To tell a Grand Prix you can use analysis and rankings, numbers and words. Images that converge in the most beautiful one: the podium celebrations, where the riders become children again and are covered in champagne. Reminding us that this, in the end, is a sport, and as such it should be interpreted: seriously, but having fun. A new format starts from the podium and from this spirit, where the three promoted and three rejected of the various F1 Grand Prix will be chosen: this is the turn of Great Britain.
F1 | British GP 2021, the podium of the promoted
|1. Charles Leclerc|
|2. And it is a clash||3. Fernando Alonso|
1. Charles Leclerc. The consecration of a driver almost always happens with the victory of a World Championship: it is the presence in the history book that usually makes you someone in Formula 1. Charles Leclerc is instead succeeding in the enterprise of being remembered without the ornament of a crown . He will have time to conquer it, it is clear, but this two-year period of purgatory is doing well for Charles: the more angular features of his driving exuberance are becoming more and more filed, vice versa his reflexivity is growing. It is maturing, in simple terms. Clear, he will never go to Zen monasteries, but no one asks him. He takes his head at the only opportunity available. And it would keep it, despite the engine cuts and a Ferrari that in theory shouldn’t host such nobility. Hamilton disagrees and ruins the party with three laps to go. He has been looking for caresses and slaps for two years. This hurts particularly badly, but it doesn’t cancel out an extraordinary performance, from 10. Without considering the qualification. With him, and luckily with other colleagues, you end up getting used to the extraordinary.
2. And it is a clash. Let’s start from the serious things: Verstappen is fine, he has been discharged from the hospital. Let’s continue with the more futile ones: the one between the Dutchman and Hamilton is an incident that will make people talk for years and probably marks the new chapter of their rivalry. The most combative one. They are opinions, mind you: everyone has their own idea about racing. The writer prefers a Formula 1 with less white gloves and more blood in the eyes, provided that avoidable accidents are avoided and the foot is lifted if the alternative is to send the opponent to the infirmary. Until now they had studied, smelled, sometimes provoked. Now they are hit, and hard: going out at 300 km / h at the Copse, with a side impact of 51G, leaves psychological waste. It is impossible for them to look at themselves now as they did until Saturday: if there is peace it will only be in words. The Red Bull driver will be a Toro who will see Red at every Grand Prix. The first arena is very special: the Hungaroring. Where in theory it could not be surpassed. After yesterday, every corner could be good.
3. Fernando Alonso. 40 years in ten days. No I say, 40. Four-zero. At the start of the Sprint Qualifying he dines with ease McLaren, Sainz, Perez, Vettel, Russell: from 11th to fifth in not even one lap. In the end he is seventh, on Saturdays and Sundays. He is hungrier than the twenties, and to say that it is not coming on a soggy youth.
F1 | British GP 2021, the failed podium
|1. Sergio Perez|
|2. Valtteri Bottas||3. Give us the pole back|
3. Give us the pole back. At the cost of going old, I launch an appeal that will in any case be less considered than Franco Selvaggi at the 1982 World Cup. However, while we’re here … give the pole back to those who set the fastest lap in qualifying. The Sprint Qualification can be an interesting idea if detailed and not inflated (as I fear it will happen as early as 2022), but it cannot give pole position, it is simply out of context. Pole has always been the prize for the perfect lap, not for those in front of the first corner.
2. Valtteri Bottas. The choice was between him and Vettel, because the first is a no-contest and the third needed a preaching on pole. They almost make you tenderness for the slaps they have taken in the last two years, you never want to put them among the worst, but at Silverstone they put a lot of effort. He wins by a Valtteri glue, because at least Seb’s difficulties are endogenous, self-provoking. Bottas not only goes slowly, but lifts his foot in command of the radio teams, although he is now at the end of the race with the Mercedes. Yet his name is Vallteri, not Alexa. Then, Leclerc passes it and does not react; Norris passes him and does not react, he passes him only for a problem at the pit stop. Never an initiative to get out of the quicksand: if he started last he would come from the parts of Giovinazzi, more or less. He only travels on one track, if he misses that goodnight too. Which would also be acceptable, as long as you are a meat grinder on good days. If, on the other hand, when it suits you, you win a third place even with Verstappen and Perez out of the game and with your partner penalized, well you understand.
1. Sergio Perez. The worst for posting, he doesn’t get zero just because he showed up on the starting grid. A bit like in classwork, when the minimum mark in the report cards was ensured by putting your name and surname. On Friday he takes the usual sidereal detachment from Verstappen and (due to the track limits) is also beaten by Leclerc. On Saturday he loses two positions at the start, then spins and retires at the end of the Sprint Qualifying. On Sunday he starts from the pit lane and is forced to pit stops to overtake from Gasly upwards. Not happy, in Red Bull they stop him to take away the point and at the same time take it away from Hamilton, looking for the fastest lap. Just to clarify what the priorities are. If there was a Grand Chelem of horror, Perez would have done +1.
What are yours? And above all, why?