The main events:
Mercedes - absolutely a day to forget. A very bad strategy call to pit Hamilton early, for him to promptly be overcut by Gasly, Vettel and Perez. Poor old Bottas - when he's finally delivering a decent race performance, they fuck him over on the pit stop with a wheel that couldn't be removed.
Ferrari - will have some serious explaining to do how they could be so confident nothing was wrong with Leclerc's car only for it to fail on the way to the grid. At least Sainz put in a decent performance to inherit P2 when Bottas race was destroyed by his team.
Norris - he's really having a very good season so far notching his second podium. Say it quietly, he also lapped Ricciardo (that must have hurt).
Solid drives from Perez, Gasly and Vettel.
Alonso's less than spectacular return to F1 continues with a "meh" drive to finish P13 while Ocon was in the points at P9.
Oh yeah, some guy called Verstappen drove very steadily (as in sunday afternoon granny steady) to lead the entire race without ever being challenged. He now takes the lead of the WDC from Hamilton and Red Bull move ahead of Mercedes in the WCC.
Thanks scbriml. Enjoy your posts and come to the same conclusions.
While I think Bottas is overrrated as a driver as he is missing consistency and can put in his best laps only few and far in between, I feel for him for yet another time being heavily disadvantaged by mistakes Mercedes seem to make only on his car. Never on Hamiltons.
Ferrari botched it so hard, I am inclined to call it arrogance. I know its armchair-head-of-team'ing, but how could they believe after this impact, the car would be fine. After having had all night to check everything and anything
Congrats to Norris. Beautiful though uneventful race. Happy for him despite it hurting me quite a bit, that Ricciardo isn't up to speed with this car.
Poor Gasly, that Red Bull was not patient enough to give him some time to adapt to the car some years back. A mistake Red Bull now made thrice with Albon and Kvyat.
Strong performance by Vettel and, I hate to say it, by Stroll, with a strong team performance strategy-wise at Aston Martin.
While I like Ocon since he joined Racing Point a while back and consider him putting in strong and consistent performances for Alpine, I feel putting back Alonso in that car is a huge mistake. I would have much rather seen a young driver from F2, or Kevin Magnussen in that seat. Alonso seemed to be a overly-conservative and cautious decision. And one that is not paying back.