KingVoid wrote:Alright. I’ve just finished watching the race. Here are my thoughts:
1. It would not be a bad idea for Vettel to take a sabbatical year.
2. Leclerc drove on the limit but not above it. His push on Lewis at the second chicane was rude, but the stewards set the precedent in Austria.
3. Mercedes and Ferrari looked equal on soft tyres, after that differing strategy made it difficult to read the pace in the second stint.
4. This was Ferrari’s last win of the season.
5. Verstappen with yet another mistake has lost his position as best driver of the season to Lewis.
6. Albon has a determination about him that Gasly lacked. With that said, it is still hard to judge his actual pace. Singapore will paint us a picture.
7. Renault really surprised me all weekend with their pace. I suspect that their engine is actually very good now. Their chassis is just crap.
8. Danny Ric is quietly becoming the most underrated driver on the grid. The way he’s handled Hulkenberg has been very impressive.
Pretty much agree on this. I feel bad for Vettel, and that in itself says a lot about his driving at the moment. I would not have complained if LeClerc had been given a penalty but, equally, am not complaining that he didn't. He drove a great race under pressure and I think that the Merc was the better car in race trim following the tyre switches.
That's twice Verstappen has been caught out at the first turn. Hopefully, with the engine penalty out of the way, he can resume normal service. Keen to see how Albon does stack up with circuits that should come a little more to Red Bull.
I think that Monza played to Renault's strengths or - more likely! - minimised the chassis flaw. Great result for them, better so that both Macca and Racing Point dropped the ball under differing circumstances. Always rated Ricciardo so am not surprised to see him getting the better of Hulkenberg.