2022 Great Britain Thoughts
THE BIG PICTURE: For those who still think the racing was better in the "good ole days," you're blind as a bat. The wheel-to-wheel action in the final 10 laps for second through sixth was extraordinarily brilliant stuff.
EVENT: Got to love English weather. Really got to love English racing fans.
TRACK: What can be said that hasn't already been said? The drivers love Silverstone. That's enough.
QUALIFYING: The rain produced an old fashioned qualifying session -- non stop running until the time runs out and we see who has the fastest lap. And it was Sainz for the first time in his career. The inconsistent rain also produced one of the biggest qualifying surprises in years -- Latifi in Q3, while his teammate, Albon, eliminated in Q1 with all the new bits, was hopping made.
RACE: Another entertaining fun race.
START: The horrifying chain of events were due to a slew of poor starts, partially due to all three tire compounds on the grid. Zhou is very, very thankful modern F1 cars have so much safety engineered into their cars.
RESTART: Verstappen gives it his all, but Sainz makes up for the initial red flag start, Leclerc bounces off cars, but keeps third, and Hamilton wishes he could go back in time.
SAINZ: His first pole. His first win. No matter the circumstances, he's been knocking on the door for a while. He fully deserves to celebrate.
LECLERC: The win was his. No doubt.
FERRARI: Yes, their driver won the race. But, this should have been a 1-2 finish and a bigger haul of points for Leclerc to close in on Verstappen. Once again, Ferrari messed up the strategy call.
PEREZ: It looked like he was done after the first lap, needing to pit for a new front wing. And then, there Sergio was to take second.
VERSTAPPEN: At least Max got some points, as the debris he ran over could have completely ended his race.
RED BULL: Let's not forget, they were fast again.
HAMILTON: At certain points in the race, it appeared Lewis could win. He was fast. Set fastest lap. Not bad for a supposedly washed up, over the hill driver, according to one out of touch former World Champion.
RUSSELL: What a way to end the top five streak.
MERCEDES: They always do well at Silverstone. So, is this another false hope like Barcelona? Or, is this performance truly sustaining?
SCHUMACHER: Ever since he was read the riot act concerning his (huge) crashes, Mick has settled down and performed extremely well. Even aggressively taking it to Verstappen. And finally got his first F1 points.
VETTEL: Watching his protege from right behind, and rooting him on the whole time.
RICCIARDO: Back to a poor race, coupled with a failing DRS.
TSUNODA: Synchronizing with your teammate. Good. Causing a synchronized spin with your teammate. Bad. Very, very bad.
ALPHATUARI: Once again, left points on the table.
ASTON MARTIN: They fell below Haas.
ZHOU: What Guanyu must have been thinking sliding all that way upside down.
ALBON: They thought his hand was broken. But, did Alex hurt it where it could affect him next week?
F2: American Logan Sargeant got his mojo back. He took pole and won the feature race. The halo also starred in F2, saving Roy Nissany as Dennis Hauger's flying car sliced across the top of Nissany's cockpit.
F3: They put on two entertaining races. Frenchman Isack Hadjar won the sprint race with the winning pass on the penultimate lap. The younger Leclerc, Arthur, took the feature win.
WORD OF THE WEEKEND: Halo.
STAT OF THE WEEKEND: 150 -- The number of races it took Carlos Sainz to take his first F1 win, the second longest streak. Sergio Perez holds the record of 190 races before his first win. Also, this is the second race in a row where a driver competing in his 150th start won from the pole.
HISTORICAL STAT OF THE WEEKEND: Ferrari has now won 18 British Grands Prix, the most of any constructor (Ford and Mercedes are tied for second with 14). The first one came in 1951 at Silverstone which was also Ferrari's first World Championship win. Argentine José Froilán González took the win with Luigi Villoresi finishing third, two laps down, in another Ferrari. Juan Manuel Fangio split the podium for Alfa Romeo.
TWEET OF THE WEEKEND: This happens to be McLaren's tweet, but it certainly was the sentiments of all: Relieved to see all drivers involved in the incident are OK.
QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND: Ferrari team boss, Mattia Binotto, on Charles Leclerc's tire situation after the team chose not to change them during the safety car, "Unfortunately, at the restart, he was at a disadvantage in terms of tire." Ya, think?!
QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND RUNNERUP: Carlos Sainz pushing back after Ferrari told him to back off to gap the rest of the field for the restart to protect Leclerc, "Let's just stop inventing. Stop inventing. I'm under pressure also."
SCHEDULE: Off to Austria where Red Bull seeks revenge at the Red Bull Ring.
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