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Anyone else looking forward to Vettel getting on the top step? Of course I want to see him do it at Monza.
Those pictures were great - thanks so much for sharing, Rottie!
I agree that starting the race behind a safety car was a bit lame, and certainly eliminated any turn 1 drama. However, given how much it did rain, the fact that this is a street circuit without proper drainage, the uncertain grip levels with the new sections of tarmac, and the concern for the overall safety of the drivers I can understand why they did what they did. That being said I do think that the safety car could have come in a bit earlier.
Other than that I thought it was a great race. There was a lot of mid-field action, 'drama' with the front runners, unique tire strategies that made for good racing up and down the field, variable weather, and all at such an iconic location.
It was not a bad race, but start behind the safety car was not necessary. They're all experience drivers and should be able to adopt to wet track by themselves. It was not even raining anymore.
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According to various F1 sources Toto Wolff is adamant Hamilton and Rosberg will be allowed to race freely. So we should still see some good wheel-to-wheel action from them yet.
[Paraphrasing] Toto Wolff:
“We have moved on from Spa in 2014 and it was a completely different situation in the team back then."
"By continuing with the approach of letting them race it was clear that eventually this could happen."
"And we will continue to let them race."
"Today was just a couple of unfortunate coincidences that ended up in us losing as a team.”
Yes, Spanish Grand Prix was cool. For the racetrack where is overtaking almost impossible we seen a lot of action. I just hope that Mercedes won't forbid any racing among their drivers in future races. That would be a real downer for this season, since Mercedes is still the strongest team and probably will take the title this year.
Wow! I thought the Spanish Grand Prix was awesome! Yes, even with my favorite driver, Lewis, taken out of the race.
1) Lewis v. Nico. I think people will point blame to the driver that they favor the least in this case. I think it was the right decision from the stewards to see that it was a racing incident. Both drivers made errors, and now they're paying for it by missing an opportunity to score some points. Of course being the Lewis fan that I am I want to point the finger more at Nico, but again I see the fault on both sides. A real shame that Lewis couldn't use the momentum from qualifying to close the points gap to Nico this weekend, but on the flip side at least Nico didn't bank more points either. Just one less race to get the job done.
2) Interesting realizations for Ferrari. Frankly, I think that Ferrari just had some bad luck. I think that they did have the faster cars, but a mix of tire strategy, the complexity of the circuit, and some level-headed driving from RBR kept Ferrari in check. Nevertheless, Ferrari needs to start putting focus on RBR, and not just keep their eyes on Mercedes. RBR is starting to show some pace, and with upgrades coming in a couple of races things could get very interesting.
3) Mighty Max. So many things to say about Max - all of which I think can be summarized with the word "staggering!" We're all very lucky that we get to witness this rising star from the first race he had in an F1 car, and to be able to see what he can do throughout the rest of his career. With drivers racing now into their late 30's (early 40's for Schumi) Max stands to obliterate the record books given the right opportunities.
A) Wow - youngest driver to ever (and will ever because of the rule changes) score points, and now the youngest driver to ever win a grand prix. A title that is now nearly impossible to break unless some kid is signed into a senior team right off the bat around his 18th birthday, and then goes on to win in his rookie year. A tall order that will require many stars to align.
B) The only other driver to win a grand prix this season other than Nico. Of course I think this would have been a different story had Mercedes not taken themselves out of the race, but still... Not to forget either that the first time he sat in the car was the Friday prior to the race.
C) The message is sent to all drivers in the RB camp: DK, the big car obviously does the job - why couldn't he? And he still only managed to JUST get in the points which was further soured when compared to TR's B driver getting his personal highest placement at 6th. DR, must hurt to get outperformed not only by the B driver, but by someone who has had far less time in the car. CS, must be hard being so close to someone else living what is surely his dream.
D) RB must be delighted since they now have a tangible reason to keep Max on contract. I'm sure the other big teams will be shopping Max as soon as they can, but we know that Max likes RB and now he knows that he can win with them.
E) RB's first win since Seb. was behind the wheel.
F) First Dutchman to win a grand prix. Closest was his father who managed to get on the podium, but never the top step. Also interesting to note that Kimi R. was racing against Jos V., and now Max is racing against Kimi. That paints a picture of how long Kimi has been in the sport.
You can go on and on about the accomplishment, but again I just feel lucky to be able to witness this young man's career unfold. I don't think it's a question of if Max will be world champion. I think it's more a question of how many times over? Is Max the one that can take the stratospheric record of 7 world championships away from Schumi?
Hamilton will dominate the next few months...he is overdue and growing into the season. Renault do still have more to offer, and I would agree Sauber are off the pace. Long way to go but you'd be mad to write off Hamilton pretty much anywhere these days.
Hate to make this prediction, and in this case I hope I am wrong.
Hamilton for the win in Russia. He is due. I believe that Mercedes still has something in the bag, they still haven't shown their whole hand.
I think another Red Bull podium is possible. I think Renault and Haas will have good weekends with points possible.
Sauber looks to be languishing.
I just realized that I will be only 2 hours away from the Chinese Grand Prix when it is happening! Unfortunately I am booked to be working during the race, and there is no way to get there. UGHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!
I love how most of the coverage is focused on the mid field battles, and not so much on the Mercedes boys. Was hoping to see Red Bull on podium but at least a Ferrari took 2nd. Sucks that Vettel had to retire due to engine problems.