Silverstone literally starts with a Verstappen-Hamilton bang
F1 Silverstone GP 2021 – race analysis
Hamilton knocks out Verstappen and wins.
- 1 Hamilton knocks out Verstappen and wins.
- 2 Horner attacks Hamilton: “He made an amateur mistake”
- 3 The English fall back, anti-sports even at Silverstone (as at Wembley in EURO 2020): it’s party after Verstappen’s bang.
- 4 Charles Leclerc comes close to a glorious victory.
- 5 Race results. F1 Silverstone GP 2021.
- 6 A new format not very exciting.
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At Silverstone one of the most intense GPs of the season is staged. After the victory of the sprint qualifying, Max Verstappen comes into contact with Lewis Hamilton and is forced to forfeit. At the end of the 52 laps scheduled, hamilton took the tenth round of the F1 World Championship. Charles Leclerc is the protagonist of a race to be framed, he goes only two laps from the victory, but he is forced to suffer the comeback of the Englishman who, amid a thousand controversies on social media, shortens the standings to eight points from his rival.
Horner attacks Hamilton: “He made an amateur mistake”
Lewis hits with his front left the right rear of Verstappen at the entrance of the Copse, and to have the worst was the Dutchman who ended up against the protective barriers at full speed and subjected to a deceleration of 51G!!
The one who absolutely does not accept what happened last Sunday is Christian Horner. The Red Bull team principal in a few moments saw Verstappen’s advantage over Hamilton go up in smoke and the Dutchman’s car reduced to a pile of scrap.
“He cared about security. Every driver is aware that attempting an overtaking in that corner involves a great risk. Don’t stick a wheel inside at that point without thinking that there can’t be huge consequences. We were lucky that Max didn’t get hurt despite a 51G deceleration, but this thing makes me very angry. The misjudgement, or the desperate move, was punished with 10 seconds, but if it had gone worse that penalty would have seemed rather miserable. If you look at the pictures you can see how he got wide in the corners because he brought too much speed. This is a mistake that can be expected as an amateur, not a seven-time world champion. We were lucky that no one was seriously injured.”
Toto Wolff thought of trying to throw water on the fire. The Austrian manager defended Hamilton with the sword and did not accept the criticisms coming from the Milton Keynes team.
“Everyone has their own opinion, that’s okay. Everyone will have prejudices about such accidents, but I cannot accept that Lewis is described as an incorrect driver. It’s totally the opposite.”
The English fall back, anti-sports even at Silverstone (as at Wembley in EURO 2020): it’s party after Verstappen’s bang.
The great enthusiasm of the public at the time of the first corners of Sunday’s race with their very fierce idol who tries in every way to overcome the Red Bull rival is not kind of great. What is surprising, however, is the behavior of the English fans at the time of contact between the two that caused Verstappen to violently crash into the barriers.
With the young Dutchman still inside the cockpit of the RB16-B, and therefore without yet knowing his health condition (for almost a minute those who watched the race on TV were in suspense before Max left his car on his own legs), on the stands of the Silverstone circuit he celebrated with screams and applause in the open scene for the departure of Lewis Hamilton’s rival.
A behavior that has not escaped the rest of the world that has poured its indignation on social networks. In fact, many comments condemned the un sportiness of the fans present on the circuit. After Wembley and football, therefore, it is now the turn of Silverstone and Formula 1, but the moral is always the same: the myth of English fairplay has been decisively debunked.
Charles Leclerc comes close to a glorious victory.
Charles Leclerc finished in second place in an extraordinary British GP, returning to the podium a year after the one he hit in 2020, also at Silverstone. For the Monegasque of Ferrari, in the lead from the restart on the penultimate lap, he conquers the 13th podium of his career.
“It hurts to lose it like that, a lot, but there is so much positive about the race. As a driver I wanted to win, I lost the victory in the last 3 laps. Hamilton had more with the Hards, but we were stronger with the Mediums. Overtaking? I saw the remake of the first lap and I didn’t want to risk it, I tried to stay in front but on the exit of the corner I lost the rear. After Monaco was the best Ferrari, there are races where we show potential, we have to be more consistent. We are doing something good, the team is strong and I believe in it. I’m happy to show it on Sunday, even if it won’t always be a podium.”
“It is difficult to enjoy this moment – said Leclerc at the end of the grand prix -. Incredible race, I gave 100%, indeed 200%. I gave everything I had, but it wasn’t enough in the last two laps. Congratulations to Lewis who did an incredible job. I was missing something in the car, even though it was a nice car today. I didn’t think I could fight for the win, we expected to be able to be quite competitive after qualifying but not so competitive. We fought for the win and this was incredible. With the medium tyres we were very fast, with the hard ones we lacked a bit of pace to compete with the Mercedes. But overall we were stronger than usual.”
Race results. F1 Silverstone GP 2021.
A new format not very exciting.
The new format experimented at Silverstone to liven up F1 and raise the television audience (at least that of pay TV, because on Fridays free-to-air TV does not broadcast images …). The premise is a must: F1 fans are nostalgic by definition, in the nineties they regretted the seventies, now we regret the seventies and even the nineties. The truth, however, is that F1 races have always tended to be boring, which does not mean ugly: it is like in football, when a game finished 0 to 0 is more exciting and tense than one that ends 5 to 0.
Of course, then there are races that have entered the legend, but more often F1 races live if anything of episodes and a latent but palpable tension. Having said that, net of the protection of the F1 tradition, in principle experimenting with a new format can also be a good idea, but the impression of the writer is that the courage has been lacking: if you really have to change the format, do it to the end, borrowing the rules of F2, therefore rewarding the Saturday race with a few more points and reversing the starting order of Sunday compared to the results of Race 1. So instead a change was made in some ways epochal, but without really changing anything significant (net that we saw two starts, with all that it means) and with the real risk – in this case averted by the initial bang between Hamilton and Verstappen – of attending two photocopy races in two days.
For the avoidance of misunderstandings, the writer is for the traditional format, but if you want to change you need more courage. And please, do we all agree that the real qualifications, also and above all for statistical purposes, must be those of Fridays?