Post by Sir Tim
Good to see Haas going so well (even it is a Ferrari kit car). Shame
about the finger trouble.
Vettel must privately think himself very, *very* lucky to have won. It
could be argued that Ferrari inveigled Lewis into making an early
stop by bringing Kimi in on lap 18 but they had no way of knowing
that Haas would cause a VSC (unless you are the wildest of wild
conspiracy theorists). In many ways the guy I feel sorriest for is
Kimi - he had been going really well all weekend but seemed to run
out of steam a bit after the safety car incident.
It must be hard to lose a GP in these circumstances but Hamilton can
console himself with the knowledge that he definitely has a slight
edge over the opposition. Of course Seb still had to fend him off but
that wasn't too difficult given the dirty air created by this
generation of cars. Strategy is king these days it seems, to the
detriment of balls out *racing*.
Nice to see Alonso back in the hunt, although he too benefited from
the safety car.
Good synopsis. I think Hass' issues were more automated traffic light
systems rather than 'finger trouble'. Both times the wheel men were trying
to stop the car from leaving.
I said earlier that I thought Max was going to start running out of talent
over the next season or two and while I know one race doesn't make a trend
he wasn't very impressive. Dan continues to impress (while Bottas doesn't so
much) so I'm thinking Ricciardo to Mercedes next year. ;-)
Unfortunatley for anyone like me supporting their local driver Honda seems
low on power (and perhaps reliability) still. I'm thinking Hartleys
experience in endurance racing is going to come in very handy for Toro Rosso
this year. A hard charger like Gasly isn't going to bring in much data
unless he learns to page himself.
Nice to see Stoffel making a good fist of it. I've always thought he'd do
well in machinery that has a bit of reliability. Force India have a lot of
work to do and not much money to spend on it. Both they and Williams need to
sort themselves out now they're running not only the same PUs as Merc but
also the same software on what is a 'power track' (Finally! I've been
talking about this for three years or more, mainly to myself as nobody else
seemed to think it was an issue - except the FIA who it seems allowed PU
constructors a few years advantage over customers as return on their R&D).
Albert Park isn't the greatest indicator of how the field will look though
(I think RBR will do better on other tracks than Ferrari...) so I'm looking
forward to tracks with a more flowing nature and less 'squirt and brake'.
That should let us know exactly how good the various chassis are. Albert
Park was more an indication of how good the various PUs are and that was
largely known already.
Remember what I said about 'body langauge' in practice being the
differentiator for me between Ferrari and RBR? Well it seems Vettel is
openly saying now that Ferrari have lots of work to do on their car, though
Kimi (who's body langauge rarely changes anyway) seems to be doing OK in it.
As we saw the year Vettel had Ricciardo as a team mate Vettel needs a car to
be of a certain standard before he commits himself to it whereas people like
Dan and Kimi will race to the best of their abilities with whatever they've
got. (This is one of the reasons I don't rate Vettel as highly as some
"Humans will have advanced a long, long way when religious belief has a cozy
little classification in the DSM*."
David Melville (in r.a.s.f1)
(*Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders)