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The 2017 Formula 1 Chinese Grand Prix was always under threat of rain and while the helicopter rule from free practice was sorted, meaning the race would happen regardless of sm(f)og, the rain was still an issue as weather forecasts were gloomy.

Rain has a tendency to separate drivers from great drivers and many on the grid were hoping for rain. With a half hour to go before the lights went out, the rain had subsided and presented the drivers with what we call changeable conditions…not something the drivers actually like a lot—unless you’re Jenson Button. The big question? How will the new Pirelli wet weather tires perform? A real delta to the entire weekend as the 10 minutes of exploration laps prior to the grid up period was the first look they had at the tires. The general consensus was that it was a close choice between slicks and intermediate rain tires at the start.

If Ferrari wanted to dispel the one-off oddity of Australia, they did so with a qualifying effort under two tenths of a second off pole position. If the 1.5s advantage Mercedes has enjoyed since 2014 has eroded, then China was going to take everything they had to get on pole and that’s exactly what Lewis Hamilton delivered to secure his 6th pole position at this circuit.

Lewis Hamilton won the race and celebrates his 54 win and 106th podium. Mercedes, perhaps like Ferrari in Australia, benefitted from Vettel’s early pit under the VSC which spoiled his chance to take the fight directly to Lewis. Either way, it means that both teams are very close to each other and that could mean an exciting season.

Win

A win for Lewis who secured his 5th win in China from his 6th pole position there. Having controlled the race and his tire management, Lewis put on a clinic of how to win a race and due to Ferrari’s strategy, he was never really threatened.

A win for Vettel who suffered from a bad strategy and still managed to claim second place and limit his damage as he leaves China tied in the championship.

Sure, his Super Soft tires ran out on about lap 28 but Max Verstappen’s progress from 17th to second was a terrific run and comprehensive message.

A win for Red Bull who had a race most likely better than they were hoping for. Running 3rd and 4th for most of the day and showing that in dodgy conditions, the Newey designed car’s drivability and chassis come in to play. Max held off his teammate, Ricciardo, for his first podium in China. Max secured driver of the day.

A win for passing as the fear was the cars wouldn’t be able to follow each other and passing might be very difficult anywhere outside a DRS zone but there was quite a bit of passing in turn 6 and other locations that were not DRS fueled per se. The most notable issue was Romain Grosjean, a lap down, ahead of both Red Bulls with Max protesting that it was hurting his car’s performance. That may be but his teammate was on his tail and didn’t seem to have the same issue of following a car.

A win for Kevin Magnussen who lead Haas F1’s efforts to an important point-scoring position of 8th while his teammate languished in 11th.

A win for Force India and specifically Esteban Ocon for a double points finish and Ocon’s spirited drive to the top 10 for the team in his rookie season.

Fail

Certainly the initial 20 laps were riddled by the Virtual Safety Car and real Safety Car deployed for Stroll and Giovinazzi’s crash respectively. A tactical call by Ferrari saw Sebastian Vettel drop from second to 6th behind his teammate, Kimi Raikkonen, and both were behind the Red Bull’s with Daniel Ricciardo holding them up and spoiling their race. While Lewis and Mercedes read the strategy right for VSC and SC periods, Ferrari got Vettel’s wrong.

Valtteri Bottas spun under the Safety Car (as best as I can tell from TV coverage) dropping him back and he spent most of the race hustling around 7th and 8th place. Not where the team needed him to be—which is right on Lewis’s tail.

A fail for McLaren as they retired Stoffel Vandoorne with a Fuel issue. Then later, retiring Alonso as well.

WTH

A fail for Antonio Giovinazzi who had a wonderful debut in Australia only to blot his career with an expensive weekend in China.

Why would Ferrari not see Kimi’s issues and make the call to let Vettel go knowing Seb was much quicker. By delaying, they handed a 10s gap to Hamilton by the 26h lap of the race.

What happened to Felipe Mass and Williams?

What was happening with Kimi? Other than complaining more than anyone about his tires, his engine and his software, it seemed he was simply not happy in that car on Sunday.

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Results:

Pos. # Driver Chassis Engine Laps Gap
1 44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes Mercedes 56  
2 5 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari Ferrari 56 6.250
3 33 Max Verstappen Red Bull TAG 56 45.192
4 3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull TAG 56 46.035
5 7 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari Ferrari 56 48.076
6 77 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes Mercedes 56 48.808
7 55 Carlos Sainz Jr. Toro Rosso Renault 56 1’12.893
8 20 Kevin Magnussen Haas Ferrari 55 1 Lap
9 11 Sergio Perez Force India Mercedes 55 1 Lap
10 31 Esteban Ocon Force India Mercedes 55 1 Lap
11 8 Romain Grosjean Haas Ferrari 55 1 Lap
12 27 Nico Hulkenberg Renault Renault 55 1 Lap
13 30 Jolyon Palmer Renault Renault 55 1 Lap
14 19 Felipe Massa Williams Mercedes 55 1 Lap
15 9 Marcus Ericsson Sauber Ferrari 55 1 Lap
Ret 14 Fernando Alonso McLaren Honda 33  
Ret 26 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso Renault 18  
Ret 2 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren Honda 17  
Ret 36 Antonio Giovinazzi Sauber Ferrari 3  
Ret 18 Lance Stroll Williams Mercedes 0  

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  • Is it just me or is Hamilton crushing a little bit on Vettel? I would call it a bromance, but the adoration seems to be one-way at the moment.

    • Max Johnson

      Would you prefer if he was angsty like last year against Nico? I think it will change later in the season when it’s more tense.

      • Not a preference, nor a complaint. It’s merely an observation of something I found to be incongruous with his past behaviour.

  • Zachary Noepe

    1) I think Ferrari had bad luck rather than bad strategy, Vettel was perfectly positioned to win until the second SC piggybacked, how can you know that would happen, which leads me to….
    2) Giovinazzi is finished. Liked him but you can’t use all Saubers parts for the season in 20 hours while destroying your big bosses race. Long live Wehrlein.
    3) Watching Vettel race at his best is a joy. Wonderful mix of aggression and control, you won’t see better. That hip check was epic.
    4) Fine maybe Ferrari should have called Kimi but is he not a professional driver? He was at his worst this weekend bitching and moaning about every part of his car while sucking and wrecking his team’s chances. Embarassing.
    5) Nice work Force India! My favorite car in the Missoula Montana demo derbies was always the Pink Pig – the car you love to hate. Go pig!
    6) a propos of nothing – I waited 45 minutes for my car the other day and finally asked the valet wtf and he admitted none of them could drive a standard. I’m getting old. Which leads me to…..
    7) NBC. Just play the world feed in silence at this point. To hear them when the Vettel start graphic showed ‘maybe he had a wheel out of his box’ Jesus Lord where were you guys 3/4 his car was out of the box! I’ll tell you where – reminiscing about ‘Michael’ for the 90th time this week. What an outdated and entirely technically empty broadcast. Just stop.
    8) Love watching the drivers compare notes after and Hamilton and Vettle chatting as colleagues. Love this sport.

    • Max Johnson

      For me, Verstappen was the bigger whiner for this race.

      • Zachary Noepe

        Good point. That was childlike.

      • jakobusvdl

        If Ricciardo knew how rattled Verstappen was, he’d have attacked sooner.
        Does anyone else think Verstappen’s defensive move on Ricciardo was a bit late?

    • jakobusvdl

      Good highlights Zachery, did NBC show the in-car if Verstappen getting from 19th to 7th on the first lap? It was epic, he made great use of the full track to breeze past cars nose to tail on the ‘racing line’.
      But what tickled me most was while the commentators were raving about Max’s genius, was that just ahead and to the right, threading his way through ahead of ‘the plucky teen’ was, Animal Alonso, pedalling the performance-free McHonda from 13th to 8th on the same lap.
      Seeing Alonso outdrive the McHonda is awesome, in the same way as seeing Vettel on form is a joy.
      On your apropos comment, Is ‘a standard’ a manual? If so, there are upsides to the dwindling capacity to cope with three pedals. Getting a pool car at work is never a hassle for me, the two manuals are always the last to be booked :-)

      • Zachary Noepe

        Yes a manual and you’re right it carries advantages, a friend said it’s like an anti-theft device because only people in their 50s who don’t want my old Saab can drive it. I welcome that thought since the locks sometimes just jump right back up in defiance when I try to put them down.

        • jakobusvdl

          Old SAAB, are you an architect, or a quantity surveyor?

          • Zachary Noepe

            How funny – quantity surveyor in fact.

          • jakobusvdl

            Lol :-)
            Some stereotypes are true then.
            My nephew in the UK (a Civil Engineer) had a series of SAAB’s. All with ridiculously high milage, he wouldn’t look at one with less than 100,000 miles on it, and had a 900 with over 200,000 that drove beautifully.

      • Salvu Borg

        a bit late this JAKO, BUT TRY THIS “VIDEO: VERSTAPPEN AMAZING OPENING LAP IN CHINA – FORMULA 1”.

    • I did like the dialog between Max and Seb about the race, that was great to hear.

    • Zachary Noepe

      Big shocker, Wehrlein’s suddenly recovered in time for Bahrain

      http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/128918/wehrlein-gets-green-light-for-bahrain-return

      • jakobusvdl

        Now there’s a surprise. I’m sure Weherlein’s neck started to feel a lot better on Sunday, about the time Giovanazzi hit the wall.

  • Daniel Sebergsen

    I can’t understand why Ferrari and Vettel didn’t go for the Super soft at his last stopp. With a car which was going lighter each lap he would be in quali mode at the end of the race and probably quicker than Hamilton. For kimi I just have one thing to say: mmbwoah

    • T-Batwoman

      They only had a used set of SS at that point.

  • Salvu Borg

    “A win for Vettel who suffered from bad strategy”. “bad strategy?” who ever wrote that doesn’t know what he is talking about.
    FERRARI’S strategy was the right and correct one at the time, Vettel would have ended at least five seconds in front after the others had to pitted for tyres, without that safety car, which most probably cost Vettel the race win.
    After Australia race I said re Kimi problems, that Sergio Marchionne will not tolerate any member of his F1 team giving anything less than 100%, and pronto after the china race he expressed his frustration with Kimi Riakkonen’s failure to get past Ricciardo and he instructed Maurizio Arrivabene to discuss the matter with Riakkonen as soon as possible.

    • I wrote it and if you’re not comfortable with it, to the point of insulting me, then perhaps start your own blog and share your views there but as for this blog, I’d prefer not insulting people you disagree with. At this site, the only people who look ignorant or silly are those who insult others. That’s our rule here, Decorum & Civility, no personal attacks. Plenty of other sites that would enjoy this type of thing but we’re not one of them.

      Bad strategy means just that. Yes, had it all worked out, in hindsight, he may have won but strategy can go bad due to circumstances in or beyond your control. It was a gamble and it didn’t work. Maybe he would have and maybe he wouldn’t. Had he mirrored Lewis, he would have been on his tail in the waning laps and may have had a better chance of passing him than being six seconds behind him at the flag. It’s all guesswork and I have no issue with their call, it just didn’t work, because of circumstances, it turned out to bad call. I have more issue with why they didn’t move Kimi over than what they did with Seb.

      • Salvu Borg

        Dear NC, Please be assured that “You don’t know what you talking about” It honestly was never my intention, I honestly never meant to offend you/insult you, never meant it to be offensive/insulting. at the time I honestly believed I was just expressing my opinion, my disagreement with what you said/wrote on “YOUR” discussion forum. Also be assured that I fully respect your level of sensitivity to disagreements with your expressed opinion. in future I will have to make an effort not to read your expressed opinion, as my F1 type of blood will not allow me not to respond were I agree or disagree. so I will have to make sure to limit my contributions/expressing my opinions to that of fellow posters of my own level. Having said all that, I stand with my expressed opinion as to the race actions, decisions taken and evolvement.

        • Andreas

          The problem isn’t that you have a different opinion – that’s perfectly fine, and the sharing of opinions is exactly why we’re here. And neither is it that it was Todd/NC you disagreed with – he isn’t on some sort of different level to the rest of us, where his opinon can’t be disagreed with, while mine and yours can. The problem is how you choose to express it. If Todd (or I, or anyone else) writes anything you disagree with, just say so. The trick is to respectfully disagree, without using invectives or personal attacks to strengthen your argument. You’d be surprised how different opinions people can have around here, while still being perfectly civil to each other.

          • Salvu Borg

            I might be wrong but with all honesty to me “doesn’t know what you talking about” in no way means any disrespect/a personal attack/being un-civil. end off.

        • Andreas is exactly right, share your opinion all you want but if in order to make a case for your opinion, you do so by telling others they don’t know what they’re talking about…well, that’s just not how we do things here.

          You said, “I will have to make sure to limit my contributions/expressing my opinions to that of fellow posters of my own level.”

          I can assure you that I’ve interviewed and met some of the sports most respected and brilliant people who have forgot more about F1 than fans will ever know. They have never engaged this community, either on podcasts or written word, by belittling them, calling them stupid or accusing our readers/listeners of not knowing what they are talking about. I’m not interested in what “level” you feel you may be at versus the rest of the community here but I am fiercely loyal to the fans that do engage politely at FBC and I respect them all regardless of what “level” they may be at.

          This site was created as a safe harbor for new and veteran fans alike and if a new fan posted here and some one of your “level” told them they didn’t know what they were talking about, I find that very heavy handed and not in the spirit this site was created.

          As for my comment, I am perfectly fine with folks disagreeing with me and to be honest, I was a tad sloppy with my wording. It was 4am but to me, a race strategy that doesn’t work due to circumstances becomes a bad strategy no matter how good it was initially. It goes from good to bad. However, you are absolutely right in that the call was a gamble that very well could have worked had there not been the safety car. Would’ve, should’ve, could’ve.

          We all have different experiences and interests in F1 and some folks are new to the series and others have been watching for years. I have really enjoyed your opinions and insight but if we all have to endure being belittled by your insight, then I’d prefer you share that somewhere else where bravado and personal attacks are encouraged.

          My goal is to engage veterans to share insight and opinion with new fans with decorum & civility. No personal attacks…it’s really quite simple as Andreas pointed out. Some people find this one, simple rule too much to take or they simply believe that disagreeing must include verbal sparring or at the very least, some belittling of the other person’s viewpoint. You speak of “level” and I would argue that no matter how insightful a person is on a subject, if they can’t engage with decorum & civility, who, then, is truly at a different level?

          • Salvu Borg

            I believe to have made myself clear enough (my intentions/meanings) about your objections to “do not know what they talking about” I don’t think I need to repeat myself. as far as I am concerned it is end of story.

          • Zachary Noepe

            Hmm I feel like it might be legitimate that from one person’s cultural and literary background ‘you don’t know what you’re talking about’ could be equivalent to another’s ‘you’re mistaken’ or ‘i disagree I think you misunderstand’. A wise man once said ‘ I may not be using the best term here although I’m blaming my ham-fisted wording…’ so I know it happens, even to the thoughtful :)

          • It does happen for sure, it’s not a big deal, I just want to make sure, regardless of cultures, that we aren’t getting personal here. We’ve all worked hard to be a safe harbor and making disagreements personal is something we need to try to avoid.

          • Zachary Noepe

            Very well said.

  • Junipero Mariano

    Seemed like more passing was happening at turn 6 than in the DRS zones. If there was only a way for the FIA to figure out what made Turn 6 work and at the same time ignore why DRS wasn’t effective.
    .

    • jakobusvdl

      DRS was letting them get close enough at the end of the straight, then the low degradation tyres allowed them to follow through turns 1 to 5 then attack at turn 6 without destroying the tyres. And on a wet / dry track!
      All we need now are medals.
      Bernie’s master plan has finally come together, just after he was deposed :-(

  • Daniel Johnson

    I will say pass of the race has to be Seb on the outside of Ricciardo was as spectacular of a pass I can remember in recent history.

    As far as strategy is concerned when VSC and SC’s are involved it’s hard to say it was a good or bad call, but it was the wrong call. In a vacuum Ferrari’s call under the VSC was great, but it got foiled by the SC a few laps later. I really would have liked to have seen Seb taking it to Lewis in the closing laps. Something tell’s me we’ll see it this season.

    • You’re exactly right. It was a great call and terrific strategy that turned out to be a bad call due to circumstance. Salvu pointed that out as well and I may not be using the best term here although I’m blaming my ham-fisted wording on the fact that to me, good strategy turns bad when race circumstance render it ineffective. That and it was 4am when I wrote that. ;)

      • Daniel Johnson

        Not ham-fisted and a helluva lot better than I could manage at that time of night. You see this narrative in football (on all the hot take talk shows) of was this the right call?? When a coach makes the choice do something that is statistically correct but ends up failing or a coach does something with a small chance of success but ends up winning.

        Also in Nascar a lot with different strategies that win if a caution comes out at the right moment. In the end you cast your lots and hope for the best. It’s part of what makes motorsports so damn compelling.

      • jakobusvdl

        4am Todd, that’s dedication, to F1 and F1B, thanks

  • Salvu Borg

    Got to love Alonso’s under the leg shot even with all the s**t going on, the bloke’s still got some sense of humor.: “F1-just enough time to sneak in a pre-race game of table…facebook”.

  • jakobusvdl

    Good report Todd, there is nothing like variable track conditions to add a bit of uncertainty to a race.
    The fact the wins in the first two races have hinged on strategy calls indicates that the Mercedes and Ferrari are really close on race pace, at least in the hands of Hamilton and Vettel. Raikonnen had another poor race, though there were a couple of other poor performances from Massa and Bottas.
    Lots of achievers too, Sainz and Magnussen had great races, as did Alonso until he broke a drive shaft trying to come back at Ocon.
    The effect of DRS was neutered, but I think a part of that was the big wet area at the end of the main straight, that took away the opportunity for a following car to attack into turn 1.
    The new tyres seem to be working, letting the cars run hard, and drivers push.
    Who knows what the new aero is doing, some cars can run close, and even pass, others lose downforce if another car is on the same lap, hummmmmm.
    The ‘world feed’ needs to get its on screen graphics sorted, the timing information comes and goes and I’ve been expecting to be bombarded with lateral acceleration data – nothing doing!
    Best season…….ever (lol)

    • Salvu Borg

      New aero up to 30%? more than last year, new cars, new and vast differences in car Behavior on track, some cars seems to be effected following another even when up to 2.5 seconds behind, others are not so effected, some seems not to be at all, they seem to be able to follow a car close for lap after lap, still there are some that are effected, at least tyres wise even when in clean air. I suspect that it depends a lot on the driver concerned.
      Giovinazzi qualifying+Giovinazzi race+VSC+SC=happens…we missed a real race/ fight between Gina and number 44.
      Gina was 17 seconds off the lead before Giovanzzi’s accident and that was not enough/no way for number 44 to have pitted and retain the lead, that is why I said FERRARI’S strategy decision at the time was the best.

      • jakobusvdl

        Hi Salvu, I think you are right, without the safety car, Vettel would have undercut Hamilton. Ferrari rolled the strategy dice, and circumstances went against them, without Vianazzi’s crash it could well have been a race winning call.

        • Salvu Borg

          As Zach said, “FERRARI had bad luck rather than BAD STRATEGY”. Mercedes didn’t follow suit and “MADE A BAD STRATEGY CALL LIKE FARRARI DID” because they know for sure that losing the front to FERRARI, FERRARI would have pulled away/open a gap, something that they running in clean air with FERRARI on their tail they could not do.
          Anyhow, next one (Bahrain) will show us two things, the car with the best downforce and the best sustained behavior as well as the best power unit. downforce and behavior on track: the cars will be at their full glory downforce except for turns 8 and 10, every corner will be at much higher speed, 2 and 4 will see far more attacking driving. power unit: Bahrain is a power hungry circuit, and now with more downforce will require increased throttle, the engines will get more demand than ever, we will see the real difference in power units, Bahrain will establish where Mercedes and FERRARI stand as to their PU’S.
          Further, FERRARI will introduce (having trailed it in FP3 in China) their first major update of the season, a complete new floor.
          Also, just in case you missed it, go to the end of this page and read my last post, go to and watch and enjoy.

          • jakobusvdl

            Sounds like Bahrain will be a great race, and a real test for the new format cars.

          • Salvu Borg

            Yes, reference was about Alonso/Ricciardo/Massa table tennis game, try again exactly like this “facebook.com/formula 1/video…750902909”. or “F1-just enough time to sneak in a pre-race game of table…facebook”.

    • I haven’t read more about Kimi’s issues and if his front end was causing issues due to following closely or if his understeer was present the whole race. I also haven’t read a lot about the team/drivers comments on the wet tires yet. I know they liked the inters more than the full-wets last year and I wonder what they thought of the inters this year? They weren’t on them long.

  • Andreas

    The weather (and lack of running on the current wets and inters) really made for an interesting race. Also, the track itself – where there main straight has patches that refuse to dry up – really played a part. Sainz’ choice to start on slicks could have paid off, had it not been for the VSC and later SC. Even so, a bold choice.

    FOM has changed Verstappen’s timing abbreviation from VES to VER for this year, which constantly catches me out, thinking Jean-Eric Vergne has made a comeback :-) I’m not sure Vergne ever had such an epic first lap, though – Verstappen’s first lap was sensational, and really set the tone for his race. Driver of the day, for sure. Sadly, near the end he also became “whiner of the day”, when he decided to stay a constant 1.5 seconds behind Grosjean and chose to whine about blue flags over the radio, rather than make any attempt to overtake. Not that FIA will listen to me, but I’d suggest an amended blue flag rule, to where a stationary blue flag is an information that a faster/lapping driver is coming up, while waved blue flags is an instruction to move over, that is only given once the faster driver is showing an actual intent to overtake.

    Pass of the race definitely goes to Vettel on Ricciardo – gutsy move and hard but fair racing. Top job!

    • Salvu Borg

      “pass of the race definitely goes to Vettel on Ricciardo”. The following might interest you.
      “I was honestly a bit bored so I just thought lets bang wheels and get the crowed exited” “I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t intentional, but I know there was no harm done. a little bit of smoke for the fans”-RICCIARDO.
      “I like this way of overtaking”-VETTEL.

      • jakobusvdl

        Smiling Honey Badger to Smoking Wheel Banger

      • Zachary Noepe

        That is probably all true but its also what i would say if i had just spent a race getting whacked around by my current teammate and my former teammate and wanted to give the impression i had some control over a situation which, in fact, i was totally dominated in.

  • ballbear13

    Anybody have an opinion on Max vs. Danny Ric. Hated hearing Max whine about Grosjean, Danny Ric looked good. I’m a bit bias but in my opinion Danny is the better driver at this moment

    • T-Batwoman

      Max’s constant whining was quite a turn off, Daniel had way worse air that Max and he wasn’t winging about it.

      I think they have the best and most even lineup in F1 right now.

      • jakobusvdl

        Or is that what ‘they’ want you to think??????…..
        We got to hear Max’s whinging on the TV feed, we didn’t get to hear what Ricciardo was saying. It may be that he wasn’t saying anything, or was but had the sense not to push the ‘talk’ button, or (in the spirit of F1B conspiracy theories) the FIA are trying to destroy Max’s reputation.

        • T-Batwoman

          Doubtful that there was any malicious organized attempt to smear Max, he is the future of the sport, if anything I appreciate that they were willing to put that out there.

          • ballbear13

            I agree, makes no sense to smear the upcoming star. For me, Max carries a whiff of self entitlement, like on the podium when he pulled Lewis up for not mentioning him by name. He is standing there with a 4 time and 3 time world champion and interrupts….

            I like him on track, he is exciting and makes some great moves, but I would also love to see Danny Ric wipe the floor with him this season to put him in his place.

  • Shocks&Awe

    Did anyone else catch the gap between Ricciardo and Kimi during the Safety Car? How was Kimi so far behind him that he gave Ricciardo a free pitstop to change tires? Seems to me he really dropped the ball and should have been right on his tail into the pits and past him when Danny stopped. #perplexed

  • Van Dieu

    I thought it was quite depressing that the teams were contemplating running from lap 9 to the end on the same set of tyres. Tyres that need nursing to stop them falling apart are bad, but so too are tyres that go on forever. As the race played out, I’m happy that everyone went for another stop, but I just think we haven’t quite found the happy balance of grip vs longevity.

  • Wayne DR

    I feel for Alonso. Following Tod’s point from last week, do Honda make drive shafts/wheel hubs? No, Hmmmm…
    To me, Giovinazzi over drove the car all weekend (well Sat and Sun). He thought he under performed in Australia, so was probably trying to be the hero. Being young he hasn’t quite grasped the fine line between hero and zero. I’m sure the team would have been happy for him to simply finish. (I hope they take a he time to explain this to him)
    Bottas looked to be taking his spin quite hard. He spoke a lot about “My mistake” on the Sky interview and looked pretty fragile when explaining it. Toto’s comments in the media won’t help and Max’s diving pass is yet another nail in the coffin. (It would be tough to face the media after a bad day in the office like that). Let’s hope he can put it all behind him before Bahrain and bounce back!

    • jakobusvdl

      Quite right, if the Honda p.u was as poor is claimed, it wouldn’t have the torque to break a drive shaft.