This has been a highly emotionally-charged weekend, so dreadful and sad.
I didn’t have the pleasure of meeting Anthoine Hubert who lost his life at the weekend, but that was clearly a significant part of the cloth of life for most drivers and team members at the paddock. Not least the Arden group that he was driving .
Karun a winner in sombre Spa
And not forgetting F2 driver Juan Manuel Correa who faces a long recovery from major lower leg injuries. This challenge that is ongoing can be related to by many older drivers at the F1 paddock.
Injury and death in the name of sport is very tricky to accept. The dilemma is that the foundation of our sport involves young people that are dedicated and competitive driving cars on the limit, at demanding race tracks.
That’s the thrill of spectating in addition to racing driving. It’s our entire purpose of present, pushing against humans and machines . Despite large investment in circuits and cars and the attempts there remains rather high degree of risk.
We’ve become conditioned to drivers stepping out of wrecks it gets much more shocking when they don’t.
The cars have very strict regulations on crash-structure design all over the driver’s body, along with high-energy crash testing and cautious management of flammable liquids and flying wheels. The thing is that if they left heavier and them any stronger the impact loads will be higher also.
Materials and manufacturing techniques plus data-driven experience will continue to improve their survival cell’s integrity within workable weight and cost limitations.
The world’s paths fluctuate substantially in layout and age, and particularly the elderly circuits frequently need solutions topography available and to match the distance. In Raidillon and also Eau Rouge the climb up the rock face is a challenge that is spectacular, and also the run-off includes the pit-lane depart for the second and older pit lane on the side of this approach.
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The steep incline signifies you constantly fly across the top unsighted and looking to the skies, although the zone towards the right of corner has been extended over the years. The geography of this area does tend to feed cars back to the race trail. At the race, a car spun over the surface of Raidillon due to a puncture.
I wonder when style barriers, indeed since we used to have at the Blanchimont corner at Spa, would not enable the cars to slip away from danger and without hitting against the obstacles in angles. And the deficiency of much run-off area would create less need and more caution to control through at flat-rate rates. But hard corners will remain risky and thrilling for all. We can’t only race into level-straight lines.
Through pain and all of the pain emerged Charles Leclerc to get Ferrari.
His pole position lap restarts and his beginning flawless, was slick smooth, and direction enhanced. And in the final stages with the Lewis Hamilton pursuing him down he didn’t falter.
We have seen Leclerc push at international level in adversity times now after the death of his dad and close friends Jules Bianchi and Anthoine Hubert. He did while carrying the mighty Ferrari team on his shouldersand most importantly at age 21.
I knew he was really going to be helpful, but not that good. He as Sebastian Vettel struggles to fit his speed and command the team leader, and he is still improving. It occasions for Seb, also with all this weekend’s events and having a look at his own life and achievements, he has to be mulling over each of options.
Vettel gets the speed in him, but it is uncomfortable that it is over a year because he won a race, which Leclerc and now both Kimi Raikkonen have won a race for Ferrari. However, after his ancient pit stop on lap 15 since he was at risk in an undercut with Mercedes, by afterwards delaying Hamilton a couple of minutes prior to losing second place to him, it was a defining moment at Leclerc getting the breathing room to claim success from the charging Hamilton.
Kimi was unfortunate into turn one whilst connecting together with Max Verstappen. In a lot of ways it was a Spa turn one incident in the race start. Kimi could have made a space on the inside just in case, but he would have had no opportunity to find the Red Bull in his mirrors charging up both lanes over.
Max was recovering from another poor start and was a bit too impatient to fix that, presenting his front wheel and wing into a position.
Caught was Daniel Ricciardo in his hitherto fast Renault, along with different contacts. My heart sank at the stage because after four cracking F1 races I feared we might have a one. Admittedly again the DRS wing was quite too effective but we saw unwanted and a few notable overtakes actions.
Just how Red Bull debut was shone on by Albon
Lando Norris has been robbed of a place from unreliability. He navigated the very first corner quite intelligently and his rate was solid on a weekend in which McLaren weren’t shining. I dropped a spot driving for McLaren to unreliability, and it annoys me somewhat today. It’s awful to be redeemed to the last lap once you’ve done the job and accepted the risks.
Ground wasn’t made by alex Albon in his very first Red Bull drive, but came to the fore on new soft palate to overtake many and sneak Norris place. Timely, and nicely driven, especially at his duel with Sergio Perez at the final stages, that had a race for Racing Point.
Hamilton extended his guide to go. He had the measure of everybody on Sunday except Leclerc, that matched the greats such as Michael Schumacher and Jim Clark in wining his debut GP at mighty Spa.
If you saw me out you will know I said that some of security and the barriers you’ll find a bit’old school’. The FIA will carry out intensive analyses, and also they may be improved and make improvements. But we have to keep the likes of Spa on the calendar.
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