It’s a couple of days after the Turkish GP, and the first win of the year for Hamilton. I’ve really been enjoying Formula One again the past few years, here’s a few reasons why.

BBC

Since the BBC took over F1 coverage again in 2009, quality of coverage has gone up by a factor of 10. Fundamentally, the lack of ad breaks leaves the coverage less dis-jointed.

The coverage seems much more personal this year – we see the driver’s after the races chatting and joking to each other informally. Martin Brundle’s pushy journalistic adventures in the pits are brilliant – we see drivers and their families, friends, colleagues and more, gaining detailed knowledge not about particular cars and teams, but also the general workings of what makes a Grand Prix.

The BBC pundits and presenters whilst being hugely knowledgeable, are also personable. Personal opinions, banter and disagreements are rife – which only makes it more exciting. It’s not overly scripted, or conforming to public opinion to placate the teams, or the masses. BBC F1.

Jake Humphrey

A brilliant presenter, he fits in well with the fiery personalities of Eddie Jordan and David Coultard (Coultard is fiery around Jordan, at least), and his embrace of social media (twitter for instance) is novel among powerhouse programs like Sport coverage – he answers viewer questions both live and off-air, and his f1 blogs are interesting and detailed. Jake’s Blog.

Rule Changes

The FIA are trying to change the pace of the sport, to make it more interesting for the viewers – which is the most important thing at the end of the day. I personally think they got it wrong with the full fuel-load change for 2010, however they’re trying – they also acknowledged that this had made some races uneventful, and were looking into improving it for next year.

The change to the points system seems to make the wins fairer – a clearer lead for race winners, which was the point from the outset.

Young Teams, Old Teams

There are a raft of new teams this year and the starting grid is absolutely packed – I love it. There’s more competition, which leads to more innovation. I also love to see the underdog making strides.

In F1 it takes new teams years to reach a prominent “winning” level of driving and car development, some reaching this quicker than others, some never. Red Bull Racing are an excellent example – The old Jaguar F1 team bought by Red Bull billionaire Dietrich Mateschitz, from Ford in 2004, has come strides. Coming second in the Constructors championship in 2009, they’re currently top 3 in 2010, and their two drivers are 1st and 4th in the Driver’s Championship.

Hamilton, Button, Alonso, Vettel.

There are four extremely talented drivers on the grid this year

I’m an avid Lewis Hamilton fan, I can’t hide it even if I try – I think he’s the most talented driver on the grid. The heart of that talent is his aggressive and precise driving style, which affords it’s own downsides, especially in the 2010 season with the new full fuel-load rules. Tires are more important this year, and his aggressive style can affect by this. His passion for the sport, and ability to adapt override this however – he’s had a couple of bad races this year, but for the most part has destroyed the competition.

I was never a fan of Button, nor was I won over by his performance last year with Brawn GP – I saw it as him simply making use of the fact he had been handed the fastest car on the grid. There’s no denying however that he’s an incredibly talented driver. In stark contrast to Hamilton, his driving style is extremely smooth, and he’s excellent at preserving the condition of his car. His attitude this year with McLaren, are slowly winning me over. He didn’t storm into F1 with a presence like many other greats, but he’s sure writing his name in stone now.

I dislike Alonso. I dislike his attitude, towards the viewers and to other drivers, however it’s with a forced lack of bias that I write, he’s an incredible driver. On-par with Hamilton in aggressiveness and skill on the track, he’s proven time-over that he can deliver results.

Vettel is definitely the one to watch, he’s likable and very skilled – Everyone was awaiting the return of Schumacher, but he’s not the real German winner on the track this year.

Predictions

I’m going to check back on November 14th (Final GP, Abu Dhabi) to see how right or wrong I was.

1. Lewis Hamilton
2. Sebastian Vettel
3. Mark Webber
4. Jenson Button
5. Fernando Alonso
6. Felipe Massa
7. Robert Kubica
8. Nico Rosberg

Lewis Hamilton to win the championship, closely followed by Vettel, and Webber.

Roll on Canada.. (F1 Race Calendar – BBC)