“Rosberg’s luck, finally runs out.”

Hey folks, Dre here again with another “Five Thoughts On…” Race Review, this time for Formula 1’s British Grand Prix from yesterday. Another surprisingly interesting race, with Nico Rosberg’s streak of eight consecutive Top 2 finishes coming to a halt, an enormous crash for Kimi Raikkonen and Felipe Massa, Williams FINALLY gets one right at the other end with Valterri Bottas, and an exciting finish as Jenson Button tried desperately hard to chase Daniel Ricciardo for the final podium spot. Lewis Hamilton taking another enormous swing in terms of the Championship race. Let’s break it down, shall we?

The Pendulum Swings in the Battle of the Mercs

The amount of cynicism I saw on social media this past Saturday was palpable when Hamilton (For seemingly no good reason), abandoned his final qualifying lap, despite everyone else continuing and finding multiple seconds in Sector 3. Hamilton was now starting 6th, in a hole, with Rosberg on pole. Many a Hamilton fan was declaring the Championship as good as over.

Now, during the race, after the Safety Car, Rosberg pulled out a 5 second lead as Hamilton quickly cleared the McLaren’s in-between, and was gunning Rosberg down at a rate of knots, switching to a 1-stop strategy, and finding even MORE pace on the Prime tyre. The gap was within 2 seconds when… Rosberg suffered a Gearbox failure, pretty much sealing Hamilton’s victory at the half way point in the race.

Nico Rosberg had eight conseutive Top 2 finishes this season so far, and compared to Hamilton had 43 more points gained from his teammate’s mechanical breakdowns, so Hamilton’s win pretty much wiped out the Australian woes, meaning the gap to Rosberg  is now just 4 points. Might as well push the reset button, it’s effectively a 10 race Championship. Ultimately, coming off of yesterday, this was a race Hamilton just HAD to win, and he did. Lewis looked impervious from start to finish and destroyed the field in the process. Game on.

Bottas’ Drive Of The Season and testament to Williams Progress

Nah, it wasn’t. It was the best drive of the past TWO seasons. Bottas qualified 14th on the grid, had an incredible start off the first lap into 9th, and would then go on to produce a string of brilliant passes (The outside pass around Stowe being a popular one), and pushed on into an incredible 2nd place, and way, WAY ahead of the rest of the competition not named Lewis.

I know I’ve given Williams a hard time on this blog this season at times, but it’s only because they’re capable of performances like this. In all fairness, Williams improvement has been PHENOMENAL this season, they’ve only gotten stronger as time has gone on, Bottas’ back-to-back podiums and Felipe Massa’s pole position in Austria is a testament to how far they’ve come. Fernando Alonso needs to be careful, because Ferrari’s 3rd in the Constructor’s is at serious risk if this form continues. Speaking of which…

Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso go to War!

Now THIS was fun, and probably something a lot of people have wanted to see for a good while – A scrap between two of the best drivers of the last decade going head to head as Alonso and Vettel did battle for nearly 20 laps, Alonso pulling off a defensive driving masterclass keeping Vettel at bay, especially through the complex after the Wellington straight, as Martin Brundle said, he was giving