After a drastic 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 automobiles and that Kimi Raikkonen had intentionally hit Hamilton was laughable on many levels , not least that planning to do so would have had to anticipate Hamilton losing places.
Equally with shattering likely to go both directions 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 heat of the moment and the startle of being overpowered in their backyard where they have been so prevailing 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 hit Mercedes at Silverstone. “Grande vittoria,” he said.” Qui a casa loro “. Understandably the German was delirious at having done it” here at their dwelling “. Beating Mercedes at the fit where they have won every time since the turbo-hybrid era began was significant. Mercedes raised their brand-new engine to Paul Ricard and their first major aero upgrade to Austria.
They would have expected to have set their noses in front but Ferrari with a brand-new flooring at Silverstone look to have parallelled or bettered them. Certainly the Scuderia’s vehicle 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 ogles 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 declare the acceptance of their boast administrator Eric Boullier , not unexpected word given the torrid day the team have been enduring. They accompanied it with a restructuring of management roles as they try to reverse the fall with the team now at the lowest degree in their 52 -year history.
The CEO, Zak Brown, highlighted a dearth of consistent leadership at the team since 2012 as center to the problem but that was compounded by a lack of singular technical vision driving the building of the car, instead use groupings of three departments. 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-hearted announcement from McLaren will be the appointment of a single technical administrator. Their own problems 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 session and they were the slowest gondolas in the field. The new backstage the team had brought to improve aero performance proved a step backward, causing a loss of grip when the DRS closed. They had to replace the wings and start from the crater road. They finished once again at the back of the field.
Williams have a single technological head in Paddy Lowe but what became clear at Silverstone is the sheer scale of his duty. It will be an mighty long season for the team.
The class war
Hamilton’s retrieval 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 path he could 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 rift as Renault’s machine deficiency to Ferrari and Mercedes was again disclosed. Max Verstappen, who did his best in a indomitable 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” has only just been hugely exposed, in both defence and criticize “.
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.