F1: Ferrari (NYSE:RACE) MercedesAMG ‘Battle’ Make Season Outcome Hard to Predict
F1 returns to action this week after its Summer hiatus at Spa Francorchamps in Belgium where the championship battles take up again.
MercedesAMG’s Lewis Hamilton leads the Drivers’ championship by 24 points from title rival Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel, and MercedesANG leads Ferrari by 10 points in the Constructors’ race.
The championship has swung back and forth between the 2 teams during the course of the 1st 12 races of the Y 2018 season and MercedesAMG’s team boss Toto Wolff says that he is certain it will go down to the final race in Abu Dhabi in November.
In the last 4 seasons, it was easy to predict the favorites going into a race owing to MercedesAMGs’ dominance over the rest of the grid, but after Ferrari and Red Bull Racing’s emergence as contenders in Y 2018, the results have been surprising.
Ferrari have won on tracks that were supposed to suit the MercedesAMG better, while the opposite has occurred on tracks that favored the Ferrari team.
The Spa Francorchamps circuit is a combination of long straights, fast corners and multiple elevation changes and Mr. Wolff admits it is impossible to make a prediction prior to the race weekend.
“It is very difficult to make any predictions for Spa,” Mr. Wolff said on Mercedes’ official site ahead of the Belgian Grand Prix this weekend. “If this season has taught us one thing, it’s that there are no clear favourites for specific tracks anymore and that it’s not always the fastest car that wins.”
“Instead, the competitive balance seems to swing back and forth from circuit to circuit. What is clear is that our competitors are pushing extremely hard and put up a very tough fight. So, we need to keep our heads down, work hard to eliminate our weaknesses and further build on our strengths, and take the season race by race,” he explained.
“2018 promises to be a season that we will still be talking about in years to come and we can’t wait to get out there and start racing again.”