After a stunning hasten Kimi Rikknens wife has her say on Lewis Hamiltons mentions while Ferraris car controls 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 deliberately targeting their autoes and that Kimi Raikkonen had intentionally smacked Hamilton was farcical on many levels , not least that anticipated to do so would have had to anticipate Hamilton losing places.
Equally with shatter likely to go both spaces and Ferrari very much in the constructors’ battle 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 stun of being pulsated in their backyard where they have been so reigning for so long. Raikkonen’s partner, Minttu, had her own take on the spat.” If you cry like a girl when you lose, do ballet ,” she wrote on Instagram.
Ferrari have the advantage
Vettel’s reaction was of huge satisfaction at having pulsated Mercedes at Silverstone. “Grande vittoria,” he said.” Qui a casa loro “. Understandably the German was delirious at having done it” here at their residence “. Beating Mercedes at the convene where they have won every time since the turbo-hybrid era began was significant. Mercedes fetched their new engine to Paul Ricard and their first major aero upgrade to Austria.
They would have expected to have put their noses in front but Ferrari with a brand-new flooring at Silverstone look to have coincided or bettered them. Certainly the Scuderia’s gondola play-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 “re fighting” on the same tyres for the same part of track ogles 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 dwelling magnificent prix by announce the acceptance of their sport director Eric Boullier , not unexpected bulletin given the torrid meter the team have been enduring. They accompanied it with a restructuring of management roles as they try to reverse the decline with the team now at the lowest part in their 52 -year history.
The CEO, Zak Brown, foreground a dearth of consistent leadership at the team since 2012 as center to the problem but that was compounded by a lack of singular technological vision driving the building of the car, instead utilizing a group of three districts. The former McLaren designer John Barnard foreground it as the key problem and Brown declared the result 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 announcement 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 poverty-stricken has their vehicle 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 fields. The new wing the team had brought to improve aero performance proved a step backward, effecting a loss of grip when the DRS closed. They had to replace the offstages and start from the quarry thoroughfare. They finished once again at the back of the field.
Williams have a single technical head in Paddy Lowe but what becomes obvious at Silverstone is the sheer scale of his chore. It will be an excessively long season for the team.
The class war
Hamilton’s improvement drive was a magnificent show but his comeback from 18 th also illustrated the huge differential between the big-hearted 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 lane he had been able to 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 gap as Renault’s instrument inadequacy to Ferrari and Mercedes was again exposed. Max Verstappen, who did his best in a courageou 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 hugely uncovered, in both defense and onrush “.
Optimism that they can still challenge for the deed took a real blow at Silverstone in the scale of their deficit. Some long afternoons lie ahead at Spa and Monza.