After a drastic race Kimi Rikknens wife has her say on Lewis Hamiltons mentions while Ferraris car manipulates 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 purposely targeting their vehicles and that Kimi Raikkonen had intentionally stumbled Hamilton was laughable on many levels , not least that anticipated to do so would have had to anticipate Hamilton losing places.
Equally with impairment likely to go both roads and Ferrari very much in the constructors’ contend it would have been self-defeating. Hamilton and Mercedes have since accepted it was a racing incident. Their reaction was perhaps a thought of the hot of the moment and the stun of being trounced 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 beaten 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 fulfill where they have won every time since the turbo-hybrid era began was significant. Mercedes introduced their new locomotive to Paul Ricard and their first major aero upgrade to Austria.
They would have expected to have introduced their snouts in front but Ferrari with a new floor at Silverstone look to have accorded or bettered them. Certainly the Scuderia’s gondola plays 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 looks 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 residence splendid prix by foretell the abandonment of their boast chairman Eric Boullier , not unexpected news having regard to the torrid time 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 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 image driving the building of the car, instead using a group of three departments. The former McLaren designer John Barnard highlighted it as the fundamental 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 big proclamation from McLaren will be the appointment of a single technological administrator. 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 poverty-stricken 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 period and they only the slowest automobiles in the fields. The new offstage the team had brought to improve aero performance proved a step backward, inducing a loss of grip when the DRS closed. They had to replace the offstages and commencing from the pit road. They finished once again at the back of the field.
Williams have a single technical chairman in Paddy Lowe but what became clear at Silverstone is the sheer scale of his assignment. It will be an mighty 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 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 space he had been able to breath 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 engine lack 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 series from the leaders.
Red Bull’s team principal, Christian Horner, declared the team” were just staggeringly disclosed, in both excuse and assault “.
Optimism that they can still challenge for the designation took a real blow at Silverstone in the scale of their deficit. Some long afternoons lie onward at Spa and Monza.