Well some great racing for third place, which Ferrari then decided to remove Sainz from. OK his tyres may have been in the edge but he started last and a podium shot should’ve been on. As ever the story of the red team. A story that LeClerc added to by throwing away the lead.
Elsewhere a dull race for Max and Lewis and after the manner in which Max was champion last season I will say that he is a fully deserving champion-elect this year. Pretty faultless all year long thus far. Lewis showed you can’t keep a good man down and the Merc has improved a lot as George showed as he got racy with Checo, who appeared to be reading a book at the restart.
I was out all day and managed to avoid all media all day. Just like the old days then.
Agreed with all that, Charles and Ferrari aren't looking like a great combo currently. If Ferrari don't balls it then the drivers will. Leclercs errors seem to show what a great job Max did last year where he had all that pressure but made so few driving errors. Unforced not planned before everybody says Brazil.
Hamilton certainly appears to have woken up this year. Russell was dominated in Qualifying, those 10th of a seconds are creeping away and they don't want to become a habit. Russell needs a good display next week but Hungary is a bit of a Lewis track so good luck with that.
Always good to see Alonso doing well. Its a problem Alpine didn't expect to have. On current form you'd have to keep him in the car for next year.
It is interesting how the priorities in F1 have changed, for the better. The teams and drivers used to be obsessed by qualifying. Because overtaking used to be so difficult. Overtaking isn’t easy in 2022, it still requires the pursuing driver to get a good exit off the corner and execute the pass – but this is how F1 should be – Sunday should be more intriguing than Saturday.
The Red Bull is the all-around package. But only Verstappen can consistently execute. If Perez isn’t having the ideal weekend, Merc have the potential to get onto the podium. It appears that although Mercedes can’t challenge for wins, the car is now better balanced, and especially for the last 4 races both drivers have achieved everything they could have done. I’m sure that set-ups will converge for 2023 and beyond, but it’s interesting to see how Red Bull and Ferrari respectively have such a difference in downforce levels. I think the lack of downforce on the Red Bull hurts Perez, Verstappen can live with a neutral car – Perez struggles to do so – I think that’s partly why Perez struggled against Russell towards the end in Paul Ricard. Perez was mega around Monaco, partly because Perez revelled in the maximum downforce levels that Monaco demands.
That’s an interesting one. I’ve rather taken to Paul Ricard for F1, just as it leaves the calendar. It’s a circuit where different lines can be taken, such as turn 6 and going through Le Beausset. Through Le Beausset a wider entry works, but so does a tighter entry as well. It also means that drivers can follow effectively, because they are not fixated to one racing groove. There is a decent mix of flowing corners and more technical sections, not a given today.
Selected championships run the Mistral straight without the chicane, such as GT World Challenge. The caveat being that GT3 cars “only” get up to about 170 mph before Signes. An F1 car would probably reach 215 mph before entering Signe. There have been big shunts with GT3 cars at Signes, which doesn’t seem possible with how big the run-off area is. I think the concern with F1 is arriving at the corner so much faster, if there was some sort of crash, it would be huge – 20 years ago they probably would have run the Mistral straight without the chicane. In one sense it is a shame, because Signes would become a daunting corner if there was no chicane on the Mistral, especially as everyone would be forced to run skinny-wings because of how long the Mistral is.
It's funny isn't it, you have the (alleged) best drivers in the world yet have to restrict a fast straight in case they have a crash at the end of it!
That's pretty much my view of the whole track limits bollocks. The kerbs should all be concrete with right angled edges so the measure of good against great is seeing who can actually make it to the end without needing 10 tyre stops.