, but is more of a point-stuffer – The “Prost”, to Perez’s “Senna”.
Let’s be real here, this was more on Force India’s superb strategic call to pit behind the 2nd Safety Car, after Grosjean spun into the Turn 3 barrier. He was going to finish 5th, still exceptional, but got a bit of a break when Raikkonen decided to dive-bomb Bottas on the final lap. But, as many gamblers will tell you, “Sometimes, it’s better to be lucky, rather than good.” As for Nico Hulkenberg, who’s first corner unforced error ended his race after an excellent 6th in Qualifying, it could be a serious case of “what might have been”.
Also, I want to give some credit to Felipe Nasr, who after Raikkonen’s 30-second time penalty, finished in 6th. If you ever need another example of the big performance/point stuffer dynamic, there’s one right there, especially after Ericcson had 3 drives in the points not too long ago. Even if Australia seems like a long time ago now.
The Carlos Sainz Weekend
I’ve always said Carlos has been overlooked for a long time, and it’s crazy that Carlos had his own weekend in terms of attention, even if it wasn’t for the right reasons. A huge crash at over 200mph on Saturday Morning put him in the hospital for the day. But he was allowed to race on the Sunday, even though he said he felt “dazed” at the start of the race, despite being medically cleared… Not sure that was a good thing.
Even so, he had an awesome weekend, filing through the back of the field, and not being afraid of being aggressive to his sister team in Daniel Ricciardo. It’s very easy to gloss over Carlos because of just how good Max Verstappen has been, but Carlos has just as much potential in my humble opinion. The kid was in a hospital bed 36 hours ago, and he had one the best drive of his young career, and was very unlucky to have had a brake failure at the end, costing him points.
But, he still has magnificent hair. And that has to count for something, right?
So, still complaining about Sochi?
Disclaimer: I hate #AskCrofty, and I hate when F1 fans moan about trivial shit. Now, I’ve already written about Sochi and complaining for the sake of it in my Newswipe last week, but it’s nice to see the track actually have a really good race today. For all the complaints that the track is poor, we actually had some wheel-to-wheel racing, and I’m not sure if that’s because the low level of degradation on the tyres let drivers push a bit more than usual, but I don’t even care – Point is, that race was far better than it had any right being, and given we didn’t have a major race altering moment, the midfield action was superb.
Sure, we’re a fickle, angry, intolerant fanbase most of the time, but even the most hardcore of Sochi detractors have to admit, this was one of the better races of a season that’s seriously lacked in that department. We all want to see great racing, that’s the one thing I think we can all agree on. But if you didn’t like that race, I don’t think you’ll ever be truly satisfied, and I think you need to stop clutching your bootleg DVD of the 1989 F1 Season.
Dre’s Race Rating: 7.5/10 – Very Good