This season is just four races old and it has already provided more entertainment than the last two seasons. Last year, there was only one man and one team dominating the grid, but this year; New rules have completely changed the course of the wind.
Amazingly, four different drivers from four different teams have won the first four races, a record that last happened in the 1983 season.
So what is special about this season?
First, it is the drivers lineup for this season. The return of Kimi Raikonnen has increased the number of world champions present on the grid and it made F1 more interesting to watch.
Secondly, it is the innovations that have been introduced this year.
Be it the double DRS of Mercedes, which reduces their drag drastically, or the exhaust layout of Redbull, which produces the maximum down force.
Not many of you know that the Renault engines are the most efficient and if you have closely watched the Bahrain GP, you would have noticed the cars with the Renault engine are faster than the ones with the Mercedes engine. The nose of McLaren and the front Pull-rod suspension of the Ferrari are also something that stand out from the usual trend.
The third reason is because of the new Pirelli tires that have made racing tougher, as all teams struggle to find ways to reduce tire degradation and improve traction. Though four races have been completed, very few teams are comfortable with the new tires.
The fourth, is the midfield battle that has spiced up things with rivalry between Sauber, Force India and the Williams. Several bold strategies have enabled some of them to squeeze between the top contenders.
At the back, our Indian hero Narain Karthikeyan in the HRT is struggling hard to defeat their closest rival, Marussia F1 Team and improve his level of performance.
Impressive starts, brave over takings, dramatic pit stops and unpredictable tire wear-out have provided the audience, the excitement they have been waiting for almost a year.
The fifth, is the Mid- Season testing that will take place next week. This will give an opportunity to all the teams to improvise their design and performance, thereby reducing the seconds between teams.
The stage is set for a close battle and the teams are working tirelessly to design the new parts and upgrades to their cars and test it at Mugello next week. When the teams return to racing after three weeks time at Catalunya, Barcelona there might be an another new winner. Michael Schumacher, perhaps?
Published with permission from Myf1eye.