The first two turns at Barcelona are causing issues this weekend. Drivers in F3 have tried to run nose-to-tail through the sequence, nobody wants to concede resulting in a collision. The first time it resulted in Ralf Schumacher's son, David, being punted by Emerson Fittipaldi's Grandson, Enzo.
I prefer the new turn 10. The old more acute turn 10 did little for overtaking, because exiting Campsa is just too fast for F1 cars to follow closely along the back straight and into turn 10. At least the new version is more flowing, for what is still a very dreary final sector.
That Toto Woolf message to Mike Masi about Mazepin holding up Lewis was used simply to shame the little twat to viewers across the world - why else would the first ever broadcast between a team and the race director be that one?
Lewis is still a long way ahead of his rivals now he's older and thinks a bit more: Verstappen was a bit brusque on the first corner and Lewis just let it happen as opposed to wheel banging.
Lewis' charge through the pack on new tyres shows that the F1 spectacle should be about sticky tyres and fast cars not energy harvesting and opening DRS. Credit to Mercedes for realising this and as a not-big Lewis fan he is still the best driver on the grid.
McLaren still know how to build great race cars.
LeClerc is most likely one of the best Ferrari drivers in a long time - the car is lacking but he's flattering it.
Bottas needed to change teams this season for his own self-esteem.
I think all of the races so far have been engaging and in some sort of way. The pace similarity between the Mercedes and Red Bull is fantastic for the sport, its forcing both teams to treat every pitstop, strategy decision like it’s a championship showdown finale. Red Bull made such a late call to get Verstappen in, they barley had the tyres ready. If you have an advantage worth half a second, you don’t need to rush such decisions. Hamilton is happy to play the long game these days. I’m convinced that Verstappen will too with more experience. He sets such a rapid pace initially, Hamilton is happy to conserve initially and have better tyres right before the first pitstop. Hamilton could have easily contested the position at the start by turning into Verstappen. But he knows that’s a one-way ticket into the crash barrier against Verstappen, it was a sixty six lap contest, not a six lap contest. Hamilton has Verstappen’s race craft, but Verstappen doesn’t have Hamilton’s ability at managing a race. Its almost like he has Senna's speed, now combined with Prost's intelligence. And that is pretty untouchable.
One does wonder about the set-up of the Red Bull. Verstappen likes a car on its nose, which is not what Perez likes. So Perez takes pain in qualifying, but with a heavy tank where it’s not always about getting every millisecond under braking, Perez is stronger in such conditions.
Someone who impresses every weekend is Leclerc. When Michael turned up to Ferrari, a lot needed sorting out at the team. He took the car to places it shouldn’t have been. It feels like that with Leclerc, he has adaptability in his delivery, which is something that his former teammate lacked. Truly impressed by Leclerc.