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Posted By: Justin Hynes  |  20 Jul 2014   |  3:05 pm GMT  |  397 comments

Nico Rosberg cruised unchallenged to a home victory at Hockenheim as team-mate Lewis Hamilton traded a rocky path, with several changes of strategy, through the field from 20th on the grid to take third place by the chequered flag.

Valtteri Bottas starred once again and gave Williams something to smile about with his second P2 finish in a row, after team-mate Felipe Massa had rolled out of the race at the start in a collision with McLaren’s Kevin Magnussen. Bottas’ late race defence from Hamilton, on worn tyres, was one of the highlights of an eventful race.

Behind the podium finishers, Sebastian Vettel claimed fourth place for Red Bull Racing, while Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso won a thrilling duel with Daniel Ricciardo in the second Red Bull to take fifth.

There was drama as soon as the lights went out. While Rosberg and Bottas got away well and held position through turn one, Magnussen, who’d made a good start, came up the inside into Turn 1 and collided with Massa. The Brazilian’s car was flipped upside down as the pair slid off into the gravel trap at turn one. The Williams came to rest right side up and Massa was quickly out of the car but also out of the race. Magnussen was able to continue, though he had to pit for repairs. The Dane rejoined at the back of the field.

Felipe Massa rolls his Williams

The incident also disadvantaged Red Bull Racing’s Daniel Ricciardo; he had to take evasive action and dropped back into the midfield in 12th place. His team-mate, Sebastian Vettel avoided trouble, however, and rose to third as the safety car was deployed.

When the racing resumed Rosberg held his lead from Bottas, with Vettel third ahead of Alonso. Nico Hulkenberg was in fifth, while Jenson Button had risen to sixth from 11th on the grid.

Hamilton, meanwhile, was charging through the pack. The Briton had dropped to 20th on the grid after a gearbox change, but by lap eight he was up to 12th behind Ricciardo who was also making progress.

Hamilton was now almost 18 seconds down on his front-running team-mate and he continued to lose time as he battled with Ricciardo. The Red Bull driver made it past Jean-Eric Vergne and Kimi Raikkonen but while Hamilton got past the Frenchman he briefly became stuck behind the Finn.

Now 25 seconds down on Rosberg, Hamilton had to move decisively and he did so on lap 13. Pulling alongside Raikkonen, Hamilton braked late into the hairpin. The Mercedes and Ferrari made contact but Hamilton made is past and with Ricciardo avoiding trouble, the Briton passed the Red Bull into the bargain. The move elevated him to seventh.

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Rosberg, meanwhile, had made his first stop and as the bulk of the field, who had started on supersoft tyres, headed for pit lane, Hamilton, who had started on soft tyres, rose to second, 7.7s behind his team-mate. Bottas then retook second on lap 20 with Hamilton under instruction not to resist the Finn.

Hamilton finally made his first stop on lap 27, taking on another set of soft tyres. He resumed in eighth place. At the front, Rosberg was now 13 seconds ahead of Bottas, with Vettel third, a further eight seconds back. Alonso held fourth ahead of Hulkenberg and Button. Ricciardo was once again in front of Hamilton.

Hamilton, on fresh tyres, passed Ricciardo for P7 on lap 29 but then tried to overtake Button. He misread the pace of the McLaren, thinking that Button was letting him through, however and hit the sidepod of Button’s car. It removed Hamilton’s left front wing endplate but the Mercedes driver carried on and then made a clean pass on his former team-mate on the following lap. He found a way past Hulkenberg on lap 33 for fifth. However the damage hurt his tyre performance and he requited a change of strategy later to compensate.

Between the two Mercedes, Alonso and Vettel made their second stops, with the Ferrari stopping a lap earlier in a bid to find a way past the Red Bull. It seemed not to have worked as Vettel emerged in front of the Ferrari, but the Spaniard then breezed past the German under DRS to steal the place.

Rosberg made his second stop, for another set of soft tyres, on lap 42 and rejoined in the lead. Hamilton, meanwhile, was complaining that his tyres were wearing too fast to make the target distance planned for his stint and the team immediately switched him to a three-stop strategy, bolting on supersoft tyres on lap 43.

Vettel and Alonso

He immediately began setting race fastest laps as he began to reel in the eight-second gap to Vettel. Red Bull brought the supersoft-shod Vettel in for his third and final stop, during which he took on soft tyres. He emerged in sixth position behind Button.

On lap 50, Adrian Sutil spun in the final corner and his car stalled almost in the middle of track. It seemed set for a safety car and Mercedes, perhaps anticipating it, brought Hamilton in for his final set of tyres, more supersofts on lap 51. The safety car didn’t appear however and the Mercedes driver, who rejoined behind Alonso and ahead of Vettel , faced 16-lap stint on the quick but fragile tyres.

It didn’t hurt Hamilton, however, and he passed Alonso for P3 on lap 56 to sit just over seven seconds behind Bottas.

Alonso, meanwhile, made his third and final stop, for supersofts, with 11 laps to go. He rejoined in P7 behind the Red Bulls of Vettel and Ricciardo and the McLaren of Button but with fresher, quicker tyres.

Ahead Hamilton was chewing through the gap to Bottas with the deficit reduced to just four seconds by lap 58. On the following lap the Briton took 1.7 seconds out of the Finn to set up a move.

German GP 2014 podium

Behind then a dogfight developed between Alonso and Ricciardo, with duo tussling hard for P6. Despite Ricciardo’s best efforts he couldn’t resist indefinitely and eventually the Ferrari driver muscled past at the hairpin. He ran deep, however, and offered Ricciardo a way back in. The Australian pushed hard to recover the position but Alonso hel on. With Vettel now 7.6s ahead and out of reach fourth was the best Alonso could do. It was by a tiny margin, however. Ricciardo battled to the end and when the duo took the flag there were just hundredths of a second separating the pair.

 

At the front Rosberg took a comfortable fourth win of the season, but behind him Hamilton could find no way past the calm and collected Bottas, who took his third podium finish in a row.

With Vettel fourth for Red Bull and Alonso and Ricciardo taking P5 and P6 respectively, seventh place was taken by Hulkenberg. Button was eighth, ahead of team-mate Magnussen and the final points position.

Rosberg’s win leaves him on 190 points with Hamilton now 14 points back. Ricciardo lies third with 106 points, nine clear of Alonso, who is six ahead of Vettel.

With their ninth win of the season, Mercedes meanwhile have scored more points as a team in the first 10 races of 2014 than in the whole of the 2013 season.

GERMAN GRAND PRIX, Hockenheim, 67 laps
1. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1h33m42.914s
2. Valtteri Bottas Williams +20.789s
3. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes +22.530s
4. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull +44.014s
5. Fernando Alonso Ferrari +52.467s
6. Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull +52.549s
7. Nico Hulkenberg Force India +1m04.178s
8. Jenson Button McLaren +1m24.711s
9. Kevin Magnussen McLaren -1 lap
10. Sergio Perez Force India -1 lap
11. Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari -1 lap
12. Pastor Maldonado Lotus -1 lap
13. Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso -1 lap
14. Esteban Gutierrez Sauber -1 lap
15. Jules Bianchi Marussia -1 lap
16. Kamui Kobayashi Caterham -2 laps
17. Max Chilton Marussia -2 laps
18. Marcus Ericsson Caterham -2 laps

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1

Quick question, if a safety car was not needed then why was one deployed lastyear at Silverstone for Vettel?

2

James

Should we be worried about one or 2 things lewis is saying inferring he hasn’t the support of his team?

After Britain he said in relation to rosberg quote toto likes that side if the garage

This week it was in relation to why a safety car came out

You know why

And then the ructions in monaco- quote I knew you wouldn’t bring me in

The more he says this type of stuff the more perceived favouritism becomes self fulfilling not only in lewis fragile mind but more important in the eyes if his bosses. You can understand the insecurity with some of the bad luck and that in monaco the team backed rosberg over an incident that was debatable but surely lewis needs to galvanise the team if he wants the wdc

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James – are the FIA accountable to a higher authority (WMSC?). If so will they be taken to task over the reasoning behind their decision not to deploy the safety car.

I assume that the 3 brave marshals that ran across the live race track were instructed to do that from the race director as it was already seen from the TV coverage that Marshalls were running down the pitlane to attempt a recovery.

A tradgedy narrowly averted in my opinion….

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One more comment I would like to make:

I was at the race yesterday. It was my first race with the new engine, and it gave me a first opportunity to evaluate this “terrible” sound for myself.

To me, at least, the sound is an improvement. I actually like the pitch more, and the whistling turbo. Sure, it wasn’t as loud. But guess what? It was quite nice to watch a race without earplugs jammed into my skull. It was just right: you could definitely hear the engines, and it was comfortable. It was also nice to be able to hear things like the cars rumbling over the kerbs on exit, the scraping when they bottom out, etc..

Maybe at the age of 28, I am just getting old. Or I’m not a real fan.

You don’t have to take the amp to 11 to make an eletric guitar sound great. Just ask Eric Clapton.

So yeah, keep the sound as it is.

5

The race fixing today was sickening! safety car has come out for a lot less

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Like i sais before there is very very little between Hamilton and Rosberg but if anything Hamilton does have the edge only just….With all the tech understanding in manufacturing reliability etc these days and amongst oth things too i cant help but think this weekend and its pretty much exact outcome in regard to Mercedes 2 drivers was pretty much “designed” wouldnt be surprised if Mercedes have in there data which laps there divers are going to fart sneeze and pee on. It’s quite clear that in Hamiltons mind he is starting to not only just think but understand this as the reality kicks in as so he is not just trying to beat the other drivers and his team mate but also the “system” should not be like this but it clearly is welcome to nationalism and marketing!

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Hi James, great race, but I have a question for you:

Why wasn’t the safety car deployed? I am so confused by the FIA’s decision to not deploy the safety and instead let a car be recovered by the safety marshals. How on earth is this possible? The sauber was in the middle of the track, with cars coming past at high speeds. Are we suddenly back to 80’s safety regulations? this is BY FAR, the weirdest and most absurd decision taken by the FIA stewards in recent years.

I am not a hamilton fan, but while watching this event unfold, I couldn’t understand why the safety car wasn’t deployed. I’m not even suggesting a conspiracy theory ( which Hamilton alluded to himself), I just want to know why. Why was this the logical thing to do.

Thank you,

Dani

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There ıs nothıng specıal wıth hamılton takıng thırd place, hıs car ı so much faster…others have done the same before….Schumacher, Vettel, Alonso, Button…etc. It ıs just a questıon of better machınery, nothıng more…ıts just the brıtısh medıa wantıng to make hım bıgger that hıs ıs…..

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James Allen, you are in a position of some authority and influence. I am hoping that you will stand up for safety in F1 and respond to this post.

I think it is very clear when Sutil spun his car yesterday at Hockenheim, a Safety Car should have been deployed.

Yet in this case it was not.

Given what happened next, it is frankly astonishing.

The reasons why there was no SC we can all speculate upon, but the fact is that marshals ran across the live racing track to clear Sutils beached car, at huge risk to both themselves and the drivers.

What circumstance is the Safety Car for, if not this?

The risks endured by the marshalls were completely unacceptable in a sport otherwise rightly obsessed with safety.

It is especially shocking no SC was issued given Massa’s extraordinary incident earlier in the race, from which he came out unscathed, precisely because of the very high safety standards in the design of modern F1 cars,

Yet these very high standards do not appear to apply when it comes to the Race Director, whose decisions on when to authorise the Safety Car directive appear to lack consistency or logic.

The BBC highlights yesterday did not go near the controversy but SKY at least have embraced the issue.

Here is Rosberg on Sky: “I was surprised, I was definitely expecting it to come out.” and “I was a bit worried at times because a Safety Car would not have been ideal, but it was great that they didn’t come out,” a beaming Rosberg said to Sky Sports F1.

I think that is a very unfortunate comment, albeit rather emotively reported by Sky.

I hope the drivers appeal against what happened. And the FIA needs to deal with this. The deep concern is that decisions as to when the SC is deployed are driven not by safety first, but instead by sporting priorities.

Yet common sense dictates that whenever there is a doubt, the Race Director MUST err on the side of safety, not sporting spectacle.

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kenneth chapman

@ johnbt….what about ricciardo’s pass on hulkenberg? fabulous. around the outside, thanks very much….see ya!

11

Comical 😀

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Mike from Medellin

Derek Warwick and Derek Daly are just as bad.

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Daniel, Fernando, Seb went go wheel to wheel for laps without needing to call the insurer after the race…..

Are you sure about that? I am sure there was contact between Vetell and Raikonnen .

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oops, sorry meant to reply to a post above.

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Alright, to help you guys understanding whats going on, I have captured the screen, from marshal started running towards the car, to the point the next car arrived.

Take a note to the time bar at the bottom of each picture

http://imgur.com/hPy3Wng

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Was a good and decent race overall.

Massa – To me it was his mistake cutting in very suddenly on KMag, unless he really couldn’t see the mirrors.

Rosberg – Expected him to win easily after the first turn.

Hamilton – Overtaking moves were also expected but some imperfection was quite entertaining. I like the part when Lewis waved his apology to Button at that speed overtaking.

Alonso and Ric – A good and fair fight but not as exciting as with Vettel in Silverstone.

Bottas – Steady as ever, definitely a WDC contender.

Ric – If not for the avoidance of the incident between Massa and KMag he would’ve been ahead of Vettel again. I thought his overtake on Button should be voted the best for this race. Another WDC in the making.

Alonso – The usual Samurai who never never gives up. But didn’t like the way Marco Mattiacci commented that it was teamwork never giving Alonso any credit. Don’t like the body language of this guy who knows nothing about F1.

Kimi – What happened? Sigh. I feel real sorry for Kimi this season. Just hoping he’ll beat Alonso in some of the upcoming races.

Kyvat – If only he was patient and didn’t take that spin from the overtaking move. Best rookie of the year and another young potential WDC driver.

Sutil’s stalled car – Now this is what I don’t understand, there should have been a safety car deployed, men were running across the track from the opposite side which was rather dangerous even with the two yellow flags. The car covered almost two thirds of the track.

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Torchwood Five

So, the Massa situation.

What are the pros and cons of letting Susie Wolff do an actual race this year?

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I suppose it’s a risk letting a driver who has never raced in F1 compete when Williams are seeking points to now catch up to Red Bull for 2nd in the Constructors. On paper having a veteran like Massa would be more safe.

But then, this season has shown that veterans and world champions have been outdone consistently by rookies – it seems the old guard can’t get used to the new tech. So who knows, it’s just as likely that Susie can be better than Massa, much like Bottas is.

We’ll never know unless we see her race a few times, but of course that’s the catch 22 (see first sentence)

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Mmmm, the English amongst us at this site, seem to find it difficult to assess Lewis with a little perspective. Which given your current efforts in soccer, cricket and cycling, is understandable.

Lets agree a couple immutable points:

1. Lewis is only racing ONE other car this year, irrespective of where he starts on the grid. Such is the dominance of his car, last to second is something most of the top tier drivers on the grid would achieve in the same car. Starting from the front, both Nico and Lewis have time to stop, try to look serious while explaining how they are driving around various tyre/brake/engine issues, then hop back in the car and still finish 20 sec ups the road.

2. Not every issue Lewis has is Nico/God/The Cosmos punishing him for be so talented.

3. Lewis is quick and a good racer. So are most of the other top tier drivers. Come to terms with that.

As for his race today? I thought it was unnecessarily risky and impatient. The race was 67 laps and he had all that time and spare super softs to get to 2nd without taking risks which could have seen him get ZERO points. Instead of pacing himself and picking them off, he rolled the dice far to often and was lucky (yes lucky) to finish where he did.

Daniel, Fernando, Seb went go wheel to wheel for laps without needing to call the insurer after the race. And their cars were well matched.

Perhaps the more balanced assessment is that Lewis took unnecessary risks, and lost 2nd place in that race, not that he was driver of the day.

Just an Aussie’s view.

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A very good and impartial assessment.

I think LH is a good driver and very fast but he doesn’t seem to be in control to the point of being wreckless too often. Maybe if he wasn’t that way, he wouldn’t be as fast:)

RIC, as young as he is, is also fast but more measured – he doesn’t seem to get rattled (like HAM) in negative situations and recovers quickly.

If he were in the Mercedes rig, whose to say he wouldn’t be toe to toe with HAM or ROS from judging from what we have seen of him this year?

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RE MarkJ: “When given your current efforts in soccer, cricket and cycling.”

Hmm, fair enough about football, we are crap at that…………..but didn’t the British Lions win the series 2-1 last year? Didn’t an Englishman win the Tour De France AND Olympic Gold in the same year – a la 2012? Didn’t England win the Ashes in the green and pleasant land 2013? Hasn’t an Englishman won 5 grand prix out of 10 this year? And haven’t English drivers won 2 drivers world championships quite recently, in the year of our lord 2008 and 2009?

Also, didn’t the green and pleasant land finish 3rd in the medals list at the London Olympics 2012 with 29 gold medals? Not bad for a small little country in the North Atlantic Ocean.

Nothing against our friends in Australia, but the New Millennium has hardly been a massive sporting achievement for AUS, has it? I mean, Lewis and Jenson had an opportunity to win the WDC and they took. it. Mark Webber had an opportunity to win the 2010 WDC and blew it………..again, lets keep the perspective. It’s the Englishmen who kept their cool under pressure. Twice.

For the record, I think Lewis is frustrating yet brilliant. He does make errors of judgement, but when he is on top of his game, he is nigh well unbeatable and puts in incredible performances. Silverstone 2008 was a display of wet weather genius that is up there with the greats.

Like Jenson, Lewis is an English World Champion with a lot of ups, downs and nothing in between – but its what make them so appealing to us Inglese – it just makes them more human.

As our great leader, Lord Nelson said: “England expects!”

22

Daniel, Fernando, Seb went go wheel to wheel for laps without needing to call the insurer after the race…..

Are you sure about that? I am sure there was contact between Vetell and Raikonnen .

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Glad to see some people actually have some common sense. This car is possibly the most dominant car in F1 history. The guy could have easily calmed down and gotten 3rd with no damage. Not to mention that Massa Mag and Kvyat rolled off in front of him so he had 3 less to go through. [mod]

You’ve been given the gift Lewis, Nico has been with the team through all the years building a slow car, you strolled in when the car was reaching its peak. Consider yourself lucky because there are other drivers who are better than you that could use a fast car…

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@cheesypoof

.

Was it 2010 McLaren produced a dude of a car that then became a race winner – engineers working with their driver turned it around.

They have been unable to repeat this trick since.

Merc have always had fast cars (their qualifying record show this but the cars always lacked that secret ingredient that special somethwing). This year that qualifying pace is translated into race trim.

Don’t you wonder why?

Both these scenarios have the one thing in common.

Do you genuinely believe mercs advantage would be there without Hamilton’s input.

Even Nico’s testament that he studies data real hard these days should give you some clue to the rise of the teams performance.

Considering that studying of data brought no fruit previously.

Pay the devil his due.

Seriously If Nico starts believing is own hype and the team start believing in him to the point Hamilton leaves you will see the Mercs decline back into midfield team.

Button & McLaren fell into that trap look at them now.

I remember Norbet & Brawn eyeing up Hamilton after Silverstone 08. Some drivers really do make a difference.

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so much wrong with your little rant cheesypoof it’s difficult to know where to start, if you think this years Merc is the most dominant car in F1 history then you obviously haven’t been watching the sport for very long, look at the 92,96,97 Williams or the 2000 and 2004 Ferraris for a start. Your right about the fact that Lewis could have calmed down and taken 3rd easily, but isn’t it an F1 drivers job to try and maximise his finishing position? Criticising the guy for going for the win is a bit much, and so is trying to claim there are better drivers out there who would do a better job than Lewis, care to actually name a few?

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I can’t believe he can get away with saying this ?!

Come on Lewis 🙂

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Please moderate your tone in comments – Thanks Mod

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kenneth chapman

i happen to share your view there. for clarification read alonso’s comments re his tussle with DR. now that is what i call DOTD material.

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@ MarkJ

Thing is Hamilton was driving for the win…imo

Chances are he was not driving for 2nd or 3rd, so yeah I can see what your saying but seriously 5th 6th etc prffft……

You have the fastest car so……..

This race will be more movie reel footage for the career of Louis Hamilton film when it’s all over.

30
Torchwood Five

Lewis is racing every car that he has to pass.

When you are stating that Lewis is only racing one car, where is your equivalent statement that Nico is also racing one car?

There are 22 cars on the grid. Each is racing, or has the potential to race, depending on race conditions, all 21 other cars.

[engage chav mode] End of! [/engage]

31

Seb and Fernando both hit Raikkonen and were very lucky that they only damaged Raikkonen’s car and not their own.

32

agree with you. It’s not that the powers to be don’t want lewis to win. He’s getting to anxious for his own good. He’s trying to hard to beat Nico, and that’s why he’s making those tiny errors who can surely cost him a WDC. It seems to me that Nico has learned something about his dad: marry a pretty girl and finish every race as high as you can. That surely worked for Keke!

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Mike from Medellin

Keke is the most oddball “champion” of the last 40 years…along with Hill.

Would not give the guy too much credence.

34
littleredkelpie

agreed Markj, and certainly more eloquently put than I have been able to manage

35

Great drive by Rosberg to win. Another superb podium for Bottas (he’ll surely win soon). Great recoveries for Hamilton and Ricciardo (that guy is amazing). Stout drive from Alonso. Sorry that Massa’s and Mag’s first corner entanglement ruined their races. The stewards deemed it a racing incident, which is fair enough I think. Later on, it looked terrifying for the marshals, who were left to recover Sutil’s stranded car unprotected. Kimi must be wondering what he’s done to deserve his current situation. Even when he’s on form, he suffers from the worst luck this season (as does does Massa). Overall, another great race!

36

Something I would appreciate an article or something on James is an analysis of the drivers and teams respective fuel consumptions throughout the race. I notice that the Mercedes seems very good on fuel and that Hamilton is generally marginally easier on fuel than Rosberg. I for one would be interested to hear your thoughts on who the most efficient drivers are, why and how the teams use this to fuel their cars. I.e. surely if one of your drivers consistently uses less fuel it would be a bit silly to give him as much as his team mate.

37

Jenson awful again this weekend.

Looks like Williams are getting more out of Wolff than a female test driver and engines. Looks like their getting techie help as well!! Trust me, watch their form mirror Mercedes, when the mercs start struggling again (albeit in a season or two), so will William’s!!

Great championship battle 😉

38
Guybrush Threepwood

Ricciardo actually fell back to 15th….

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GP Back To Adelaide

Yes, he did. What ever came of his complaint that he was overtaken by a Sauber and a Lotus after the first SC deployment?

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richard cummins

Quite intersting comments from James Allen on the safety car. In fact the whole of the comentators of this race are quick to pick up on any scrap on anti LH. What they do not realise is that as they continue in their campaign they simply increase LH popularity with the sporting public. Only when it was pointed out to James that their was video evidence did he admit “I didn,t see ” the incident. Fantastic drive today from LH. Made the race. Shame on the commentators for not recognising that if it were not for LH,s of this world they would be out of work.

(this probably wont get posted)

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K Chapman

Even Jensen after he viewed the incident reslised he was harsh in his criticism regarding Lewis .
Then on his twittet account withdrew his criticism. So plooghing through you negative anti Hamilton disdain is no longer appropriate.
If you look back at any driver from the late 1980s to the modern era of F1
(I’ve been to Silverstone, Donnington Park (as a child),Spa & Monza) I have seen some of the classic drivers being tagged in overtakes with carbon fibre flying in all direction.
Alonso always rates Lewis on a level par as does those who have been on the same teams. I’ve watched him come from being a radio control car racing kid on Blue Peter through to Karting into single seater junior teams to GP2 & then into F1.
Where on his first race for McLaren the Italian press nicknamed him “The Phenomenon”.
So with respect on a critical analysis of a young man at a young age performing at such a high
standard from the ‘get go’ one has to see the global appeal. Lewis Hamilton is an entertaining skillful
racer who sells tickets & draws the crowds to attend races. Silverstone 150 thousand in attendence wanting a British drivet to win. Germany less than 50 thousand in attendence.
Lewis excells & deserves a break from all this negative mud slinging.
As a Brit I will support any driver whether its Hunt Mansell Herbert Hill Coulthard Button Di Resta Blundell Brundle to name but a few.

42
Mike from Medellin

100% agree. When in doubt, side with Rosberg or just fill in the blanks as you feel fit.

43

Well said Richard Cummins 🙂

Totally agree with you.

Lewis excelled & deserves recognition for starting from 20th & getting onto the podium for a respectable 3rd place.

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littleredkelpie

Hamilton drove like he was in the fender benders, not F1… He is in the fastest car on the grid and still he side-swiped his way through expecting the waters to part… he needs to get over himself and get on with it.

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Did he really? Took a tiny portion of Raikkonen’s wing in a the way tussle. (vettel took a greater chunk in a similar situation). Sutill turned in on Hamilton after Hamilton’s nose was in front of Sutil’s face. Button turned in after going too deep – he was in a slower car so why he didn’t let Hamilton through in the first place and run his own race (as Hamilton did with bottas) is questionable. The only damage done in that incident was to Hamilton’s car. It was exciting, it wasn’t cruising past with drs and yet people still complain.

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kenneth chapman

@ LRK…… just how arrogant is this guy…..” i thought that button had opened the door for me’! as if.

47

Anyone think that the cars are still too easy to drive? Obviously not for regular joe’s like us but for the top guys? Watching Hulkenberg spend 2 laps fiddling around with his steering wheel whilst still fully accelerating and braking in time for the corner seemed a bit too easy. Would that have been possible in the bucking broncos of the late 80’s? I doubt it.

48

No Safety car! Could it have been an over reaction to the comments made by Lauda the day about holding up the British race?

Driver of the day….I must say Bottas again with unluckiest driver to Massa. Special mention to Ricciardo and Allonso great drive both of them fought to the end and no whining.

Verttel was lucky to finish as high as he did I think, obviously still not “used” to the car.

Looks like removing “FRIC” has made little or no difference, no dramatic changes in the order of things.

49

Did anyone notice? Massa”s car did flip. Despite the low noses.

50

Seriously, why was there no safety car? I don’t normally subscribe to conspiracy theories but this does whiff a little to me. Has there been any official explanation?

51

Forget the conspiracy, just from a consistency and safety point of view it STINKS. I hope the media call Whiting to account on this one, I would love to hear his reasons/ excuses. Come on James Allen put Whiting on the spot for us fans,Paxman style.

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GP Back To Adelaide

Unfortunately I think the media are too worried about losing their media passes to F1 events to get concerned enough over this.

I don’t care which merc driver wins, as I support neither, but in the interests of safety, that was a “no brainer” SC IMHO. Utterly bizarre….

53

Stewards have clarified:

they were about to send out the SC, then they saw Lewis dive into the pits …. 🙂

54

@ BluesPaul

Lol…… Good one.

55

They denied us a Rosberg Hamilton battle. However, Hamilton would have battled with a crippled car (because of his damaged front wing). Rosberg would’ve come out on top I think.

56

As conspiracy theories go, ones which require the entire world to be in on a conspiracy against one person are the most far-fetched. It doesn’t help that the Hamilton fan club instinctively cry “Conspiracy!” every single time Hamilton finishes behind Rosberg.

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It doesn’t take the entire world to agree to bring out a SC.

Anyway my point really was I just do not understand any reason why a SC would not be deployed under these circumstances. I am not Whiting but I have been watching F1 for over 20 years and based on the multitude of reasons we have had SC in the past I would have thought this is a dead cert.

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