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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.