The Russian Grand Prix has moved from its spot at the end of the calendar to take a more prominent position at the front of the 2016 season - this time it is the fourth round and so we're headed their next. A couple of drivers are looking forward to making their home visits count, but most watching from the outside are wary about what the Russian race can deliver after a rocky start to Sochi's F1 history.
This week has been all about Daniel Ricciardo and Felipe Massa. The budding friendship between the two has blossomed when Daniel headed over to the Brazilian's house to kart race his son around an impromptu indoor track. It was an incredible amount of fun for everyone involved, it seems, and for everyone watching at home.
The 2016 Formula One season is three races old, and Mercedes are still the team to beat - as has been the case since 2014. Ferrari have improved and may offer a bit of competition, but Mercedes have nudged the bar higher too and still have superior raw pace in their Silver Arrows compared with the Prancing Horses - along with the rest of the cars from other teams too.
You would forgive the F1 drivers for taking some time off after the chaos that was the Chinese Grand Prix, but for Daniel Ricciardo, the last few days offered up a new opportunity for some racing action. Challenged by Felipe Massa's six year old son, Felipinho, Daniel Ricciardo accepted the call to arms for a head to head kart race.
The Chinese race gave our drivers a chance to take some time in the spotlight, particularly considering how much drama there was before, during and after the event itself! This week feels more like Red Bull and their sister team Toro Rosso have dominated things, with Daniel Ricciardo being his particularly awesome self, and all four of them getting up to things that no racing driver should experiment with (ie. being in a band).
The Chinese race delivered everything that qualifying promised - action from start to finish, changes in leadership (however briefly), a fight back through the field by Lewis Hamilton, and some frantic but fantastic midfield action. From the moments the light went out, there was barely a moment to blink as cars were battling for position throughout.
This week, Formula One heads to Shanghai for the third stop on the 2016 calendar. We've had two action packed race weekends already and it's time for China to see if they can deliver more of the same. The qualifying format debacle has thankfully been resolved (for now), we've got our full complement of drivers fit and healthy to race again, and everyone is looking forward to getting back out on track.
It should have been a quiet week leading up to the next race in China, but the drivers have still managed to provide some entertainment along the way. The Toro Rosso boys have been indulging in a spot of Office Olympics, while the Red Bull duo took on David Coulthard and quite easily showed him what's what.
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