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Episode 7 · 1 year 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 penalty for overtaking under a safety card as well as for not wor taking under a safety cart. Get Your Shit together, man, like what what the Hell is going on? Hello, and welcome back to yet another episode with Fone Fan 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 Nicketham as a pain. The kids finished this first ever race in F one huge achievement. And but what a week and what a week. And I think one highlight before we get into the race. Day Land or Norris, poor kid getting his lap time deleted for for overstepping bounds. Otherwise would have seen him on P two. Nonetheless, he ended there. So it's a win win situation, but a sad Saturday for the kid going into an amazing weekend. So so, starting from race start, lights out, it was just action pact. Take us, take us through your emotions with that lights out Saren. Yeah, I mean I was super excited for the reason. First of all, as you said, Riley, qualification itself was pretty amazing to think of it. You know, for the first time probably, like we had the situation where there was just one mestudy scar at the front and two Red Bulls. Yeah, I don't think remember when was the last time that this happened. And so, yeah, it I mean we knew that the race is going to be pretty exciting at the start. Wow, and Sergio PAT is beating Max. Wow, I had never imagined that Max would be beaten by any teammate. Ever, was when was the last time a second red bull was ahead of Max? Right, exactly. Yeah, I mean I'm not too with Max having no issues at all. Like I think that probably a happen with, you know, him having some issues or something. I remember that Alborn was in one race ahead, but yeah, on pure pace, I don't think I've ever seen that. Yeah, so, you know. So I was pretty excited to see the race and the one of the even more exciting things was that it was a wet race. So the wow 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 know there's a possibility of rain and you know how it goes whenever some is is going to be real and it's always sunny and dry. But this time around turns out they were right. But it's like you know when you when you make a hundred guesses, you are correct ones. So yeah, either way is I think that that was beneficial to us. It delivered very exciting race. And Yeah, the race start was simply amazing. I mean the restarted was starting, got a very good start of the race and I think even before 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 a splendid inside move. Yeah, and that was typical Max, like, you know, that aggression of right, not giving the space, but at the same time it was a fair move. I mean he was he was a bit 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 p three as like he said, on the grid. But my first immediate trought after 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 on that. So yeah, that that first left overtake, my I was I was filled with joy when I could see Hamilton's car going over those bombs shaking and I was like wow, and then a mixed emotion with like press probably spinning or you know what he was like out of the out of that tract or the rain we're in catching the better of him. So yeah, yeah, that that race start. It was just amazing. But but it just didn'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. So it's going to be just that one line on the race that's going to be dryish in court. And then you can see, I think initially right after the race start, letty, if you going slightly off that line, spinning, crashing, causing a safety car.

Yeah, I mean the truck was unforgiving. I mean Amula is like that, you know, because unlike these modern tracks like what you saw in Bahrain, where, you know you have so many tarmac runoffs where you know these drivers kind of take advantage of that because 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 penalty or 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 after that 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 in there, because he sort of spun, went off the tracks and then joined back in, only to just go a few more yards and just crash out. But yeah, that that that brought in the safety car. I thought that could have given people an advantage, but you know, it was just the 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 safety car because people were still spinning right. I think like let Clare spun out or someone in there to overtake a few people to get back to their original position and whatnot. Yeah, so actually that part. So I remember that let lux pun out doing the formation lap. Yes, yeah, look, luks fun 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 regain your position. Sorry, not just shut allowed to. You have to get at the position. And we get back to this point. Is and and ran about fie bit more so. Sorry, Conte, on your yeah, and and I think there is spun no, wait, yeah, Paris spun out during the safety car. Later on, when the thief he crashed and he tried to do the same thing, but since this was a safety car for an incident, at that point you cannot overtake. And yeah, he got penalized for that. And then as soon as the race race resumes, we have maketure Macer who are guy? The location, I do which he spins out is like just stopped. The pitlans open up on to that track and in another was it. It was an actual safety card right, like not a wot shiftiger. So he the race didn't start. It was during the safety color self. He was trying to warm up his tires because and hiss one like they lose temperature and he, while trying to warm with the tires he spun. He crashed onto the barriers and obviously his front wing was lying there and pet exit and and the funny thing is that he wasn't tire need of going to the pits, but the pits were closed because of him itself. And then, yeah, he had to just go around the lap with a broken front wing. The only advantage he had in that whole situation, I guess, was like he was anyways position nineteen, because letting me a 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, but that was pretty, pretty funny. I mean, yeah, it was craziness all over. I think. Finally the safety car, you know, went back into the pits that he was about to resume and yeah, again, what's happened? took off. Yeah, managed it really well. I saw that. You know, he the funny thing was, if you'd noticed, right before the restart, he was warming up his styles right up till the very end. So Hamilton could not take a guess a few when he's going to take off and then at the right moment he took off and again created a large lead. And you know what he's done this in the last race to like, if you notice, how Hamilton does restart. Sources Hover, St Happen, does restart. It was stoppen, wait still the till the starting line to you know, launch off and then probaly sets everyone back in a domino effect. And Yeah, that guys, that guys really maturing very well. But the other exciting thing that started happening as soon as race restarted was 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 want like Lando's overtake on the on their two or three cars that he did in those conditions. Right, Lando was yeah, he was a superstar for me during this whole weekend. You know, he's been on form, he has been making no mistakes. He he pretty much did everything right and, yeah, amusing performance. I mean I think Lando is going to be forced to reckon with this season and I think Ferrari, probably, Charles and land will be battling gut out throughout the season. Probably that's what it seems like. Yeah, so, yeah, let's see who wins at the end. And Yeah, amazing race by lander. I've got no words. I think I remember, like we were seeing that video when you were like, I can't see a damn thing. How is this kid over take? Because the same time, yeah, that's right. I mean if you've seen the on boards rate, it's insane. You can't see. Yeah, I find you think and all 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 all but I think I've been saying this for a while now. Left the last couple of races. I'll Geen, but they have been entertain they have been amazingly entertaining. It's yeah, that's it. But I think Lando was in a different zone altogether this weekend, right time, and he had a better pace than Ricardo. To write. Yeah, that's right. I mean one thing, if you noticed, right, like obviously McLaren came out to the team 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 that comfortable in the car. Probably he still is kind of discovering the limits of the card, especially giving the conditions and everything. Lando, I think this is his third year now at McLaren, right. Yeah, yeah, I mean that's the thing he's been it's his third year. People still kind of treat 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 behavior and attitude all the way is a badder can. Everything that replays, at least on the screen, is very, you know, naive. Yep, Yep, that's right. Yeah, and yeah, so McLaren basically came on the radio and told Ricardo that, you know, let's give Lando the you know, free air and see if he's fasted. Obviously cold it for let him by, but but it's amazing to see that McLaren has been using team orders 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 if you remember any time Ferrari at this or mercyis it actually regard. Even think about 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 and you have to play second fiddle sometimes. So yeah, through definitely anything like Zach Brown's running this ship very well. I wonder. I wonder what along those 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 F bite. 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 next seconds. Yeah, yeah, I mean that's the thing, especially, you know, in conditions like these weather. Track is drying, but not drying fast 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, even if like half a tire goes on to the wet, yeah, you would be screwed with that. So I think that everybody was kind of waiting to see when is the right time, because if you change it ties one even one lap earlier, you might, you...

...know, just end up in the bad years. Yeah. So, yeah, less I think there was also that battle of who undercuts who exactly. I mean usually Hamilton's trying to do this with boath as, but this time it was lovely to see, and I 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 he was trying to reprove himself. I mean, I know it's trying to do that since three years now. Yeah, that that guy had no pace yesterday. It didn't make sense. He it seemed as if there was just one mercedies on the track yesterday. Felt good to see that, but yeah, it was weird. Talking about strategies, did you notice that ghastly was on a 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 the worse of it because he was on wets, full wets, when the track wasn't that bad. I mean full wets are useful for restarts in those conditions because 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 utterly useless because they degrade like crease the heat up like crazy. Yeah, and yeah, and you could see he was just dropping down the field. I think he started fifth. I think it's quite yeah, it was quite yeah. Yeah, and I think after the safety car or something, he was just dropping down and I think he had reached like fifteen to sixteen and at that point they pitted him for inters and but then by then, like most of his race was ruined. anyways. Yeah, I think it was an overall bad day for Alpha toury because Yuki wasn't having his usual day. Mean that guest one quite a lot yesterday, quite unlike UK, because we've not seen him do that even in F to write, like we discussed, like we've not seen him do that. Alpha turry not a good day. And Yeah, I mean those those wet tires. We would you could hear Hamilton complain. You put hear Max Complain, but eventually the grips were starting to come 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 not work, but that's a point two. Second, red bull again being classic with their fantastic pit stop, but Hamilton coming in two laps after that with a for second bit stop and I was so much enjoy yeah, that's right, I I was happy that. You know, red bulleton mess up anything, but so. But I think B stop is one of this trends overall. I every single race you see that. You know they have these sub to second pitchtops which which feels like you know, unreal, like how do 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, even the 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 it just trickles down to the other team as well. Once, once the race was now back on track, and everything I heard stewards or radio saying wheals got 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 what happened there? Poor guys, because he's just not having a good season so far. But that guy has had a terrible weekend yet again. He he obviously 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 with arm, 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 they said 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 on before like five minutes from the race start. But basically, since they were still working on the car right up till the very end, they didn't have tires on on the car. And Yeah, he started from the pit lane. But the weird thing is that this happened before the race. They had this data right before the race. They...

...could had given the penalty right then and there, but for some very weird reason, they waited till like twenty laps and then slapped him with a stop in goop penalty, and that to write 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 last time because, like, people were complaining about the Lewis Humilton like going outside the bounds of the racetrack and everything, and everybody was criticizing their fire for being too lenient. So they decided, okay, we show how to be straighted and you know, but only with other you get a penalty. You get a penalty, you get a penalty, but only with other is not 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, as like, since Paris spun out and he over took during the safety card. Yeah, he was given a penalty, even though you're saying, to regain his position, right. So Hmm. Yeah, and that's that's the point of 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 was also given a penalty on the rolling start spin. Right, YEP, exactly on the rolling start, when Kimmy spun out and he tried, he joined the track back, he asked his engineer whether, you know, he should take back his position. The engineer told him probably not, because Paris was given a penalty. So he stayed behind. So first of all he lost two positions because of the space. Yeah, and he was given a penalty for not regaining positions. So Fia basically gave a penalty for overtaking under a safety card as well as for not over taking under a safety card. Get Your Shit together, man, like what, what the Hell is going on? Yeah, I guess. I guess these guys weren't the only ones having a bad day, because I feel like Ricardo was also having a doozy of a 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 was a six point six second pit stop, like poor. But Still Carlos did end up pretty good at the end. So that also kind of speaks for the piece of the Ferrari right, like, even after making so many mistakes. Yeah, right. It was quite surprising to see that because the preseason testing, I mean we've said this so many times in the preseason testing didn't show for our in good light and both the races for he's just been up there to everyone's surprise. But then I was just too happy, just too happy, because Hamilton made a mistake. Everyone cracks under pressure. This guy's never been in pressure and this season he's getting the real deal from Max was Tepp in, and I was just happy to see him crashing. He's a great diver, don't get me wrong, but I'm just too board of seeing him in the front and he crashed and I was like yes, but I didn't think you happeness lasted for long. Man is angry. Immediately after that I was angry. Did they notice one thing? Okay, it seems like this was some really twisted game by George Russell, because he basically took out both the merceries drivers, because Lewis spun out while overtaking, like while lapping George Russell, and as soon as Lewis got off track he crashed and right after 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, you know, all these random things, and then somebody, when I say somebody, that favorite driver, basically reverses onto a live racing track and that's perfectly fine. Yeah, I mean, I agree, no one was coming from behind, 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 go straight into the track where you can actually see if the cause are coming or not. But he reversed on to the track and then started going and and and, to be honest, when I was watching the race, I saw that 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 George will actually crashed into Hamilton. But yeah, that's not what happened. And and I want to also point out, like for listeners, if you think what happened was fair, grow back and see wet is rejoining in in the Canadian 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 crashed into Hamilton this. That is that was so unsafe to back up on that 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, Oh man, he had pretty much threw over the race. He was one lapdown. He has front wing was damaged on. Yeah, he if if not for the red flag, I don't think he could hard by any nities, have reached the podium at all. finitely not. I mean he would have got the race was regular. Unless there was another safety card, it would have gone the way it is. Hamilton would have had to go on get into 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 Max yeah, there was no way he was going to be, I mean certain deputy 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't recall which race this first I remember that he had some damage or something or no, he pitted for tires and he was in a very terrible strategy that day. I do remember that he had stayed longer than others and like he was 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 obviously the entire field slowed down and the virtual safety guard ended as soon as he got out of the pet. So he got a free pit stop out of novel and in that sense he is definitely at times very lucky, and I mean he just adds his driving skills to the luck to just convert these things to and gain as much as he can. But that that accident between Russell and boat as, I personally find boat as at fault, although I equally find Russell at fault too, because he was just trying to be over aggressive and he could have avoided that accident. But but what struck me, I mean after fact and when they kept showing those replaced, when they showed Kimney's on board, you could see boat as coming way off to the right and at that point Russell had already committed on that or take. He was on the wet side of that track. His tire goes slightly off track on to that 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, maybe he could have gotten boat as in the next life. Yeah, I think I feel the fault lies fifty, I would say, kind of probably, probably maybe Fred and forty nine, with fifty one being George Russell. But but it's like, you know, I feel George Russell had a very good opportunity this race. He was battling up mercedies and a Williams. He should have known better. If he really wants that seat at Mercedies, he this was 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 a better pace than pot as, he could have just waited a couple of laughs exactly. And you know, he could have done it a few lops down the road and and the thing about it is, you know, he would have won, like it was a win win situation for him because even if he could not overtake him, he was still battling a mercedies and Willians. Yeah, so, regardless of whether he got points or not, people would notice that. No, he was, he was, I think, be ten at that point. The biggest achievement for Williams in years was going to be Williams was going to get a point.

Exactly. Yeah, and I think he threw away the opportunity by being too aggressive. He should have known better that the track is unforgiving and it is a wet race. He should have backed out there. And Yeah, I obviously I also blame both as from his perspective as well, he knew how bad the truck is. Being a more experienced driver, he pushed had lm or exactly. He should have left a little more space. Being in a mercedies, he should had known. Even if, you know, Williams passes him by right now, he can regain the position easily later on. So yeah, no, however, what Russell did right after getting out of the car, I'm not too happy about 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 and walked up to boat as. He told him basically, are you trying to kill us both? And he also slapped his helmet. What initially felt like he's gone there to check on if he's fine, later turned out like condescending remark exactly. And Yeah, that that's that's so weird. And and the 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 you have, you know, just go and go with the flu. But even in the post race interviews, if you noticed, he he was doubling down on it and seeing that, you know, boot as was completely wrong here. And he also mentioned something like if that, if it was some other driver other than me, boat has probably wouldn't had pushed so far, which completely 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 definitely eying that, and both as is. It's the seat that he wants to fill. Well, let's let's pause for thirty seconds here to get some messages out and then hop back in faction. Hey, folks, if you don't already know this, we have a website, fone Fan fictioncom. Come on over. You can listen to us on there too, or obviously any of your favorite streaming platforms that you get your podcasts regularly. But you can interact 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 rate the 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 you want to email us, we you can find us at contact us at the rate fun Fan fictioncom and, yeah, follow us on twitter and Instagram at the rate of fun Fan fictioncom. If you've not already joined us in F one fantasy, then now's a chance. Go on to our social media and look for that post where we've shared our code. We will do that once again after this episode. So come on over at at a fun fantasy and join a fun Fan Fiction and other folks listening to a fun fan fiction in a fun fantasy. Now let's get back to the episode faction. So right after the crash, obviously a red flag came in, the race was stopped and, you know, everybody had to return back to their pits. And and the funny thing is right, like there have been so many red flags recently 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 new these days. And Yeah, that basically played right in the hands of Hamilton because, you know, because of the red flag, he got a reset right, like not just repairing this car. I mean they could fix everything, but he was also got a no, you got a resetment, and he said that. He said that in the post race interview where he was like I made a mistake after a very long time, and that sort of put me off as well. But during the Red Flag I sort of told myself 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 after that happened, I was worried that he might, you know, get a podium. So I mean sorry, like actually will know why he wanted to 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 soon as the red flag was announced and it was ruling. Start after the red flag right, like we didn't have a proper standing chart, but right afterwards it did. you see that, Max spun out and Oh man, I was so worried at that point. I was like Max, Comon, get it together, you have to, you know, win this race. I was gonna switch off the TV. I was like, red flag and Max Spins. This is just blind. Yeah, the thankfully, you know, people waited for him, like Charles, and Charles was just behind him. They they let him get back. So yeah, and actually they have to let him get back, right, so thankful he was to get back recover the top. Do We know that? Because why is giving penalties on both sides? So who knows what they're being yeah, you know, actually what I have a theory. You know, probably what they're doing is this is ruler dies and like what about number comes by the decide, but the leg it'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 saying nothing, nothing but but that racetart was was fun, right, because the the 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 soon as Hamilton Trust Hamilton passible, it is just those to trying to push as much as they can. Well, Hamilton had no troubles, obviously clearing the field for a first few. I think the race again got so interesting for me as soon as Hamilton reached Lando. Oh my God, that was just so 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 just few fast on that fastest trait and no trouble. is at all, like weaving maybe. Yeah, with credit to Hamilton, right, even though things played 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 through the 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, he exceeded 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, like he spun a couple of times. He was just trying to push that car so much that first he got a warning, then he got a black and white flag and then obviously he did it, he owed it. So he had the usual five second penalty coming. HMM. What what was interesting was while all of this battle were happening with I mean I wouldn't even call it battle until Hamilton versus Lando but or like, while all of that was happening, there was an amazing battle happening in the middle or towards the end of the track between Kimmy or corn Alonso and Perez. All four of those were within one second. But Hey, cash is skating. Everyone wanted to see Hamilton come up the numbers, so they never showed that. But that group was within one second and there was such good contention happening down down their battle for twelve or thirteen Po was it? Yeah, I don't even recall anything about this, because I don't think he even showed this rate. I think a lot of battles are actually lost in all this, right, like I remember, crofty was also describing some battle between Lando and Charles, but we 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 percent of the time they just showed Hamilton coming up the numbers. There was an amazing 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 as probably one of those people who've been seeing these, this race for a long time now or the sport there for a long time, I would love to see those battles as well. But share Anyan, I guess they are playing into what's what's getting them the big box. Yeah, and it kind of does make sense as well, like from their perspective, right, like they have to show the battles at the...

...front, like sea. Suppose, if you know, there was a really good battle happening with Hamilton, you know, cutting through the field, and if they didn't show that, people would 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, picture and picture moved, where they kind of show some of these other midfield races as they're showing the races in the front. They I think they do that in a 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 to sort of either, I'm like a split screen or at least something bigger that's usually visible what's going on. You're right. Yeah, I mean there's definitely scope for 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 for a 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 where they 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 Craft are commenting, but for this pittle in channel they have different commentators as well and like what they do is they show like the main feed on one box and they have two other boxes where they show, you know, battles from not just battles, like perspectives from two other drivers so that they can soundly show different patterns that are going on, not just at the front, what is shown in the life feed, but also, like other battles throughout the midfield, and I think that's a good way of testing things out for them before putting it in them. It's a nice a nice experiment and a nice platform. I think so. So Hamilton was pasted Leclaire in an easy, relatively easier fashion it. It still wasn't that easy, but I think that fastest trade is quite helpful for a car like a Mercedes and be drs and over 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 battle with Lando. Right. Yeah, under was definitely the driver of the day for 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 of the 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 race and gain a good lead. But yeah, you could, but you could see like Lando probably made no mistakes throughout this weekend and if you consider the whole weekend, he was definitely the driver of the day for me. Yeah, yeah, I mean and even on that overtake, right, he think his message to his radio was his radio team was I just can't match his space. Yeah, I did. I did see the demons in that. He's just too fast. But having seen that paste difference, he still managed to 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, if you remember, like after the restart and everybody else was on mediums and I was a little worried whether he would be able to maintain Tho stires with the SOFTS, but he did a brilliant job maintaining the stires and yeah, he he got the pthree like he held his position. I think the weather might have helped in a tad bit there too, because it was anyways quite cold and I'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 about wet man? Oh Man, last lap? Lastly, they bring him in the last lap with the air box issues. We said this at the start of the episode. They knew he had gear box issues. He had to start from the pits. Yeah, there was there was gonna be one point where 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 doing a lot of issues. I think they had some issues with gear things as well. Like Lance Roll also kind of face similar issues. Yeah, Lance actually put in a very great performance. I think he's one of the underrated drivers currently and he like on pace.

They were now were but he was able to like really maintain his pace throughout the race. There was some battle between him and alone, if I'm not wrong, and a fat chat that. But yeah, Lan Stroll, I think. I think all in our Lastin Martin still trying to figure out their their car, not just wettle in that, 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 I didn'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 seen note mart at a team principle, cripping a lot about now the change in regulations which, as you know, unfairly affected loric cause, which is basically mercendies 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 and twenty two already? I mean, obviously they're going to not fall back on two thousand and twenty one like horse has, obviously, but I feel like Aston Martin'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 in a lot of effort for this season and concentrate a bit more on two thousand 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, they are not that much dependent on the prize money anymore. So I think their focus definitely is now towards two thousand and twenty two. Well, speaking of Haus mean the driver didn't disappoint. Penultimate lap he spun, so there we have an in again. Was that a day? Yeah, definitely. That guy didn't disappoint. Every video was expecting a spin from him and we did get 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 home a lovely drive from all of them. I know we were talking about this earlier as well. Post trace also there was quite some drama it like Kimmy was given that penalty after the race. If I'm not wrong, a lot of these penalties were actually given after the race. I think even Lance truell got a penalty. I don't exactly remember. I don't know for what reason. Interesting. Yeah, he got a penalty. Then the other one was kimmy. Kimmy, I can on Gotten Penalty Castle, as I said earlier, that he got a penalty for not overtaking under the safety car right after the Red Flag, after, you know, using some positions. It was just utterly ridiculous. These clowns, you know, wait for so long to be giving out these penalties and just suck the fun out of the race and it doesn't make any sense to me. The rule itself doesn't make any sense to 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 what the leader board is going to be like. Make these decisions quickly and keep the rules, you know, crystal clear and avoid situations like this. I F I really needs to get their shut together with this and, you know, be consistent with things. You should have. We should have taken the car back on that drag broad to let's come back in a ten second. Oh Man, yeah, I thought was actually doing good, right. I think both are in points. Kimmy was. I don't remember what his position was, but both were receiving yours nine, right, yeah, and both were receiving points thirteen, and they basically got robbed of that. Just stupid. Yeah, right. So I was looking at this. Land Stroll also got 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 race like that overtake, I think this was one of the more fair penalties that 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 he had to at least hold the position for a couple of seconds after gainning it and upter that he if he run off the track a little, would have been fine, but he gained didn't advantage. So yeah, the penalties fall enough, I think. On the Kimmy one, though, I haven't heard him or I don't know if it's discussed, but if I was to guess, 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 because you know people can't basically anyways understand what he's saying, and this is even better. Well, on that note, I guess it's been an amazing race weekend. 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's old tracks are reappearing on the calendar, because most of these tracks were not really designed for say, you know, like the roads and everything already existed, that those routes, you know, followed the Terryin of the track and like somebody came in and, you know, just saw that this looks like a nice place, we should race here, and thus the truck was born. And you know, that's not exactly same for new tracks like boy and where, you know, you have these large run off areas and drivers tend to take advantage of such large run offs and these polder tracks are a lot more unforgiving and with with barriers and grass and gravel surrounding tracks, you don't need any external monitoring for track limits. The truck itself kind of, you know, enforces those limits and all these drivers have to be at the level best. They make mistakes and they pay for it, and that's exactly what happened in this race. So I'm am really happy about it and I'm I'm looking forward to the rest of the season on that notefolks, if you if you thought this this race was exciting and the track was amazing, hold onto your sleeves because next race is Portugal, and that's an undulating drag that you've seen last year have so much fun with their drivers. So until next episode, this is f one fan fiction. We are your hosts. Signing of the bye.

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