Things are quiet this weekend in the Formula 1 world, as drivers and teams prepare for the next race in Canada. While Red Bull is fresh off a win in Monaco, it is Daniel Ricciardo who has truly shined during this part of the season. With only three different race winners among the six races, Mercedes’ golden boy Lewis Hamilton fears that Ricciardo may be a threat to the title.
“Ferrari are still the strongest,” said Hamilton, “But it is a three-way battle, and I think Red Bull have some engine upgrades coming up…They will continue to get stronger throughout the year.”
With the expected lead changing between Ferrari and Mercedes. Ricciardo has managed to put Red Bull in that mix, which could be very exciting for the fans.
“It’s the biggest challenge that I’ve had with my boys, but I’m loving that challenge. I’m loving having to dig super deep in my technical knowledge and learning more and how I can communicate, how I can really pick the right set-up and get it right for the weekend - all these different things. I’m enjoying that.”
Said Hamilton on the season so far. With Ricciardo’s newfound success, the next question would be about his options for the 2019 season. Ricciardo, along with Hamilton and Kimi Raikkonen, has not confirmed his contract for the next season, and Hamilton has expressed his concern with Ricciardo’s hesitation to do so.
“So I think he’s just got to keep his head down, keep doing what he's doing, but he should definitely have a contract on his table and he should have his options ready. I was talking to him and I don’t know if he has all his options already lined out for him and I was like ‘Get them to your manager dude! Let me know if you want me to do it!’”
While these drivers still have yet to make a final decision for the 2019 season, Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen over at Ferrari have a pretty good system going. Vettel is signed until 2021 and with their dynamic, it is likely that the Finn will remain as well.
Although Ricciardo is hit with some grid penalties this weekend, he is still determined to make his presence known at the top. Mercedes has usually shown dominance in Canada, but as usual, anything could happen in Formula 1. Comment below with your race predictions.
by Surya Gopalan