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Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Mid-season review 2015: Part one

It's that time of the year again! Where the drivers and teams have a well earned rest and the fans wonder what to do until the next race. Yes, that's right. The summer break is upon us. Fear not, I will be doing a three part mid-season review on how the teams have faired so far this season. 

Mercedes: The team are not having it as easy as they did last year. The constructors yes, is likely to be theirs again. The drivers championship for 2015 is still likely to be between the two Mercedes driver. However, Vettel is not far behind. They seem to be making more noticeable mistakes this season. Could this be them feeling the pressure? Hamilton so far has 5 wins to Rosberg's 3. While some may say Hamilton is the more dominant driver this year, both drivers have been on the podium in all but one race so far. The rivalry seems much more calm this year. The teams only problem being in the previous race in Hungary and the Monaco pit stop drama with Hamilton. While they still seem to have a gap to other teams, they are aware of the ever catching Ferrari and Williams cars. 

Ferrari: There were high hopes going into the season. With a new driver of 4 time world champion Sebastian Vettel partnering Raikkonen; two drivers who are known for getting on well. While Raikkonen has endured bad luck and 3 retirements, he has also been on the podium once. But, the stats aren't on his side when compared to Vettel. The German won the Malaysian grand prix this year in only his second race for the team. He then added another win to his tally in Hungary and had 7 podiums this year. Nearly as many as the two Mercedes drivers. The Italian based team seems transformed this year. Vettel has seemingly brought a new lease of life to the team. Something I am sure has been helped by Vettels win. The moral in the team seems high and looks set to continue. How long till they can challenge Mercedes every race? Or are they already doing that? 

Williams: They were leapfrogged by Ferrari at the start of the season and are now not the only team close to challenging Mercedes. Massa seemingly has the edge on the young Finn Bottas. Both were impressive off the line in Silverstone. However strategies and team orders got in the way shortly followed by the weather. Despite struggles the Williams team are one that carries on and can make a quick comeback. Thats what we should all be expecting them to do. They have a strong team and drivers; its only a matter of time. 

Part two will be up soon! So keep checking my blog in the next few days!

-ShortySian

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