Monday, 1 May 2017

Russia GP - "well worth the wait"

Another race full of retirements, how much longer can this go on for?

Alonso stopped on the warm-up lap. I think in the olden days we would have seen him racing back to the pits to see what can be done.  Now he's keeping his head down and checking his online banking.

During the first lap, Grosjean and Palmer collided.  I remember a time when we would have automatically put that on Grosjean, now we automatically blame Palmer.  How long can he keep his seat?  I'm also wondering why it is now so acceptable to have a good swear on team radio, they wouldn't in the press pit.  Stroll also spun.

On Lap 5, Ricciardo's brakes caught fire. He was out.  So when Hamilton said: "There's something wrong, I'm getting sensations", there was hope.  Instead he spent the race radioing over and over about "struggling with his temps".

After those opening laps, nothing happened.  At all.  Well, on Lap 33 Raikkonen confused Hamilton and Bottas.  Massa had a slow puncture on Lap 43.  On Lap 44, Bottas requested less radio communications.

Hooray for Bottas, getting his maiden victory, I'm just very disappointed that it wasn't for Williams.

Eddie Jordan then proved he has dementia when he jumped on to the podium shouting: "Sochi, thank you for giving us an unbelievable race!"  Perhaps he was worried that he was going to be sent to the gulag.

Russia GP - Results

1. Evel Marque - 272*
2. Bernie is a hobbit - 230
3. Two World Champions, two future World Champions and, um, two other guys - 229
4. The Pitstop Princess - 223
5= Hoping for an Indian Summer - 210
5= Torque of the Devil - 210
7. No Vices Now - 195
8. Moneyball - 193
9. BOT-RAI-PER - 178
10. Slightly Slower Racing - 173
11= Jenson's Whinging Legacy - 166
11= Even more hopeful - 166
13. Beauty & the F1 Geek - 162
14. Hippy F1 - 146
15. Burn after racing - 116