How to lose a Formula 1 Championship

If there is any justice in the world McLaren should probably win this year’s world championship (unless they were found to be cheating). I say this from a totally non partisan point of view. So why do I say “should”?

Formula 1 is about the details. It’s about getting the little things right a million times in a row. It’s about winning all of the races you’re fastest at and not being asleep when a faster team messes up. The team that has excelled at this technique has been Ferrari up until this season. McLaren have been terrible at it up until this season. This year it feels like they’ve been looking at each other’s play book (not actually obviously Ron – calm down dear).

Ferrari also used to run excessive team orders and I never felt it was necessary. Schumacher was good enough to prove himself on his own. I don’t mind some team play and at the end of the season if you have a clear leader it seems only sensible. There was a clear sign which will probably define which team wins the championship in Hungary. But it wasn’t the battle between Alonso and Lewis. That is about which McLaren driver will win.

Ferrari probably won’t win the championship this year because they seem unable to capitalise on situations like this. Situations where the two McLaren drivers don’t trust each other are exactly the situations they should be using to win races. I personally feel the worst thing that happened in the qualifying pit lane in Hungary was Ferrari failing to fuel Massa. This showed much of the problem Ferrari have been having this season. Not only are their cars fragile but they keep scoring these own goals. And unless they change something, and fast, it will be too late for this championship. It probably is already.

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About Alex Andronov

Alex Andronov is a writer who lives in the UK. He is currently working on 7 novels, 5 film scripts, 2 plays, 2 TV series, 1 history of the United States, 1 travelogue and trying to find some focus.
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