A car’s width and two cigarette papers
It was brilliant driving from both Sebastian and Fernando, who just threw caution to the wind and went for it, Vettel finally winning the fight after Alonso ran a little bit too wide and Seb was able to win the world’s fastest game of “chicken” into Copps at 190 mph.
What I hated about this fight, was the bitching over the radio. Both Sebastian and Fernando didn’t bask themselves in glory, moaning about the other’s actions. Vettel whinged about Alonso’s defence, complaining that he wasn’t leaving enough space, Alonso moaning about Vettel’s track extending, something they were BOTH doing. A shame considering both drove superbly well, wheel to wheel, lap after lap, and it was the most entertaining fight we’ve seen this season.
…Just watch the replay on mute for maximum enjoyment.
Kimi Raikkonen’s 47 G-Force Barrier Collision
Holy crap. We got our first red flag of the season, and a one hour delay for the restart as Kimi Raikkonen went wide through Turn 5, turned back on the racing line, failing to notice the bump in the road, losing control, hitting the right barrier at 47G’s, bouncing off the last wall and destroying the car, unfortunately collecting Felipe Massa’s Williams in the process, a sombre end for his 200th Grand Prix. Although, to be fair, he did well to avoid a 170 mph T-Bone.
The class from both men involved was exemplary, both asking if the other was okay. Luckily, Felipe was fine, and Kimi only suffering swelling to the ankle after getting checked out, seemingly he will be okay for Germany in a fortnight’s time, Pedro De La Rosa might cover him for the test next week.
Seriously, it’s a testament to the safety in the sport today that after an incredible hit to a barrier at 170 mph, and pretty much walk away afterwards. Just think, this was an EVEN BIGGER collision than Perez and Massa at Canada a month ago…
Niki Lauda Being A Tad Draconian
Niki Lauda, I respect and appreciate you, but please, don’t talk about how it’s “wrong” to take so long to fix the barrier. I honestly find it puzzling, and bemusing that a guy who nearly died in the car 40 years ago doesn’t appreciate the effort that goes into safety.
I don’t care if you postpone the race until tomorrow, you fix that damn barrier. Safety was, is and should always be the #1 concern and priority in this sport. And if there’s even a 0.01% chance of someone else hitting that barrier, you fix the damn thing. The fact that I saw multiple fans bitching about this on Twitter I found shameful.
I will admit, that he was right, the restart rules ARE confusing and should be made clearer, but to suggesting F1’s becoming primitive over a repaired barrier taking an hour to fix, is ridiculous, and borderline insulting to the staff of Silverstone who no doubt were working as hard as possible to enable us all to go racing as soon as possible.
I didn’t think it was a massive point as well, but a brilliant drive from Jenson Button to finish 4th. A great result given McLaren’s recent dyer form, and was so close to what would have been a tremendous podium, in dedication to his father. I’m sure wherever he is, John Button would be very proud. #PinkForPapa
Also, MAN did Vettel get shafted on the 2-stop strategy, once again Daniel Ricciardo gets the rub of the green. IT’S A CONSPIRACY. (Hey, it’s no weaker a conspiracy than Hamilton’s pit-stops, right?)
And finally…GOD that Santander British Grand Prix winner’s trophy was AWFUL. Never again please. I’ve been Andre Harrison, thank you very for much reading, and I’ll catch you guys next time… Sayonara!