The Story So Far
If Mercedes out-score Ferrari by three points this weekend then they will be crowned champions at the Russian Grand Prix, this is how good they have been. Lewis Hamilton may complain that the track at Sochi is flat, but he is going to cherish every moment of his 3rd championship title. Nico Rosberg will rue his chances after engine failure at Italy, but Hamilton has been way too good to be beaten.
Red Bull, on the other hand, are hoping that their dog days get over sooner. If things go further downhill, they might even be out of Formula One next season, and they will be sorely missed if the worst happens.
Red Bull Has Fallen
It does not befit a 4-time constructor’s champion to meddle around the mid-table for an entire season, but that is how Red Bull’s season panned out so far. As of now, they are about to finalise a split from engine partner Renault. Following that, they are going to hold crisis talks with F1 chief Bernie Ecclestone. They are struggling everywhere, they lack experienced drivers, and they have a weak engine compared to the Mercedes and Ferrari cars, they haven’t secured a new engine supplier for the 2016 season, and they are at the brink of backing out Formula One. Hopefully, team principal Christian Horner will be able to turn things around for Red Bull by the end of this season.
The Force (India) Awakens
Despite engine problems, Force India has done remarkably well so far this season. Currently, they stand a comfortable 5th in the constructors table. Despite Force India not getting its final engine upgrade from Mercedes this season, they are expected to continue their consistent performance for the remainder of the season. With Lotus breathing behind their back, Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez need to keep taking the final points positions to ensure that Force India team makes their possible finish so far in their Formula One career.
It’s official, Renault have signed a letter of intent to buy a controlling stake in Lotus to create a new team for 2016 Formula One season. As Renault surely seems to split with current partner Red Bull, they intend to return to the competition as a constructor and hope to repeat their success of 2005 and 2006. Fernando Alonso was their champion driver for both the seasons, the Spaniard is currently driving for McLaren. Lotus have suffered a number of operational and financial problems in the past months and are due in court this Monday for unpaid taxes. Their current engine supplier is Mercedes, the deal will surely end as Renault will provide their own engines for their team in the 2016 season.