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An ‘emotional rollercoaster’ of a weekend is one of my least favourite similes thanks in no small part to its broad overuse by the media and dramatic outlets alike. However, in the case of Lewis Hamilton’s 2014 British Grand Prix I feel it is fully warranted due to the fluctuating fortunes the Stevenage man enjoyed. The highs and lows experienced tied in well with a literary technique, which will make the Mercedes team battle an easily sellable story in the future as it seemed ‘pathetic fallacy’ was well and truly in order this weekend.
The literary term links human emotion to changes in nature, mostly weather, which happened to fit well with the British summertime and Hamilton’s nature this race weekend. Friday was a mixed bag for Hamilton as he set the fastest time in FP2 before the weather and his fortunes soured. We all know what happened on Saturday as he opted to dive into the pits before lady luck shined on him on Sunday as he took the chequered flag.
Whether he would have taken the honours had Rosberg’s gearbox not refused to change is a contentious matter, as it is nigh on impossible to decipher through information and integrate it with more elements of luck and speculation to come out with a scientific answer. One thing is for certain and that being that we were robbed of what would have been an almighty battle for the win. Although, if sacrificing this race was the requirement to have a genuine Championship battle back on again then it seems a worthy price to pay. This game of chess is far from running its course.
So what really happened?
Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton: So many people have tried to dissect this battle and see who would have triumphed. Ultimately, Hamilton retains the race win as it is difficult to prove he would not have won. Rosberg is awarded 2nd place after some bad luck finally came his way.
Sergio Perez and JEV: As their opening lap misdemeanour went down as a racing incident nothing is changed there. Not a happy hunting ground for the Mexican in recent years!
Kimi Raikkonen, Felipe Massa and Max Chilton: One had a poor start, one tried to hang onto a position when they should have yielded and one was lucky to not be injured as an innocent bystander. In truth, Massa was already a long way back after a poor getaway and what effect it had on (Super) Max Chilton’s race was small compared to his unfortunate pit lane entrance timing. Kimi should have yielded instead of trying to go around the outside of the corner onto the Wellington straight. Massa is reinstated to 9th, as the Force India and Toro Rosso cars would have been relatively easy picking given the lap times Bottas was able to put in.
Esteban Gutierrez and Pastor Maldonado: It’s not often that there is an incident that Pastor is involved in where he is entirely innocent, but the Venezuelan has been behaving well recently. A desperate lunge from Gutierrez was only ever going to end one way – badly. Maldonado is reinstated to 15th position.
Marcus Ericsson: Nothing much that the Swedish driver could have done. Hopefully for the green team a change in ownership will bring a change in fortune. Ericsson is awarded 20th place.
This leaves the revised results table looking like this:
|Revised Race Position||Driver||Result comparison||Points||Points Difference||Grid Position|
|21||Esteban Gutierrez||= RETIRED||0||=||19||21|
|22||Kimi Raikkonen||= RETIRED||0||=||18||22|
Below, the revised World Drivers’ Championship:
|Driver||Revised WDC||WDC Points Difference|
*Those with 0 points will not be ordered
What they would have said
When you are being broadcast to an entire nation or an even bigger audience then you are constantly vulnerable to criticism. Some may take a more conservative manner to avoid saying something which would be open to ridicule on review. This was not the case for Ben Edwards commentating on the BBC live broadcast as he said Vettel needed to “prove himself” as he looked to overtake Fernando Alonso.
The fact that he should question a four time world champion’s worth speaks volumes. As if, had he not been able to pass Alonso he would have tarnished his reputation. Some common sense commentary is required here.
Had Rosberg won or finished second, he would head into his home Grand Prix (or not, depending on who you ask) with a comfortable lead in the Championship (22 or 36 points). He would have all but guaranteed that he would finish the German Grand Prix weekend leading the standings. The fact Hamilton could regain the lead in the Championship at his teammate’s home race would be a major coup for him. What a race we have in store then!
Quote of the Day
The American novelist Jodi Picoult, from New York, wrote in Vanishing Acts “Is Fate getting what you deserve, or deserving what you get?”
This could apply to so many cases recently in Formula One, but the British Grand Prix seemed the most fitting for it. The home fans favourite Lewis Hamilton ‘got what he deserved’ by not making the final lap of Q3. However, nobody can deny he ‘deserved what he got’ on Sunday – especially given what happened in 2013.