A barnstormer of a British Grand Prix gave us opening lap thrills and spills with closing moment madness.
As always there was plenty to talk about afterwards, as Chris Fawcett dissects five talking points from Silverstone
Enjoy this moment
The British Grand Prix; a scorcher, a record-breaking crowd and most importantly a fantastic race. 340,000 people turned up to watch the greatest drivers in the world do battle at Silverstone, with 140,000 being there for the race on Sunday. It’s long been said that the British crowd is the most passionate and vibrant in the world when it comes to motorsport. This race proved it to be true.
There were pantomime villains in the form of Kimi Raikkonen, underdogs (in the greatest sense of the word) with Lewis Hamilton making his way through the field and on-screen drama in the closing moments. As fans of sport we need to sit back and appreciate the perfect storm we’re in at the moment, it doesn’t happen often, if at all.
I firmly believe that this consistent warm weather is making the majority of people walk around with a spring in their step too, coupled with a nation pulled together to celebrate sporting triumphs like never before.
Day-to-day life doesn’t often give us much to smile over with headache-inducing political and social problems being the norm which is why whether you are a fan of only one sport, all sport or no sport, please sit back and revel in the fact that, at this moment at least, it’s bloody brilliant to be English. Yes we’re out of the World Cup now, but we’re proud of our performance.
Finn’s shouldn’t be so relaxed
You had one job Valtteri.
I have talked about this at length previously, but at crucial times the likeable Finn just doesn’t get the job done.
With track position and 10 laps left you’d be fighting your heart out to keep the Ferrari of Sebastian Vettel at bay. He did a great job of it for a while but once again a silly mistake proved costly. Leaving the door open on turn six was all it took for Seb to get through and pull away.
There is a clear division between the likes of Hamilton, Vettel and the Red Bull boys compared to Kimi and Valtteri, and it’s no coincidence that it’s aggression and the unrelenting feeling of “I’m getting past, no matter what” which means the former are more successful in recent seasons.
The performance between the cars at the top of the pecking order is remarkably close and individual performances are becoming ever more crucial to a decent result come race day.
Valtteri Bottas may be Lewis Hamilton’s ideal team mate for 2019 and beyond, but I think we’d all agree that it’d be for the best if he could ramp up the aggression a little bit and put some consistent pressure on the main protagonists.
Pre-podium holding room
It’s always one of my favourite moments of a Grand Prix weekend. It’s a chance to hear what the drivers have to say in an unfiltered manner when the emotions are still running high.
The pre-podium room at Silverstone said more through silence than any pictures of the drivers could do. Vettel must have been in increasing pain due to a bad neck, Lewis was in no mood to speak to anyone, especially third-placed Kimi Raikkonen who doesn’t say much anyway and probably wanted to find a more opportune moment to apologise, without the risk of a fist to the face.
Memories of “Multi-21” and “Cap-gate” came crawling back as the atmosphere was unbearably tense for a few minutes. It’s a very “real” moment in a sport where the drivers are often regarded as super-human.
Refreshing viewing, and my word it gets me excited for the next race.
The “real” Lewis Hamilton
Since 2007 I have cheered my heart out for the “boy from Stevenage”, I still do now…but it’s different.
I have to face the fact that Lewis Hamilton is the most divisive driver on the grid. To ignore it and put it down to jealousy would be idiotic on my part. So often I speak to friends and other fans of the sport, Brits nonetheless, who cannot stand the man – for years I didn’t get it. But it’s becoming clearer each and every season.
At Silverstone we saw what makes Lewis the best driver in the sport. We also saw unnecessary behaviour bordering on child-like at the end.
Without a doubt, he is supremely focussed, almost robotic at time. It’s a trait that gives him his edge, an extra tenth or two in qualifying and his 65 victories to date. The intensity is fine in a sport as demanding as Formula One, but its often confused with the extremely negative emotion he displays regularly in the form of complaints on the team radio, or unjustifiable remarks out of nowhere.
His antics after pulling up at Parc ferme and proceeding to leave the area in an apparent sulk before doing the post-race interviews really get to me, mainly because he is so much better than that. He drove like a man possessed, successfully navigating his way to second and fulfilling the job of damage control in the championship standings. Yes, it would have been nice to see another British sporting triumph but it cant always happen like a dream.
The truth is, and it pains me to say it…he is very easy to cheer for, but increasingly more difficult to like.
Martin “Asbestos” Brundle
Sky F1’s Martin Brundle conducted 2/3’s of the post-race interviews in Parc ferme…in a suit jacket. Is this man immune to the 30 degree weather we’re experiencing or was he carrying an ice pack around on the inside of it? Fair play to him for carrying on because I know I couldn’t have done it in those conditions. Maybe Kimi had promised him an ice cream afterwards to cool him down?
He should take a lead from Ted Kravitz and don some shorts for the next race, he’s earned it…