Well, the championship is still open with just the final two races of the season remaining. That is the longest season Formula One has ever seen, and the result is to come down to the final two race between the two Mercedes drivers who have dominated the sport in the ‘modern turbo’ era.
It really is all for Nico Rosberg to lose though, if he wins in Sao Paulo this coming weekend as he has done for the two previous seasons, then he will be World Champion for the first time. If he doesn’t and Hamilton wins, then it is to go to Abu Dhabi where Hamilton might need a piece of divine intervention for him to win the title for a third time with Mercedes. The ball really is in the court of the German, although he has form in Brazil, which could play on the mind of Lewis, who won his first World Championship in 1997 by overtaking Toyota driver Timo Glock at the very last corner to deny Felipe Massa a world title.
The announcement at Williams this week, with Lance Stroll joining the team as teammate to Valtteri Bottas was not unexpected. The Canadian has impressed in Formula 3, and with substantial financial backing from his father it isn’t a surprise he has made his way into the team so quickly. With an estimated $80m having already been spent on his development he will sure be ready for the 2017 season. He will replace Felipe Massa who will drive in his final Brazilian Grand Prix this weekend, a track which has long been close to his heart, and very nearly a World Championship. The announcement of his replacement was well timed as not to overshadow the weekend for the likeable Brazilian.
There is still no real news about the final seats available for next season. The top drive looks to be at Force India on current form, although the new aero regulations next season could give a reset of the grid like we saw in 2009 and therefore could be somewhat of a lottery. Certainly those names in the frame like Kevin Magnussen, Esteban Ocon and Felipe Nasr look to have choices, with Jolyon Palmer looking to pick up the pieces.
Interlagos always produces some interesting racing, you only have to look at 2007 (nearly 10 years ago) to see what tension the track can give. You can’t rule out the possibility of rain at some point and the exciting layout will always reward those willing to attack.