The 2019 Formula 1 season reached its conclusion after months of great (and not so great) races. With Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes Benz being crowned champions once again, we have to look back at the decade and remember their dominance during the hybrid-era.
I have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed this season. While Mercedes went (mostly) unchallenged once again, both Ferrari and Red Bull showed signs of resurgence. I have the feeling that Mercedes will have to work harder than ever next year if they want to start the new decade just as they finished this one.
Talking a little bit about myself, this has been the most challenging year of my life. I finished my master’s degree a couple of years ago, and finding a job has been an extremely difficult task. Unfortunately, the contract that I had from my previous position expired last December, and since then, I have been technically unemployed. I only say technically because I do have a job, but I only work for 3 to 5 hours a week, doing manual labour at the chemistry department from the local university.
As a blogger, I have to make clear that I am not a statistician. I am an engineer in biotechnology with a master’s degree in biology. I have used statistical analyses for an important part of my life, and lately I realized how much I enjoyed working with them.
During this year I took the time to learn even more about statistics, and decided to launch this blog with the hope of reaching people like you. My main idea was to show you that statistics are fun and useful, and that while they are a powerful tool, they must also be interpreted carefully.
I haven’t felt the need to create incredibly complex models because this is not a blog about statistics. This is a blog about Formula 1, analyzed with the use of statistics. I want everyone who reads my articles to understand the message that I am trying to convey, not to scratch their heads in confusion.
While I have had a good time analyzing data, and creating what I believe are insightful and easy to understand analyses, I am not sure what the next year holds for me.
I am extremely fortunate to have a loving girlfriend who has made many sacrifices to keep this household afloat. It’s only because of her that I have had the time to improve my skills, with the hope of increasing my possibilities of landing a good job.
However, after a year of applying to hundreds of positions, and receiving pretty much nothing in return, I now realize that the time of waiting for the right job is coming to an end. Right now I feel massive disappointment and hopelessness. I believe that I have something valuable to offer, but that people haven’t given me the chance to show them what I can do.
Having told you a part of my story, I, unfortunately, have to say that I may have to put this blog on hold. I have not made a final decision about what I will do since you never know what life has for you around the corner, but at the moment I am not extremely optimistic.
For the moment, I will try to finish the year on a high. I will post some articles regarding the season as a whole, with the idea of creating summaries of what we have seen during the year. My first post will come tomorrow, and hopefully, the next one will be online soon after that.
If you are still reading this, I want to thank you for taking the time to get to know me a little bit. I hope that you have enjoyed the content that I have created, and that you have learned something from my short analyses.
Finally, I want to thank specifically the Tweakers’ Formula 1 forum. You guys have shown me how passionate Dutch people are, and have allowed me to show you my analyses even without being able to speak a word of dutch. You have been a breath of fresh air during this difficult year, and hopefully we’ll talk again next year.
In any case, I just want to say that I wish you the best in your present and future. May you enjoy the winter holidays, and have a fantastic 2020.