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F1 2018: The Known Knowns and the Known Unknowns

There are known knowns. These are things we know that we know. There are known unknowns. That is to say, there are things that we know we don’t know. But there are also unknown unknowns. There are things we don’t know we don’t know.

Donald Rumsfeld

The new season is days away and as we prepare to launch ourselves full force into another titanic championship battle why don’t you let the Last Lap Podcast help take you through some of the variables of the season before us?

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Top 5 Things to Look Forward to in F1 2018

 

Although the new season is still a few months away excitement is already growing now that we’re starting to see the shape of how F1 may look in the new year. So what is there to look forward to after a so-so ending to the last season? Here’s the Last Lap’s take on the top 5 things you should be looking forward to in the F1 season ahead!

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Does F1 need Ferrari?

It’s been a little while but Ferrari have decided it’s time for a good old “We’ll quit F1 if it goes ahead with this” threat but where before people would have decried Formula One without the prancing horse it seems this time that this threat is being dismissed by many as having real substance.

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Who is going to replace Rosberg? The Mercedes conundrum.

new-formula-one-world-champion-nico-rosbI have climbed my mountain, I am on the peak, so this feels right.

 

With these words Nico Rosberg threw the world of Formula One into chaos. After days of speculation that, in fact, his teammate Lewis Hamilton could be out on his ear after disobeying team orders repeatedly the revelation that the current F1 world champion was leaving the sport caused the fans and press to immediately being searching for his replacement. Mercedes have dominated the sport for the last 3 seasons, sweeping driver and constructors titles with ease. Their only fumbles seemed to come from within, a rigid hierarchy and suitably Germanic obedience to the dogma of “Team First” putting them at odds with their drivers and a seemingly bullet proof car in testing becoming less reliable as the season went on.

Now with probably the most sought after seat in F1 up for grabs Mercedes are left pondering whether the experiment of two top tier drivers has really worked out for them. After all Lewis and Nico were old friends, climbing the ladder of success from karting to formula one. If 18 years of friendship could be turned sour in a matter of races then what is the likelihood of two strangers being able to form a cohesive bond and still push equally for the drivers title AND deliver Mercedes more constructor glory?

Many names have been thrown around for the vacancy but lets look at them and work out how likely each switch could be..

 

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