Conclusions from the 2021 British Grand Prix
Here are our conclusions from the Silverstone weekend that no F1 fan, lucky enough to be there or not, is likely to forget anytime soon.
Gloves are not only, but in the trash
For the second Sunday in a row, it was England’s match against Italy. This time, England won at home despite the penalty shootout, not Italy because of it.
But the fact that an English driver mastered an Italian car driven by the Monaco was only half the story. It was these two Copse incidents that decided the race that proved to be the defining moments – the first potentially being the entire season.
Mercedes and Hamilton had near-perfect results on Sunday. Suddenly, the ominously large deficit of the World Championships against Red Bull and Verstappen was eliminated. One two could have been sweeter, but one to three would be fine.
This is because Red Bull, with Verstappen at the wall after his first lap collision with Hamilton, and Sergio Perez dropping 16th after a weekend to forget, made the short trip to Milton Keynes base without a point from the Grand Prix itself.
This is how well and real boxing gloves are disposed of, and this is the most shocking aspect, of all the three big characters of Red Bull – Verstappen, Christian Horner and Helmut Marko.
Each of them took a hit in Hamilton. We’ve come to expect that from Marko, so his claim that the world champion had to be suspended for racing was not surprising.
But Horner described his fellow Briton as trying to make a “desperate” move that led to a “hollow victory”, while Verstappen criticized Verstappen. ‘Disrespectful’ celebrations that occurred while he was in the hospital is subject to precautionary examinations.
All this just two days after Horner pitted his old opponent Toto Wolff, whom he called a “control freak” as their feud continues.
Everyone knows how passionate Red Bull is to ending mercedes“Seven years of dominance. Many fans want to see him too. But is all this grudge necessary when things go against them?
Nobody likes a sore loser, and although the stewards decided Hamilton deserved a 10-second penalty – one he ultimately deemed irrelevant when Charles Leclerc passed for the win – to many spectators, it was nothing more than a racing accident.
Perhaps, looking back on a swelteringly hot day with a crowd once again packed into the grand stands for their home race, Red Bull will realize that their reaction was over the top.
Their team in Formula One promotes a famous brand and the public image is of paramount importance to them – alienating consumers from their target audience will not benefit them at all.
However, a confrontation between Hamilton and Verstappen has been inevitable since this year’s opening race in Bahrain, and finally it happened.
You’ve taken the intensity of the title fight to a whole new level both on and off the track – and that’s very exciting for the remainder of the campaign.
Charles could be a king in waiting
Ahhhhhhh, incredibly close. I gave absolutely everything to win this race but lost in the last two rounds. Today’s biggest victory is seeing Max safe after that big crash. Now to Hungary, thank you for your support pic.twitter.com/PmoGwkdc3R
– Charles Leclerc (@Charles_Leclerc) July 18 2021
It has happened several times this year that the battle for victory has overshadowed the action on the field, and that was the case again at Silverstone.
But really, who is complaining? Isn’t this all about racing?
at most Charles Leclerc She was in the spotlight this time around, and she deserves it. The main benefactor of the Hamilton-Verstappen connection, he found himself in the lead when the race’s red flag was raised after keeping up well with the leaders during those frantic first few corners.
and the FerrariThe middle tire pace in the opening period on resume was more impressive, as I managed to keep my two Mercedes behind him.
Leclerc also looked fairly comfortable on the hard tyres until Hamilton started to wrap it up with an air of inevitable in those last 10 laps.
So much for the Scuderia for fear of a repeat of the horrific front tire wear at the French Grand Prix a month ago when Leclerc and Carlos Sainz quickly faltered in the standings.
The first half of the season has been an ups and downs for both Leclerc and his team, with those poles in Monaco and Azerbaijan also showing the car’s ability to do when the conditions fit.
Leclerc was voted driver of the day for the second time in three races, and provided another reminder that for all the talk of Verstappen, Lando Norris and George Russell being the future of Formula 1, he should never be omitted from that conversation.
Sprint seems to have a lot of legs
After Sunday’s dramatic events, it was almost easy to forget that it was a very different weekend from the usual Grand Prix with a first sprint qualifying experience.
Did you succeed? Our conclusion: Yes, it was a sufficiently promising start. Absolutely no one makes you think it should be scrapped after just one try.
In fairness, a credit should be paid to Formula 1 to select the British Grand Prix as a trial for coordination. It was perfect to have a “quick race” in front of a large crowd in a great atmosphere, and they were also lucky with the hot, sunny weather.
And if anything, the way in which the Grand Prix itself was pursued also helped give credibility to the enemy.
What would have been disappointing as a spectator was that Verstappen got a flyer out of number one, created a gap in front of Hamilton and won without any issues. This would have pointed the finger at the race, that it was pointless and unnecessary, and that the Grand Prix would have ensued had the grid been set with the normal qualification.
But instead, with Hamilton’s apparent eagerness to make up for his P1 win-deprivation in the sprint, he made it clear—along with all the other factors involved—to take out all the guns blazing, shooting from the hip.
Not that Verstappen is likely to agree with that assessment, of course.
However, even if it isn’t universally hailed as a huge success – absolutely nothing, not 100% – it’s certainly worth looking forward to Monza’s Sprint No 2 in September with some enjoyment…especially if they give up on that zombie truck. Victory Cycle.