After a stunning hasten Kimi Rikknens wife has her say on Lewis Hamiltons comments while Ferraris car administers the conditions and McLaren and Williams hang their heads
What had been a thrilling race to the end was still disappointing for Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes and they closed it with what felt like sour grapes. The suggestion that Ferrari were intentionally targeting their cars and that Kimi Raikkonen had intentionally punched Hamilton was slapstick on many levels , not least that anticipated to do so would have had to anticipate Hamilton losing places.
Equally with impair likely to go both paths and Ferrari very much in the constructors’ contend it would have been self-defeating. Hamilton and Mercedes have since accepted it was a hastening happen. Their reaction was perhaps a thoughtfulnes of the heat of the moment and the startle of being trounced in their backyard where they have been so reigning for so long. Raikkonen’s spouse, Minttu, had her own take on the spat.” If you cry like a girl when “were losing”, do ballet ,” she wrote on Instagram.
Ferrari have the advantage
Vettel’s reaction was of huge satisfaction at having beaten Mercedes at Silverstone. “Grande vittoria,” he said.” Qui a casa loro “. Understandably the German was euphoric at having done it” here at their residence “. Beating Mercedes at the gratify where they have won every time since the turbo-hybrid era began was significant. Mercedes wreaked their new locomotive to Paul Ricard and their first major aero upgrade to Austria.
They would have expected to have gave their noses in front but Ferrari with a brand-new floor at Silverstone look to have matched or bettered them. Certainly the Scuderia’s auto acts better in the high temperatures, with the Mercedes at its best in the relative cool of Friday morning. Just what the differential between Vettel and Hamilton might have been had they been fighting on the same tyres for the same part of track lookings too close to call but with hot races expected at the next rounds in Hockenheim and Budapest, it is Ferrari who have every reason to believe they are the front runners.
McLaren’s firstly task
McLaren reopen the week of their home grand prix by declare the resignation of their sporting head Eric Boullier , not unexpected news given the torrid experience the team have been enduring. They accompanied it with a restructuring of management roles as they try to reverse the reject with the team now at the lowest phase in their 52 -year history.
The CEO, Zak Brown, spotlit a dearth of consistent leadership at the team since 2012 as central to the problem but that was compounded by a lack of singular technical eyesight driving the building of the car, instead applying groupings of three districts. The former McLaren designer John Barnard spotlit it as the fundamental problem and Brown declared research results was ” not a good race car “. What is clear is the need to address this issue and it can be expected that the next large-scale edict from McLaren will be the appointment of a single technical head. Their problem with the current market is just whom they can find to crowd the crucial role.
Williams heartbreak compounded
The deputy team principal, Claire Williams, said she was dreading the team’s home grand prix, so poor has their automobile proved this year. She said the situation was heartbreaking and it cannot have given any pleasure to Sir Frank, back in the Williams garage at Silverstone. It was never going to be an easy weekend for them but what transpired was a slow-motion car crash.
Both Lance Stroll and Sergey Sirotkin went off in the first qualifying conference and they only the slowest autoes in the field. The new offstage the team had brought to improve aero performance proved a step backward, justification a loss of grip when the DRS closed. They had to replace the backstages and commencing from the crater thoroughfare. They finished once again at the back of the field.
Williams have a single technological administrator in Paddy Lowe but what becomes obvious at Silverstone is the sheer scale of his chore. It will be an dreadfully long season for the team.
The class war
Hamilton’s recuperation drive was a magnificent show but his comeback from 18 th also illustrated the huge differential between the large-scale three and the rest of the field.
Hamilton scythed though the midfield, up to sixth within 10 laps, all in overtaking manoeuvres.
Admittedly no one put up a real fight- they were to all intents in a different race- but the course he could gale past proved just what a huge task Ross Brawn faces in trying to level this playing field in the new regulations of 2021. There was also a further demonstration of another gulf as Renault’s engine insufficiency to Ferrari and Mercedes was again uncovered. Max Verstappen, who did his best in a valiant fight with Raikkonen, said it was as if he was driving in a different series from the leaders.
Red Bull’s team principal, Christian Horner, declared the team” were just immensely exposed, in both explanation and onrush “.
Optimism that they can still challenge for the entitlement took a real blow at Silverstone in the scale of their deficit. Some long afternoons lie onward at Spa and Monza.