Time to do an audit of polls we ran on this site for the past couple of weeks where we sought feedback on a wide range of topical subjects and as usual our readers were generous with their opinions.
Were Ferrari faster than Mercedes in China?
- No (53%, 352 Votes)
- Yes (47%, 316 Votes)
Total Voters: 668
Verdict: Despite tripping up at the start and Nico cruising to victory in China, the consensus (among the optimists) appears to be that Ferrari were faster than Mercedes in Shanghai. The opinions are relatively close with a small majority of the opinion that the Silver Arrows brigade continue to have the edge. For we will sit on the fence with this one as the heart believes that Ferrari was faster and all will be revealed in China and beyond, but the brain is scoffing at the heart and taunting: Mercedes have dollops to spare which they dial-up when required….
Will Alonso remain patient with McLaren-Honda?
- Yes (50%, 252 Votes)
- No (50%, 248 Votes)
Total Voters: 500
Verdict: This is an astounding result – almost a dead heat – with half the fans predicting Fernando will chuck in the towel and the other half expecting the Spaniard to hang in there despite the circumstances. Love him or loathe him (and those are the passions he ignites) it is a shame that one of the sport’s real matadors is in a trash can of a car when he is one of the few that could seriously challenge the Mercedes juggernaut at the wheel of a decent piece of kit. We hope he hangs in there but at the same time would not be surprised if he walked out of the Woking mess.
Has defending champion Lewis Hamilton lost his focus?
- No (59%, 365 Votes)
- Yes (41%, 256 Votes)
Total Voters: 621
Verdict: Despite not winning a race since October last year and since then enjoying a rock and roll lifestyle, it appears fans are siding with Lewis in this one. We too feel that the more he parties the more he focuses. Every sportsperson has a slump, no matter how good he or she is. Nico knows Lewis the racer better than all and his note to self is: Lewis never gives up…
Vettel versus Kvyat incident in Chinese Grand Prix…
- Racing incident (55%, 1,370 Votes)
- Vettel to blame (23%, 569 Votes)
- Kvyat to blame (22%, 537 Votes)
Total Voters: 2,476
Verdict: This was the big post-China talking point and all we can say is that Daniil was mega in his tête-à-tête with Sebastian after the race. The Russian went up massively in our book and he showed he is a real racer with a swift mind to counter the accusations of a seasoned campaigner. Of course it was a racing incident and let there be more daring moves like this in the future. Bravo Daniil!
Is Juan Manuel Fangio the greatest driver of all time?
- Yes (70%, 48 Votes)
- No (30%, 21 Votes)
Total Voters: 69
Verdict: This was a contentious one as they always are when comparing drivers of different eras. As consummate professionals we accept the results , but at the same time allow our passions a voice and in these offices we all voted for Ayrton of course…
Is it time for Fernando, Kimi and Jenson to quit F1 and make way for younger talent?
- No (73%, 1,862 Votes)
- Yes (27%, 685 Votes)
Total Voters: 2,547
Verdict: Despite almost half a combined half a century of experience in Formula 1 and all three not at the peak of their careers – two of them dogged by a donkey cart of a car – the overwhelming majority want Kimi, Fernando and Jenson to remain in F1 and we are with you on this – but please Honda and McLaren get your act together!
Should Mercedes pull team out of F1 and remain only as engine supplier?
- No (70%, 1,040 Votes)
- Yes (30%, 438 Votes)
Total Voters: 1,478
Verdict: Well the fans have spoken and Mercedes must continue to field a team and also supply engines. We accept the outcome of this poll but would add the caveat: Mercedes please supply equal engines to your customer teams, plus the gizmos and the performance enhancing software so that the battleground is level.
Will Hamilton end his crisis in China?
- No (52%, 93 Votes)
- Yes (48%, 86 Votes)
Total Voters: 179
Verdict: This was polled shortly before the Chinese Grand Prix weekend and our fans are obviously on the money (or we have many fortune tellers in here) as Lewis got himself a Shanghai surprise and the crisis not only continued, it was exacerbated.
Are Ferrari F1 title hopes for 2016 already over?
- No (57%, 485 Votes)
- Yes (43%, 361 Votes)
Total Voters: 846
Verdict: We love the eternal optimists among our readers…