Don’t look now, but things are getting very interesting at the top of the Formula 1 drivers’ standings.
Mercedes still dominates at the top but Lewis Hamilton has now won back-to-back races heading into Sunday’s European Grand Prix in Baku, Azerbaijan and has closed teammate Nico Rosberg’s lead to just nine points.
Rosberg won the first four races of the season and established a huge lead over everyone but that was followed by a first-ever victory for Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and then the double by Hamilton.
Lewis Hamilton finally made it to the winner’s podium with a victory in Monaco and will hope to keep that momentum going as well as keep a hard-charging Red Bull team at arm’s length as the Formula 1 season moves to Montreal for the Canadian Grand Prix.
There was high drama in Monaco two weeks ago as Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo was racing wonderfully before his team called him in for a routine tire change.
Following a disastrous weekend in Barcelona at the Spanish Grand Prix, Mercedes will hope to rebound with some strong driving at the Monaco Grand Prix this weekend. One thing is for certain when it comes to the Mercedes team entering this race: Nico Rosberg loves this track.
Just as you thought Nico Rosberg was running away with the 2016 Formula 1 championship, here comes 18-year-old wunderkind Max Verstappen.
The Dutch phenom responded to a promotion to Red Bull with a spectacular drive and win at the Spanish Grand Prix Sunday and has shot up the futures board at Bovada as a result. It would clearly take a herculean effort to wrestle the title from either Rosberg or his Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton, but Verstappen can now be had at +4000 on the futures board.
We are just four races into the 2016 Formula 1 season and one major storyline has dominated the headlines: Nico Rosberg.
Mercedes’ German driver has won all four races and in the process has opened a massive 43-point lead in the drivers’ standings over teammate Lewis Hamilton. He’s already recorded the third-most wins he’s had in any season at the F1 level and will shatter his career high of six (2015) with relative ease.
Nobody is surprised that Mercedes has come out and won three-straight races to open the Formula 1 season. It may come as somewhat of a shock that it is Nico Rosberg and not Lewis Hamilton that has crossed the finish line first as the German has been in dominant form early in the season.
Two races down, two checkered flags for Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg. The German followed up his win in Australia with a great showing in the Bahrain Grand Prix to give himself a 17-point edge over teammate Lewis Hamilton in the drivers’ standings entering the third race of the Formula 1 calendar.
The Chinese Grand Prix, however, has been dominated by Hamilton. The Brit has won back-to-back races there and has taken three in total since 2011. Rosberg’s last win at the Shanghai International Circuit came in 2012.
Following a 1-2 finish by Mercedes at the Australian Grand Prix in the opening race of the 2016 season, Formula 1 now moves on to the second race of the calendar, which takes place in Bahrain on April 3.
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