After a spectacular hasten Kimi Rikknens wife has her say on Lewis Hamiltons explains while Ferraris car handles 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 automobiles and that Kimi Raikkonen had intentionally affected 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 lanes and Ferrari very much in the constructors’ contend it would have been self-defeating. Hamilton and Mercedes have since accepted it was a racing happen. Their reaction was perhaps a thought of the hot of the moment and the sicken of being overpowered in their backyard where they have been so reigning for so long. Raikkonen’s bride, 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 drummed 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 find where they have won every time since the turbo-hybrid era began was significant. Mercedes created their new locomotive to Paul Ricard and their first major aero upgrade to Austria.
They would have expected to have placed their snouts in front but Ferrari with a new storey at Silverstone look to have accorded or bettered them. Certainly the Scuderia’s car play-acts better in the higher 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 appears too close to call but with red-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 residence magnificent prix by herald the abdication of their sporting head Eric Boullier , not unexpected information having regard to the torrid occasion the team have been enduring. They accompanied it with a restructuring of management roles as they try to reverse the slump with the team now at the lowest level in their 52 -year history.
The CEO, Zak Brown, spotlit 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 perception driving the building of the car, instead expending groupings of three districts. The former McLaren designer John Barnard highlighted 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 replenish the crucial role.
Williams heartbreak compounded
The deputy team principal, Claire Williams, said she was dreading the team’s home grand prix, so good 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 discussion and these people are the slowest cars in the areas. The brand-new offstage the team had brought to improve aero performance proved a step backward, stimulating a loss of grip when the DRS closed. They had to replace the offstages and commencing from the pit lane. They finished once again at the back of the field.
Williams have a single technological chairman in Paddy Lowe but what became clear at Silverstone is the sheer scale of his task. It will be an extremely 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 lane he was 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 rift as Renault’s engine deficiency to Ferrari and Mercedes was again exposed. Max Verstappen, who did his best in a gallant fight with Raikkonen, said it was as if he was driving in a different serial from the leaders.
Red Bull’s team principal, Christian Horner, admitted the team” have only just tremendously disclosed, in both defense and criticize “.
Optimism that they can still challenge for the title took a real blow at Silverstone in the scale of their insufficiency. Some long afternoons lie ahead at Spa and Monza.