As I covered on Wednesday’s race preview, there was no news on George Russell’s future, however after an excellent Friday qualifying, with a second consecutive Q3 appearance in the second slowest car in the grid, surely he has one arse cheek plonked firmly on that seat for 2022. His Saturday pace (although this weekend it was a Friday) being one of the best on the whole grid and shows no sign of slowing down his rapid improvement.
Elsewhere we got to see the new 2022 car design with a full-scale mock-up released on Thursday. The video intro was seemingly edited by some incredibly bored editors who wanted to see what each button (or, in this case, effect) did to create what I found to be near seizure-inducing. In my honest opinion, I am not a huge fan, especially with the weight of the car increasing again. This means the cars will seemingly never return to the mid-2000 glory years of agility.
The Saturday F1 sprint, in my honest opinion, was exciting for about 2 laps and then became a race to see if Fernando’s tyres would fall off a cliff. Although it was arguably a successful trial (unless you are Red Bull or George Russell), I hope that it doesn’t carry over into 2022 as it takes away from the 70-year format of a timed lap setting the grid for Sunday’s 300km race to the finish.
The Incident/Lewis Hamilton
Finally, I believe it is time, to sum up the race. I think the easiest way to describe the race was: IT WAS A RACING INCIDENT. While Lewis missed the apex of Copse (no silly corner numbers today), Lewis only missed it marginally, on a line he got squeezed into by Max, where there was little chance to hit the apex due to the shallow angle of the corner. Whilst Lewis should probably have seceded the position, in recent races, the benefit of the doubt has gone the way of the driver making the overtake. So in all, with Max being taken to hospital for scans, a 10-second penalty (since someone had to take the blame) seemed fair, as it was perhaps a tad on the ambitious side. While in the hospital, I hope the doctors can help give Max some medication to help him mature with his outburst on social media being childish. Especially when he celebrated at last year Bahrain GP when Romain Grosjean was almost cooked alive and had to go to a hospital for more than checks. The race also showed that without someone closing the door at Copse, subsequently causing a nice repair bill, overtaking is possible there, with Lewis taking Lando there. He also overtook Charles there, before Maggetts, which ultimately meant that F1 came home truly this weekend. This puts Lewis on a record 8 wins at his home GP. However, he still needs 2 more on British soil to make him the all-time leading race winner of the race in their homeland (Michael Schumacher holding a record 9, although for many seasons there were 2 races a season on German soil).
Rest of the results
Further on in this race, my predictions were not wholly accurate. George yet again struggled to net himself points finish, although once again being at the sharp end of the non-points finishers. Lando sadly had a poor pitstop in a race where p3 was surely on the cards. But there was a driver of the day performance from Charles Leclerc almost winning the race, if not for Lewis Hamilton’s superior pace on the hard compound of tyres (C3). But Charles still delivered a P2 result, meaning that he has his first podium in almost a season now (his last being the same event the previous year). This result means the McLaren vs Ferrari intense battle for P3 in the constructors shall continue to the summer break, with the next race (Hungary) another crucial race before the summer break. Both teams take stock of some intense rivalry. Elsewhere Alpine got a double point finish with Ocon and Alonso. Yuki Tsunoda turned around a disappointing weekend to nab a cheeky point. Daniel Riccardo also managed a top 10 finish alongside the Aston of Lance Stroll, with Sebastian Vettel retiring after a signature spinilla early on and Max having his brutal 51G impact.