Hamilton may have made the odd error here and there, but a combination of flawless reliability and supreme skill saw him round out the championship with relative ease.
F1 must act responsibly now with an open mind or they will face losing two of the powerhouses within the sport. “We’ve really understood where the car is strong and where it’s weak and now they are really working towards keeping our strength but working and building up the weakness areas”.
SF70H: Stepping stone or missed opportunity?
The world champion’s vow follow his admission that he spent several big nights out after clinching his fourth title in Mexico on October 29.
In the 25-minute conference, spearheaded by F1’s managing director Sean Bratches-part of the new triumvirate which replaced [former owner and CEO Bernie] Ecclestone-and new marketing director Ellie Norman, the word “digital” was said ten times, while the word “brand” hit 24 mentions.
At much the same time, Ricciardo retired, leaving his stranded Red Bull on a patch of grass as he hitched a lift back to the team garage on the back of a scooter. Vettel finished 19 seconds behind the leader, which was a far cry from the speed and optimism with which the Scuderia started the 2017 season.
“Yet we came out with most points. Doing erratic actions like Michael Buffer in Austin does not make the sport any better”, he added, referring to the boxing announcer’s involvement at the United States Grand Prix.
Candidate for Move of the Year after he passed three cars at one corner en route to winning a chaotic Azerbaijan Grand Prix. Lance Stroll’s early battle with Romain Grosjean brilliantly highlighted the Canadian’s improvement through the campaign. To even be as close as we are, I feel very honoured to be this close to such a great sporting icon.
After 20 races, several incidents and a few drivers’ tantrums, the season is over. It’s hard to imagine the former, especially, being a popular go-to phrase in an Ecclestone media scrum (his preferred way of talking to the media) about the future of Formula One.
Will drive for Williams again next year but could be shown up if a fully-fit Robert Kubica becomes his team-mate – 4.
Moss’s opinion was one Vettel admired. Proving there has been no let-up in focus as he has stressed is the case will also be a consideration.
Seventh and eighth was a reasonable return for Force India, with Perez edging Esteban Ocon on the day, just as he did in the Championship. I think he’s the driver that I think everyone admires most, perhaps being that it was in the most dangerous period of time in motorsport.
One of the year’s strongest performers.
After 21 of 55 laps Bottas was 2.5 seconds clear of Hamilton and eight ahead of Vettel, who was the first of the trio to pit for new tires.
Impressed at Toro Rosso and has been rewarded with a drive at Renault.