Well, it certainly wasn’t as easy as it could have been…but at least the monkey’s off his back now, isn’t it? I mean, regardless of the style of racing or the status of a specific championship, the world of motorsport is a fiercely competitive business, with drivers constantly being pressured to achieve the best possible results in an attempt to justify their position on the grid, but the longer it takes for that success to arrive, even the most talented peddlers can find it even more difficult than normal – particularly at such a high level as this – to establish themselves as a credible contender, and that’s why it sometimes pays for them to take a chance. Of course, you could make the point that any seat is better than no seat at all, and so it’s sometimes easier for them to stay where they are (which is a perfectly fair assessment), but any aspiring racing driver has to have aspirations of making it to the very top, and, with so few actually making it there, it’d be foolish to pass up an opportunity like this when they come along…and we’re already starting to see the benefits such a decision can have. There’s a saying that ‘two’s company, three’s a crowd’, and, when it comes to the 2017 Formula One World Championship…the identity of the third contender is rapidly becoming an awful lot clearer.
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Sure, there’s still an awful long way to go, but at first glance…this is already looking a lot more promising, isn’t it? I mean, as far as most people are concerned, this is meant to be the absolute highest level of motorsport anywhere in the world, but it’s hard to be positive about a situation where two drivers from the same team are constantly battling it out for overall supremacy, and so something had to be done to turn the tide. Sure, there’s always an element of risk whenever a championship – especially one as high-profile as this – brings in a new set of rules (chiefly because no one really knows if they’re going to work or not), and, perhaps inevitably, some are going to get to grips with them quicker than others, but, when you consider the pattern of the last few seasons, it was a surprise to see them have such an immediate effect…and it looks as though the competition is going to be stronger than ever before. The most iconic name of them all has drawn first blood in the 2017 Formula One World Championship, and, for the first time in a long while…the pace-setters look like they’ve got a fight on their hands.
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Arguably the most spectacular and prestigious motorsport championship in the world, Formula One is about to change in a big way – this is the field of 2016 at the start of the season-opening Australian Grand Prix 12 months ago – and, with so many questions still to be answered…who’s going to grab the glory this time?
Talk about the winds of change…this is more like a hurricane, isn’t it? OK, so I might be overstating things a little, but it can be easy sometimes to become accustomed to things being done in a certain way – particularly after such a long period of time – and so, when the status quo is upset for whatever reason, there’s immediate pressure on those coming in to prove they’re capable of delivering the goods. I mean, it’s natural that the world of motorsport has to move with the times every now and again, but this is very much a case of revolution rather than evolution, and, to be honest, it’s difficult to emphasise just how important this could be for what many people regard as the pinnacle of racing. That’s right, Formula One is back, and, with the 2017 season set to get underway this weekend and so many unknowns to throw into the mix as a new era for the sport begins…it’s anyone’s guess how it’s going to play out.
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