en el 2014, esta muy por detrás este 2015. Un coche nuevo y la motivación de que se viene el Gran Premio de México no han dado el resultado esperado. Ambos pilotos sumaron puntos en Australia pero fuera de ahí han batallado para hace que acelere el coche. Perez dice que se estan dando pasos pequeños a cosas grandes pero que será dificil verlos pelear por los primeros puestos. Al parcecer los ingenieros y pilotos aún tienen mucho que aprenderle al VJM08.

8) LOTUS

El equipo Lotus cambió de proveedor del motor y los resultados no han cambiado mucho. Antes era Renault, ahora es Mercedes quien les da potencia pero no han logrado sacarle el provecho. Pastor Maldonado ha tenido muchos probelemas y no ha logrado terminar una sola carrera este año. Es Romain Grosjean quien le ha tenido que dar los puntos a su escuderia. Su séptimo lugar en China tiene al equipo empatado con Force India con seis puntos. Force India lo logró con dos pilotos, Lotus tiene todo que agrdecerle al francés. El duelo entre estos dos equipos debería de darse más arriba en la tabla de constructores.

9) MCLAREN

Vaya que el proyecto de McLaren Honda avienta más preguntas que respuestas en lo que va de la temporada. Poco se ha visto de lo que puede llegar a ser esta sinergia en lo que va de la temporada. Fernando Alonso y Jenson Button continuamente dicen confiar en lo que esta por venir. Por ahora no suman un solo punto, algo que no ha de hacer que los ex-campeones del mundo duerma tranquilos. Alonso no se arrepiente de haber dejado a Ferrari, y Button podría estar viviendo su último año en la máxima categoria de una forma poco esperada.

10) MARUSSIA

Los otros dos pilotos que tampoco han logrado sumar puntos no tienen de que preocuparse. A veces pareciera que su único rol es el de hacer que la cantidad de pilotos sea más grande. Con un presupuest limitado en un equipo que estrena de todo, desde pilotos hasta el mismo coche, es difícil pensar que el equipo Roberto Merhi y Will Stevens sumará algun punto en lo que resta de temporada. Este equipo esuvo a punto de deesaparecer la temporada pasada, parecen estar haciendo todo tipo de pruebas este año. Sería una grata sopresa para la F1 que Marussia sumara un solo punto. Así demostraría que hasta el rival más debil puede sumar unidades en la máxima categoria del automovilismo mundial.

Last Week In Sports (Nov. 17-23)

FORMULA 1

Lewis Hamilton wins the 2014 F1 Championship (daily.co.uk)
Lewis Hamilton wins the 2014 F1 Championship (daily.co.uk)

It was a much anticipated race under the lights of Abu Dhabi without a much anticipated result. The final 55 laps of the 2014 Formula 1 Season decided the winner of the entire year. Lewis Hamilton came in as the favorite but just 17 points behind was a german with an incredible will to win. Nico Rosberg, who has been friends with Hamilton since their days back in karting series when they were both around 12 years old took their lifelong rivalry to the biggest stage there is in motorsport. Rosberg who had qualified in first lost his lead before even getting to turn one. After being able to keep his teammate within reaching distance after one pit stop Rosberg faced his worst nightmare. His engine lost a tremendous amount of power and instead of fighting for a championship he had to fight the car to finish the race, which he did ending up in 14th spot. That way Lewis was able to relax for most of the race just working to keep Felippe Massa away from the lead. The brazilian put up a fight but was about 2 seconds shy of going past the now two-time world champion. Lewis Hamilton, who had been serious and barely talking the past week showed quite some emotion in the post-race stage when he had already sealed the deal. Rosberg was obviously not happy with his result but conducted himself appropriately and congratulated his teammate, plus acknowledged the superiority of Hamilton not just that day but throughout the season.

NFL

Interesting week in the NFL. The first shocker came from the Oakland Raiders who had not won a single game throughout the season but managed to defeat the Kansas City Chiefs 24-20 on Thursday Night Football. On Sunday Seattle and Denver got back to their winning ways and defeated Arizona and Miami respectively. It was also a good day for Aaron Rodgers who led the Green Bay Packers over the Vikings claiming the first spot on the NFC North with a 24-21 win. But the most exciting game once again involved the Dallas Cowboys as they showed up at MetLife Stadium in New York to face the Giants on Sunday Night Football. The Cowboys came off from a bye week where all their division rivals including Giants had lost. Eli Manning had thrown five interceptions on the past game. The game headed in the right direction for the local team who had a 21-10 lead heading into halftime. The Cowboys responded with 21 points on the second half including a game-winning drive of 80 yards with less than two minutes to go in the game. With a 31-28 win the team owned by Jerry Jones is 8-3 this season, about to clinch a playoff ticket.

SOCCER

It was a record just like any other that was meant to be broken and Leo Messi had been lingering around it for a long time. Telmo Zarra had of 251 La Liga goals. Messi had tried to break it at the Santiago Bernabeu during the derby but was unluck for that one and the next two matches. Saturday against Sevilla not only did he tie the record, but with a hat-trick he set a new one in 253 and counting. Barcelona ended up winning the game 5-1. Real Madrid defeated Eibar 4-0 to keep the lead of “La Liga” after 12 weeks. In the MLS Playoffs L.A. Galaxy took the lead on the first leg of the Western Conference Final with a 1-0 win and the New England Revolution beat Thierry Henry and the New York Red Bulls 2-1 on the Eastern Conference Final. In Mexico the playoffs are set and America will be facing Pumas, Tigres against Pachuca, Atlas will play against Monterrey and Toluca will have Chiapas as their opponent in the first elimination round.

CENTRAL AMERICAN AND CARIBBEAN GAMES

Medal Count as of November 24 at noon. (Veracruz 2014)
Medal Count as of November 24 at noon. (Veracruz 2014)

Mexico continues to dominate the medal count in Veracruz with just a week to go in the games but Cuba is closing in strong and with the wide range of track and field events they might find what they need to attack the host nation. Some of the highlights from last week were Horacio Nava’s (MEX) first place in the 20 km. race-walk with a time of 1:25:05 while Mirna Ortiz from Guatemala took gold on the women’s side with a Games record of 1:35:43. In soccer both teams from Mexico (men and women) advanced to semifinals with a perfect streak during the group stage. The men will face Cuba while the women will play Costa Rica. Mexico dominated the synchronized swimming events with seven out of seven wins and that can be considered as to what is making the difference between Cuba’s 63 gold medals and the 67 earned by Mexico so far. Colombia is in third with 51.

NBA

We are just getting started with a long basketball season and some teams are over the expectations while others are below. Lebron James came back to Cleveland hoping to be the secret element to bring the Cavs back to title contention. Up to this point we can say King James is missing having Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh by his side since the team he is now playing for is in an early season crisis after a four game losing streak. Toronto is the best team in the league so far with a 9-1 record after ten games. Both Dallas and San Antonio have a 7-3 record heading into the last week of november while the Lakers even with Kobe Bryant being Kobe Bryant can’t find a groove and are 3-7. Last week they were demolished by the Mavericks at Dallas 140-106 just after beating the Rockets on the road.

F1 Season Finale Preview

Yas Marina in Abu Dhabi will once again be the host circuit of the Formula 1 Season. Throughout the year there has been huge criticism on the engine sounds after downgrading from a V8 to  V6 while limiting fuel consumption to 100 kgs. per race. But it will be the first time in F1 history that any race in the calendar gives double points. Regularly the first place would take 25 points, second place 18 points, third place 15 points, 12 for fourth, 10 for fifth, 8 for sixth 6 for seventh, 4 for eight, 2 for ninth and 1 for tenth. The easiest way to understand this is to just multiply the available points for each position times two.

This will highly benefit the constructors points who will earn money needed for the development of their 2015 cars and secure a spot in the starting grid at Melbourne next year. While Mercedes already took the title in this category, Ferrari would like a god share of the prize after a disaster of a season in 2014, but right now they are sitting in fourth. Way behind the close to perfect performance by Mercedes is Red Bull in second place. The team that had dominated the Formula for the past four years with Vettel winning pretty much every race, including the one in Yas Marina in 2010 to claim the first of his four world titles has now picked most of its (Red Bull) 373 points via Daniel Ricciardo, who came from Toro Rosso and is the only pilot this season to know what it means to win besides Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton. Vettel won his last race in the season finale at Sao Paulo last year.

In third place comes a team that has been performing above the expectations many critics had before the season started. Williams assembled a team that may not be getting many podium finishes but is definitely doing things right. Valterri Bottas is currently in sixth place, helping out a veteran Felipe Massa who is eight in the drivers championship score important points for a team where I can say the combination of a veteran like Massa and a upcoming talent like Bottas has paid off nicely.

Fourth place as already mentioned is currently held by the only team that has not missed a Formula 1 season since 1950, Ferrari. Here, even with having two world champions like Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen behind the steering wheel, the results have been way below what was expected. Zero wins for a historic team is beyond unacceptable. Apparently the car has not favored the drivers and while Alonso regularly finishes in the top-5, his teammate usually has a hard time scoring any points. The spaniard heads into Abu Dhabi for his last race with the team, Sebastian Vettel is set to take his spot.

It is no longer a rumour that Alonso will be driving with the fifth place of the constructor’s championship. McLaren has just had a couple of good races this season but besides that consistency has been an issue for a team lead by world-champion Jenson Button. The british driver is currently in the seventh spot, but his teammate barely fits into the top-10. Both drivers have an uncertain future after what happens in Yas. Alonso recently declared that he would like Button to be his teammate, but with a very expensive contract the spaniard seems to be requesting from the british team, the safer bet for McLaren from a financial standpoint would be to let Jenson go and probably retire. The decision is set to come in December.

In sixth place we find Sahara Force India. A team that seems to be happy with both of his drivers as it is almost a sure thing that both Sergio Perez and Nico Hulkenberg will return with the team for 2015. Hulkenberg has been more consistent than Perez who has had a rough last four races scoring only two points and retiring on the first lap at the U.S. Grand Prix. In Bahrain, the mexican claimed the first podium finish for the team. Nico has picked up points in every but three races this season. I do feel that keeping both drivers is the right call, specially with the F1 heading to Mexico next year.

Toro Rosso, the “driving-school” of Red Bull can call it a good year with Jean-Eric Vergne and Daniil Kvyat as their drivers and hoping that the squad doesn’t suffer any changes for next season. Even though both drivers are outside the top-10 with Vergne leading the charge at 13th, they are taking advantage of the poor performance by even better-funded teams like Lotus which is eight in the constructors championship. Lotus will not suffer changes to its squad coming next season. They just announced that despite their troubles to fight for the top spots on the grid they are keeping both Pastor Maldonado and Romain Grosjean.

With only two points we find Marussia in the ninth spot.The team has not been competing since the U.S. Grand Prix. In Russia they only had one driver after Jules Bianchi , who was yesterday declared out of coma, suffered a horrific accident at the Japan Grand Prix. He will hardly drive in F1 again but he did manage to get those two points for his team in the streets of Monaco. The team will not see action at the Yas Marina circuit but unless Sauber and Caterham don’t score any points they will keep their position and could get money from Bernie Ecclestone and the F1 organization for next year.

Sauber, a team that runs with a Ferrari engine is about to close the 2014 season without a single point. After Esteban Gutierrez had a strong finish to his 2013 season he has not found any type of success in 2014. It was recently announced that he did not come in the plans for the team coming 2015 so he is either looking at Marussia or a practice pilot spot, unless a big surprise sets him in a better team. He was expected to run for Lotus but that will not happen. The team will face a complete renovation for 2015 with even Adrian Sutil stepping down. Marcus Ericsson and Felipe Nasr will be the new drivers for the swiss team.

At the end we find Caterham. with Kamui Kobayashi and Will Stevens. Another team that has gone scoreless for the past 18 races including the two they had to forfeit due to financial difficulties. With a crowdfunding campaign and the help of Bernie Ecclestone they will be back for at least the season finale, without 2015 being a sure thing, and obviously the drivers not knowing if they have a secure seat.

Finally, one of the most interesting things about the Yas Marina race is that it starts during the day and ends at night, making it harder for the drivers to choose an adequate visor. The circuit has many curves, but long enough straightaways to provide good spaces for overpassing. Seeing cars crash is a common site in this circuit, which could compromise the fight for the drivers championship between Rosberg and Hamilton. The latter one has the lead but the first one has the ambition. On sunday, at 7:00 am lights will be out and 55 laps later we will know who is the new F1 Champion.

Nico Rosberg (left) could win his first F1 ChampionshIp at Abu Dhabi.
Nico Rosberg (left) could win his first F1 ChampionshIp at Abu Dhabi.

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Changes at the Speed of F1

When the 2014 Formula 1 Season started in march there were big changes to what we were used to see before. For the first time in a very long time Sebastian Vettel wasn’t the winner and he still hasn’t managed to be on top of the podium with less than half the season remaining. The sound of the new engines was widely criticized by fans which now creates part of its power by a Energy Recovery System. On the bright side we have seen a tougher competition among the whole field with the exception of the Mercedes Benz drivers who have won all but three races of the season so far.

Ferrari has not been the same team ever since Michael Schumacher left the team. They have not lived up to its name and Stefano Domenicali resigned from his position as team principal of the Ferrari Formula One team on mid-august. Marco Mattiacci, former president and CEO of Ferrari North America replaced him. Fernando Alonso has done more for the team than what his car has to offer. The two-time world champion has repeatedly performed at a world-class level but will not be with the “Cavallino Rampante” starting next season. Four-time F1 World Champion Sebastian Vettel is about to make his move to Ferrari official any minute. Alonso could be going back to McLaren.

I’ve been following Formula 1 for a bit now and I can assure you that this one has been the most exciting one. Besides Lewis Hamilton, Nico Rosberg and Daniel Ricciardo being the only three pilots who have won races this far, the battle for second to 23rd place is always up for anyone. Mexican driver Sergio Perez is having his best season. He finished third in Bahrein and has been able to rack up some points in nine races currently sitting on the tenth spot overall. Esteban Gutierrez had a strong finish in the 2013 season, but the changes to his car have not been positive and so far he has no points, either has his teammate Adrian Sutil. Hamilton leads the board just ten points over Rosberg.

Just to show how tough these drivers are, they have endured extreme temperatures in places like Singapore and a close typhoon in Japan. At the first one Danii Kyvat and Kevin Magnussen reported burns and dehydration during the night race. That was nothing compared to what happened in Japan. The race started under a yellow flag due to the heavy rain. After a short pause it resumed and it was impressive to see how short of a visibility range drivers had along the course while still driving over 200 km/h.

The race was about to end when Adrian Sutil lost control of his car on turn 12 and crashed with a safety wall. There was a provisional yellow flag issued (which should have resulted in the safety car immediately). One lap later Jules Bianchi lost control of his Marussia in the same exact spot. The result was him crashing against the crane that was lifting Sutil’s car at around 160 miles per hour. it took a while for the press to know what was going on since there was no video of the incident.

What should have been a week of celebration in the wake of the first Russian Grand Prix ever, has been a week where Bianchi is fighting for his life in Japan and all the attention is on increasing an already tight security around Formula 1 plus really knowing what happened in what is surely Bianchi’s last lap ever as a F1 driver. Some experts say that race should have not even happened under the conditions it was raced in.

Sergio Perez at the Japan GP under heavy rain conditions. (Force India)
Sergio Perez at the Japan GP under heavy rain conditions. (Force India)

But now Russia is set to host a Grand Prix. Next year Mexico will have the return of the highest category in automotive racing come to a city where many stories were written. Austin is setting itself as one of the driver’s favorite places to race at with just two years in existence, the rumor is New York could be next and it could actually be a street-circuit and not on an actual track. You can already tell safety will be made an even higher priority from now on at old and new circuits.

Safety measures are bound to change, but what spectators around the world hope that does not change is the excitement of the current F1 season. Many of us were tired of the dictatorship that drivers like Vettel and Schumacher had at every race. If Bernie Ecclestone wants more fans to tune into F1 activities, a season as exciting as this one should be a common situation.

But for now lets just hope Jules Bianchi survives a horrifying incident. #ForzaJules

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Top 5 Drivers: 1) Lewis Hamilton, 2) Nico Rosberg, 3) Daniel Ricciardo, 4) Sebastian Vettel, 5) Fernando Alonso

Top 5 Constructors: 1) Mercedes, 2) Red Bull, 3) Williams, 4) Ferrari, 5) Force India

Races to go: 4 (Russia, United States, Brazil, Abu Dhabi)