Fantastic race - best one in recent memory. What a biblical effort by Leclerc to get that Ferrari shitbox onto the podium. I still can barely believe it. Shoutout to Gasly for getting 7th despite nursing a significant brake issue for most of the race. I'm also pleased to see Williams not being as woefully noncompetitive as they were in previous years.
Since I'm here, it's time for a rant about how stupidly the cancellation of the race in Melbourne played out. I went all the way to Melbourne for the race, we were at the circuit gates bright and early for FP1 and everyone was crowded up to get in. There were rumors that morning of Seb and Kimi flying back to Europe (infact someone leaked EK409's manifest
) but no official statements from FOM/FIA. Everyone was queued up at the gate - very close proximity to each other - for more than an hour before the cancellation came. All the news reports from the F1 media which came out subsequently said that the cancellation was decided upon by the teams very late the previous night, but no official announcement was made until an hour or so after the circuit was supposed to open. Such a mess - and health risk, considering the reasons for cancelling the race (which IMO was absolutely the right decision).
I think the F1 Management (FOM?) did a good job adapting the season to the crisis, it's clever to do 2 races in a row on a same track, and they got the team to agree a lot of new rules (dev freezing, tyre distribution rules and more).
Agreed. My only gripe is that it would be nice for the relevant tracks if they could change the layouts between races. Obviously the Red Bull Ring is short enough as it is and all its alternate configurations are shorter, so that's a no go, but it would be nice if they could use a different layout for the second race at Silverstone. FOM are still intending to expand the calendar - probably just for Europe, but we will see. I really hope we get a race at Estoril. Mugello would be fantastic too, as would Magny-Cours.
By the way, has an F1 car ever looked better than the black Merc?
The Renault is gorgeous too.
The Renaults need more yellow. The RS16 was perfect but the ones since then have far too much black on them which spoil the lines.
Are there still penalties for passing in F1?
Watch that race and get back to me about that comment.
In a surprising move, race stewards have reversed their decision to not punish Hamilton after Red Bull provided additional video footage (which blows the theory that stewards always have all data and pictures available). As a result, Hamilton starts P5 with Verstappen, Norris and Albon all promoted one place.
Very smart of Red Bull to wait for the last possible moment to appeal - Mercedes strategies will have been based around starting 1&2 on the grid. The reason there was the delay in finding the video footage is that the 3D Cameras which recorded said footage do not stream their data live. The footage has to be extracted and downloaded after a session and then processed + uploaded.
Hamilton - a race he'll want to forget, thought his penalty for tapping Albon was a little harsh as I felt Albon was too impatient - he'd have passed Hamilton on the straight immediately after that corner with fresh tyres and DRS, it would have been easy
Uhhh have you seen how fast the Mercedes are in a straight line?
Looks like Hamilton is losing his ability to race in traffic. He's so used to being 5-10 seconds out front, unchallenged, that he's gotten clumsy when he's in traffic.
Well, if a Merc absolutely must win, was happy to see it was Valtteri rather than Lewis.
I hope Valtteri can put up an actual challenge to Lewis this season.
I did turn it off. I tuned into free practice. I had this feeling it was going to be back with the rainbows everywhere saying 'WE RACE AS ONE', but as soon as I tuned in, within minutes, it was immediately racism this, racism that. Turned off. Turned on qualifying....racism this racism that. Turned off within a minute.
Race day. Same. GOOD BYE. I'll always have old seasons of F1 to watch.
F1 was an incredible sport untouched by politics and one cry baby, sore loser, ruins the whole sport.
Mate, don't let the door hit you on the way out! I don't for a moment believe that any F1 would be so thin skinned that a 30 second presentation would be enough to stop them watching, but if it did then the joke is on you because that was a fantastic race. IMO it was handled well to separate the protest from the Austrian Anthem (which itself was performed beautifully - more so than I remember at previous races) to avoid people being offended for that reason.
Pretty shocked to be frank, looked like a text book unsafe release to me.
If they're being released to the middle lane, I don't really see the issue, assuming that was intentional.
The only reason I can imagine why Racing Point weren’t punished was because Perez stayed out of the ‘fast lane’ and didn’t impede the other driver.
It seems fair enough to me to let that stand.