Monday, 10 April 2017

China GP - "Absolute masterclass"

So many people picked Stroll this year, yes he was cheap, but didn't his exit on Lap 1 show he was worth every fantasy penny?  Giovanizzi also proved an expensive mistake for Sauber this weekend, crashing in both Q1 and Lap 4.  Bottas proved his position at Mercedes with a spin under the safety car.  Verstappen confirmed why he was a better choice than Kvyat (he used to drive for Red Bull).  The double McLaren retirement continues to signal the beginning of the end.  Once again the internet is full of "Raikkonen?" chat, he insistence on new tyres means we will never know whether he would have finished on the podium.  You would have thought drivers would be trying a lot harder in the "here today, gone tomorrow" world of Formula 1.  Bottas's engineer called him Nico and Hamilton hasn't bothered to learn Verstappen's name at all - why bother with names when it's all so transient?
I will be encouraging all my drivers to the take the "anywhere you like" approach to grid boxes from now on - the nearer the front the better.  As Vettel received no punishment for starting in the middle.  Overall, it wasn't a bad race, especially the nose-to-nose action from the Red Bulls towards the end.

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