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Teammate Rivalries to Watch in The F1 2016 Season

While 2015 has been labeled an insipid if not boring F1 year, things are looking good for 2016. Away from the usual shenanigans around Bernie Ecclestone, there are so many ingredients to spice the action and return the fans to the terraces.

One of the features at play is teammate rivalry as each driver tries to upset the other in order to get the pecking order. Here are some rivalries to look out for in order to spice your season:

1.       Daniel Ricciardo Versus Daniil Kvyat

red-bull-drivers-daniel-ricciardo-daniil-kvyat[1]There was no argument that Ricciardo was the more talented if not experienced driver at Red Bull when the 2015 F1 season kicked off. Already, the Australian had wowed during the 2014 season, a fact that eventually forced Vettel out of Red Bull. Nevertheless, Kvyat has dazzled and even finished 3 points on top of his teammate. This year, both drivers say the car is impressive and you can bet they will be fighting both for points and bragging rights.

2.       Lewis Hamilton Versus Nico Rosberg

lewis-hamilton-nicolean700[1]To call this the most exciting if not ominous teammate rivalries is an understatement. It brings to mind the legendary rivalry between Alain Prost and Senna among other classics.  Hamilton really wants another title in order to cement his place among the greats such as Schumacher, Aryton Senna and Graham Hill among others.

Nevertheless, Nico Rosberg is desperate to prove his worth at Mercedes and obviously doesn’t like playing second fiddle as he has already said. In the last six races, Nico was in imperious form, taking pole position in all and winning the last three, though the title had already been won by his teammate. Could this be a precursor to a more aggressive Rosberg or did Hamilton just relax after winning the title. Time will tell, but you can bet there will be no letdown in the aggressive rivalry which will enliven F1.

3.       Valtteri Bottas Versus Felipe Massa

It is a rivalry that doesn’t elicit a lot of interest in F1 but with Bottas aiming for a top team seat, there is no underestimating the hunger to prove his worth. Already there is a chance at Ferrari if Kimi doesn’t impress once more this season and Bottas knows he has to beat Massa consistently at Williams in order to clinch a better deal with such a top team.

4.       Max Verstappen Versus Carlos Sainz

FIf there is one F1 driver who is under close watch by the top teams, it has to be Verstappen or Mad Max as fans have christened him. The Belgian-Dutch racing driver has impressed everyone in the F1 paddock despite the team getting a lot of flak for hiring a teenager. In fact, the tough licensing rules were conceptualized just because of the hype surrounding Verstappen’s seat at Toro Rosso, but clearly Carlo Sainz Jr has his work cut out for him. The Spaniard has to work extra hard to get closer to Verstappen and increase the chances for a top seat.

There are other teams that have ambitious teammates, including Vettel versus Raikkonen, Alonso versus Button and Sergio Perez versus Nico Hulkenberg.

Highs and Lows that Make Formula One Legendary

Juan Fangio 1957No one thought Achilles’ the hero had a weakness, but eventually, a part that is so minor proved to be his weak link. Well, every legend has his high and low moments, from Oedipus to Hercules and many more.

So it is not any different with the legendary Formula One that has come to be adored by millions in the world since its inception in the 1940s. As a racing buff, you need to acquaint yourself with the memorable moments of racing in order to really appreciate where the hunger to drive a contraption at 350mp/h comes from.

Here are some of those moments that have helped stoke the fire of hunger for more amongst drivers and fans of Grand Prix:

The mythical drive by Juan Fangio, 1957: Without doubt, he is reputed to be one of the greatest drivers in F1, and in the German GP at Nürburgring, he proved exactly why. Racing in the toughest tracks of the time, he dropped to 3rd after a problem in the pit but after getting back on, he drove like a daredevil breaking the record on the lap 9 times to bring his Maserati home 1st in front of a thunderstruck crowd.

Jim Clark’s Oil leak misfortune, 1962: The last race at Prince George was to determine the winner between Clark and Graham Hill. Clark bolted out like a bullet and Hill had no chance. The title was Clark’s but a missing lock washer changed all this with 20 laps to go leading to an oil leak and Clark’s Lotus had to retire. Talk of bad luck.

Tightest F1 finish at Monza, Italy 1971: Back then drama was frequent at Monza, also considered the fastest track. During the final lap, Peter Gethin, in a BRM, was fourth, but like a typhoon, he hurtled down and won the race by a hundredth of a second.

·         Monaco Jinxed Finish line, 1982: Ordinarily, F1 drivers are hungry for the finish line, but in Monaco 1982, no one seemed capable of reaching it. Firstly, one of the lead drivers, Arnous, skidded at the pool. Prost took the lead but also lost control. Riccardo Patrese took the lead but also stalled letting Didier take the lead only to run out of fuel. Andrea de Cesaris and Derek Daly who were behind could not take the lead as they had stalled too. Luckily, Patresse got his Brabham back and won the jinxed race.

Death of Ayrton Senna, 1994: He is one of the greatest drivers to ever grace F1, but at Imola, doing an estimated 190mph, he rammed into a wall and died. The loss is still felt to date.

Felipe Massa’s 39 second championship, 2008: Unforgettable is the way to put it. Massa had put a perfect run and Hamilton was at the back. This was the final race, lap and corner. The championship was his, but as fate would have it, Hamilton passed Timo Glock and managed a fifth position, which was all he needed to win his first title.

These moments are just a tip of the ice berg because F1 has its full basket of shocking and awesome moments. From Prost and Senna battles, Schumacher’s packing incident at Monaco 2006 and myriad crashes. You just have to catch every race lest you miss these delightful moments.

The Monaco Formula 1 Hall-of-Fame

monaco-grand-prixWhen it comes to reviewing the best drivers in Formula One, pundits tend to disagree on who qualifies. This is because different conditions and cars cumulatively determine success in the whole season. However, it is easier to review the best of the best on one circuit.

Monaco Grand Prix; The Champions Factory

The Monaco GP has always featured among the most gruelling and at the end of the day, it is a kiln for champions. With the 2015 Monaco Grand Prix only a few months away on 21st to 24th May,this is the best chance to review who deserves to be in the hall-of-fame of this circuit. Take a look:

Graham Hill Monaco 1963Mr. Monaco, Graham Hill

He redefined cool with his slicked-back hair but that was not what makes him a Monaco legend. With the first win in 1963, quickly followed by another in 1964 and 1965, it was obvious a legend had been born. Two more wins in 1968 and 1969 made him the ultimate Mr. Monaco.

Ayrton SennaAyrton_Senna_1992_Monaco

Can any Formula One legends’ list be complete without Senna? Of course not; the Brazilian stands apart with six wins from just ten attempts. What’s more, his racing was simply out of this world.

He raced as if his life depended on it and his manoeuvres are still terrific by modern standards. From his first battle with Alain Prost in 1984, it was obvious more was to come and from 1987, he became a Monaco specialist.

Alain Prost 1984 MonacoAlain Prost

His name is etched in F1 history as one of the best drivers to sit in a racecar. With four wins at Monaco, he was the master of the streets before Senna came into the picture. It is amazing that no other driver apart from the two won on the Monte Carlo streets between over a 10 year period from the mid-80s to the early 90s.

Michael Schumacher 2010Michael Schumacher

Forget the 2006 incident where he blocked the circuit and denied Fernando Alonso pole position; Schumacher is still one of the greatest on the streets. With five wins in Monte Carlo since 1994 when driving for Benetton, he fits snugly on the hall-of-fame list of Monaco.

There are of course other legends who have lit the streets of Monaco. They include Jackie Stewart and Stirling Moss both with three wins, Juan Manuel Fangio, Mark Webber, Fernando Alonso and Nick Laudia each with two wins.

Monaco Grand Prix is a major test even for the best drivers. All these winners went on to become the best in the sport. Make sure you don’t miss the Monaco GP 2015 as more legends will be born. We can recommend SenateGrandPrix.com for tickets and hospitality packages in Monaco 2015

Why watching Formula One Races is good for you


All year round, millions of fans flock venues where Formula One events are being held. Fans from every corner of the world watch this sporting event on television. Globally, the estimated number of Formula 1 fans falls at over 500 million. The question that beckons is whether you can be counted as one of those people who are thrilled by high speed sporting activities. What does the Formula One have in stock for you? Well, for starters, the hype behind this sporting activity makes it attract viewership. Just like there are people who love watching soccer, lawn tennis or golf, motor racing can be your darling sport.

A whole new experience

Brazil happens to have the largest Formula One fan base. F1’s broadcasters estimate that almost 86 million Brazilians follow all the races keenly. Other diehards include Italians and Spaniards. The latter are inspired, in part, by Fernando Alonso. He is one of the most decorated F1 champions. In addition, Italy boasts of a number of racing teams. Good examples include Pirelli and Ferrari. Watching Formula One races brings you in touch with some of the most exciting people in the world. In particular, the races are never without beautiful women and images of world cities that you have never been to.

Ability to impress

Every sport has its set of rules. People get impressed when they hear others talking authoritatively about a sport they love. Formula One is no different. By following the happenings in the sport, you soon become conversant with the scoring system, qualifiers and things like those. There are also many things happening both inside and outside circuits. As a fan, you get to find out who received disqualification, arguments within a team and when the next race is coming up. Not everyone knows this. With every race, your knowledge of the sport grows. You can use this to impress your friends whenever the chance comes.

Travelling across the world

Formula One calendar has 19 races per season. That means 19 different destinations across the globe. Here is a chance for you to travel across the world, albeit virtually. Viewership of Formula One races helps you sharpen your knowledge in geography. Whether the race is in Sochi, Sao Paulo, Abu Dhabi or Shanghai, there is always a feature on TV about what makes such cities unique. It also makes you go search for information on host countries online.