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Russian GP racing: Determined to protect the throne in Sochi

Sochi race in Russia will be the next stop of F1 races after the Singapore GP race last weekend.


Ferrari did something that surprised fans when they had their first 1-2 victory at the Marina Bay Circuit since Singapore GP was put into the F1 system starting in 2008.

The victory in Singapore GP 2019 is the 3rd consecutive victory of the team from Italy Calculating from the second phase of the kick-off season. It was also Vettel’s first victory in the 2019 season after 392 days without knowing the winning taste since the Belgium race in 2018.

Vettel’s victory is particularly important in the current period of the season, which adds to the confidence of Ferrari as well as their four-time world-class steering wheel. Ferrari’s 3 successive victories prove that they have returned to their design trajectories with increasingly efficient upgrades, the car’s compression has been improved significantly on many different types of racing tracks. more important than that, it proves that Mercedes is not invincible at the moment.

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In addition to technical factors, Ferrari’s tactical team has also improved significantly. They made the correct and timely decision to put their steering wheel in the most favorable situation possible, the most evident demonstration of the 1-2 victory in the past week in Singapore.

In Singapore GP, Mercedes was completely passive in front of its rivals, they responded slowly to the happenings on the run and the results of both Mercedes steering wheel only came in 4th and 5th place after the race ended. end. 3 consecutive defeats to Ferrari is really impossible to swallow when before that in every race they always take the initiative in their play.

The problem of Mercedes is purely technical and tactical, but in addition to the above 2 Ferrari, they also need to thoroughly resolve internal conflicts when Vettel won the weekend. A cheerful atmosphere will energize Ferrari to succeed in the cold runs this weekend in Sochi.

The news is quite important that Mercedes will return to McLaren as an engine supplier since the 2020 season. It can be said that, since the departure of Mercedes and Hamilton, the traditional British rich racing team has not been self.

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They have lost the image for the past several seasons, hoping the return will show fans the image of a proud McLaren in the past. Pirelli will provide C2-C3-C4 tire combos for the teams in the race in Sochi, since the 2014 season, the first place in Sochi has always belonged to the drivers of Mercedes.

Hamilton has won 3 victories in Russia, this time back, with 3 consecutive defeats against Ferrari, fans hope to see the strength of the defending champion to assert their position. Although Ferrari claims there will be no more upgrades this season, they are focusing on the car that will compete in the 2020 season.

However, with the improvement in the second half of the season, the excitement of Vettel’s victory along with the desire to assert himself of young driver Leclerc. Mercedes may again find it difficult to defend its dominance in Sochi.

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.

Mercedes remained unrivaled in the new season opening stage

Mercedes started the 2019 season with a one-to-two championship at the Australian Grand Prix, although the first-place finisher was not the current world champion Lewis Hamilton.


Not Lewis Hamilton or Sebastian Vettel, Australia’s Formula1 season championship racer, Valtteri Bottas. The Finnish rider surpassed Hamilton from the start after his teammate started slowly in pole position. Even, Bottas can get bonus points thanks to the fastest race.

Leaving the team mate over led Hamilton to be left quite faraway because he had to focus on keeping Red Bull’s Max Verstappen to take second place. Of course, when Verstappen passed in 3rd place, This is clearly a sad day for Vettel and Ferrari racing team.

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“Why are we so slow?” Vettel asked his racing team after two-thirds of the race. “At this point, we don’t know”, someone answered. Rather, that’s all Ferrari’s story at the Australian Grand Prix.

Because before the 2019 season kicked off, many people thought Mercedes and Ferrari would not be inferior in speed. Instead, Bottas and Hamilton were overwhelming from the beginning, while Vettel pointed to fourth and Charles Leclerc to 5th. Particularly for Bottas, the Finnish driver even got a bonus point for reaching time. 

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It seems that after 2018 it is difficult not to win any stage compared to 11 podium wins and Hamilton and Bottas world championships are very determined this year. Of course, by winning in Australia, he showed his ambition to compete with his teammates and deserved to be a candidate after his impressive performance at the Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit.

Similarly, the Ferrari racing team, where Vettel can feel the pressure from teammate Leclerc. The Monaco driver made some minor mistakes in Ferrari’s debut, but, thanks to a late stop, he had newer tires of Vettel inthe following rounds. Leclerc quickly closed the gap of 12 seconds between them before following Vettel in the final round.