F1 after half way: Mercedes, Ferrari split half sad and happy

The Formula 1 (F1) race is in the summer vacation after a very intense period with five races in just 7 weeks, so this seems like a great time to look back at the half of the season.


With 12 races passed and the remaining 9 races, some teams and drivers have had a good first half of 2019… and a few failed.

While Ferrari showed great promise at the test stage in Barcelona, ​​Mercedes had overcome barriers in the first race in Melbourne, and showed a dominant dominance in the first half of the season. Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas took the lead in the first few stages – in fact Bottas dominated the qualifiers until Monaco. As a result, Hamilton won eight stages, while Bottas won two podiums.

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But the British champion was more brave in difficult situations when Ferrari and Red Bull became more frequent threats to Mercedes’ dominance when the spring turned summer. At this point, Bottas gradually deteriorated and was 62 points away from his teammate. This gap shows that Hamilton still retains his near perfect performance with his Finnish teammates. Above all, they are helping Mercedes towards another title and another record – the first team to win 6 double individual and team championships.

After Mercedes and Hamilton, Max Verstappen is the name to be mentioned when the Dutch driver won 2 stages and won the pole in the recent race in Hungary. In addition, Verstappen is the only driver who has not made any significant mistakes this year and while the Red Bull is not as fast as Ferrari or Mercedes in the first stages, Verstappen is constantly on the podium. podium.

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By winning 2 of the last 4 stages – and almost 3 in Hungary, Verstappen showed that he could threaten Mercedes and Hamilton for the remainder of the season.

One reason for the Dutch young driver to have more hope is Red Bull’s engine partner. Although still inferior to Ferrari and Mercedes, but the progress Honda achieved is remarkable. Winning the pole in the hybrid era is the achievement of engine manufacturers after many years of failing with McLaren. Therefore, it is not surprising that Red Bull and Honda will become the main concerns for Mercedes next season.