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Sep 01 2019

Formula One 2019: Spa

Back after the August recess the 2019 Formula One season is 2/3rds done and so far the score board looks like this-

      Mercedes 11
      Red Bull 2
      Ferrari 1

That 1 came from LeClerc who celebrated his very first Formula One victory today.

This is where the point standings are-

Constructors’ Championship

Rank Team Points
1 Mercedes 471
2 Ferrari 326
3 Red Bull Racing Honda 254
4 McLaren Renault 82
5 Scuderia Toro Rosso Honda 51
6 Renault 43
7 Racing Point BWT Mercedes 40
8 Alfa Romeo Racing Ferrari 32
9 Haas Ferrari 26
10 Williams Mercedes 1

Driver’s Championship

Rank Driver Team Points
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 268
2 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 203
3 Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing Honda 181
4 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 169
5 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 157
6 Pierre Gasly Scuderia Toro Rosso Honda 65
7 Carlos Sainz McLaren Renault 58
8 Daniil Kvyat Scuderia Toro Rosso Honda 33
9 Kimi Räikkönen Alfa Romeo Racing Ferrari 31
10 Alexander Albon Red Bull Racing Honda 26
11 Lando Norris McLaren Renault 24
12 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 22
13 Sergio Perez Racing Point BWT Mercedes 21
14 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 21
15 Lance Stroll Racing Point BWT Mercedes 19
16 Kevin Magnussen Haas Ferrari 18
17 Romain Grosjean Haas Ferrari 8
18 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo Racing Ferrari 1
19 Robert Kubica Williams Mercedes 1

To summarize the season so far, Ferrari entered it with a supposedly strong advantage in power. As it develops, not so much really and certainly not enough to counter a considerable Mercedes edge in handling and cornering. Only recently has Ferrari been able to demonstrate any ability to transmit whatever power advantage they have into on track speed.

Maranello has also been handicapped by their drivers. LeClerc is a pure rookie with potential who has taken the average amount of time to acclimate, Vettel’s only talent is to pull a hole shot and run away in a superior car while his partner blocks for him. He’s also a really nasty guy and a poor and petulant team mate who can never fail, he can only be failed.

Not that Lew Hamilton is a Saint, but by comparison…

Truth is that while technically undecided the season is done, unless you’re into betting the back markers. Today’s race was won by LeClerc from the Pole, but it was hardly decisive. Despite aggressive blocking by Vettel, had the race lasted another 2 laps Hamilton would have passed LeClerc on tires fresher by about 10 laps. As is typical of Spa there was a crash in the very first corner calling out the Safety Car for about 6 laps.

Earlier today Anthoine Hubert died after a major crash with Juan Manuel Correa at Eau Rouge during the second lap of the F2 race, which was halted.

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