Cast your minds back to the beginning of 2010. We’ve just been to Bahrain and had the most boring race in years and people everywhere are asking what’s wrong with F1, worrying that the ban on refuelling and the ultra durable tyres have destroyed F1. Then, in the next 3 races, Lewis Hamilton pulls off something like 40 competitive overtakes, almost single handedly changing everyone’s opinion of the new F1 to an exciting, wheel to wheel extravaganza.
Now come back to the present. Can the same driver being doing something similar once again? After Bahrain, many people were worried that the tyres were too fragile, not lasting more than a few laps. More importantly, any driver pushing, or attacking a car infront, would immediately be punished by tyres that dramatically fall off the “cliff”.
But then, we go to Spain, and Hamilton seemingly defies both of these theories. Not only does he make one set of tyres last 31 laps, and pull off a two stop strategy that nobody believed to be possible, but he does so whilst attacking drivers infront, pulling off many overtakes, including a contender for overtake of the season.
So, could we be witnessing something similar to 2010, when one driver single handedly extinguishes many of peoples worries about the state of F1?