3 reasons why the F1 2018 season is the best season of the Hybrid Era
I think everyone will agree when I say that F1 fans have not had the best of the decade, with the dominance of Red Bull in the early parts to the emergence of Mercedes in the hybrid era, it has all been a bit one dimensional, with the exception of 2010 and 2012 of course.
The excitement of the race itself is lacking and we all could tell even before the teams got into the country who would be on the podium with a reasonable degree of accuracy. Tracks like Monaco, Hungary, Australia and Singapore certainly do not help the cause and the change in rule to forbid teams from re-fueling during the race itself because of 'safety issues' has deprived us of all the chaos and drama.
So what has changed this season that is claiming otherwise? Well for starters, Ferrari and Red Bull have picked up the pace. All of you who have seen the first four races this season would agree to this. I don't know what to expect for the next race and this is the first time in a long long time I am feeling this way.
The so-called midfield is a lot closer to each other in terms of performance than in recent times. In fact, the performance is so close that any team can now overtake any other teams in the same bracket i.e midfield on midfield and top six on top six. And also If you didn't already know, this is the first time in history two quadruple world champions are on the track gunning for the fifth and ready to prove everybody why they are the best.
So let's take a look at what is different this season and why it will be the most exciting season of this era:
#1 Emergence of Red Bull and Ferrari
Yes, you saw this one coming didn't you? Well, obviously it's a no-brainer. The most glaring thing of the past season was the lack of competition up top. It had changed a bit last season when Ferrari were looking for a title push in the early parts but the challenge waned at the fag end of the season, the difference in performance was conspicuous in the Grand Prix of Italy, United States, Belgium and it was obvious that Ferrari needed to find a bit more to seriously push Lewis and the Silver Arrows.
In the previous seasons, if I ask you to tell me the one thing that will definitely happen on a race weekend, you would have told me that a Mercedes will be on pole. Specifically, if I asked about last season than you would have told me that Mercedes would be on pole in certain types of tracks and Ferrari on others. I dare you to do this now. Impossible right?
Also, it is obvious that Red Bull do not have the pace to compete in the qualifiers so far but their race pace is genuinely promising and when you have drivers like Ricciardo and Max who can find gaps where they do not exist, you know we've got a season on our hands like never before. Red Bull could genuinely have had a one-two in the Shanghai If not for Max's all or nothing moves when it was absolutely unnecessary.