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[For those who are new to the page; TJ13 attempts to remove certain aspects of the race to give a fairer reflection of the race result.]
A good time to be German some might say, or Finnish, or indeed both! Nico Rosberg proved it did not matter what super licence he drove under, he was in a league of his own out front and never looked in danger of not taking the race win. He was, of course, aided by the lack of certain Briton at the front but he took full advantage of the situation. While many in the media were caught up propelling superlatives in the direction of Hamilton, Rosberg was the forgotten man of the race. It was another race with less stress on his powertrain as he coasted from lights to flag, which could count for more towards the end of the season.
So what really happened?
Lewis Hamilton: As per the rules, what happens in qualifying does not affect the outcome of the Victims report. Whether he would have challenged Nico for pole is a debate for another time, but Lewis’ do or die lunges down the inside gained him so many places, but probably cost him the chance to take 2nd place as well. He remains 3rd.
Felipe Massa and Kevin Magnussen: The expression ‘6 and two 3s’ comes to mind here as once again the Brazilian found himself out of the race on the first lap, although in this instance he was not entirely blameless. It wrecked both of their afternoons, but in the end was ruled a racing incident. Both remain with their original results.
Nico Hulkenberg: The overheating of his car was a cause for concern which cost him time. In the end, it probably would not have made a great deal of difference as the pace simply was not there in the car this weekend. He remains in position.
Daniil Kvyat: The inferno wagon that the Russian parked at the edge of turn 10 was nothing to do with the young pilot, whose petulant kick at the Armco barrier summed up how he was feeling. His attempted pass of Perez around the outside showed his experience as he should have given that one up well before he was sent into a spin. He is reinstated to 15th place.
Romain Grosjean: Such a promising weekend turned sour as the Frenchman was forced to once again park up his E22 before race distance. He is reinstated to 14th place.
Adrian Sutil: An unfortunately positioned spin left the stewards with some head scratching as they were forced to consider whether to deploy the safety car or not. They did not and took a risk that paid off, but why did they not lean to the side of caution here? Had steward been injured there would have been uproar from fans and the media alike. A brakes failure that Sutil could do little about, so is reinstated to 16th position.
Daniel Ricciardo: The smiley Aussie’s race was ruined by taking avoiding action of the tumbling Williams of Felipe Massa. He is moved up to 5th place after being in the wrong place at the wrong time – a true Victim of Circumstance.
This leaves the revised results table looking like this:
|Revised Race Position||Driver||Result comparison||Points||Points Difference||Grid Position|
|21||Marcus Ericsson||-3||0||=||Pit Lane||21|
|22||Felipe Massa||= RETIRED||0||=||3||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
Daniel Ricciardo was the only driver to opt for the outside of the colliding pair of Magnussen and Massa, at turn 1. It is possible to argue he was pushed out there by his teammate, although more race experience would have said do not try and go around the outside. It is perhaps a rare showing of his relative inexperience.
Those who alluded to the daring nature of Lewis Hamilton and how brave he was during the race were almost made to eat their words on many an occasion. The Briton rode his luck as he escaped from the race with 15 points – 15 more than it could have been. He was unhappy with the result following the race, but how unhappy would he have been if he came away with nothing?
11 points is the difference at the top as they head into the final round before the summer break. As for the much smaller gap between the pole time for Rosberg and the rest of the field, Hungary could be an intriguing race should either one of the Williams pair take pole position. Another track where passing is difficult, if either Bottas or Massa take pole could we see a Williams car on the top step of the podium?
Quote of the Day
This week’s quote comes from Lincoln Chafee, the US politician who became the 74th Governor of Rhode Island on 4th January 2011. He said, “Trust is built with Consistency.”
Trusting in your brakes, trusting in your team and trusting in your fellow competitors were all shown this weekend. Lewis Hamilton trusted his brakes, which failed and sent him hurtling into the barriers at high speeds. Fernando Alonso continued to trust in his team, though the Ferrari designers look once again to have failed him in delivering something remotely competitive – even with the upgrades that came. Felipe Massa trusted in his car to protect him as he was sent into a spin at the first corner as Magnussen made a desperate lunge more akin to a more junior formula. Although, did Massa really expect the Dane just to back out?