MOTORSPORT /// F1 /// 2017 GRAND PRIX OF AZERBAIJAN (23.6.2017 – 25.6.2017) /// UNWANTED COMMENTARY: SHALL WE DO THIS LIVE?…

  • Hey…
  • …Why don’t we just move over…
  • …Rover…
  • …And let F1 take over?
  • Welcome to the City of Wind…
  • …In The Land of Fire.
  • …No word on Earth.
  • …Bygones.
  • It’s the Azerbaijan Grand Prix…
  • …In Baku…
  • …Which lies on the shores of the Caspian Sea…
  • …92 feet below sea level.
  • …Making it the only national capital below sea level.
  • …And, the largest city below sea level.
  • …With (about) 2.1 million metro inhabitants.
  • …In a nation of 9.8-ish million.
  • …So, you are watching (approximately) 25 percent of the population today.
  • …On NBCSN (if you’re in the US).
  • Anyway…
  • …”The Speed is Higher in the Land of Fire”.
  • Also…
  • …I fucked up my timing.
  • …Cars are rolling out.
  • …And, I’ve got nothing.
  • So, full disclosure, before I publish this, I’ll be going back and adding any critical information I could have been noting right now.
  • Uuuhhh…
  • …Hamilton has done a (now-classic) stop/reverse.
  • …(That we’ve seen most of the grid do many times this weekend.)
  • …On the recce lap, yes.
  • …Welcome to Baku, kids.
  • Speaking of…
  • Baku City Circuit…
  • …Which, as you may have guessed from the name, is a street circuit.
  • …Meaning, it’s tight, with all the lumps and bumps you get on the very same streets you drive.
  • …It is 3.730mi (6.003km) in length.
  • …With 20 turns.
  • …Run counterclockwise.
  • …Giving it the shape of a spilled bottle of La Roche-Posay sunscreen.
  • …With a Jekyll and Hyde personality.
  • …With one VERY tight half, reminiscent of Monaco.
  • …And, one very open, fast half, much like Monza.
  • …How’s that for contrast?
  • …Anyway…
  • …Being such a long circuit, (only) 51 laps scheduled today.
  • …Putting the goal total distance to (the pretty standard, if you haven’t noticed) 190.170mi (306.049km).
  • …And, as usual, if you’re wondering about that wording…
  • …Anything can happen in an F1 grand prix.
  • …And, most of it will.
  • …Remember, the cars and tires are significantly wider than they were for last year’s inaugural race.
  • …While the track limits, being a city circuit, haven’t budged.
  • Speaking of tires…
  • …Remember, every race, there are three options available for teams.
  • …Two of which must be used.
  • …Today’s options are the red Supersofts, the yellow Softs, and the white Mediums.
  • …With green Intermediates and blue Rains (always) available.
  • But, on the subject of rain…
  • …There (more than likely) won’t be any.
  • …It’s sunny and 81ºF (in Baku).
  • …With a track temperature of (I believe I heard) 130-ish degrees (Fahrenheit).
  • …Even in F1, with it’s scorching summer track temperatures, I would classify today as “dangerous”.
  • …Expect overheating of the mechanical AND human variety.
  • Currently, the Drivers’ Championship standings look like this:
  • …Vettel – 141 / Hamilton – 129 / Bottas – 93 / Räikkönen – 73
  • …Ricciardo – 67 / Verstappen – 45 / Perez – 44 / Ocon – 27
  • …Sainz – 25 / Massa – 20 / Hülkenberg – 18 / Grosjean – 10
  • …Magnussen – 5 / Wehrlein – 4 / Kvyat – 4 / Stroll – 2
  • …Palmer – 0 / Ericsson – 0 / Alonso – 0 / Vandoorne – 0
  • …Giovinazzi – 0 / Button – 0
  • And, at the moment, the Constructors’ Championship looks like this:
  • …Mercedes – 222 / Ferrari – 214 / Red Bull – 112 / Force India – 71
  • …Toro Rosso – 29 / Williams – 22 / Renault – 18 / Haas – 15
  • …Sauber – 4 / McLaren – 0
  • Last year…
  • …It was Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg on top.
  • …Who was joined on the podium by Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel.
  • …And, Force India’s Sergio Perez.
  • This year, the starting grid looks like this:
  • …(With 2016 results in parentheses.)
  • …#44 – Lewis Hamilton – GBR – Mercedes (5) / #77 – Valtteri Bottas – FIN – Mercedes (6/Williams)
  • …#7 – Kimi Räikkönen – FIN – Ferrari (4) / #5 – Sebastian Vettel – DEU – Ferrari (2)
  • …#33 – Max Verstappen – NLD – Red Bull (8) / #11 – Sergio Perez – MEX – Force India (3)
  • …#31 – Esteban Ocon – FRA – Force India (N/A) / #18 – Lance Stroll – CAN – Williams (N/A)
  • …#19 – Felipe Massa – BRA – Williams (10) / #3 – Daniel Ricciardo – AUS – Red Bull (7)
  • …#26 – Daniil Kvyat – RUS – Toro Rosso (DNF) / #20 – Kevin Magnussen – DNK – Haas (14/Renault)
  • …#27 – Nico Hülkenberg – DEU – Renault (9/Force India) / #94 – Pascal Wehrlein – DEU – Sauber (DNF/Manor)
  • …#55 – Carlos Sainz, Jr. – ESP – Toro Rosso (DNF)* / #8 – Romain Grosjean – FRA – Haas (13)
  • …#9 – Marcus Ericsson – SWE – Sauber (17) / #2 – Stoffel Vandoorne – BEL – McLaren (N/A)**
  • …#14 – Fernando Alonso – ESP – McLaren (DNF)*** / #30 – Jolyon Palmer – GBR – Renault (15)****
  • …*Sainz qualified 12th, but will serve a three-place grid penalty for causing a collision (at Canada)
  • …**Vandoorne qualified 19th, and is serving a 35-place grid penalty***** for a gearbox change and using new power unit components.
  • …***Alonso qualified 16th, and is serving a 40-place grid penalty***** for using new power unit components.
  • …****Palmer missed Qualifying, following a car fire in P3, and will start from the back.
  • …*****Yes, we’re (still) using those ridiculous penalty numbers.
  • Oh, and Sauber boss Monisha Kaltenborn will not be participating.
  • …Today, or in the foreseeable future.
  • …She and the team have “parted ways”.
  • …There is a hell of a lot of talk about what happened.
  • …And, strangely, it’s (all) the same.
  • …Anyway, if there’s any truth to any of it, I can see the issue.
  • …I’m sure mansplaining how F1 works to a crazily-educated, experienced corporate attorney who has been working her way up the company ladder for (nearly) two decades, picking the threads of every rope to learn along the way, is tremendously taxing and a huge distraction to achieving corporate goals.
  • …Yep.
  • …By the way, I would just like to put out a reminder that, with Claire Williams’ due date coming this October, it’s never too early to start fashioning those “no girlz allowed” signs, F1.
  • …Anyway, run the ‘In Memoriam’ reel of scrunchies and white sneakers…
  • …Ending with slow-motion footage of her cheerily swinging Wellies, in the Austin rain.
  • HERE WE GO!!!
  • Carnage!!!
  • Sainz spins!
  • Bottas and Räikkönen hit!
  • Clouds of damage and debris…
  • …But, everyone is (still) moving!
  • Bottas has made it to the pits.
  • …After a very long, slow, flappy drive around the circuit.
  • Verstappen radios with possible damage from debris.
  • …Red Bull radios that they’ve been monitoring it.
  • The stewards are investigating the Bottas/Räikkönen incident.
  • Kimi radios with a wonky rear.
  • …He hasn’t pitted since that being pushed into the wall.
  • Hamilton radios to check up on his teammate.
  • …It’s a slightly different dynamic from the Hamilton/Rosberg days.
  • On replay…
  • …There was plenty of room between the reentering Kvyat and Sainz.
  • …I think Sainz is just having issues like Grosjean had a few years ago.
  • …A little tunnel vision, with a touch of overreaction.
  • …Recall that Grosjean -has- suggested that Sainz take a time out, as he had to do.
  • …And, I agree.
  • …He’s a spectacular driver.
  • …But, he’s having issues.
  • …Let’s fix them, before they start to turn into bad habits, and misrepresent his capabilities.
  • Wow…
  • …Kimi’s radio (after the Bottas incident) was delightful.
  • …They have issues.
  • Palmer radios, “Smoke out the back”.
  • …Remember, his engine caught fire at the start of P3, causing him to miss Qualifying.
  • …Oh…yeah…he’s being directed to stop.
  • …So, armchair critics…
  • …How will you be pinning this on his driving abilities?
  • Grosjean radios with a very calm request…
  • …That his team radios if the brakes start to become dangerous.
  • …As they’re starting to feel wonky.
  • …This is a year and a half of brake issues for Haas.
  • …And, at a tight street circuit, with 20 turns…
  • …Well, it’s asking a lot.
  • Kvyat has stopped on track.
  • …The wheels of his Toro Rosso are experiencing some cloud cover.
  • …It’s a brutal circuit in brutal heat.
  • …This is just the start.
  • Just a reminder…
  • …Azerbaijan -is- “The Land of Fire”.
  • Verstappen radios with engine issues.
  • …They’ve retired him.
  • …Another engine failure for Red Bull.
  • We -are- under a Safety Car period.
  • …As Kvyat’s car remains stranded on track.
  • Box, box, box…
  • …And, box, box, box…
  • …And, box, box, box.
  • …A flurry of tire swaps during the Safety Car parade.
  • At Lap 15…
  • …Hamilton, Vettel, Perez, and Räikkönen lead.
  • …With Massa, Ocon, Stroll, Hülkenberg, Magnussen, and Ricciardo in the top ten.
  • …And, Alonso, Sainz, Vandoorne, Ericsson, Grosjean, Wehrlein, and Bottas (still) running.
  • …As Palmer, Kvyat, and Verstappen remain very much out.
  • Alonso has spend a good deal of time, full-on racing both Saubers.
  • …If you wanted a bizarre sentence to wrap your melon around.
  • …Just a reminder, Sauber is moving to Honda power (next year).
  • …So, guys, this could be your future.
  • Green light, go!
  • Force India is NOT fucking around!
  • …They’re flat-out taking on the Ferraris!
  • …Both Force Indias, both Ferraris!
  • Wait…
  • …Why is Safety Car being called (again)?
  • …Debris.
  • …Ferrari debris.
  • …Kimi’s trail of terror.
  • …Cars are being redirected through the pitlane.
  • …Anyway, now’s a solid time for a potty break.
  • …-shrugs-
  • What a fascinating non-race!
  • …Which will continue to get more fascinating…
  • …With a strong potential for even more non-action.
  • …As cars heat up, and tires cool down.
  • Vettel hit Hamilton!!!
  • …Under the Safety Car!!!
  • …He rear-ended him!!!
  • …Now, he’s pulled up alongside him, and is waving his hands!!!
  • …What the fucking fuck!!!
  • Green light!
  • Again!
  • …Force India!
  • …Oh!
  • …They’ve hit each other!!!
  • …Perez just slammed Ocon into the wall!!!
  • Shit from Vettel’s car just flew off!
  • What the fuck happened to Kimi’s car?!
  • …His rear-right is flapping.
  • …He’s radioed that it was debris.
  • Perez pits.
  • …They retire his car.
  • Kimi makes it to the pits.
  • …They pull him in.
  • Jesus fucking Christ.
  • Oh, there’s a Safety Car, by the way.
  • …With debris all over the goddamn track.
  • So…uh…at Lap 22 (of 51) (yeah, 51)…
  • …Hamilton, Vettel, Massa, and Stroll lead.
  • …Take your time, read that (again), if you need to.
  • …With Ricciardo, Hülkenberg, Magnussen, Alonso, Sainz, and Grosjean in the top ten.
  • …And, Ericsson, Vandoorne, Bottas, Ocon, and Wehrlein (still) very much in it.
  • …Potentially, to win it.
  • Alonso made a call to call a Red Flag…
  • …That it’s too dangerous to race with that much debris blowing around.
  • And, a Red Flag has been called.
  • …The Safety Car is leading all cars to the pits.
  • …While the circuit goes ‘Mommie Dearest’ on the surface.
  • …SCRUB!!!
  • …DOES THAT LOOK CLEAN TO YOU?!!!
  • …SCRUB!!!
  • Uuuhhh…
  • …We’re seeing replays of the Vettel/Hamilton incident…
  • …Vettel not only rear-ended Hamilton…
  • …After Hamilton slowed down…
  • ..And, not only pulled-up, alongside Hamilton…
  • …He (very blatantly) ran his front into Hamilton’s front.
  • …That…
  • …Is called “road rage”.
  • …Every angle is horrific.
  • …My opinion?
  • …They should both be penalized.
  • …And, Vettel should be hauled in to chat with the Stewards, his bosses, and everyone else…
  • …Their mothers, etc…
  • …AND, slapped with license penalty ticks.
  • …That was so unapologetically vicious.
  • …Wow.
  • Okay…
  • …Well…
  • …On a lighter note…
  • …Ocon’s car appears to be okay.
  • …And, they think they might be able to get Perez’s car (back) out.
  • Hamilton and Vettel are not chatting.
  • …Which is for the best.
  • …Just soundtrack it, ‘Kill Bill’ style.
  • There’s Magnussen, just looking around…
  • …He hasn’t done a thing wrong (today)…
  • …Just wondering, “What the fuck?”.
  • Perez is good to go.
  • …He’ll be way behind.
  • …Like, two laps.
  • …But, he gets to continue.
  • Okay, so, the Hamilton/Vettel incident…
  • …There’s an issue with what Hamilton was doing.
  • …Because, he had been instructed, very clearly, to make sure he maintains a 10-car distance from the Safety Car.
  • …Which would explain the slowing.
  • …Which is, honestly, and you know that I’m not on the letting Hamilton get away with shit train, what I saw.
  • …I saw Vettel rear-end him.
  • …Then go into full road rage mode.
  • …So, this will be interesting.
  • …So long as very strict precedent on this kind of bad behavior is set.
  • By the way, like Force India, Ferrari was able to bring Kimi’s car (back) to life.
  • …So, like Perez, he’ll be way behind.
  • …But, he’ll be in it.
  • …And, who knows.
  • …At this rate, they could end up on the podium.
  • …Jesus, what a race.
  • Ricciardo passes BOTH Williams!
  • …In one move!!!
  • Stroll passes Massa!
  • The Incredible Hülkenberg surges ahead!
  • Tons of action…
  • …With no incidents!
  • …Everyone’s sick of the bullshit.
  • Massa continues to drop.
  • …His car is not right.
  • Magnussen has zipped up to fifth!
  • Massa radios with his issues.
  • …Williams informs him that he has a broken rear damper.
  • Hülkenberg has problems.
  • …He’s pulled into the escape road.
  • So, after all that excitement…
  • …Massa and Hülkenberg are out.
  • Hülkenberg’s car was damaged by contact with the wall.
  • …In the passing frenzy.
  • Cars 7 and 11 are under investigation for working on their cars outside the fast lane…
  • …Blah, blah, blah…
  • …If there was an issue with it, they had plenty of time to halt it.
  • …Let’s focus on actual issues.
  • …The Hamilton/Vettel road rage incident would be a cool place to start.
  • Shots of Hamilton’s front-left.
  • …Joined by shots of the Mercedes mechanics, pointing at the feed, and putting their gear on.
  • …So…what’s up, there?
  • …Now, they’re radioing him, that his headrest is a bit loose…
  • …And, could he try to adjust it?
  • …What an interesting race.
  • …I did mention that anything could happen, and that most of it would, right?
  • …(Now, they’re suggesting that he give it a knock with his head.)
  • …(Which sounds like a rad idea…while racing.)
  • At Lap 31…
  • …Under a setting sun…
  • …On a heavily treed, downtown circuit…
  • …Hamilton, Vettel, Ricciardo, and Stroll lead.
  • …With Magnussen, Alonso, Ocon, Bottas, Sainz, and Grosjean in the top ten.
  • …And, Vandoorne, Ericsson, Wehrlein, Perez, and Räikkönen (still) in it to win it.
  • …Because…yeah.
  • Hamilton is called to box.
  • …To fix his shit.
  • 10-second stop/go penalty for Vettel.
  • …”Dangerous driving”.
  • …Oh, are you kidding me?
  • …Vettel wants to know what he did.
  • …He’s carrying on…
  • …He wants specifics.
  • …Dude, you rear-ended a car…
  • …Then, pulled-up alongside it…
  • …Waved your hands…
  • …And, turned right into it.
  • …Behind a Safety Car.
  • …Either he’s trying to play stupid…
  • …Or, he’s absolutely terrifying and a genuine danger to the field.
  • Vettel serves his penalty.
  • …And, comes out just ahead of Hamilton.
  • …In seventh.
  • Drive-through penalties for Kimi and Perez.
  • Hamilton radios to (Race Director) Charlie Whiting that a 10-second penalty isn’t enough.
  • …He’s right.
  • …Especially, with Vettel either denying it and playing stupid, or genuinely unaware of what he did.
  • Can I just point out that, at Lap 35, Ricciardo, Stroll, and Magnussen are in podium position?
  • …Ocon is in fourth.
  • Vettel, Hamilton, and Alonso are battling.
  • …Alonso isn’t interested in this bullshit, and WILL make life as miserable for them as he can.
  • …Vettel pulls ahead.
  • …He -will- be charging.
  • Grosjean radios that he thinks his brakes are gone.
  • …He will pit.
  • …He will be retired.
  • Alonso…
  • …”What a shame.  We could have won this race.”
  • …Oh, Fernando.
  • …Such a radio gem.
  • Ocon passes Magnussen.
  • Bottas follows Ocon.
  • The Saubers touch wheels.
  • …In the fight for 10th.
  • …Lead by Ericsson (at the moment).
  • Alonso is running in eighth, by the way.
  • I’m not comfortable with the Stroll onboard.
  • …It makes me nervous.
  • Bottas passes Ocon.
  • …For third.
  • …Coming back from that first lap disaster and damage.
  • Perez is being instructed to pull in for retirement.
  • …Perez responds, “Yeah, it’s quite broken.”
  • …Well, it wasn’t for a lack of trying.
  • …He’ll be back.
  • Vettel passes Ocon.
  • …Without hitting him.
  • …Which was very generous.
  • Hamilton passes Ocon.
  • …Lame.
  • …But, I mean, two multi-time World Champions had to fight to pass him.
  • …In a “mid-field” car.
  • …I think that says a lot.
  • Shot of (Red Bull boss) Christian Horner’s bounding foot.
  • …Covering his face with his hands.
  • Okay, I don’t like crashes, but…
  • …I mean…
  • …(Maybe) if Vettel and Hamilton could collide…
  • …And, a fight could break out…
  • …That could be something that could happen.
  • Alonso radios…
  • …”I have no battery, no power.”
  • …But, the team instructs him to carry on, hold ninth, bring their first points home.
  • Please, stop showing Stroll.
  • …It’s making me queasy.
  • Hamilton…
  • …That was interesting…
  • …He is suggesting that, if Bottas isn’t fighting for second…
  • …(Which, he is)…
  • …He should slow down a bit…
  • …To dirty-up Vettel’s air…
  • …So he can make a move on the Ferrari.
  • …Is there a gas leak on track?
  • …Hot damn, there’s a lot of batshit craziness going around.
  • Williams is calmly radioing Stroll…
  • …Four laps to go…
  • …Nice and easy…
  • …I imagine there’s someone screaming, “BREATHE, JUST BREATHE” over at Williams…
  • …Struggling to deal with what’s happening.
  • …As their 18-year-old driver just continues to do his job.
  • Kimi retires.
  • …Like Perez, there was no lack of trying involved.
  • Wehrlein has pulled ahead of Ericsson, by the way.
  • …In the race for 10th.
  • …10th being the final points position.
  • …If anyone out there was confused.
  • Final lap.
  • Ricciardo, Stroll, and Bottas are in podium position.
  • …Started in 10th, rookie who scored his first points last round, crashed to the back of the grid today.
  • I’m not comfortable with watching this.
  • BOTTAS PASSES STROLL AT THE LINE!!!
  • Jesus christ!!!
  • Okay…
  • Ricciardo (and, his shoes) come from 10th to take the win.
  • Bottas takes the longest way around, back to where he started from.
  • And, Stroll hangs on to become the youngest rookie podium-yoinker in F1 history.
  • With Vettel and Hamilton completing the top five.
  • Ocon, Magnussen, Sainz, Alonso, and Wehrlein survive the drama to take the remaining top-ten points.
  • …Yes, Alonso’s car finished.
  • …For McHonda’s first points this season.
  • …I mean, really, look at that crazy cast of characters.
  • And, you know, nothing but props to the rest of the surviving grid…
  • …Ericsson (who battled, back and forth, to the very end), Vandoorne, and Grosjean.
  • That…
  • …Was crazy.
  • …In the good way…
  • …AND, the bad way.
  • …Holy shit.
  • Dude…
  • …These guys can’t even.
  • …The top three are just smiling and laughing.
  • …Yeah, that happened.
  • …Stroll is providing sound effects.
  • …They’re (all) just having a great time, sharing their stories, laughing.
  • …Yes, even Bottas.
  • …That’s awesome.
  • Stroll’s dad is trying to get through to the front of the crowd.
  • And, even Helmut Marko is smiling.
  • “Dan ‘The Man’ Ricciardo”.
  • …Because, everything’s more fun with Ricciardo.
  • …What a great podium for Stroll to be a part of.
  • …No hostility.
  • …Guys who have (really) had to fight to get ahead.
  • …Whose minds are (still) being blown by successes.
  • Newsflash: Lance Stroll’s dad is unable to even.
  • On a related note…
  • …I bet Stroll’s going to be doing a shoey today.
  • That is a rad podium.
  • David Coulthard will be doing the podium interviews.
  • Ricciardo is laughing…
  • …”I got Max’s hat!”
  • …”Do you really care right now?”
  • …”No.”
  • …As he dangles one hat off the other…
  • …Then, goes about business as usual, as if he’s a normal human, looking normal.
  • Happy Midsummer, Valtteri.
  • …Let’s discuss you and Kimi.
  • …Good times.
  • Stroll…
  • …”I’m just lost for words right now.”
  • …”It was a hectic race…”
  • …This is what drivers should try to preserve.
  • …That feeling of excitement.
  • Coulthard is untying Ricciardo’s shoes.
  • It’s shoey time!!!
  • Stroll’s doing it!!!
  • …”It’s going to scar me for life.”
  • …He’s reporting that, “…there’s dirt in there, too!”.
  • Bottas has (literally) run away.
  • …Resisting, but adding to the comedy of it all.
  • Again, what a fun podium.
  • …F1 needs those when they can get them.
  • …And, this season is full of opportunities for more.
  • …It’s fair game for an open field.
  • Interview with Hamilton…
  • …He seems disappointed, but not upset.
  • …And, his take on the precedent set by Vettel’s actions is dead-on.
  • …The world was watching.
  • …It was bad.
  • …Really bad.
  • Interesting…
  • …Vettel has refused to do any interviews.
  • …I thought he’d gotten past this bullshit that had emerged out of nowhere last season.
  • …But, here we are.
  • …Get your shit together, Svettel.
  • …It’s not a good look.
  • -Deep breath-
  • …(Stroll got third.)
  • Well, Magnussen looks stoked.
  • …As he should.
  • …He had an awesome race.
  • …Running in podium position for a while.
  • …Maintaining points for Haas.
  • …Keeping some morale going, while they deal with their sophomore slump.
  • …(Which…they’re -still- doing well; and, as ‘sophomore slump’ entails, are -still- only in their second year.)
  • …Good-good-good.
  • Interview with Perez.
  • …Whose 30-million race finishes streak has come to an end.
  • …He’s not mad, just disappointed.
  • …Ocon needs to learn to leave a bit more room.
  • …An opportunity lost, but lots to learn and build on.
  • Onto Ocon…
  • …With the usual smile.
  • …Pretty much the same story.
  • …But, with a different view of their collision.
  • …So, there’s more to discuss at Force India.
  • …But, no one’s furious, they’re calm, they’ve got a good idea of what they need to fix.
  • …I think they can.
  • …Ocon’s young and needs some guidance.
  • …Nothing we haven’t seen with other top drivers, just starting out.
  • …Perez being one of them.
  • …So, they’ve got this.
  • …I’m very sure of it.
  • Ooohhh…Vettel.
  • …Whatcha got for us?
  • …Very little.
  • …Will Buxton is grilling him HARD.
  • …Vettel’s trying to talk around it, and Buxton’s not having it.
  • …He’s (really) been going for it lately.
  • …Before the race, McLaren’s Eric Boullier said that he didn’t see any reason why their cars shouldn’t finish.
  • …Buxton said, “I can give you two-and-a-half-years worth of reasons”.
  • …It was beautiful.
  • …He’s not being a dick, or anything.
  • …Just cutting through the crap and getting answers.
  • …And, I’m glad he’s been getting increased exposure on the international level.  He should.
  • …Say “hi” to the little American sports network, kids.
  • …(Insert Eileen Brennan, reintroducing herself at the end of ‘Murder by Death’ -here-)
  • …Also, I think we can (all) cut those two-and-a-half-years down to just the last few minutes of many of those races.
  • …And, don’t forget all the non-starts.
  • …Poor McLaren, and their unfortunate demonstration of insanity.
  • …Doing the same thing over and over again, with the same results, but expecting a magical change.
  • …Anyway, what you just saw (with Vettel) was a classic example of a person, getting cornered in a lie.
  • …It was just unraveling with every question.
  • …Which is very unfortunate.
  • …Now, THAT is very disappointing to see.
  • …VERY disappointing.
  • …I do expect more from Vettel.
  • …As a racer and a human being.
  • …I get it.
  • …But, at that point, why don’t you just say that you got pissed, had a rage black-out, did a shitty thing, and that there’s a lot to discuss, with his team, and regarding Safety Car procedures.
  • …Then, let’s party.
  • …Because, F1 can be fun, goddammit.
  • …Did you not see that podium?!
  • Okay, well, that’s that.
  • Let me just look to see if any Championship standings have been updated…
  • …(Then, I’ll go back and add-in that starting grid, et al.)
  • …(See how that works?)
  • …(I fucked up some shit, so I’m working to correct it as I go.  It’s cool.  No one gives a shit.)
  • The (current) Drivers’ Championship standings look exactly like this…
  • …#5 – Sebastian Vettel (DEU) – Ferrari – 153 / #44 – Lewis Hamilton (GBR) – Mercedes – 139
  • …#77 – Valtteri Bottas (FIN) – Mercedes – 111 / #3 – Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) – Red Bull – 92
  • …#7 – Kimi Räikkönen (FIN) – Ferrari – 73 / #33 – Max Verstappen (NLD) – Red Bull – 45
  • …#11 – Sergio Perez (MEX) – Force India – 44 / #31 – Esteban Ocon (FRA) – Force India – 35
  • …#55 – Carlos Sainz, Jr. (ESP) – Toro Rosso – 29 / #19 – Felipe Massa (BRA) – Williams – 20
  • …#27 – Nico Hülkenberg (DEU) – Renault – 18 / #18 – Lance Stroll (CAN) – Williams – 17
  • …#20 – Kevin Magnussen (DNK) – Haas – 11 / #8 – Romain Grosjean (FRA) – Haas – 10
  • …#94 – Pascal Wehrlein (DEU) – Sauber – 5 / #26 – Daniil Kvyat (RUS) – Toro Rosso – 4
  • …#14 – Fernando Alonso (ESP) – McLaren – 2 / #30 – Jolyon Palmer (GBR) – Renault – 0
  • …#9 – Marcus Ericsson (SWE) – Sauber – 0 / #2 – Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL) – McLaren – 0
  • …#36 – Antonio Giovinazzi (ITA) – Sauber – 0 / #22 – Jenson Button (GBR) – McLaren – 0
  • And, the (current) Constructors’ Championship standings look like this…
  • …Mercedes – 250 / Ferrari – 226 / Red Bull – 137 / Force India – 79
  • …Williams – 37 / Toro Rosso – 33 / Haas – 21 / Renault – 18
  • …Sauber – 5 / McLaren – 2
  • Next up…
  • …The track limits open up in Austria.
  • …Which will kick off (with the first two Practice sessions) on July 7th.
  • …And, after all this weirdness and unfortunateness, I have no idea where it will go.
  • …Guess there’s only one way to find out.
  • Catch you on the flip side!
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