Nearly 9am here in the UK, which means I’m up way too early. And I completely missed Quali, funnily enough. All I saw was a half-celebrating Rosberg, and the track managers cleaning up the wrecked Red Bull of Danill Kyvat after wrecking it just before the hairpin on his final quali run. Luckily, he’s okay, was a scary one, reminded me of Casey Stoner’s accident from the Suzuka 8 Hours earlier in the year:
Of course, this kicked up a fuss again, regarding safety. I’ll be honest, it makes me cringe when certain people say: “Good, about time a driver gets punished when he makes a mistake!”, when a mistake, cost Jules Bianchi his life last year. Sometimes, I feel like fans want their own personal porno when it comes to what they want the sport to be, as opposed to pretending to care about safety. Suzuka is a dangerous track… on a bike. Mostly because the walls are far too close. It’s another Monza situation, where people got upset that the parabolica got the tarmac treatment, when it had nothing to do with the FIA, it was the FIM for bikes that requested the change.
I’ll be honest, it amazes me how much safety talk comes up, only when it’s convenient. Just a month ago, we were all talking about closed cockpits after the passing of Justin Wilson, and now it’s forgotten because the hardcore F1 fans got a hard-on from seeing “pure racing” because Kyvat had a big crash from a driver error. Funny that.
I love Suzuka. It’s one of my favourite tracks and one of the best in the world. But I say this knowing that it’s one that pushes the limits in terms of modern safety. There’s a reason why the MotoGP guys don’t go there anymore, given how close the walls are. Casey Stoner got a relatively lucky break during the 8 Hours, and I’ve never looked at the track in quite the same way since Daijiro Kato’s passing there in 2003. It’s just about okay for cars, but I wonder if a tarmac run-off would have prevented the flip that Kyvat suffered…
…As for the result itself, it’s nice to see that Sky are still on form with the “Rosberg got pole by default” argument after setting the faster “banker” lap in Q3. I think many of the fans out there follow Sky’s lead and use Rosberg as a beating stick to make Hamilton look better, but he was fastest today, plain and simple. A great lap to narrowly take pole, and nice to see Valtteri Bottas in 3rd, Williams need a little pick me up after a mediocre run of form lately. As a Vettel fan, 4th is pretty solid given Ferrari isn’t suited to these high corner speed tracks, and tracks with harder tyres, like we saw in Silverstone. Another podium would be great, given how well appreciated he is here.
Also, nice to see Sky actually get an Interview with Rosberg in. It’s a nice reminder he actually exists, for fuck’s sake.