The 2017 Azerbaijan Grand Prix did test the usage of the words 'lose' and 'loose'. In this week's episode of the Formula 1 podcast, Mithila Mehta and Kunal Shah wonder if Pirelli will soon run out adjectives for their 'soft' tyres and whether they will debut a "mega ultra super soft" tyre someday soon. And mind you, a single set of this compound might last the entire race duration too.
The Azerbaijan GP had all the ingredients for a very dramatic race — we saw fantastic overtaking, the grid was completely mixed up, there was controversy, and a literal battle on the track — what more could we ask for?
We look back at Daniel Ricciardo's 'curse of the No 3' that actually worked, the much-debated Lewis Hamilton-Sebastian Vettel clash, Valtteri Bottas' recovery drive to P2 and more. Has Lance Stroll proved his critics (including us) wrong already with his first-podium finish?
Twitter users were quick to point out that ‘Car No 3 crashed in Q3 when the countdown clock read 3:33’. Ricciardo needed luck to win the 2017 Azerbaijan Grand Prix from P10 and he did get lucky, but not before he worked hard for it. He overtook the faster Mercedes-powered cars — both the Force Indias and Felipe Massa’s Williams.
Were the safety car periods a tad too many at Baku? Maybe, they were. The FIA would have certainly learned a thing or two about clearing cars and debris more effectively when we go racing next time. However, we didn’t mind the multiple safety car periods — especially the restarts they induced with a bunched-up field on a track where the tow worked so well. Maybe the FIA should have a regulation where the safety car is brought in to neutralise a boring and processional race! Formula 1 is entertainment too, after all.
Had the safety car not intervened at the intervals that it did, Hamilton would have probably bored us by winning by a mile, or more.
A triple-header Formula 1 weekend in 2018 will be a treat for the fans, but if you're a die-hard fan, you can forget about planning a holiday in June/July 2018!
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Updated Date: Jun 28, 2017 18:58 PM