Daniel Ricciardo Wins Again

Daniel Ricciardo, United States Grand Prix, Austin 2012

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Hubby and I sat up last night watching the Belgian Formula 1 Grand Prix. I must say that I’m enjoying this season more than any I’ve watched for a few years, not the least because Australian driver Daniel Ricciardo is doing so well. He won the race after starting fifth on the grid behind the two Mercedes drivers, Hamilton and Rosberg, his teammate Vettel and Ferrari driver Alonso.

It was an exciting race with drivers battling for positions although marred by the collision between the Mercedes drivers. Whatever the outcome of that incident I hope it won’t mean going back to the days of team orders and processional racing which is very boring to watch. I’ve admired Mercedes for letting Hamilton and Rosberg race each other and I think it would be a shame if they now picked one of them and favoured him for the rest of the season. It always annoys me when teams do that, Ferrari have always been shocking for it and certain drivers in the past have seemed to expect it “Get out of my way.I’m the team leader.” has seemed to be their attitude. This is one of the reasons I like to see our “little Aussie battler” outperforming his teammate nearly every race.

I find it more fun to watch Formula 1 when I have a favourite driver to support either from my home country or just one that I like.  However I do like to see close racing and it is a bit boring to see the same driver win race after race so this year has been much more interesting than the past few seasons have been.  Now that we’re into the serious end of the season it will be interesting to see how the rest of the championship unfolds. It is almost certain that a Mercedes driver will be World Champion this year but which one?  I do have a preference which I won’t reveal for the time being. I’d love to see Daniel Ricciardo win it of course but although he’s in third place he’s still a long way behind them. However you never know what the next few races might bring.

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