JONATHAN First-year BCom (Economic Sciences) with a focus on transport economics. Photo: Kezia Daniels

(Stellies) Sundays Are For F1

By Kezia Daniels

Formula 1 became a sensation after the introduction of the uber popular Netflix series, F1: Drive to Survive. The newfound popularity of motorsport’s highest tier is evident amongst many students. As such Die Matie asked some students about their thoughts on how the current season is developing.

Jonathan van der Westhuizen

JONATHAN First-year BCom(Economic Sciences) with a focus on transport economics. Photo: Kezia Daniels

Favourite driver?  

“Sebastian Vettel is my favourite driver because he’s an OG, and my least favourite driver is George Russell because he is overrated and dead average,” said Van der Westhuyzen.

Did the season play out as you had expected it to?  

“Kind of. I’ve had this idea that Mercedes would have a downfall, losing momentum and was not surprised to see some teams moving up, such as Ferrari.”

What are your predictions for the last stretch? 

“Ferrari and Redbull will be neck and neck, fighting for championship.”

If Prof Wim de Villiers were a driver, which team would he race for?  

“AlphaTauri.” 

Dustin van Kerwel

DUSTIN Second-year BA(Humanities). Photo: Kezia Daniels

Favourite driver?

“My favourite driver is Hamilton because he has just been a legend, and my least favourite is Max Verstappen,” says Van Kerwel. 

Did the season play out as you had expected it to? 

“Yes; however, I expected Lewis to perform well in most races, as he is a fan fave.” 

What are your predictions for the last stretch?  

“I predict Lewis will come back stronger and win this season’s championship.”

If Prof Wim de Villiers were a driver, which team would he race for?  

“Ferrari.”

Adam Smart

ADAM First-year BEng (Electrical and Electronic). Photo: Kezia Daniels

Favourite driver?

“My favourite driver is Lewis, and my least favourite driver is Max, with no explanation needed,” said Adam. 

Did the season play out as you had expected it to?  

“Sort of. I expected Redbull to do well and for Ferrari to be winning.” 

What are your predictions for the last stretch?  

“Redbull will be winning a lot more this season.” 

If Prof Wim de Villiers were a driver, which team would he race for?  

“McLaren.”

Jessica Hollinshead

JESSICA First-year BA(Humanities). Photo: Kezia Daniels

Favourite driver?

“My favourite driver is Max Verstappen because I’m a Redbull fan, and I think he is a good driver. My least favourite driver is Nicholas Latifi because he’s always crashing out,” said Hollinshead. 

Did the season play out as you had expected it to? 

“Yes, I expected Ferrari to be on top and did not expect Haas to be as high on the grid as they are.” 

What are your predictions for the last stretch?  

“I think it will come down to the last races, at this pace it’s looking like Charles vs Max, but Carlos Sainz could surprise us. It comes down to Redbull vs Ferrari.” 

If Prof Wim de Villiers were a driver, which team would he race for?  

“Mercedes because he looks British.”

Kaamilah Sarlie

KAAMILAH First-year BA (Visual Arts) with a focus on fine arts. Photo: Kezia Daniels

Favourite driver?

“My favourite driver is Carlos Sainz because he’s a great driver, and my least favourite driver is Sebastian Vettel,” said Sarlie. 

Did the season play out as you had expected it to?

“No, I was not expecting Ferrari to be doing this well.” 

What are your predictions for the last stretch?  

“It’s a high chance that Max will be up there taking this season’s championship, but Charles could surprise us.”

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