Formula 1 returned after the summer break with a bang at Spa – it was a race of collisions and crashes (mostly into Ferraris.)
But first, it must be said – both Mercedes drivers got lucky in Spa. Nico Rosberg won his 20th Grand Prix because of Lewis Hamilton’s grid penalties. In the same vein, Hamilton was lucky to make it to the podium (from P21) thanks to the Safety Car period and the red flag. Though we wonder why Lewis Hamilton didn’t win the 44-lap Grand Prix, if 44 is his lucky number. With only nine points separating the duo, which way will the remainder of the season go?
Back to the collisions and crashes. Was Sebastian Vettel at fault at the first corner? Vettel should hold a ‘How to Overtake Max Verstappen’ class, with mandatory attendance for Kimi Raikkonen.
Max Verstappen has been accused of dangerous driving, but of course the FIA won’t do anything about it; he’s THE crowd puller at the moment. Although Niki Lauda believes that Verstappen needs to visit a psychiatrist. Lauda also said that he will call Jos if Max does not listen – Parent Teacher Meeting for the teenager in Monza? But did the young sensation not win the ‘Driver of the Day’ in Spa, because his entire Orange Army was at the race track? Of course, Hamilton did find support in his Barmy Army as well.
On the subject of crashes, another question is whether Kevin Magnussen be fit for Monza – and if not, will Renault make the popular decision of getting Carmen Jorda to drive? Also, was Fernando Alonso’s P22 to P7 more noteworthy than Hamilton’s recovery drive? With newer talent gaining popularity and faster cockpits, will Alonso have a chance for his final flourish at all?
Meanwhile, Force India's love affair with Spa continued, though Nico Hulkenberg may have been robbed of a podium finish. The team’s survival will be in question if Sergio Perez moves in 2017. Maybe finishing fourth in the Constructors’ Championship will earn them the deficit.
Over the summer break, we learnt that Bernie Ecclestone plans to sell Formula 1's radio messages (with a premium charge for listening to Raikkonen’s radio?) and that Hamilton hung out with Nicole Scherzinger over summer. But our favourite moment was Daniel Ricciardo calling bullshit on Hamilton’s tweet!
Looking forward to Monza, Nico Rosberg has never won at that circuit. Will it be yet another ‘first’ for him? And will Hamilton equalize Fangio and Senna’s record for maximum poles? There’s a lot of action in Formula 1 this week, as well as on our podcast.
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Updated Date: Aug 31, 2016 13:24:25 IST