2019 Great Britain Thoughts
THE BIG PICTURE: Yeah, Mercedes is back to running away with it, but we are getting great entertainment elsewhere.
EVENT: The tifosi may be great, but they are Ferrari only fans. The Brits are motorsports fans through and through. Even though they lean towards the British drivers.
TRACK: It stays on the schedule. That's all that matters.
QUALIFYING: Bottas causes the British flags to droop, Hamilton loses out by the thinnest of margins, Leclerc can't quite get it done, where's Vettel, and we all know where Stroll is.
RACE: The ill-timed safety car spoiled a teammate battle for the win (though, Hamilton would have won anyway), but the battle between Verstappen and Leclerc was absolutely epic. Absolutely epic. And many other battles weren't too shabby either.
START: Very, very clean start by the field, Hamilton harasses Bottas, Norris holds off Ricciardo in thrilling side-by-side action, and Haas once again self-destructs.
HAMILTON: Yes, he got a free pit stop. But, once he went to the hard tires, free pit stop or not, he won the race. Lewis was able to make those hard tires last the rest of the way for the one-stop strategy while Bottas was already committed to the two-stop strategy, and thus would have had to pit again anyway.
BOTTAS: The strategy may have worked against Valtteri anyway, but just to underscore the talent difference, Bottas could not get fastest lap with brand new soft tires while Hamilton does with 32-lap-old hard tires. Wow.
MERCEDES: No need to worry about overheating engines in England.
LECLERC: Charles obviously learned a lot with his battle last week against Verstappen, especially what the Stewards will let you get away with. He applied those lessons, and returned the "push him off the outside of the track" tactics to perfection.
VETTEL: Meanwhile, Sebastian continues to drive like a desperate, crash prone rookie.
FERRARI: Who's your number one?
VERSTAPPEN: Just great racing all around.
GASLY: Strong, strong weekend for Pierre who is desperately trying to keep his position at Red Bull.
RED BULL: Just how strong is that car? Rammed from behind, sending him airborne over the curbing, and still finishes strong.
SAINZ: Another strong, aggressive race for Carlos.
NORRIS: Also ran strong and very aggressively until problems plagued him at the end.
MCLAREN: Continues to head in the right direction. But will Renault allow their customer to beat them?
RICCIARDO: Keeping McLaren honest.
ALBON: Also had a strong run going until end of race circumstances affected him.
RACING POINT: Nowhere to be seen.
GIOVINAZZI: That might be the final nail in the coffin for Antonio's F1 career.
RAIKKONEN: While Kimi gets another point finish.
HAAS: What a disaster.
FOM: F1 TV is a fail. And now their world feed is turning away from riveting on track battles to show us crowd shots. That's classic ABC Wide World of Sports crap.
F2: No one is really jumping up and declaring, "Look at me, I'm ready for F1."
WORD OF THE WEEKEND: Fun.
STAT OF THE WEEKEND: 6 -- Lewis Hamilton breaks the tie with Jim Clark and Alain Prost for most British GP wins. And, he ties Prost for most home GP wins.
HISTORICAL STAT OF THE WEEKEND: It was a celebration of Frank Williams' 50 years as a F1 Team Principle, something that most likely will never be matched again. It is also 40 years since the team's first win, at the 1979 British GP at Silverstone. Clay Regazzoni started fourth, but when various problems struck the first three runners, he drove off to a 24+ second win. It is the last time a Swiss driver won. Regazzoni was paralyzed the following season at Long Beach.
QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND: We know that Guenther Steiner is always good for a quote. But this time it was more than deserved as he just ripped on his own drivers. "Both of them are in trouble. They didn't speak. I told them! I don't need an explanation. The best that our drivers could bring to the battle was a shovel — to dig the hole we're in even deeper."
QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND RUNNERUP: Charles Leclerc glowing with excitement, "It was definitely very, very fun from inside the car. I think that Austria was quite an eye-opener for me to understand how far we could go and what was accepted. I think every driver wants to race hard. It was very, very fun, always borderline, but I think always in the rules and very, very enjoyable from the car."
SCHEDULE: Can we go for three entertaining races in a row? Please...
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