The Canadian Grand Prix marks the halfway point in the 2006
Let’s take a look at last season, where Fernando’s and
After 8 rounds in 2005, Fernando Alonso was 22 points clear of
Kimi Raikkonen, and had racked up four wins and one 2nd and one 3rd places. Also, Alonso only fell out of the points on one occasion at the eigth round – Canada, oddly enough. Fernando had 59 points at this stage of the campaign.
So far in 2006, the story is fairly similar. Alonso is 23 points clear of Schumacher, has five wins and three 2nd places, and has scored points (actually, podiums) at each and every race thus far. Alonso currently has 74 points.
Arguably, Alonso’s 2006 season is going better than it did last time around!
Last year, we saw a late comeback from the
Unlike last year though, 2006 has seen a resurgance from Ferrari, having knuckled out the problems that beset the team last year. Ferrari started off in reasonable shape (just about) and have continued to make right decisions in developing the F248 car. Michael has notched up two wins, and has really challenged the Renault team on numerous occasions.
I see the main challenge coming from Ferrari as (after Canada) we enter the second leg of the Formula One season, but I also see McLaren becoming a little more reliable – they seem to have done in the past. However, I still feel that the competition will be between Ferrari and McLaren for 2nd place in the Constructors Title race. I feel that neither team will be able to catch Renault for that particular trophy – Ferrari only have one star driver, and McLaren as of yet have questionable reliability.
As for the Drivers Title? Michael Schumacher may still be able to do it. The 7 times champion still has speed and motivation, and the car underneath him is good. The title race could go down to the wire in Brazil in October, but if I’m honest, I think it will be either over and done with before then, or the points difference will be something like 8 or 9 in Alonso’s favour.
Am I wrong? Have your say and tell me why…
Thanks to F1 Database for refreshing my memory.