After winning the Hungarian Grand Prix on July 26, Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel sits 42 points behind Lewis Hamilton in the Formula One drivers’ standings. Hamilton’s Mercedes team-mate, Nico Rosberg, splits the pair perfectly, 21 points ahead of Vettel.
Autosport recently released the results of its fan survey, conducted in conjunction with F1 Racing and Motorsport News. Earlier in July, the Grand Prix Drivers Association (GPDA) and Motorsport.com also published an executive summary of the results of their own Formula One fan poll.
On the same weekend that 17-year-old Max Verstappen finished fourth in the Hungarian Grand Prix—directly ahead of double world champions Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton—he said he hopes to get his driver’s licence during the Formula One summer break, according to the Press Association.
On an emotional weekend in Budapest, with Jules Bianchi’s death weighing on everyone’s minds, Sebastian Vettel continued to build his legacy with a flawless drive for Ferrari. Sunday’s thrilling race was a great win for Vettel and Ferrari, a cathartic moment for the sport and a fantastic spectacle for the fans.
As the 2015 Formula One season nears the halfway point, Mercedes are once again running away with the constructors’ championship. The battle in the midfield, on the other hand, couldn’t be much closer.
Late last Friday, common sense finally prevailed in Formula One. It is just a small step, with the FIA World Motor Sport Council approving some of the F1 Strategy Group’s latest recommendations, but even a small step in the right direction is a good sign for the sport after a turbulent year of bankruptcies, double points and threatened boycotts.
After nine races of the 2014 Formula One season, Nico Rosberghad outqualified his Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton 5-4, and each driver had scored four pole positions. At the same point this year, about halfway through the season’s 19 races, Hamilton has outqualified Rosberg 8-1 (the two Merc drivers have swept the front row of the grid seven times and taken all nine poles).