This weekend saw the new era of Formula One hit the streets of the classic Monaco circuit, some people including Williams driver Felipe Massa expressed their concern at the tricky nature of the tight, twisty circuit coupled with the increased torque and lower downforce levels of the 2014 spec cars.
The Italian Grand Prix was brilliant, the fans were great, the racing was incredible and the result has meant that the championship has closed up again. We got everything we want from racing, Jenson Button and Sergio Perez had some great wheel to wheel battles across the race distance and we got to witness Lewis at his best-charging back to victory after a worrying start. A perfect weekend of racing then? …Nearly.
Abu Dhabi was the first race were Vettel didn't really have to focus on a target-he has one the title and some of the pressure must be off of him. Webber was looking to recover from a very unlucky weekend last time ou in India, he may not have been able to beat Vettel but he could almost certainly have challenged for a podium spot.
So Max Chilton has finally hit the track in the brand new Marussia F1 car to take his first steps as a full time F1 driver. Everyone at Lets Race is buzzing that someone so close to us has reached the pinaccle of motorsport, living the dream we have each time we climb into one of our simulators. It is no doubt going to be an extremely tough year for Max and Marussia this year, hunting their first point in the sport.
Round 14, Korea.
Korea may not have proven as popular as they had first hoped but it does offer a very unique set of corners across the 5.615km (3.48 mi) circuit. Sector 1 offers very fast, long straights with some very heavy breaking points that could offer the best opportunity to make an easier pass. Sectors 2 and 3 tighten up into a much more complex series of corners that change direction quickly and require far higher amounts of downforce compared to sector 1.
At long last the Formula One season returns to our screens! And what a circuit to return to!
Spa offers some of the most unpredictable weather on offer across the whole Formula One season, along with some of the best racing moments. This weekend is made even more interesting with all of the talk regarding the drivers market, the coveted seat at Redbull, and the charge Mercedes seem to be on. Has 3 weeks out allowed Redbull to reassert themselves as the dominant force in all sessions or not?
Free Practice Two brought the sun with it for he F1 Paddock to work in. Lots of dry running for al the teams has given us a much better indication as to who is currently looking down the barrel of a possible pole position lap time and possibly the Grand Prix victory. The Redbulls are looking incredibly strong again, finishing the session nearly 0.8 seconds clear of the rest of the field but just 0.06 seconds seperating the two cars themselves.
25th of August - Race Day
The Belgian Grand Prix always gives us great racing, the weather usually has something to do with it, but this year the drivers delivered it all themselves without any input from the heavens.
FP3 gave us much of the same as FP2, Vettel was quickest but the margin appeared to have dropped, with Alonso only 0.283 seconds down on the German. Ferrari looked quicker but the Red Bull still looked to be comfortably ahead. Our thoughts were that if the Ferrari drivers could find a bit more time, then Vettel would have had an answer.
McLaren looked to have made a step forward with their raw pace but as is always the case with the practice sessions, it is just practice and you can't get a true reading on the pace of each team.