More F1 in Europe please
We’re all for Formula One expanding into new countries and gaining a new fans but we also want it to stay in its roots in Europe. Not only have the past three races been exciting and interesting in equal amounts, but they’ve been held on classic tracks with plenty of history.
With the news that the sport will be returning to Austria, another European venue, we’re over the moon. Fantastic!
Lay off Romain
Another race that promised so much for Romain Grosjean but ended up in a few clashes and a penalty. But we’re going to go against type and defend the gangly Frenchman, not because we want to look cool and edgy, but for the simple matter that he was hard done by.
His overtake on Felipe Massa at Turn 4, which ultimately led to him suffering a drive-through penalty, was ridiculously harsh. The move had been made already before he left the track – Massa squeezed the Lotus wide – and was one of the highlights of the afternoon. Even Felipe said the penalty was harsh, and if the man you overtook thinks it was fair, then there’s an issue.
The stewards also saw Grosjean about his clash with Jenson Button, but didn’t want to see Sebastian Vettel for the same infringement, or any of the characters that resulted in Massa running the opening lap with a damaged front wing (we’re looking at you, Nico Rosberg). The rules need to more consistent in this regard.
And let’s face it, he’s maturing. Imagine the cloud of carbon fibre that could have resulted from the first turn in previous seasons.
Don’t worry Romain, we’ve got your back.
Pirelli are back on track
It was the first race of the newly altered Pirelli tyres and we have to say they were a success. Not only were they stable enough to last long distances – without a blowout in sight – but they added elements of strategy to the race proceedings. Which is exactly what they should be doing.
Mark Webber, Kimi Raikkonen and Jenson Button all owe their final finishing positions to the competitive nature of the prime tyre in regards to the option. They made their tyres last longer than most and reaped the benefits.
It may affect the status quo of just who’s fast and who isn’t – evidence to the fact was Force India’s drop off in pace all weekend – but it’s brought the element of unpredictability back into F1, and in a good way.
Lewis delivers for Mercedes
When you’re a racing driver, you want to win. Lewis Hamilton is one of the best, and when his teammate is beating him 2-0 in terms of race wins this season, you just know he was chomping at the bit. Because of this he needed to get on the scoreboard and start to even things up – and he did so in some style in Hungary.
Not that the Brit hasn’t been driving poorly recently. In fact, since Monaco he’s comfortably outqualified Nico Rosberg and saw a potential race win in Silverstone robbed from him thanks to an exploding Pirelli, a win that Nico duly inherited. But at the Hungaroring he was sublime from Saturday onwards, despite himself ruling him out of contention.
How did he do it then? Well, not only did he make the right stops at the right time, to get into a position ahead of Button and Vettel, but also put in some stunning overtakes on Mark Webber to ensure he was in the best track position possible.
You see, that’s how Lewis has had to adapt in recent times. Race wins do come about thanks to raw pace and scintillating lap times, but if you’re not in the best track position, and don’t maximise that, then you suffer. Lewis has learnt that now more than ever, and Sunday it all paid off for him.
Alonso the Bull tamer?
Usually, Lewis’ win would be the top of the Badgerometer, but the rumour mill was grinding in Hungary. What it churned out was something completely from left field and that we weren’t expecting.
Fernando Alonso wants to drive for Red Bull.
Now, this could be one of several things. It could be a ploy by Fernando to get Ferrari motivated to help his cause. He’s been at the team for 4 seasons now, yet still hasn’t won the title, mainly down to superior development and race strategies. Alonso wants to be the best, and in doing so, he wants the best around him now.
But then that opens up to a different theory all together. Fernando actually wants to leave Ferrari and take Mark Webber’s soon-to-be-vacant seat at Red Bull. It’s a situation that before this weekend could not have been imagined by anyone, but Alonso wants out, and he wants to head to Red Bull. They are the best team after all.
Let’s look at it from one more angle. Kimi Raikkonen is another viable candidate for Red Bull, is also a World Champion and will be looking for the best deal. Up until Sunday his man rival for the seat was Daniel Ricciardo, so his position was strong and he could dictate terms. Bring Alonso into the equation, and all of a sudden he’s on the back foot, and would be more receptive to negotiations. Red Bull get Kimi at a cut price.
Don’t you just love silly season?