After a stunning hasten Kimi Rikknens wife has her say on Lewis Hamiltons notes while Ferraris car handles the conditions and McLaren and Williams hang their heads
What had been a stimulating 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 gondolas and that Kimi Raikkonen had intentionally reached Hamilton was laughable on many levels , not least that has the intention to do so would have had to anticipate Hamilton losing places.
Equally with shattering likely to go both lanes and Ferrari very much in the constructors’ fight it would have been self-defeating. Hamilton and Mercedes have since accepted it was a hastening incident. Their reaction was perhaps a reflection of the heat of the moment and the stun of being trounced in their backyard where they have been so dominant for so long. Raikkonen’s wife, Minttu, had her own take on the spat.” If you cry like a girl when “youre losing”, do ballet ,” she wrote on Instagram.
Ferrari have the advantage
Vettel’s reaction was of huge contentment at having vanquished Mercedes at Silverstone.” Grande vittoria ,” he said.” Qui a casa loro “. Understandably the German was euphoric at having done it” here at their home “. Beating Mercedes at the meeting where they have won every time since the turbo-hybrid epoch began was significant. Mercedes created their new instrument to Paul Ricard and their first major aero updated to Austria.
They would have expected to have made their snouts in front but Ferrari with a new flooring at Silverstone look to have parallelled or bettered them. Certainly the Scuderia’s car plays 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 one of the purposes of trail examines 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 opened the week of their home grand prix by proclaiming the acceptance of their sporting director Eric Boullier , not unpredictable report given the torrid day the team have been braving. They accompanied it with a restructuring of management roles as they try to turns the decline with the team now at the lowest place in their 52 -year history.
The CEO, Zak Brown, highlighted a shortage of consistent leadership at the team since 2012 as central to the problem but “thats been” compounded by a lack of singular technical vision driving the building of the car, instead applying groupings of three departments. The former McLaren designer John Barnard foreground it as the fundamental problem and Brown declared the 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 big-hearted edict from McLaren will be the appointment of a single technological administrator. Their question with the present market is merely whom they can find to replenish the crucial role.