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Episode 7 · 9 months ago

2021 Imola GP Race Discussion

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After another banger of a race at the historic track of Imola, we share our thoughts about the race. In this episode we discuss:Race startSafety Car!Everyone SbinallaMcLaren Team OrdersLando NorrisPenalities Galore!Poor RicciardoBottas Vs Russel#Blessed - Lewis HamiltonMazespin Again?Vettel cant catch a breakMore Penalties?!5 sec penalty to everyone for not listening till the end!Music:Intro: Howling (Sting) - Gunnar OlsenOutro: Your Intro by Audionautix is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license. https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/Artist: http://audionautix.com/FanFiction By Anirudh Mendiratta @MontanaDesi on Twitter

Fi, you basically gave a penaltyfor overtaking under a safety card as well as for not wor taking under asafety cart. Get Your Shit together, man, like what what the Hellis going on? Hello, and welcome back to yet another episode with FoneFan Fiction. We are your host, I am a Kash and I'm sorry, and let's get into it. IMMOLA, an amazing weekend, a thrilling weekend. But before we begin, we are hosts. Want to congratulate Nickethamas a pain. The kids finished this first ever race in F one hugeachievement. And but what a week and what a week. And I thinkone highlight before we get into the race. Day Land or Norris, poor kidgetting his lap time deleted for for overstepping bounds. Otherwise would have seenhim on P two. Nonetheless, he ended there. So it's a winwin situation, but a sad Saturday for the kid going into an amazing weekend. So so, starting from race start, lights out, it was just actionpact. Take us, take us through your emotions with that lights outSaren. Yeah, I mean I was super excited for the reason. Firstof all, as you said, Riley, qualification itself was pretty amazing to thinkof it. You know, for the first time probably, like wehad the situation where there was just one mestudy scar at the front and twoRed Bulls. Yeah, I don't think remember when was the last time thatthis happened. And so, yeah, it I mean we knew that therace is going to be pretty exciting at the start. Wow, and SergioPAT is beating Max. Wow, I had never imagined that Max would bebeaten by any teammate. Ever, was when was the last time a secondred bull was ahead of Max? Right, exactly. Yeah, I mean I'mnot too with Max having no issues at all. Like I think thatprobably a happen with, you know, him having some issues or something.I remember that Alborn was in one race ahead, but yeah, on purepace, I don't think I've ever seen that. Yeah, so, youknow. So I was pretty excited to see the race and the one ofthe even more exciting things was that it was a wet race. So thewow that that that's something dead. You can always expect entertainment when it's wet, right. So, exactly, Yep. And I remember, like you know, throughout the week I was seeing all these news reports about you knowthere's a possibility of rain and you know how it goes whenever some is isgoing to be real and it's always sunny and dry. But this time aroundturns out they were right. But it's like you know when you when youmake a hundred guesses, you are correct ones. So yeah, either wayis I think that that was beneficial to us. It delivered very exciting race. And Yeah, the race start was simply amazing. I mean the restartedwas starting, got a very good start of the race and I think evenbefore that each turned one he had he had ordered next to Hamilton by then, right. Yeah, and that that first left overtake was was just asplendid inside move. Yeah, and that was typical Max, like, youknow, that aggression of right, not giving the space, but at thesame time it was a fair move. I mean he was he was abit ahead of Hamilton and yeah, I could see him take off Hamilton,you know, and the bump. That was, yeah, pretty awesome.That was it was a nice thing to see. I mean Max being pthree as like he said, on the grid. But my first immediate troughtafter that was like he's gonna be on the race line right behind Hamilton.So that is slightly advantageous and yeah, Max to a hundred percent advantage onthat. So yeah, that that first left overtake, my I was Iwas filled with joy when I could see Hamilton's car going over those bombs shakingand I was like wow, and then a mixed emotion with like press probablyspinning or you know what he was like out of the out of that tractor the rain we're in catching the better of him. So yeah, yeah, that that race start. It was just amazing. But but it justdidn't end there. Right like soon after the race started. Obviously wet conditions, everyone's on those wet tires and they're driving on their race line. Soit's going to be just that one line on the race that's going to bedryish in court. And then you can see, I think initially right afterthe race start, letty, if you going slightly off that line, spinning, crashing, causing a safety car.

Yeah, I mean the truck wasunforgiving. I mean Amula is like that, you know, because unlike these moderntracks like what you saw in Bahrain, where, you know you have somany tarmac runoffs where you know these drivers kind of take advantage of thatbecause they know that even if, you know, the carry some more speed, the worse that that can happen is they might get a five second penaltyor something like that. But here it's like if you overstep your bounds,you are going to you know, your race is going to be destroyed afterthat pretty well, right. Yeah, so, as you saw right,like so many drivers were spinning out. I mean all of these are professionals. I yes, still, under the conditions they could not keep it inside. I mean I think he let if he was trying to just hang inthere, because he sort of spun, went off the tracks and then joinedback in, only to just go a few more yards and just crash out. But yeah, that that that brought in the safety car. I thoughtthat could have given people an advantage, but you know, it was justthe race start. So not much harm done, not much advantage gain.But the interesting part was people started losing places or gaining places during that safetycar because people were still spinning right. I think like let Clare spun outor someone in there to overtake a few people to get back to their originalposition and whatnot. Yeah, so actually that part. So I remember thatlet lux pun out doing the formation lap. Yes, yeah, look, luksfun out during the formation lap and I think he lost two positions.But during a formation lap behind a safety car, you're still allowed to regainyour position. Sorry, not just shut allowed to. You have to getat the position. And we get back to this point. Is and andran about fie bit more so. Sorry, Conte, on your yeah, andand I think there is spun no, wait, yeah, Paris spun outduring the safety car. Later on, when the thief he crashed and hetried to do the same thing, but since this was a safety carfor an incident, at that point you cannot overtake. And yeah, hegot penalized for that. And then as soon as the race race resumes,we have maketure Macer who are guy? The location, I do which hespins out is like just stopped. The pitlans open up on to that trackand in another was it. It was an actual safety card right, likenot a wot shiftiger. So he the race didn't start. It was duringthe safety color self. He was trying to warm up his tires because andhiss one like they lose temperature and he, while trying to warm with the tireshe spun. He crashed onto the barriers and obviously his front wing waslying there and pet exit and and the funny thing is that he wasn't tireneed of going to the pits, but the pits were closed because of himitself. And then, yeah, he had to just go around the lapwith a broken front wing. The only advantage he had in that whole situation, I guess, was like he was anyways position nineteen, because letting mea will like use anyways position nineteen. So you didn't have to gain anything, but he could. You could hear him telling his race engineers, Hey, what's wrong? What's happening in the race engineers were like, well,the pit lanes closed, it's just a small wire hanging, no harm done. Continue and we'd wait till the pit lane opens up. Yeah, butthat was pretty, pretty funny. I mean, yeah, it was crazinessall over. I think. Finally the safety car, you know, wentback into the pits that he was about to resume and yeah, again,what's happened? took off. Yeah, managed it really well. I sawthat. You know, he the funny thing was, if you'd noticed,right before the restart, he was warming up his styles right up till thevery end. So Hamilton could not take a guess a few when he's goingto take off and then at the right moment he took off and again createda large lead. And you know what he's done this in the last raceto like, if you notice, how Hamilton does restart. Sources Hover,St Happen, does restart. It was stoppen, wait still the till thestarting line to you know, launch off and then probaly sets everyone back ina domino effect. And Yeah, that guys, that guys really maturing verywell. But the other exciting thing that started happening as soon as race restartedwas bunch of overtakes, like Geo and Nazis overtake on Yuki Salfa toury.Oh Wow, that is just two splendid and in my mind, you know, I've we've never spoken or seen your...

...were not see do those amazing moves. But even after that, with the condition still being very bad, Lando, we were talking right before we started recording, right. So I wantlike Lando's overtake on the on their two or three cars that he did inthose conditions. Right, Lando was yeah, he was a superstar for me duringthis whole weekend. You know, he's been on form, he hasbeen making no mistakes. He he pretty much did everything right and, yeah, amusing performance. I mean I think Lando is going to be forced toreckon with this season and I think Ferrari, probably, Charles and land will bebattling gut out throughout the season. Probably that's what it seems like.Yeah, so, yeah, let's see who wins at the end. AndYeah, amazing race by lander. I've got no words. I think Iremember, like we were seeing that video when you were like, I can'tsee a damn thing. How is this kid over take? Because the sametime, yeah, that's right. I mean if you've seen the on boardsrate, it's insane. You can't see. Yeah, I find you think andall whatever, like two hundred kilometers per hour and over taking it.Yeah, that's right. Yeah, it was. It was pretty insane.Like, yeah, this was one of the best races I've seen in allbut I think I've been saying this for a while now. Left the lastcouple of races. I'll Geen, but they have been entertain they have beenamazingly entertaining. It's yeah, that's it. But I think Lando was in adifferent zone altogether this weekend, right time, and he had a betterpace than Ricardo. To write. Yeah, that's right. I mean one thing, if you noticed, right, like obviously McLaren came out to theteam orders during the rays. Lander was like flying through the lapse and Recardo, I think, was not that fast because I think he's still not thatcomfortable in the car. Probably he still is kind of discovering the limits ofthe card, especially giving the conditions and everything. Lando, I think thisis his third year now at McLaren, right. Yeah, yeah, Imean that's the thing he's been it's his third year. People still kind oftreat him as a rookie, and that's what that's what it feels like,because he looks so young. Yeah, but and his end, his behaviorand attitude all the way is a badder can. Everything that replays, atleast on the screen, is very, you know, naive. Yep,Yep, that's right. Yeah, and yeah, so McLaren basically came onthe radio and told Ricardo that, you know, let's give Lando the youknow, free air and see if he's fasted. Obviously cold it for lethim by, but but it's amazing to see that McLaren has been using teamorders in two thousand and twenty as well, and they have used it many times. But never have I seen any controversy related to that. Because ifyou remember any time Ferrari at this or mercyis it actually regard. Even thinkabout right bullers, Christian owners, just to maxine's point. But yeah,I mean, yeah, there's always a controversy he related to these things.But Somehow McLaren has a very good team culture overall, where, you know, it seems like everybody kind of understands that this is a team game andyou have to play second fiddle sometimes. So yeah, through definitely anything likeZach Brown's running this ship very well. I wonder. I wonder what alongthose thinking setting in that newbern now that my gp two engines grown very well. Yeah, I'm sure he must be regretting it, like leaving McLaren Fbite. Yeah, but as the race progress the weather started getting better,it was it was time to see, you know, there's those change entires, but no one was coming in like a battle of who blis first nextseconds. Yeah, yeah, I mean that's the thing, especially, youknow, in conditions like these weather. Track is drying, but not dryingfast enough because even if the rain stopped as well, it wasn't really sunny. There was still a lot of cloud cover. Temperatures were not that high. So the track wasn't drying up that fast. And the thing is that, you know, if you switch to slicks from interns or weds, yeah, and if you don't follow the dry line which you mentioned earlier, evenif like half a tire goes on to the wet, yeah, you wouldbe screwed with that. So I think that everybody was kind of waiting tosee when is the right time, because if you change it ties one evenone lap earlier, you might, you...

...know, just end up in thebad years. Yeah. So, yeah, less I think there was also thatbattle of who undercuts who exactly. I mean usually Hamilton's trying to dothis with boath as, but this time it was lovely to see, andI think this very politely, lovely to see boat as in position nine.I don't know who what's up with that guy? Boat as four point.Yeah, I thought guy, I don't understand man like. I thought hewas trying to reprove himself. I mean, I know it's trying to do thatsince three years now. Yeah, that that guy had no pace yesterday. It didn't make sense. He it seemed as if there was just onemercedies on the track yesterday. Felt good to see that, but yeah,it was weird. Talking about strategies, did you notice that ghastly was ona terrible strategy yesterday? I think Alpha Tarry was trying to do something different. The split the strategies with Yuki and ghastly, and obviously ghastly got theworse of it because he was on wets, full wets, when the track wasn'tthat bad. I mean full wets are useful for restarts in those conditionsbecause you get a much better start, but as soon as you know,once the dry line starts forming on the track, full wets are just utterlyuseless because they degrade like crease the heat up like crazy. Yeah, andyeah, and you could see he was just dropping down the field. Ithink he started fifth. I think it's quite yeah, it was quite yeah. Yeah, and I think after the safety car or something, he wasjust dropping down and I think he had reached like fifteen to sixteen and atthat point they pitted him for inters and but then by then, like mostof his race was ruined. anyways. Yeah, I think it was anoverall bad day for Alpha toury because Yuki wasn't having his usual day. Meanthat guest one quite a lot yesterday, quite unlike UK, because we've notseen him do that even in F to write, like we discussed, likewe've not seen him do that. Alpha turry not a good day. AndYeah, I mean those those wet tires. We would you could hear Hamilton complain. You put hear Max Complain, but eventually the grips were starting tocome back and then, yeah, I think what Red Red will blinked first, did the the under cut on Hamilton. Initially it looked like it may notwork, but that's a point two. Second, red bull again being classicwith their fantastic pit stop, but Hamilton coming in two laps after thatwith a for second bit stop and I was so much enjoy yeah, that'sright, I I was happy that. You know, red bulleton mess upanything, but so. But I think B stop is one of this trendsoverall. I every single race you see that. You know they have thesesub to second pitchtops which which feels like you know, unreal, like howdo you? How do you change four tires with less than two seconds?And it's a thing. It's not just only red bull, right, eventhe beady Malfa Towers is amazing at this two yep, yeah, yeah,definitely. I at this point on speaking, I consider both teams as the same. I mean pretty much is. So, yeah, I think itjust trickles down to the other team as well. Once, once the racewas now back on track, and everything I heard stewards or radio saying whealsgot a ten second stop and go and press is got a ten second penalty. You never found out what was that about. You do you know whathappened there? Poor guys, because he's just not having a good season sofar. But that guy has had a terrible weekend yet again. He heobviously couldn't get into q three during qualifications. That was on pure pace. Yeah, and even during the race, I think he had some issues witharm, with some gearbox and I think they were fixing something before the race. That's why he had a bittle Prittlane start. Oh, that's why theysaid like the tires weren't on before the tire put on mark or something interesting. Yeah, so there's this rule that you have to have the tires onbefore like five minutes from the race start. But basically, since they were stillworking on the car right up till the very end, they didn't havetires on on the car. And Yeah, he started from the pit lane.But the weird thing is that this happened before the race. They hadthis data right before the race. They...

...could had given the penalty right thenand there, but for some very weird reason, they waited till like twentylaps and then slapped him with a stop in goop penalty, and that towrite after. He put it like it was. It was so weird.I mean it makes no sense. I don't understand. What is FIA doing? Like FIA is probably on its own adrenaline rush the season it races.Yeah, I mean they they were handling out penalties this time left and right. It felt as if, you know, it was a over compensation from lasttime because, like, people were complaining about the Lewis Humilton like goingoutside the bounds of the racetrack and everything, and everybody was criticizing their fire forbeing too lenient. So they decided, okay, we show how to bestraighted and you know, but only with other you get a penalty.You get a penalty, you get a penalty, but only with other isnot worth Hamilton, because because that's also something we want to cover later on, penalty to wettal and then another penalty to Paris as well. Right.Yeah, I think we are already mentioned this earlier. But yeah, aslike, since Paris spun out and he over took during the safety card.Yeah, he was given a penalty, even though you're saying, to regainhis position, right. So Hmm. Yeah, and that's that's the pointof weirdness if he had seen later in the race as well, when,I think this was after after the red flag, that happened and Kimmy wasalso given a penalty on the rolling start spin. Right, YEP, exactlyon the rolling start, when Kimmy spun out and he tried, he joinedthe track back, he asked his engineer whether, you know, he shouldtake back his position. The engineer told him probably not, because Paris wasgiven a penalty. So he stayed behind. So first of all he lost twopositions because of the space. Yeah, and he was given a penalty fornot regaining positions. So Fia basically gave a penalty for overtaking under asafety card as well as for not over taking under a safety card. GetYour Shit together, man, like what, what the Hell is going on?Yeah, I guess. I guess these guys weren't the only ones havinga bad day, because I feel like Ricardo was also having a doozy ofa day. Right, Carlos had such an easy over take on him.He was having penalties by himself, not FY force on that, ualizing himself. Yeah, and to add add oil to fire, his pit stop wasa six point six second pit stop, like poor. But Still Carlos didend up pretty good at the end. So that also kind of speaks forthe piece of the Ferrari right, like, even after making so many mistakes.Yeah, right. It was quite surprising to see that because the preseasontesting, I mean we've said this so many times in the preseason testing didn'tshow for our in good light and both the races for he's just been upthere to everyone's surprise. But then I was just too happy, just toohappy, because Hamilton made a mistake. Everyone cracks under pressure. This guy'snever been in pressure and this season he's getting the real deal from Max wasTepp in, and I was just happy to see him crashing. He's agreat diver, don't get me wrong, but I'm just too board of seeinghim in the front and he crashed and I was like yes, but Ididn't think you happeness lasted for long. Man is angry. Immediately after thatI was angry. Did they notice one thing? Okay, it seems likethis was some really twisted game by George Russell, because he basically took outboth the merceries drivers, because Lewis spun out while overtaking, like while lappingGeorge Russell, and as soon as Lewis got off track he crashed and rightafter that I remembered seeing he was like reversing back onto the truck. Oh, by the way, yes, that's the right place to talk about this. So Fia, these these clowns, they give out penalties for, youknow, all these random things, and then somebody, when I say somebody, that favorite driver, basically reverses onto a live racing track and that's perfectlyfine. Yeah, I mean, I agree, no one was coming frombehind, but it's still it's still super unsafe. Yeah, I mean,imagine, dude, like if if I back up like reverse into a freeway, the COP is not going to be like, you know, okay,that's fine, nobody was coming anyways. It's it doesn't make any sense.I mean at one on one hand,...

...fi like stresses so much on safety, and then it wasn't like that. He didn't have any option. Okay, like there was a lot of space there. He could had easily reversed, like as you would do in your card, reverse back and then gostraight into the track where you can actually see if the cause are coming ornot. But he reversed on to the track and then started going and andand, to be honest, when I was watching the race, I sawthat and I was like, you know, what the Hell is he doing?And right after that they cut to a crash with BOTAS and RUSSES.That happened right then. Yeah, and for a moment I thought, yeah, obviously this is I had expected this to happen because I thought that Georgewill actually crashed into Hamilton. But yeah, that's not what happened. And andI want to also point out, like for listeners, if you thinkwhat happened was fair, grow back and see wet is rejoining in in theCanadian Grand Prix and how Hamilton literally cried about it, that cribbing guy,and if I gave it a penalty. So check that out. But yeah, that that immediate accident. After that, I even I assume that Russell crashedinto Hamilton this. That is that was so unsafe to back up onthat track and he had and he had that run off post gravel track.So he could have come through there too, but he didn't. Yep, exactly. But yeah, as you know, as you ever to be seen,that Hamilton is lucky when even when he's unlucky. I mean, Ohman, he had pretty much threw over the race. He was one lapdown. He has front wing was damaged on. Yeah, he if if not forthe red flag, I don't think he could hard by any nities,have reached the podium at all. finitely not. I mean he would havegot the race was regular. Unless there was another safety card, it wouldhave gone the way it is. Hamilton would have had to go on getinto the pit line. He was ninth already and getting the front wing changed, you know, would have cost him maybe another for five positions to Maxyeah, there was no way he was going to be, I mean certaindeputy at its best for him. Yep, yeah, that's and that always happens. You know, you remember last season there was I don't I don'trecall which race this first I remember that he had some damage or something orno, he pitted for tires and he was in a very terrible strategy thatday. I do remember that he had stayed longer than others and like hewas losing a lot of time, and then he went on to the pits. A virtual safety car started just as he entered the pits. So obviouslythe entire field slowed down and the virtual safety guard ended as soon as hegot out of the pet. So he got a free pit stop out ofnovel and in that sense he is definitely at times very lucky, and Imean he just adds his driving skills to the luck to just convert these thingsto and gain as much as he can. But that that accident between Russell andboat as, I personally find boat as at fault, although I equallyfind Russell at fault too, because he was just trying to be over aggressiveand he could have avoided that accident. But but what struck me, Imean after fact and when they kept showing those replaced, when they showed Kimney'son board, you could see boat as coming way off to the right andat that point Russell had already committed on that or take. He was onthe wet side of that track. His tire goes slightly off track on tothat dewy grass and yeah, there was only one result out of that.I say Russell could have saved this because if he was slightly patient, maybehe could have gotten boat as in the next life. Yeah, I thinkI feel the fault lies fifty, I would say, kind of probably,probably maybe Fred and forty nine, with fifty one being George Russell. Butbut it's like, you know, I feel George Russell had a very goodopportunity this race. He was battling up mercedies and a Williams. He shouldhave known better. If he really wants that seat at Mercedies, he thiswas the point where he could show his temperament and he could a you know, waited a little more, because if he could see that he had abetter pace than pot as, he could have just waited a couple of laughsexactly. And you know, he could have done it a few lops downthe road and and the thing about it is, you know, he wouldhave won, like it was a win win situation for him because even ifhe could not overtake him, he was still battling a mercedies and Willians.Yeah, so, regardless of whether he got points or not, people wouldnotice that. No, he was, he was, I think, beten at that point. The biggest achievement for Williams in years was going tobe Williams was going to get a point.

Exactly. Yeah, and I thinkhe threw away the opportunity by being too aggressive. He should have knownbetter that the track is unforgiving and it is a wet race. He shouldhave backed out there. And Yeah, I obviously I also blame both asfrom his perspective as well, he knew how bad the truck is. Beinga more experienced driver, he pushed had lm or exactly. He should haveleft a little more space. Being in a mercedies, he should had known. Even if, you know, Williams passes him by right now, hecan regain the position easily later on. So yeah, no, however,what Russell did right after getting out of the car, I'm not too happyabout that. I always thought that Russell is a more level headed guy,but he basically, if you saw right, he got out of the car andwalked up to boat as. He told him basically, are you tryingto kill us both? And he also slapped his helmet. What initially feltlike he's gone there to check on if he's fine, later turned out likecondescending remark exactly. And Yeah, that that's that's so weird. And andthe thing about it is, okay, I can understand, you know,in the heat of the moment, with the adrenal rush that they have,it can happen that. You know, you you're all worked up and youhave, you know, just go and go with the flu. But evenin the post race interviews, if you noticed, he he was doubling downon it and seeing that, you know, boot as was completely wrong here.And he also mentioned something like if that, if it was some otherdriver other than me, boat has probably wouldn't had pushed so far, whichcompletely reminded me of that they raise me so hard comment by Alborn. Yeah, it felt like some high school drama, you know. Yeah, he's definitelyeying that, and both as is. It's the seat that he wants tofill. Well, let's let's pause for thirty seconds here to get somemessages out and then hop back in faction. Hey, folks, if you don'talready know this, we have a website, fone Fan fictioncom. Comeon over. You can listen to us on there too, or obviously anyof your favorite streaming platforms that you get your podcasts regularly. But you caninteract with us, reach out to us, email us through through our website.So also we've got a blog there for you where we the host's ratethe drivers after after our race, which we don't discuss during the episode.So come on over check us out at a fun Fan fictioncom. If youwant to email us, we you can find us at contact us at therate fun Fan fictioncom and, yeah, follow us on twitter and Instagram atthe rate of fun Fan fictioncom. If you've not already joined us in Fone fantasy, then now's a chance. Go on to our social media andlook for that post where we've shared our code. We will do that onceagain after this episode. So come on over at at a fun fantasy andjoin a fun Fan Fiction and other folks listening to a fun fan fiction ina fun fantasy. Now let's get back to the episode faction. So rightafter the crash, obviously a red flag came in, the race was stoppedand, you know, everybody had to return back to their pits. Andand the funny thing is right, like there have been so many red flagsrecently I don't even recall, like, apart from the about from last year, like when did we have sessions red flag this often? It's pretty newthese days. And Yeah, that basically played right in the hands of Hamiltonbecause, you know, because of the red flag, he got a resetright, like not just repairing this car. I mean they could fix everything,but he was also got a no, you got a resetment, and hesaid that. He said that in the post race interview where he waslike I made a mistake after a very long time, and that sort ofput me off as well. But during the Red Flag I sort of toldmyself that, you know, there's not much time to think about this.Let's just bounce back and heads down, let's just race now. That's right. And I was actually a little worried, you know, because like right afterthat happened, I was worried that he might, you know, geta podium. So I mean sorry, like actually will know why he wantedto have a podium to man, but that red flag ensured that that.That thought of mine was, that dreams...

...of mine were just crushed as soonas the red flag was announced and it was ruling. Start after the redflag right, like we didn't have a proper standing chart, but right afterwardsit did. you see that, Max spun out and Oh man, Iwas so worried at that point. I was like Max, Comon, getit together, you have to, you know, win this race. Iwas gonna switch off the TV. I was like, red flag and MaxSpins. This is just blind. Yeah, the thankfully, you know, peoplewaited for him, like Charles, and Charles was just behind him.They they let him get back. So yeah, and actually they have tolet him get back, right, so thankful he was to get back recoverthe top. Do We know that? Because why is giving penalties on bothsides? So who knows what they're being yeah, you know, actually whatI have a theory. You know, probably what they're doing is this isruler dies and like what about number comes by the decide, but the legit's six. So what's the thing? Stop in Goo Penalty. All right, it stop in Goo penalty and then there is a column with Hamilton sayingnothing, nothing but but that racetart was was fun, right, because thethe immediate thing that started happening for laps and laps after that race start,it was a battle of fastest lap because it was great Max and as soonas Hamilton Trust Hamilton passible, it is just those to trying to push asmuch as they can. Well, Hamilton had no troubles, obviously clearing thefield for a first few. I think the race again got so interesting forme as soon as Hamilton reached Lando. Oh my God, that was justso entertaining. After that and he was pretty much like, you know,hot knife through potter. He didn't have any issues over taking anyone at all. Did you see the overtake over a card or right? He just justfew fast on that fastest trait and no trouble. is at all, likeweaving maybe. Yeah, with credit to Hamilton, right, even though thingsplayed into his hand. It's like his skill that he you know, recovers, gets into that Zow and again and you know, is just cuts throughthe field and gets himself to the P two position that he was at.Yeah, though, he was having a great time. Not everybody else was. Yuki, you saw right. I think he also got a penalty right, and he was not having a good time at all. Yeah, heexceeded track limit a couple of times. I mean yeah, he was spinning. He wasn't having the usual day that, as we've said, right, likehe spun a couple of times. He was just trying to push thatcar so much that first he got a warning, then he got a blackand white flag and then obviously he did it, he owed it. Sohe had the usual five second penalty coming. HMM. What what was interesting waswhile all of this battle were happening with I mean I wouldn't even callit battle until Hamilton versus Lando but or like, while all of that washappening, there was an amazing battle happening in the middle or towards the endof the track between Kimmy or corn Alonso and Perez. All four of thosewere within one second. But Hey, cash is skating. Everyone wanted tosee Hamilton come up the numbers, so they never showed that. But thatgroup was within one second and there was such good contention happening down down theirbattle for twelve or thirteen Po was it? Yeah, I don't even recall anythingabout this, because I don't think he even showed this rate. Ithink a lot of battles are actually lost in all this, right, likeI remember, crofty was also describing some battle between Lando and Charles, butwe didn't really ever get to see any of it on screen. Yeah,yeah, after race we start, I mean I guess like ninety five percentof the time they just showed Hamilton coming up the numbers. There was anamazing battle for twelve between science and whoever there was at twelve. But yeah, they they never showed any of those, those battles, and that's as asprobably one of those people who've been seeing these, this race for along time now or the sport there for a long time, I would loveto see those battles as well. But share Anyan, I guess they areplaying into what's what's getting them the big box. Yeah, and it kindof does make sense as well, like from their perspective, right, likethey have to show the battles at the...

...front, like sea. Suppose,if you know, there was a really good battle happening with Hamilton, youknow, cutting through the field, and if they didn't show that, peoplewould be super pistoff, pretty much skithing at them. So, yeah,unfortunately, because of that we are kind of deprived of some other midfield races. What they can possibly do is have something like, you know, pictureand picture moved, where they kind of show some of these other midfield racesas they're showing the races in the front. They I think they do that ina very tiny manner with which is like embedded into the the thing.But yeah, I think a picture and picture would be a better way tosort of either, I'm like a split screen or at least something bigger that'susually visible what's going on. You're right. Yeah, I mean there's definitely scopefor improvement and I think they are actually trying a couple of things.If you have noticed, like there's this prettly in channel on FN TV.Are we are we going there, Sara, and we are talking over there fora day. Yeah, I mean that fun TV it where it works, it works great, but yeah, otherwise it's just a hot mess.Yeah, either way is like. So they have this brittle in channel wherethey even have different commentators because, like the way a fun TV works,they license the main feed from sky and network where Martin Rundle and David Craftare commenting, but for this pittle in channel they have different commentators as welland like what they do is they show like the main feed on one boxand they have two other boxes where they show, you know, battles fromnot just battles, like perspectives from two other drivers so that they can soundlyshow different patterns that are going on, not just at the front, whatis shown in the life feed, but also, like other battles throughout themidfield, and I think that's a good way of testing things out for thembefore putting it in them. It's a nice a nice experiment and a niceplatform. I think so. So Hamilton was pasted Leclaire in an easy,relatively easier fashion it. It still wasn't that easy, but I think thatfastest trade is quite helpful for a car like a Mercedes and be drs andover take more available on that. I mean it's a rocket at that point. Yep, Ye, so sure if it took him of your laps,but nonetheless he got the job done. And then there was that epic battlewith Lando. Right. Yeah, under was definitely the driver of the dayfor me. As well. I mean he extracted absolutely everything from that card. He has. Performance was flawless throughout the weekend. Even consider what's happening. He made many mistakes, right, like he didn't have the best ofthe qualification and Fone fv to even in qualification he came third, but somehow, you know, he was able to get a shit together in the raceand gain a good lead. But yeah, you could, but you could seelike Lando probably made no mistakes throughout this weekend and if you consider thewhole weekend, he was definitely the driver of the day for me. Yeah, yeah, I mean and even on that overtake, right, he thinkhis message to his radio was his radio team was I just can't match hisspace. Yeah, I did. I did see the demons in that.He's just too fast. But having seen that paste difference, he still managedto fend the guy off for two to three extra labs. UHH. Yeah, wow, yeah, that that lander is just maturing so well. Yeah, and even from the perspective strategy, he was on soft so, ifyou remember, like after the restart and everybody else was on mediums and Iwas a little worried whether he would be able to maintain Tho stires with theSOFTS, but he did a brilliant job maintaining the stires and yeah, hehe got the pthree like he held his position. I think the weather mighthave helped in a tad bit there too, because it was anyways quite cold andI'm all over the weekend and then some some wetness on the track.But yeah, he's done an amazing job this weekend. So yeah, so, so good to see him there. Talking about good performances. What aboutwet man? Oh Man, last lap? Lastly, they bring him in thelast lap with the air box issues. We said this at the start ofthe episode. They knew he had gear box issues. He had tostart from the pits. Yeah, there was there was gonna be one pointwhere I think there was going to be like an alonso versus wettle battle,but that didn't happen. Yeah, I think as Martin overall was have doinga lot of issues. I think they had some issues with gear things aswell. Like Lance Roll also kind of face similar issues. Yeah, Lanceactually put in a very great performance. I think he's one of the underrateddrivers currently and he like on pace.

They were now were but he wasable to like really maintain his pace throughout the race. There was some battlebetween him and alone, if I'm not wrong, and a fat chat that. But yeah, Lan Stroll, I think. I think all in ourLastin Martin still trying to figure out their their car, not just wettle inthat, I mean not just all new drivers in their in their new teams. Aston Martins still trying to understand what's happening. But yeah, definitely Ididn't think they have a good hang of their car yet. You know,with the new regulations, with Fluor and everything. You know you have seennote mart at a team principle, cripping a lot about now the change inregulations which, as you know, unfairly affected loric cause, which is basicallymercendies and National Martin, a lot more than the rest of the field.So yeah, they haven't been able to adapt to the new regulations. Probably. Do you think even Aston Martin sort of like looking into two thousand andtwenty two already? I mean, obviously they're going to not fall back ontwo thousand and twenty one like horse has, obviously, but I feel like AstonMartin's also starting to plan for twenty and twenty two already. Yeah,I think it makes sense for them to, you know, not not put ina lot of effort for this season and concentrate a bit more on twothousand and twenty two, with the new regulations and everything that are coming,and I think also with the injection of cash that they have gotten, theyare not that much dependent on the prize money anymore. So I think theirfocus definitely is now towards two thousand and twenty two. Well, speaking ofHaus mean the driver didn't disappoint. Penultimate lap he spun, so there wehave an in again. Was that a day? Yeah, definitely. Thatguy didn't disappoint. Every video was expecting a spin from him and we didget it. So Kudos to him for maintaining the reputation. All overall,I think it was just an amazing race righte all cars that came back homea lovely drive from all of them. I know we were talking about thisearlier as well. Post trace also there was quite some drama it like Kimmywas given that penalty after the race. If I'm not wrong, a lotof these penalties were actually given after the race. I think even Lance truellgot a penalty. I don't exactly remember. I don't know for what reason.Interesting. Yeah, he got a penalty. Then the other one waskimmy. Kimmy, I can on Gotten Penalty Castle, as I said earlier, that he got a penalty for not overtaking under the safety car right afterthe Red Flag, after, you know, using some positions. It was justutterly ridiculous. These clowns, you know, wait for so long tobe giving out these penalties and just suck the fun out of the race andit doesn't make any sense to me. The rule itself doesn't make any senseto me. I mean he had already lost two positions right, and yeah, it's just stupid. Like for a fan, you shouldn't have to,you know, keep checking the latest news after the race to actually understand whatthe leader board is going to be like. Make these decisions quickly and keep therules, you know, crystal clear and avoid situations like this. IF I really needs to get their shut together with this and, you know, be consistent with things. You should have. We should have taken thecar back on that drag broad to let's come back in a ten second.Oh Man, yeah, I thought was actually doing good, right. Ithink both are in points. Kimmy was. I don't remember what his position was, but both were receiving yours nine, right, yeah, and both werereceiving points thirteen, and they basically got robbed of that. Just stupid. Yeah, right. So I was looking at this. Land Stroll alsogot demoted because his overtake on their gast Lee was it deemed as a manure, not completely on that track. Yeah, even while actually looking at the racelike that overtake, I think this was one of the more fair penaltiesthat they give, because he he ran off the track right after overtaking him, and that is basically getting an advantage, a lasting advantage. I mean hehad to at least hold the position for a couple of seconds after gainningit and upter that he if he run off the track a little, wouldhave been fine, but he gained didn't advantage. So yeah, the penaltiesfall enough, I think. On the Kimmy one, though, I haven'theard him or I don't know if it's discussed, but if I was toguess, if anyone asked him, what do you think about it? Yeah, well, I they give me been mumble, mumble, mumble, mumble. Yeah, I think out of all...

...the drivers, Kimmy is probably,you know, one of the happiest to wear a mask during these interviews becauseyou know people can't basically anyways understand what he's saying, and this is evenbetter. Well, on that note, I guess it's been an amazing raceweekend. Any parting thoughts before we wrap it up? Sartum? Yeah,I'm quite glad that Amula was included in the calendar the year as well.Emila has delivered great races last year and this year. I'm glad that he'sold tracks are reappearing on the calendar, because most of these tracks were notreally designed for say, you know, like the roads and everything already existed, that those routes, you know, followed the Terryin of the track andlike somebody came in and, you know, just saw that this looks like anice place, we should race here, and thus the truck was born.And you know, that's not exactly same for new tracks like boy andwhere, you know, you have these large run off areas and drivers tendto take advantage of such large run offs and these polder tracks are a lotmore unforgiving and with with barriers and grass and gravel surrounding tracks, you don'tneed any external monitoring for track limits. The truck itself kind of, youknow, enforces those limits and all these drivers have to be at the levelbest. They make mistakes and they pay for it, and that's exactly whathappened in this race. So I'm am really happy about it and I'm I'mlooking forward to the rest of the season on that notefolks, if you ifyou thought this this race was exciting and the track was amazing, hold ontoyour sleeves because next race is Portugal, and that's an undulating drag that you'veseen last year have so much fun with their drivers. So until next episode, this is f one fan fiction. We are your hosts. Signing ofthe bye.

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