1. Battle at the top
If the pre-season testing gave us any concluding remarks, it was that the Mercs are still at the top and the team to beat, but Ferrari are not far behind. They’ve also increased their game and with the world class talents of Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen, they can definitely challenge the Mercedes at the top.
Nico Rosberg with his brilliant form in the closing stages of the 2015 season proved that he can’t be taken lightly, and he knows that this is his last chance to showcase his talent, considering there are rumours that Mercedes is looking for other options for 2017. If season 2015 proved anything, it was that Nico Rosberg can deliver, but he needs to do that more often. Many at times, he lost the plot too easily compared to Lewis Hamilton, succumbing to pressure and failing to make a big impact. Let’s see what the Nico Rosberg of 2016 has under his belt.
Lewis Hamilton, despite his third title in 2015, has a lot of critics to prove wrong this season, who blamed his social life for his sudden downfall during the ending of the season. Any wrong move here and there, and these critics will be up on his head. Lewis Hamilton himself accepted that he lost his way after his championship win in the US Grand Prix last year, which allowed Nico Rosberg to regain form. If he is to win his third consecutive title, he will need to be at his 100% again.
The two Ferrari drivers have absolutely nothing to lose, it seems. Sebastian Vettel is enjoying his time in the Ferrari garage, enjoying the car, which now certainly is a lot closer to the Mercs than last year. The two Mercedes drivers can never call Vettel off from the race or the championship, because he has that fighting spirit within him and the talent to win from nowhere.
The iceman, Kimi Raikkonen, should be thankful for the Ferrari drive this year, as there were mighty rumours of Ferrari going for Bottas. He was mighty impressive during pre-season testing and should aim for better performances on Saturday for any significant gain on Sunday. Whether he has done enough to challenge the Mercs for the top 2 spots, is still not sure.