It was a shame that we didn’t get a referee’s whistle at the end of lap 35 this weekend. But that was the point where we reached half time in the 2016 Formula 1® season. I’m not sure how you felt about it, but for me, the first half has gone by in the blink of an eye. Life tends to in Formula 1®, never stopping for long after one race, before you’re fully immersed in the next.
Throughout the first half Nico Rosberg has lead the Championship, but after Spain and that first lap collision things haven’t exactly been plain sailing for him. Just one win since and that was after his team mate had problems in qualifying, so that his once 43 point lead is now a 6 point deficit. For the first time in 2016, Lewis Hamilton sits on top of the table.
Five wins in six races, he’s not just surfing the Silverstone crowd, he’s riding the crest of a massive wave and still basking in the glow of the affections his home crowd brought him a fortnight ago.
Plenty of Brits were here in Hungary to witness his latest victory, this race seems to get more and more popular every year with the British fans, and I can see why. Budapest is a brilliant city, full of top places to eat, drink and on occasion, get very merry!! And whilst it’s played host to plenty more exciting races than we had this year, it’s not always provided a marker for the World Champion. In fact, since Michael Schumacher won here in 2004, no driver has taken victory in the Hungarian Grand Prix and gone on to be Champion that season since.