That has been a very emotionally-charged weekend, so dreadful and sad.
I didn’t have the pleasure of meeting Anthoine Hubert who lost his life but that was obviously a significant part of the cloth of life for all drivers and team members at the paddock. The Arden team that he had been driving for, not least.
Karun a winner at Spa that is sombre
And not forgetting F2 driver Juan Manuel Correa who faces a lengthy recovery. That challenge that is ongoing can be related to by older drivers in the F1 paddock.
Death and trauma in the title of game is extremely tricky to accept. The dilemma is that the foundation of our game involves people that are dedicated and highly competitive driving cars at challenging race tracks.
That is the thrill of rushing driving in addition to spectating. It’s our goal of existing, pushing against machines and humans into the limit. Despite big investment in circuits and cars and the best efforts there remains rather substantial level of danger.
We’ve become conditioned to motorists stepping out of wrecks it gets much more shocking when they don’t.
The cars have very strict regulations on design all around the driver’s body, along with high-speed collision testing and cautious direction of brakes and liquids. The dilemma is that when they made them and therefore heavier the impact loads will be greater also.
Materials and production techniques plus data-driven experience will continue to enhance the survival cell’s ethics within cost limits and weight.
The world’s tracks change in design and era, and particularly the elderly circuits frequently require bespoke solutions topography available and to fit the distance. In Raidillon and Eau Rouge the climb up the rock face is a challenge that is spectacular, and the run-off comprises the depart for its heavily-used older and second pit lane on the side of this approach.
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The zone to the best of Raidillon corner has been extended through time, but the steep incline signifies you fly across the top rated unsighted and looking up to the skies. The geography of this area does tend to feed crashed cars back towards the race track. At the race, a vehicle spun over the surface of Raidillon because of a puncture.
I wonder when street-circuit style obstacles, indeed since we used to have at the high-speed Blanchimont corner at Spa, would not enable never hitting against the obstacles in angles and the cars to slip further away from risk. And maybe the deficiency of area could create more care and less desire to control through at speeds. But challenging corners will remain risky and thrilling for all. We can’t only race in level-straight lines.
Through all the pain and pain emerged Charles Leclerc for Ferrari.
His pole position lap restarts and his start flawless, was slick smooth, and tyre management enhanced. And at the final stages with all the ever-relentless Lewis Hamilton chasing down him he didn’t falter.
We have seen push at international level in hardship several times now after the death of close friends Jules Bianchi and his father and Anthoine Hubert. On Sunday he did while taking all at the age of 21 , and the powerful Ferrari team in his shoulders.
I knew he was likely to be helpful, but not this good. He’s effectively since Sebastian Vettel fights to match his pace and command the team leader, and he’s still improving fast. It’s hard times for Seb, and with all the events of this weekend and taking a look at himself and his own life and accomplishments, he has to be mulling over all options.
Vettel still has the speed , but it’s uncomfortable that it is over a year since he won a rush, which and both Kimi Raikkonen Leclerc have won a race for Ferrari at the time. But after his ancient pit stop on lap 15 since he had been at risk from an undercut with Mercedes, by later delaying Hamilton a couple of seconds before losing second position to him, it had been a defining moment at Leclerc getting the breathing room to claim victory from the charging Hamilton.
Kimi was unlucky into turn one whilst connecting using Max Verstappen. It was a standard Spa twist one episode in the race start. Kimi might have made a bit more distance on the interior just in case, but he’d have had no opportunity to see the Red Bull in his mirrors charging up both lanes over.
Max was probably a little too impatient and was recovering to repair that, introducing his wheel and wing into a really perilous position.
Caught up was Daniel Ricciardo in his inaugural quick Renault, along with different contacts. My heart sank at this point because after four cracking F1 races I feared we might be in for a continuous one. We saw side-by-side and several impressive overtakes action although Ironically more the DRS back wing was too powerful.
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Lando Norris was robbed of a spot from unreliability. He navigated the first corner quite intelligently where McLaren were not shining and his speed was solid on a weekend. I dropped a spot just eight corners forcing for McLaren due to unreliability, and it still annoys me somewhat now. It is horrible to be robbed on the previous lap once youtaken the risks and’ve completed the job.
Alex Albon didn’t make ground originally in his Red Bull drive, but came to the fore on new tyres to overtake most and steal Norris’s fifth location. Timely, and well driven in his duel with Sergio Perez at the closing stages, that had a fine race to get Racing Point.
Hamilton extended his guide into 65 points with eight races to go. He had the step of everyone on Sunday except Leclerc, that paired the greats such as Michael Schumacher and Jim Clark in wining his introduction GP at Spa.
If you watched me out on track in Friday FP2 clinic you will know I said that a number of the barriers and security you’ll find a bit’old school’. They can be improved, along with intensive investigations will be carried out by also the FIA and make additional improvements. But we must maintain the likes of Spa on the calendar.
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