Ferrari are back
After a while of waiting, Ferrari have become competitive once again and has totally changed the championship picture for this year. Their pace was straight throughout the weekend, with great race pace from Friday practice and Vettel almost getting pole position by less than a tenth of a second.
But it wasn’t just pace that won them the race in the end, it was the early strategy when the safety car called out because of Marcus Erricson’s trip to the gravel. With the Mercedes coming in, Vettel stayed out and used his pace to develop a healthy lead and to stop one less than the rest of the field.
That key call was inspired which ultimately won Sebastian Vettel a famous victory for Ferarri. Could we see another German- Ferarri dominance? Maybe the Michael Schmaucher days will be a long way yet but this was a promising start to the season.
James Allison said it spot on we’re it feels dreadful when you keep losing because everyone has worked so hard and then suddenly this winning feeling comes back and it just elates you to have the greatest feeling in the world. And any tattoo’s for the manager????
Kimi Raikkonen made the pace with Vettel throughout, however the second qualifying session was all a rush with Kimi just missing out of the top 10. The race pace was more laid back but he still finishes 4th comfortably.
Not a two horse race anymore
This really took Mercedes out by surprise even being conservative with their pit stops instead of staying out cost them. Hamilton and Rosberg had to pass so many cars when the safety car came in, it would make their job easier or harder on how fast they pass everyone. Rosberg took a lot longer it seems than Hamilton to get some clear air.
Hamilton is in talks of a brand new contract but even his relationship isn’t smooth sailing as he tried to get some silence in the race, almost going off at one point. The harder tyre didn’t prove anything special for Hamilton as he has to settle for 2nd ahead of Rosberg. Let this three way fight continue 😃.
Qualifying in Sepang was one of the more fascinating sessions to watch with the likelihood of rain getting closer, many people were in the hurry to get through. The first part had many bright lightning strikes which disturbed the pictures. Having both Manor and McLaren cars knocked out were not a surprise even though McLaren were closer than before.
It was a race to the end of the pit lane for second qualifying session and finding space to get a lap in. Raikkonen missed out by a whisker while Hamilton only just scraped through before claiming pole in final session. Having a wet final session was great with both Red Bull drivers and Max Verstappen impressing.
Passes a plenty
This was an action packed race, all over the place there were passes as good as the other. Not all of them were perfect though. Both Force India drivers had ten seconds added on for various collisions. Hulkenberg tried to squeeze pass both Red Bulls into turn two but collided with Kyvat. No damage was done luckily.
Romain Grosjean tried an ambitious pass round the outside of turn 11 with Sergio Perez but Perez just made the slightest of contacts, sending the Lotus driver to a spin. The penalty for that one was kinda harsh.
Max Verstappen was very impressive throughout the race and making moves against his team mate Carlos Sainz Jr. and Daniel Riccardo were among the highlights for an 7th place finish and the youngest driver ever to score points.
The pass of the race was pretty hard but late on into the race were Valterri Bottas manage to pass his team-mate Felipe Massa was spectacular, a bold statement for the Finn who missed the first race because of a back problem.
No German Grand Prix
This will be the first time since 1960 that here will be no German Grand Prix. Finicially, Hockenheim or the Nurburgring cannot afford to host the Grand Prix even the help with Mercedes couldn’t persuade people to change their minds.
My highlight of German Grand Prix’s was were Rubens Barricello won his first Grand Prix in 2000 from way back on the grid, making ground out of everyone and stayed out in the rain to win. The emotions showed on the podium is a classic Formula 1 highlight. And don’t think Jos Verstappen’s Fire in the pitstops.
Driver of the race – Sebastian Vettel (perfect)
Villain of the weekend – FIA Stewards in penalising the Forde India drivers
Young star of the week – Max Verstappen
Unluckiest driver – Will Stevens (manor)
Highlight of the weekend – all the passes and action throughout the race