A beginner’s guide in watching Formula 1 during the pandemic- Part 3

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5.Renault

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Renault is a French car manufacturer-backed 20% by the French government. In terms of giants, it is amongst the bigger ones out there in f1 history. They began as an engine supplier to teams that won world championships like McLaren, Williams, and until recently red bull with its 4 in-a-row championships win. They have also competed as a constructor since the early 2000s, where they had Fernando Alonso take on the mighty Michael Schumacher Ferrari to a brace of 2 championships in 2005 and 2006. Since they have struggled to get back to the top steps of the podium for the past 10 years. Working either with lotus or by themselves where they had several wins and podiums. Their drivers Daniel Ricciardo and Esteban Ocon has recently brought life back to the team with their two podium finishes since then and are currently in a 3-way fight for 3rd in the constructor championship at 136 points.

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(Picture of Daniel Ricciardo & Esteban Ocon courtesy of formula1.com)

4.Mclaren

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Mclaren is one of the teams with a rich history of racing similar to Williams. With its fair share of 8 championships under its belt lead by the late great legendary driver Ayrton Senna, Alain Prost, and most recently in 1998 & 1999 Mika Hakkinen. Who to this day remains one of the few people who can truly take on the legendary Michael Schumacher? Mclaren like Williams has had its fair share of tumultuous times over the years. Where unlike Williams, has had a renaissance of revamping its company structure with team principal Zak Brown leading its way slowly back up the top steps of the podium. Their current drivers of Carlos Sainz and Lando Norris are both fairly new and talented drivers who have been consistently placing the team in the top 5 finishers in the past two years. Currently, they are fighting with Renault and Racing Point for a 3rd-place finish in the constructor championship at 149 points.

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(Picture of Carlos Sain & Lando Norris courtesy of formula1.com)

3.Racing Point

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Racing Point was known to force India for the good half of the late 2000s and early 2010s. It has been a strong midfield team since its conception. Scoring consistent finishes in the midfield, where it had talents like Giancarlo Fisichella, Nico Hulkenberg, and longtime loyal driver Sergio Perez. However, in 2018 its owner was arrested with fraud allegations and faced bankruptcy. Billionaire Lawrence Stroll stepped in and saved the company just in time and since it has been known as a racing point. Their drivers Sergio Perez and Lance Stroll have been performing exceptionally well this year. Even though it has had its fair share of controversies, where it was slagged by copying the body of Mercedes car last year. Nonetheless, their drivers have proven that their skill, where Lance had his first pole position (1stin qualifying) and Sergio Perez in the same race score his 9thcareer podium. They are currently in a three-way 3rd-place fight with Renault and Mclaren sitting 154 points.

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(Picture of Sergio Perez & Lance Stroll courtesy of formula1.com)

2.Red Bull Racing

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Red Bull Racing has been a giant in formula 1 since the turn of the millennium. They are a subsidiary of an energy drinks company, who have had their beaks stuck in practically all sports around the world. They were originally taking over the jaguar racing team in 2006, and since then they have had 63 wins and 4 world championship titles under their belt mainly through Sebastian Vettel from 2010-2013. Red Bull has had their equal share of fast drivers, Vettel, Ricciardo, Mark Webber, and lately Max Verstappen and Alexander Albon. They have been consistently in the top 3 for the past ten years. Challenging the likes of Mercedes and Ferrari. Their partnership with Honda in recent years has proven quite successful where they are comfortably sitting in second place at 240 points.

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(Picture of Max Verstappen & Alexander Albon courtesy of formula1.com)

1.Mercedes

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If you ever looked at any sports website, chances are you have heard about Mercedes's recent record-breaking 7 world titles in a row. Since 2014 they have been absolutely dominating the field. Setting a rather high bar for teams to beat. Teams are only able to score a win or podium when there are significant events that occur. By default, Mercedes have been winning more than 50% of the races it's entered. Their Drivers Lewis Hamilton and Valterri Bottas are a formidable pair. Lewis is the one that has recently won his 7thtitle and broken the record for most wins, takes Mercedes to sit comfortably at the top step for the past 6 years and currently at 504 points.

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(Picture of Lewis Hamilton & Valterri Bottas courtesy of formula1.com)

I hope this is enough supplemental information for you to start enjoying this great sport, and hopefully, see you after the Bahrain Grand Prix.

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