Disappointed for Ocon, hit twice in the first lap and an extra pit stop ruined his race. He doesn't have any luck on his side this season.
I'm still unspeakably angry about this - especially how they didn't even investigate Bottas coming out of nowhere and punting Ocon off in the later stages of the opening lap. It's just really poor form.
Nice to have a race when you genuinely don't know who's going to win it for once.
Arguably Hamilton’s best drive of his career in a car that clearly wasn’t the fastest all weekend.
Do tell us which was the fastest car all weekend....
Imagine this crash happening even just a few years ago. He’d certainly be dead by now. The advances made in F1 safety are incredible.
Very scary and the first time watching F1 in my life when I thought I'd see someone killed live on air. Hopefully this puts to bed all the opposition to the Halo. Remember all those people who said they were going to boycott the sport in opposition to it?
Good job the medical car was following the pack as they do on the first lap, they were first on scene with fire extinguishers.
I'm wondering if there should be also a fire car doing exactly the same. We saw that with three extinguishers the fire couldn't be suppressed in the time Romain needed to climb out,. Dr Roberts didn't have a fully enclosed helmet so really couldn't go any closer without an enormous risk of becoming a casualty himself. If Romain had been knocked unconscious it seems unlikely that the fire could be controlled in time to save his life. Surely something worth looking into.
Truly the stuff of nightmares. I felt sick watching that and I really hoped that Romain's kids didn't see that video at all.
Pretty bad of the marshal running across the track later in the race to take care of Perez's stranded car at the end there though...
Absolutely though I can understand that they probably had the footage of Romain's crash at the top of their mind which might condition them into thinking that Perez might be in similar danger given the flames engulfing his car....just imagine if Lando was making an adjustment on his steering wheel though - could potentially have been a second person dead.
I'm not going to blame the FIA for this specific incident but overall there has been a really shocking amount of safety violations this year:
- Leclerc doing multiple laps in Barcelona with his seatbelt being undone. No investigations nor consequences.
- Kvyat doing the same at Portugal (?).
- tractor/crane still being on track in a dangerous position when Q2 started in Turkey (IIRC - could have been Imola).
- marshals being on track at dangerous spots whilst cars are passing at high speed on multiple occasions.https://www.racefans.net/2020/11/23/lon ... ar-misses/
Pretty sure Vandoorne will race in his place.
Hopefully he will, otherwise there doesn’t seem much point in having a nominated reserve driver.
I feel really bad for him - very harshly snubbed.