Rosberg chokes under the pressure
Remember when Sebastian Vettel got ripped apart for losing it on the final lap of Canada 2011? Rosberg had his own issue, by twice locking up into Turn 1 at 220mph, from a position where was very comfortable. Hamilton as well as a couple others had terrible starts on the dirty side of the track, meaning Hamilton lost time being stuck behind Felipe Massa for several laps. But two lock-ups later, Hamilton took the lead and was in complete control and strolled to a comfortable win as Rosberg was left lamenting what could have been. It could very well have been the final dagger in Hamilton’s championship if he was down 36 points with 6 rounds left.
But Hamilton was near flawless, didn’t panic when caught behind Massa, and this season has shown that his tyre and fuel management has seriously improved, using far less fuel in the GP than Rosberg and keeping within range. A bit of a shame that Rosberg’s mistakes cost us a real dogfight for the win, but it showed the difference the two drivers have under pressure and it adds another layer to the crazy feud these two are having. 22 points down with 6 rounds left? Anyone’s ball game to me.
Anyone looking forward to Singapore already?
Dre’s Conflict On Williams
Williams had a very good weekend, the time their cars finished 3rd and 4th behind the two Mercedes, but this time it was Felipe Massa who benefited with a good start on the clean side, and drove a very lonely race to 3rd, while Valterri Bottas used Williams’ ridiculous aerodynamic efficiency to pass everyone in the midfield in sight, hitting 225mph in the process as he got to 4th.
It was about time Massa got his first Williams podium, he’s been solid yet unspectacular all season, and as much as I think Bottas has deserved the praise for showing tremendous improvement, it makes for a better story than the experienced guy pulling one over on his former team, and Felipe’s been tremendously unlucky this season, from crashes, to debris in the car, to an over-defensive Mexican in Canada.
But does anyone kinda get the feeling that Williams should have been closer? EVERYONE and their mother was telling me Bottas had a shot during this GP and mentioned the top speeds Williams were getting. Felipe Massa finished up 25 seconds off the win, nearly half a second a lap slower, Bottas 40 seconds back but obviously caught by a ton of a traffic after his terrible start. So how good a performance was it, really?
For me, Belgium was a red flag in terms of pace, a similar track where Williams again, finished half a minute plus back. And that was from a Red Bull, let alone a Mercedes at full pelt, given Rosberg’s issues with setup and time lost for a front wing change.
But whatever happens, or how their result is perceived, it was a sucker punch to Ferrari, a weekend that they would rather forget…
Ferrari On The Brink Of Disaster
Ferrari’s had an awful season by their own ridiculously high expectations. Fernando Alonso is carrying that car as far as he can take it, and Kimi Raikkonen is limping around at FAR from his best. It goes deeper with team President Luca di Montezemolo critcised by owners FIAT and under an extreme amount of pressure to resign after six straight seasons without a Championship, and a risk of going for their first win less season in 21 years.
But maybe, an outside shot of a podium in-front of the Tifosi might soothe some of the pressure, right? Nope. Fernando Alonso was the last driver on EARTH who should have gotten a mechanical retirement, but an ERS failure meant he suffered his first retirement of the season and ending a