Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen’s rivalry intensified at Silverstone, because the title contenders went wheel-to-wheel on the primary lap of the British Grand Prix and got here to blows. Verstappen ended up within the boundaries whereas Hamilton went on to win and thus slash the deficit within the drivers’ standings. Formulation 1 Managing Director, Motorsport, Ross Brawn discusses the important thing speaking factors…
Hamilton vs Verstappen
It was a superb weekend. We had a full home, which was permitted by the UK authorities pilot occasion, whereas the brand new format – our first-ever F1 Dash – was a hit. After which we had a nail-biting Grand Prix on Sunday that was a sport of two halves with a dramatic begin and a dramatic end.
We noticed the title protagonists go wheel-to-wheel as soon as once more, however this time it led to a collision, which ended Max’s race. It was a large reduction to see him climb out of the automotive and stroll away earlier than he went to hospital for precautionary checks.
2021 British Grand Prix: Large Verstappen crash after contact with championship rival Hamilton
The stewards handed Lewis a 10-second time penalty
As is all the time the case in these issues, there shall be a variety of opinions on the rights and wrongs. What is evident is that we have been robbed of an exciting battle and no person needs the championship selected crashes and penalties, and, as on this case, there was a severe threat to both driver.
It’s one thing each drivers will mirror on. I hope we will keep away from these incidents sooner or later as a result of I believe we have been denied a implausible battle right now. They raced one another arduous for half a lap, and it was thrilling. Think about how dramatic the Grand Prix would have been if that had been the entire race.
My Driver of the Day – Charles Leclerc
I agree with the followers that there was just one one that deserved Driver of the Day right now – and that was Charles Leclerc.
It was a stand-out efficiency from the Monegasque in a Ferrari that isn’t fairly on the extent to struggle on the entrance in regular situations.
As soon as he took the lead, following Lewis and Max’s tangle, Charles managed the race fantastically. His tempo on the mediums was very, excellent and he didn’t let the facility reducing out problem frustrate him.
This efficiency reminded us how good he’s, after a little bit of quiet time these days. He’s an distinctive driver – and I stay up for the day when Ferrari delivers a automotive that enables him to take the struggle to the frontrunners.
Lando continues speedy rise
That Lando was disenchanted with fourth reveals how far he and his McLaren crew have come of late and his efficiency is a pleasant reflection on the progress he has made.
He was a bit out of the highlight right now, and he can have been pissed off to lose third on the highway to a sluggish pit cease, however when he’s slept on it, he will certainly mirror on one other job properly completed.
He’s as much as P3 within the drivers’ championship, whereas one other heavy factors rating helps hold his McLaren crew forward of Ferrari within the constructors’ championship struggle.
The primary Dash was a hit
I’m very happy with F1’s first Dash weekend. Our perception was that it might add extra engagement for followers throughout three days – and it positively did. I don’t see the way it did something aside from improve the race weekend.
The truth that groups had much less time to follow had a major affect on the weekend. Pink Bull had a automotive with a bit extra wing on it so have been slower down the straight. Mercedes went for a decrease drag setting, which gave Lewis the chance.
In the event that they have been beginning once more, one or each may need completed one thing completely different. Groups crave perfection and that’s nice as a result of it’s F1 however typically a little bit of jeopardy is nice for the followers.
In case you take a look at the weekend as a complete, we had completely different choices on tyres for each the Dash and Sunday’s Grand Prix. We had an amazing day total on Friday, with an thrilling qualifying that was watched by a bumper crowd.
We’ll go away and mirror on the format within the subsequent week or two. I’m positive there shall be issues we will choose up with groups after which digest the suggestions. It’s an amazing first step on this experiment, with two extra Sprints to return. I wish to emphasise that we gained’t make a judgment on whether or not it is going to be a part of our championship sooner or later till we have now completed all three Sprints on three completely different tracks.
2022 revolution edges nearer
Formulation 1 unveiled a full-scale mannequin of our revolutionary new 2022 automotive at Silverstone and the response has been very optimistic.
We now have to do not forget that that is the primary time F1 and the FIA have ever put this kind of intense work into shaping the design and path of the game’s racing automotive, a programme that has 30 man years behind it.
That is F1 and the FIA’s interpretation of the foundations and now I’m involved in seeing what options the groups provide you with for subsequent yr.
We noticed a number of events this weekend the place automobiles that have been shut on efficiency struggled to race one another.
When there’s a respectable efficiency distinction between the automobiles, you possibly can overtake within the present formulation. However when it’s shut, significantly on a observe like Silverstone, you possibly can’t.
We’re positive the brand new automotive will allow extra wheel-to-wheel racing and that’s what we wish for our followers.