August blog time and we have reached the summer break for F1, finishing at the Hungaroring in Hungary on July 27th before recommencing at Spa in Belgium on August 24th.
The battle at the front is heating up between Hamilton and Rosberg in the Mercedes cars with Hamilton having more of his share of unreliability but two great drives from the back in consecutive races at Hungary and Germany have allowed the Briton to stay within 11 points of the German in the standings. Hopefully when the season resumes, he will be able to close back up.
The Williams team, in particular Bottas, has put in some great performances and put themselves up with the Red Bulls, just behind the dominant Mercedes team.
Meanwhile there are a whole host of exciting new talent within the F1 ranks currently with Bottas, Kvyat, Magnussen and J-E-Vergne all putting in some great performances so far this year. Kvyat in particular at the young age of just 19 and in his first season has been exceptional and with rumours churning of Vettel perhaps making a move in 2015/16, he would be a great partner for the exciting and impressive Daniel Ricciardo.
Under pressure currently is Kimi Raikonnen in the Ferrari who hasn’t performed as well as expected and has been overshadowed by his teammate Alonso. Interest is growing on whether he will stay with Ferrari next year with the Italian outfit under serious pressure to become competitive once more. Jules Bianchi in the Marussia is a contracted Ferrari driver and has impressed once more in a poor car, often winning the battle with the teams at the rear end of the grid.
Of the more experienced drivers, the pace of Nico Hulkenberg in mid pack cars such as the current Force India and previously the Sauber shows that he too should be considered for a drive with a top team and with Jenson Button not getting any younger, could he be an ideal and experienced replacement to partner the rookie Magnussen?
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See you in September!