The 2018 vintage of Formula 1 has been dramatic, to say the least.
After five races, reigning World Champion Lewis Hamilton sits comfortably atop the pile having recovered from an indifferent start that saw Sebastian Vettel and Ferrari come tearing out of the blocks.
However, after that incredibly promising start, Ferrari have faltered somewhat and now have a lot of work to do if they wish to finally knock Mercedes off their perch.
While the battle at the top is already turning into a humdinger, there are plenty of little subplots further down the field keeping fans interested as well.
Red Bull have had a torrid time trying to reign in their hazardous drivers who seem hell-bent on unnecessarily throwing points away with dangerous driving and needless incidents. In Spain however, they looked to have a matured with Max Verstappen claiming the final spot on the podium while Daniel Ricciardo finished in fifth.
One of the most intriguing aspects of the 2018 season though, has been the behaviour of Kevin Magnussen, whose reckless driving style has angered a lot of his on-track colleagues with Toro Rosso driver Pierre Gasly describing him as “the most dangerous” rival he had ever faced.
Magnussen, however, speaking in an interview with ESPN, was not in the mood for asking for forgiveness.
“I don’t care what the other drivers think of me,” the Dane said.
“They can say what they want.”
Well, there you have it then.
It’s fair to say that Magnussen is not a favourite amongst the driver’s fraternity, and these comments will only serve to alienate him further.
The simple fact of the matter is that, while you are competing against each other, one false move could be deadly for both himself and those around him on track.
Having finished sixth in Spain, Magnussen finds himself in ninth on the driver’s standings and looks to have built the platform for a season that could well exceed expectations.
He just might not have any friends at the end of it.
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