T

F1 Racing - - INSIDER -

he best way to as­sess Nico’s chances for 2015 is to con­sider why he wasn’t vic­to­ri­ous in 2014, a year in which he drove a win­ning car for a win­ning team. Yes, there were me­chan­i­cal fail­ures: Nico would have won the Bri­tish GP and could have scored more points in Canada and Sin­ga­pore but for ERS and wiring-loom is­sues. But Lewis was aficted just as badly, so Nico should not rely on this phi­los­o­phy.

Quick though Nico was on Satur­day af­ter­noons, when he was at least as fast as Lewis over a sea­son and cer­tainly less er­ror-prone, his weak mo­ments came in the races, of­ten in the sec­ond stints when there was less grip. He also fal­tered in what you could call ‘straight rac­ing con­di­tions’. He spent too many laps be­hind Jean-Eric Vergne’s Toro Rosso in Hun­gary – an­other day when he should have won; and then there were the sec­on­dand rst-lap er­rors in Bel­gium and Rus­sia… not for­get­ting, too, the in­ci­dent in Q3 at Monaco (and all its ramications).

No driver is per­fect, so at this point I should put the above para­graph into the full con­text of Nico’s ex­cel­lence in the Aus­tralian, Monaco, Canadian, Aus­trian, Bri­tish, Ger­man and Brazil­ian GPs. On all of those days – Monaco Q3 aside – he drove like a cham­pion.

His prospects for 2015 are coloured by two el­e­ments: one, beat­ing Lewis; and, two, how

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.