The British Grand Prix has been run at Silverstone for 33 years and it never fails to deliver a dramatic race weekend. We saw a dramatic late return to F1 for Nico Hulkenberg after Sergio Perez tested positive for coronavirus just coming into the weekend. On the track, there were plenty of spins, the lap record kept tumbling in Qualifying but the ultimate talking point after the Grand Prix was the tyres after a host of tyre deflations. That is where this review will begin.
Tyre manufacturer Pirelli has a mixed relationship with Silverstone and that revealed itself again in the final stages. Daniil Kvyat had already crashed out earlier in the race to bring out the second Safety car after a rear right tyre deflation before Valtteri Bottas suffered a similar deflation on the front left. Carlos Sainz too suffered a suffer deflation and the race leader, Lewis Hamilton, on the final lap. Hamilton managed to get it to the finish line, I don’t know how he did it. This is not the first time though. 2017 saw the Ferrari’s of Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel suffer late deflations in quick succession while in 2013, no less than six drivers suffered tyre blowouts.read more
Well, hello there! Welcome to my new trial of writing on F1 Grand Prix weekends. I have decided on splitting my writing into two pieces after considering feedback that some of my pieces are too long and almost a length of a dissertation. This is a trial layout so any feedback would be great appreciated and please feel free to comment.
It is the final race before the F1 drivers go on their 4-week summer break and usually marks the half-time period of the season as the teams also close down their factories for two weeks. The FIA sporting regulations insist on every team doing this at some stage during the season in order to prevent any team gaining an unfair advantage in terms of time worked on the cars. Although in terms of race laps completed the halfway point of the season was lap 35 in Hungary this is the half way point for the drivers where they can take their extended break. However, before then, they must navigate the Hockenheimering (I will from here on in be using the much shorter ‘Hockenheim’ when referring to this site) for the German Grand Prix.read more
The eight round of the 2016 F1 World Championship took place last weekend with the Grand Prix of Europe. This time, the Grand Prix was held in the capital of Azerbaijan: Baku. The Grand Prix of Europe first took its place in the official F1 Championship in 1983 and since then with the inclusion of Baku has been hosted at 6 different circuits. The first three venues of were Donnington Park (where Ayrton Senna memorably won in 1993), Brands Hatch in Britain and Jerez in Spain. After that, 1999-2007 saw the race held annually at the Nurburgring in Germany perhaps due to
the successes of Michael Schumacher; indeed his 6 victories in this event is the record. It was Fernando Alonso’s championship successes of 2005 and 2006 that saw the Grand Prix move from Germany to the Valencia Street circuit which held races from the 2008 season until 2012. It seems fitting that the last victor of a European Grand Prix was Fernando Alonso, driving in his home country for Ferrari in 2012.
Last time out in Canada, Lewis Hamilton won the 70 lap Grand Prix from pole but faced a huge battle with the two-stopping Sebastien Vettel (a strategy which proved costly) who had beaten both Mercedes cars into
turn one despite starting third. In the struggle to turn 1, Hamilton forced his team mate Nico Rosberg off the track and with a mountain to climb. Despite being in 10th place by the end of the first sector of the race, Rosberg fought back to finish 5th even with a huge spin on the penultimate lap. Elsewhere, Valtteri Bottas secured his first podium finish of the season for Williams while Max Verstappen made amends for his Monaco horror show to bring an underpowered Red Bull home in 4th. The rest of my thoughts on this weekend can be found here. The race left the Championship standings as thus…
After the F1 roadshow left Montreal and travelled 5,500 miles within a week, they were welcomed by the Baku Street Circuit which organisers claimed to be the fastest street circuit! The circuit itself was designed by circuit designer Hermann Tilke; making this his 8th circuit on the F1 calendar after Sepang, the A1 Ring, Bahrain, Shanghai, Sochi, The Circuit of the Americas and Sochi. Just like his last circuit; Tilke had little space to work with designing a track around as well as being briefed to design a circuit that would showcase the best features of Baku and also produce a spectacle. What he delivered is certainly interesting with its tight,read more