Hamilton extends his championship lead by winning in Italy

Mercedes Lewis Hamilton beats the Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen to win the Italian GP and extends his Championship lead ahead of Sebastian Vettel who finishes 4th after the two championship rivals clashed on the opening lap.


Grid Formation

1.Raikkonen  2.Vettel  3.Hamilton  4.Bottas  5.Verstappen  6.Grosjean  7.Sainz  8.Ocon  9.Gasly  10.Stroll  11.Magnussen  12.Sirotkin  13.Alonso  14.Perez  15.Leclerc  16.Hartley  17.Vandoorne  18.Ericsson*  19.Ricciardo*  20.Hulkenberg*

Ericsson* & Ricciardo* take engine changes while Hulkenberg* takes engine changes and 10-place grid penalty from Belgian GP.


Kevin Magnussen, Charles Leclerc, Marcus Ericsson and Daniel Ricciardo will start on the Soft tyre. Everyone else will start on the Supersoft tyre. The chance of seeing a Safety Car is very low with the last Safety Car to feature round Monza dates back to 2011. Ferrari have not won round here since 2010, can they change that today?

The lights go out and its a good start by the top 3. Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel go side-by-side into turn 4 and there’s contact! Vettel is round and drops to the back of the pack. The Ferrari has damage and pits at the end of 1st lap. A front wing change and a set of Soft tyre and he’s in 18th. Kimi Raikkonen leads ahead of Hamilton, Max Verstappen, Valterri Bottas and Romain Grosjean. Daniel Ricciardo and Nico Hulkenberg also pit at the end of the 1st lap. Ricciardo now on Supersofts and Hulkenberg now on Softs.

Brendon Hartley is also out. The New Zealander got hit by Stoffel Vandoorne and the Sauber of Marcus Ericsson right at the start of the race. Hartley didn’t even make it to turn 1 and is the first retirement of the race.

Lap 4, the Safety Car ends with Kimi Raikkonen leading. Lewis Hamilton pulls to the outside and overtakes Raikkonen before turn 1. Raikkonen hits back and overtakes the Brit round the outside of turn 4. Lap 6, the Stewards decide that the incident between Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel is a racing incident and no further action will be taken. Lap 7, Daniel Ricciardo and Vettel are making progress with the duo in 14th and 15th now. Lap 9, Vettel overtakes Ricciardo for 14th down the outside of turn 1.

Lap 10, Fernando Alonso pits and retires from the race. Lap 11, Nico Hulkenberg overtakes Charles Leclerc for 14th place down into turn 1. Lap 14, the gap at the front is around 8 tenths to 1.2 seconds between Kimi Raikkonen and Lewis Hamilton. Max Verstappen is still holding off the Mercedes of Valterri Bottas for 3rd with Romain Grosjean occupying 5th now ahead of Esteban Ocon and Carlos Sainz. Sebastian Vettel is now 10th, make that 9th as he overtakes the Williams of Lance Stroll on lap 16.

Lap 18, Sebastian Vettel overtakes Sergio Perez for 8th down into turn 1. Lap 19, Valterri Bottas has a pop at Max Verstappen with Verstappen going over the kerbs at turn 1. Verstappen keeps 3rd for the now.

Lap 21, Kimi Raikkonen pits. Lewis Hamilton continues on as Raikkonen comes back out in 4th. Raikkonen now on the Soft tyre, has to push if he wants to re-take the lead. Hamilton stays out as a few drivers, including Raikkonen, reports a hint of rain. Lap 24, Sebastian Vettel overtakes Esteban Ocon for 5th down the inside of turn 1. Lap 25, Daniel Ricciardo is out. Smoke is bellowing out of rear of the Red Bull as the Australian pulls over just after turn 5. Lap 27, Max Verstappen pits. The Red Bull driver goes onto the soft tyre and rejoins in 6th.

Lap 28, Lewis Hamilton pits. The Brit goes onto the Soft tyre and rejoins in 3rd behind Valterri Bottas and Kimi Raikkonen. Bottas, who hasn’t pitted yet, is told by Mercedes to try and hold up Raikkonen to let Hamilton close in. Lap 30, Sebastian Vettel pits and goes onto the Supersoft tyre. That’s his 2nd and final pit-stop of the day. Lap 32, Vettel overtakes Lance Stroll for 8th place down into turn 1. Vettel is 20 seconds off Max Verstappen in 4th. Lap 33, Raikkonen closes in on Bottas but can’t find a way past and now Hamilton is closing on the pair.

Lap 36, Valterri Bottas pits from the lead. The Finn goes onto the Soft tyre and rejoins in 4th behind Max Verstappen. Both Kimi Raikkonen and Lewis Hamilton have damaged their tyres and will be trying to manage their tyres until the end of the race. 15 laps to go and the gap between the top 2 is around about a second. Sebastian Vettel overtakes Sergio Perez for 5th down the inside of turn 8. Meanwhile, Bottas is just 1.6 seconds behind Verstappen, who occupies 3rd.

Lap 43, Valterri Bottas has gone wide at turn 1 and had to go to the escape route after coming together with Max Verstappen. The pair touch tyres and Bottas falls to 4.5 seconds behind the Dutchman. Lap 45, Lewis Hamilton overtakes Kimi Raikkonen round the outside of turn 1 to take the race lead. The Stewards have given Verstappen a 5 second time penalty for causing a collision with Bottas at turn 1. Hamilton has now opened up a gap of 3.3 seconds to Raikkonen.

Lap 39, Valterri Bottas and Max Verstappen scrap at turn 1 and turn 4 but the Dutchman stays ahead for the now. Behind, Sebastian Vettel is closing them down and could be within the 5 seconds of the penalty.

Onto the final lap, Max Verstappen is still ahead of Valterri Bottas but Verstappen will drop behind Sebastian Vettel after his time penalty is applied. Lewis Hamilton wins the Italian GP ahead of Kimi Raikkonen and Max Verstappen. Bottas will be promoted to 3rd and Vettel to 4th with Verstappen down to 5th.

Race Result

  1. Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, 53 Laps (6th win of the season & 5th at Monza)
  2. Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari, +8.705s (Fans Driver of the Day & 100th Career Podium)
  3. Valterri Bottas, Mercedes, +14.066s
  4. Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari, +16.151s
  5. Max Verstappen, Red Bull, +18.208s
  6. Esteban Ocon, Racing Point Force India, +57.761s
  7. Sergio Perez, Racing Point Force India, +58.678s
  8. Carlos Sainz Jr, Renault, +78.140s
  9. Lance Stroll, Williams, + 1 Lap
  10. Sergey Sirotkin, Williams, + 1 Lap (First F1 Point)
  11. Charles Leclerc, Sauber, + 1 Lap
  12. Stoffel Vandoorne, McLaren, + 1 Lap
  13. Nico Hulkenberg, Renault, + 1 Lap
  14. Pierre Gasly, Toro Rosso, + 1 Lap
  15. Marcus Ericsson, Sauber, + 1 Lap
  16. Kevin Magnussen, Haas, + 1 Lap
  • Romain Grosjean, Haas, +56.320s – DSQ
  • Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull, DNF
  • Fernando Alonso, McLaren, DNF
  • Brendon Hartley, Toro Rosso, DNF

Drivers Championship

  1. Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, 256pts
  2. Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari, 326pts
  3. Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari, 164pts
  4. Valterri Bottas, Mercedes, 159pts
  5. Max Verstappen, Red Bull, 130pts

Constructors Championship

  1. Mercedes, 415pts
  2. Ferrari, 390pts
  3. Red Bull, 248pts
  4. Haas, 84pts
  5. Renault, 84pts



Vettel beats Hamilton to Belgian GP win

Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel strikes back and wins the Belgian GP to narrow the deficit in the championship to Mercedes Lewis Hamilton, who finishes in 2nd, with Red Bull’s Max Verstappen in 3rd.


Grid Formation

1.Hamilton  2.Vettel  3.Ocon  4.Perez  5.Grosjean  6.Raikkonen  7.Verstappen  8.Ricciardo  9.Magnussen  10.Gasly  11.Hartley  12.Leclerc  13.Ericsson  14.Alonso  15.Sirotkin  16.Stroll  17.Bottas*  18.Hulkenberg*  19.Sainz*  20.Vandoorne*

Bottas*, Hulkenberg*, Sainz* and Vandoorne* have all taken various engine penalties. Bottas and Hulkenberg announced earlier this week with Sainz and Vandoorne announcing that they were taking these penalties earlier this morning.


The lights go out and it’s a good start by Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel as both go side-by-side at turn 1. Behind, Fernando Alonso gets airborne as the Spaniard gets hit from Nico Hulkenberg. Alonso hits Charles Leclerc and goes over the top of the Sauber. Alonso is out. Along the Camel Straight, Hamilton and Vettel go side-by-side as both the Force India’s of Esteban Ocon and Sergio Perez get in on the action as well. They are four abreast but Vettel takes the lead as the Safety Car is out. Hulkenberg and Leclerc are also out.

Kimi Raikkonen has pitted as the Finn had sustained a puncture on the right-rear tyre. Daniel Ricciardo pits and has a broken rear wing. Red Bull have pulled the Australian into the pits and are trying to fix the rear wing. Raikkonen is now on the Medium tyre along with Stoffel Vandoorne who also pitted. A replay on board with Valterri Bottas shows that the Finn hit Sergey Sirotkin and broke a bit of his front wing. Ricciardo is back out on track albeit a few laps down. Lap 4, the Safety Car comes in and racing resumes on lap 5.

Sebastian Vettel holds the lead of the race as himself and Lewis Hamilton start to pull away from the two Force India’s behind. Max Verstappen is now 5th with Valterri Bottas and Kimi Raikkonen in 14th and 15th. Lap 7, Verstappen overtakes Esteban Ocon down the inside of turn 4 for 4th place, Lap 8, Raikkonen pits and Ferrari tweak his front wing and falls back to 16th. Lap 9, Bottas overtakes Carlos Sainz for 12th place into turn 4. Raikkonen returns to the pits and retires from the race. Lap 10, Verstappen overtakes Sergio Perez fro 3rd into turn 4.

Lap 12, Valterri Bottas overtakes Sergey Sirotkin for 10th place down the inside of turn 4. Lap 17, Bottas now overtakes the Sauber of Marcus Ericsson for 9th place before turn 4. Lap 19, the gap between Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton has stabilised to around 3.4 seconds. Who will be the first to blink? Bottas has now overtaken Pierre Gasly for 8th. The target position for Bottas today is to finish 4th. Lap 22, Hamilton pits from 2nd. The Mercedes driver goes onto the Soft tyre and rejoins in 3rd. Vettel reacts. The Ferrari driver pits. He goes onto the Soft tyre and rejoins in the lead ahead of Max Verstappen and Hamilton. Hamilton overtakes Verstappen for 2nd down into turn 4. Verstappen is still yet to pit.

Lap 24, Romain Grosjean pits for Haas. The Frenchman goes onto the Soft tyre as Lance Stroll pits as well for Williams. Lap 25, Esteban Ocon pits. The Frenchman goes onto the Soft tyre and rejoins in 8th. Lap 26, Sergio Perez pits. The Mexican goes onto the Soft tyre and rejoins in 5th. Pierre Gasly also pits. The Toro Rosso driver goes onto the Soft tyre an rejoins in 11th. Lap 27, Max Verstappen pits from 3rd. The Dutchman rejoins on the Soft tyre and remains in 3rd. Lap 30, Valterri Bottas pits from 4th. The Finn goes onto the Soft tyre and rejoins in 6th.

Lap 31, after running around a lap down after the Safety Car restart, Daniel Ricciardo becomes the 5th retirement of the race. Lap 33, Valterri Bottas overtakes Esteban Ocon for 5th place. Sebastian Vettel’s lead has grown to 5.3 seconds over Lewis Hamilton. Lap 40, Bottas has caught up to the back of Sergio Perez and the Finn overtakes the Mexican for 4th place. Lap 41, Vettel’s gap has now grown to 8.5 seconds as Hamilton has seemed to have backed off.

Lap 44, Sebastian Vettel crosses the line to win the Belgian GP ahead of Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen. Hamilton’s championship lead has been cut to 17 points after Vettel’s win today. Needless to say, a very important win for Vettel and Ferrari. Next stop: Monza!

Race Result

  1. Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari, 44 Laps (52nd Career win & Fans Driver of the Day)
  2. Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, +11.061s
  3. Max Verstappen, Red Bull, +31.372s
  4. Valterri Bottas, Mercedes, +63.605s (DHL Fastest Lap Award)
  5. Sergio Perez, Racing Point Force India, +71.023s
  6. Esteban Ocon, Racing Point Force India, +79.520s
  7. Romain Grosjean, Haas, +85.953s
  8. Kevin Magnussen, Haas, +87.639s
  9. Pierre Gasly, Toro Rosso, +105.892s
  10. Marcus Ericsson, Sauber, + 1 Lap
  11. Sergey Sirotkin, Williams. + 1 Lap
  12. Lance Stroll, Williams, + 1 Lap
  13. Carlos Sainz Jr, Renault, + 1 Lap
  14. Brendon Hartley, Toro Rosso, + 1 Lap
  15. Stoffel Vandoorne, McLaren, + 1 Lap
  • Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull, DNF
  • Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari, DNF
  • Charles Leclerc, Sauber, DNF
  • Fernando Alonso, McLaren, DNF
  • Nico Hulkenberg, Renault, DNF

F1 2018 Mid-Season Stats

Who’s had the most wins? Who’s been the quickest driver on Saturday’s and who’s had the most retirements? Find out down below with all the stats from 2018 so far.


Most Wins per Driver

  1. Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, 5 wins
  2. Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari, 4 wins
  3. Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull, 2 wins
  4. Max Verstappen, Red Bull, 1 win

Most Wins per Team

  1. Mercedes, 5 wins
  2. Ferrari, 4 wins
  3. Red Bull, 3 wins

Most Podiums finishes per Driver

  1. Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, 9 Podiums
  2. Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari, 8 Podiums
  3. Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari, 7 Podiums
  4. Valterri Bottas, Mercedes, 5 Podiums
  5. Max Verstappen, Red Bull, 4 Podiums
  6. Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull, 2 Podiums
  7. Sergio Perez, Force India, 1 Podium

Most Podium finises per Team

  1. Ferrari, 15 Podiums
  2. Mercedes, 14 Podiums
  3. Red Bull, 6 Podiums
  4. Force India, 1 Podium

Most Pole Positions per Driver

  1. Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari, 5 Poles
  2. Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, 5 Poles
  3. Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull, 1 Pole
  4. Valterri Bottas, Mercedes, 1 Pole

Most Pole Positions per Team

  1. Mercedes, 6 Poles
  2. Ferrari, 5 Poles
  3. Red Bull, 1 Pole

Most DNF’s per Driver

  1. Brendon Hartley, Toro Rosso, 5 DNF’s
  2. Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull, 4 DNF’s
  3. Romain Grosjean, Haas, 4 DNF’s

Most DNF’s per Team

  1. Toro Rosso, 8 DNF’s
  2. Red Bull, 8 DNF’s
  3. McLaren, 6 DNF’s

Most Fastest Laps per Driver

  1. Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull, 4 Fastest Laps
  2. Valterri Bottas, Mercedes, 3 Fastest Laps
  3. Max Verstappen, Red Bull, 2 Fastest Laps
  4. Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari, 1 Fastest Lap
  5. Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari, 1 Fastest Lap
  6. Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, 1 Fastest Lap

Most Fastest Laps per Team

  1. Red Bull, 6 Fastest Laps
  2. Mercedes, 4 Fastest Laps
  3. Ferrari, 2 Fastest Laps


Previewing the Belgium GP

F1 returns after a four week break! Teams and Drivers are eager to get back racing after the summer break and annual August shutdown with Spa-Francorchamps circuit playing host to the Belgian GP.


What happened over the break?

It has not been a quiet break with the F1 2019 grid being shaped after a couple of driver changes. Daniel Ricciardo began the break off by surprising everyone and even Red Bull that he was leaving for Renault at the end of the season. Renault confirmed this and confirmed that Nico Hulkenberg was also staying with the French outfit. Fernando Alonso then decided that he wasn’t racing in F1 in 2019 and was followed with McLaren signing Carlos Sainz Jr as Alonso’s replacement. And then to cap it all off, Pierre Gasly has been promoted to Red Bull, taking Ricciardo’s seat, for 2019 alongside Max Verstappen. Phew!

Track Stats

  • Lap record: 1:46:577, Sebastian Vettel, 2017
  • Laps: 44
  • Circuit length: 7.004km
  • Race distance: 308.052km
  • Corners: 19
  • First held: 1950
  • Past Winners: Lewis Hamilton (2017), Nico Rosberg (2016), Lewis Hamilton  (2015)
  • Past Pole-sitters: Lewis Hamilton (2015 & 2017), Nico Rosberg (2016)

Tyre Choice

Pirelli have brought the Supersoft, Soft and Medium compound of tyres to this weekend. Spa is one of the longest race circuits on the calendar and with it’s challenging fast corners, a lot of pressure and energy is going to go through the tyres.

The Championship Standings

After the Hungarian GP, Lewis Hamilton increased his lead over Sebastian Vettel to 24 points. Kimi Raikkonen holds down 3rd only 14 points ahead of Valterri Bottas with the Red Bull’s of Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen in 5th and 6th with only 13 points between them.

In the Constructors Championship, Mercedes hold a 10 point lead over Ferrari while Red Bull sit in 3rd, on their own, on 223 points – 122 points behind Mercedes. Renault lead the “best of the rest” on 88 points just 16 points ahead of Haas on 66 points. Force India aren’t far behind on 59 points while McLaren are still within striking distance on 52 points. Toro Rosso sit in 8th on 28 points, 10 points ahead of Sauber while Williams sit in 10th and last on 4 points.

Who’s got the upper-hand round Spa this year?

As before the F1 break, Mercedes and Ferrari have been ultra close and little has separated the two teams. Spa is a power-dependant track so teams with good engines typically go very well here. It also helps if the team has got a very good Aerodynamics package as well. Ferrari have pushed hard on engine development this year and many believe it is the best engine on the grid. Ferrari pushed Mercedes hard here last year and their engine boost could be the deciding factor. Although, Ferrari haven’t won at Spa-Francorchamps in almost a decade.

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen has not had the results he should have. Although, qualifying has gone well for the Dutchman, his 8th place finish in 2015 is the best he has achieved round here. Last year, he was forced to retire during the race and parked up opposite a large crowd of Dutch supporters. Fingers crossed that he has a better time this year.

As mentioned earlier, teams with good engines go well round here. Haas and Sauber, who both use Ferrari engines should go well with Haas eager to claim 4th in the Championship. Since returning to the sport in 2015, Honda have found the engine regulations difficult and have for the majority of the time, been the worst performing engine supplier. Although, Toro Rosso, who run Honda engines this year, managed to claim 4th at a very power-dependant Bahrain GP with Pierre Gasly guiding his STR13 to Honda’s best result since coming back to the sport. Who’s engine will power them to success this weekend?

Norris to make F1 debut with McLaren

McLaren’s reserve driver, Lando Norris is to make his F1 debut as he takes over from Fernando Alonso to drive in the first free practice session on Friday.

Norris, who currently lies 2nd in the F2 championship, drove for McLaren in the post-Hungarian GP test. McLaren’s Sporting Director Gil De Ferran hinted that Norris could get further opportunities later in the season to drive the MCL33 in a few practice sessions.

McLaren, who during the summer break signed Carlos Sainz Jr, are currently evaluating potential options of a couple of drivers to partner the Spaniard next year with Norris’s name being thrown in. This could be an exciting step for the young Brit for what is an important weekend.



Gasly joins Verstappen at Red Bull for 2019

Red Bull has announced that Pierre Gasly will race alongside Max Verstappen for the 2019 Formula One Season.


Red Bull have decided to promote the young Frenchman from the Toro Rosso squad in replacement of the departing Daniel Ricciardo who moves to Renault at the end of 2018.

Gasly, who currently drives for Red Bull’s junior team, made his F1 debut at the 2017 Malaysian GP before being made an official driver and full-time race seat for this season.

Gasly has comfortably out-performed team-mate Brendon Hartley so far this season and has taken a best finish of 4th at the Bahrain GP. A further 7th place in Monaco and 6th in Hungary has shown when in a good position, Gasly is able to make the most of it.

When Ricciardo announced that he was leaving Red Bull for Renault, Gasly quickly became the favourite to replace the Australian. With the news that McLaren had signed Carlos Sainz – Gasly’s only apparent rival for the seat – effectively meant that Gasly had secured the seat because McLaren needed Red Bull’s permission to sign Sainz.

2019 Driver Line-up so far

  • Mercedes: Lewis Hamilton & Valterri Bottas
  • Ferrari: Sebastian Vettel
  • Red Bull: Max Verstappen & Pierre Gasly
  • Renault: Daniel Ricciardo & Nico Hulkenberg
  • McLaren: Carlos Sainz Jr


McLaren confirm Sainz to replace Alonso

McLaren have announced that they have signed Carlos Sainz Jr to replace fellow Spaniard Fernando Alonso when the double world champion leaves the sport at the end of this year.


After Alonso announced on Tuesday that he will not be racing is 2019, McLaren have moved very quickly and have signed Sainz on a “multi-year” deal.

Sainz, who made his debut in 2015 with Toro Rosso, was on loan at Renault after Red Bull this season. Up against Nico Hulkenberg, Sainz seemed to have not done enough in the first half of the season for the French team to sign him for 2019 instead signing Daniel Ricciardo from Red Bull.

Sainz was on loan at Renault from Red Bull as the drinks team effectively “owned” his contract. Red Bull had up until September to renew his contract by either getting Sainz to race with Red Bull or Toro Rosso for 2019. This deal with McLaren shows that Red Bull have opted to let Sainz go having not wanting to take the chance to promote him to Red Bull or bring him back to Toro Rosso.

This then opens the door for Pierre Gasly who is having a good season at Toro Rosso. Rumours suggest that this move should happen soon with the young Frenchman being promoted to the more senior team.

Who does Sainz partner?

McLaren have yet to reveal who will partner Sainz for 2019. Current driver Stoffel Vandoorne has had a poor season and has struggled with the handling of the McLaren throughout the year. McLaren are concerned about the gap between Vandoorne and Alonso as the Belgian has yet to out-qualify the Spaniard so far this year.

McLaren’s reserve driver, Lando Norris, is currently enjoying a successful campaign in F2 and sits in 2nd place just a few points behind Mercedes reserve driver, George Russell.

Another outside bet is Force India’s Esteban Ocon. Ocon, who made his debut in 2016, is part of Mercedes’s young driver program and currently drives fro Force India. The rumour is that he will lose his seat at Force India to Williams’s Lance Stroll.

Confirmed 2019 Driver Line-ups

  • Mercedes: Lewis Hamilton & Valterri Bottas
  • Ferrari: Sebastian Vettel
  • Red Bull: Max Verstappen
  • Renault: Daniel Ricciardo & Nico Hulkenberg
  • McLaren: Carlos Sainz Jr

F1 “MyDriver” goes out on a high

After 8 enthralling seasons, “MyDriver” a YouTube series created by YouTuber aarava ended in dramatic fashion as the Brit bet season-long rivals Red Bull’s Pierre Gasly and Audi’s Carlos Sainz Jr to pick up his 4th Drivers Championship.


“MyDriver” originally started out as a career mode in which aarava, who partnered Jenson Button at McLaren, had just graduated from GP2 to F1 after winning the junior series. The idea behind the concept was what could of happened if the Honda engine was good and McLaren were able to compete at the top. “MyDriver” is all about the whole package of a season of racing at the highest level, the race weekend itself and most importantly, the story behind it.

Taking place on the official F1 games, 2015, 2016 and 2017, it involves a high amount of modding in which aarava does himself.

But after 8 seasons, the series came to a close in Japan where both championships were decided.

Before the Season Finale

It’s 2022, aarava has joined Ferrari alongside Charles Leclerc in his final season of racing in F1 before his retirement. The cars are nothing anyone has seen before with double the amount of downforce and with more power thanks to the V10 Hybrid engines. The introduction of 3 sprint races have been a great addition to the calendar and has thrown up some interesting results. After finishing in 2nd in Australia, aarava comes in the final round 2 points behind Red Bull’s Pierre Gasly with the Audi of Carlos Sainz 7 points behind aarava in 3rd. The Constructors Championship can also be decided in Japan. Leclerc claimed his first win of the season in Australia and that helped Ferrari’s chances but the Scuderia are only one point ahead of Red Bull. In typical fashion, it all comes down to the final race.

The Finale

Gasly, Sainz and aarava have all been title rivals throughout the 8 seasons but never at the same time. Initially it was a poor qualifying for aarava with the Brit the last of the championship rivals down in 7th. Sainz kept his hopes up by taking Pole Position while Gasly lined up in 4th. After a great start, aarava found himself in 3rd after decisive overtakes on Renault’s Jack Aitken, team-mate Leclerc, Mercedes’s Max Verstappen and the other Renault of Esteban Ocon.

Gasly was the first one to blink as the Frenchman dived into the pits with aarava following the next lap. aarava came out just behind Gasly as the Red Bull driver was held up in traffic. Sainz came out as aarava approached turn 1 with both side-by-side through turns 3 and 4 with Sainz getting ahead. Before the lap ends, aarava manages to overtake Sainz and sets about catching Gasly. What is evidently clear is that it is starting to rain. Everyone dives into the pits for the Intermediate tyre.

Leclerc stayed out one extra lap and was able to jump Sainz effectively ending the Spaniard’s hopes of a second world championship. Gasly and aarava do battle over 4th and 5th with the former Red Bull team-mates going toe-to-toe. Ahead of the battling duo, Jaguar’s Stoffel Vandoorne, McLaren’s Lando Norris and Mercedes’s Mick Schumacher occupied the top 3 places as thanks to strategy they didn’t have to pit until the rain fell gaining a whole load of “free” positions.

Everyone pits once again on the Intermediate tyre as it looks like the rain is here to stay. On lap 22, aarava finally overtakes Gasly for 4th and the pair begin to catch the top 3. After making a slight mistake, Sainz overtakes Leclerc for 6th but that won’t be enough for Sainz at the moment to take the championship. The track is drying and the field pit for the dry tyres. aarava is able to unleash the full potential of the Ferrari and after a mistake by Vandoorne, aarava occupies 3rd with Gasly in 5th. Time has run out for Gasly as Vandoorne keeps ahead until the chequered flag and it’s enough for aarava to take his 4th Driver’s Championship by 2 points head of Gasly. McLaren’s Norris takes his maiden F1 win and with Leclerc in 7th, it’s enough for Ferrari to take home the Constructors Championship.