McLaren-Honda have been perpetually struggling since 2015. Two years later, it has been no different for the Woking team and the talent of the drivers are being under-utilised. Double World champion Fernando Alonso has out-qualified Belgian teammate Stoffel Vandoorne 9 times while the later has only beaten the veteran once. At Monaco, when Alonso was away on IndyCAR duties, his substitute, Jenson Button also out-qualified Vandoorne. In terms of race results, their report card is peppered with retirements, but in the few races where both cars have reached the chequered flag, Alonso has finished ahead of Vandoorne. However, top 10 finishes for both cars in the last race will be very encouraging for the team.
Sauber have had a lot of struggles this year and have been stuck battling McLaren-Honda a lot. Despite missing the opening 2 races, German driver Pascal Wehrlein has been the sole points earner for the Swiss team. In the qualifying head to head, Wehrlein leads Ericsson 6-3, Ericsson also leads Wehrlein’s replacement Antonio Giovinazzi with a score of 2-0. In terms of race results, Wehrlein has finished ahead of Ericsson with a score of 4-3 barring race retirements for either driver.
What Spa Francorchamps holds in store for F1 fans, only time will tell. Worry not F1 fans, hibernation is nearly over, so sit back, relax and roll on the second half of the 2017 F1 season