“We’re not idiots”
The debate will rage on amongst the Hamfosi and those who consider Lewis partly culpable for the debacle in Monaco that led to Lewis Hamilton losing the race.
However, normal service was resumed yesterday in Canada when Mercedes racked up their fourth 1-2 of the 2015 season.
After the race, Toto Wolff observed: “The calls we made on the pitwall today were faultless – the execution was really good, so we’re not always idiots. It’s very rare, because today was very tight. We needed to keep concentrated.
“If you have a weekend like Monaco, it’s difficult to digest and come out of it in a good way.
“The team needed that result today. Lewis’s race engineer ‘Bono’ [Peter Bonnington] lost his father a couple of days ago, and we wanted to keep that out of the public, and it’s important not to get dragged into a black hole – because we still finished first and third in Monaco.”
The team micro managed their drivers home whilst both were apparently suffering issues. Lewis Hamilton admitted his new engine settings were probably more “thirsty” than Rosberg’s, whilst Nico was advised regularly during the race that his brakes were marginal.
The real Alonso steps up
Fernando Alonso wants a third world title before he retires. Many believe he is the best driver of his generation and deserves another drivers’ championship, though Bernie Ecclestone said today this will not happen.
The Spaniard not known for his tact and diplomacy, has so far this year been remarkably reserved in his criticism of the MP4-30 and the team’s new engine partner Honda. However today, Alonso’s frustrations boiled over for the whole world to see.
Fernando admitted disobeying team orders to save fuel during the early part of the 2015 Canadian GP, and claimed the team looked like “amateurs”.
“I don’t want, I don’t want,” Alonso protested on the radio when told to save fuel. “I have really big problems now, driving with these and looking like amateurs.
“So I race and then I concentrate on the fuel.”
Alonso claimed after the race that he intended to save the fuel later on, but was circumspect whether in fact this would become necessary.
“We had to save a lot of fuel at this track, and right from the first lap I was told to save fuel, but I was in the middle of a few battles.
“We are 35 km/h behind Ferrari on the straights, we had to save fuel, we had to save tyres because we were stopping once, and I was fighting with them.
“After two or three message I told them to let me fight now and have some fun and then I’ll save fuel at the end of the race when were are alone.”
Despite this public confrontation with the team, Alonso reverted to type when speaking after the race.
“This year we are paying the price of it being the first year and having a lot of things to do, but otherwise I’d be here talking about having finished fifth or sixth.
“I believe in this project. I’m enjoying the experience. Everything I see has coherence and optimism for the future, which is something I couldn’t see before. So, patience.”
Following the race, Jenson was asked if the team was moving in the right direction and whether “things were getting better?”
An ironic tweet from Alonso ensued.
How low can you go?
Daniel Ricciardo ploughs his own furrow in an F1 world where being a corporate clone is the model for a driver. The grinning Aussie has taken on the mantle from his countryman Mark Webber, who never played the political correctness game – and said what he thought.
When interviewed after the 2015 Canadian GP, Ricciardo was unable to help himself from laughing. Though this merriment was not born out of any kind of joy, like from his win here last year, but rather from incredulity.
Ricciardo finished a lowly thirteenth, just 19 seconds from being two laps down on the winner of the race.
The Aussie was asked if this was a new low point in his Formula One career.
“After today I think so, I hope so. I thought we’d reached the low point but today was a new one. Hopefully it’s only up from here.”
The Canadian GP appears to be a ‘Monte Carlo or bust” experience for Ricciardo. He recalled his final year with Toro Rosso to illuminate the point
“Nothing works, we didn’t have pace, it’s nearly a mirror race of 2013 for me. [Then team-mate] Jean-Eric [Vergne] was sixth, his best result of the season, and I was like 15th and we were like a second slower and didn’t really have any answers for it. Then the year after I win and now I’m struggling to keep up with anyone on track so I don’t know, I mean at the moment all I can do is laugh because race cars are complicated. Some days you don’t understand them.
“Unfortunately we haven’t really got on top of it all weekend but we didn’t expect to be that slow in the race. That was interesting, I mean obviously I knew I wasn’t fighting for points but I was still pushing and trying to get as much as I could out of it. It was just one of those races where you’re going round and round an yeah, like, I don’t know. It’s like banging your head against the wall, just nothing good’s coming out of it.”
The Russian driver has indeed turned his fortunes around over the past two races where he has finished ahead of Ricciardo. Two months ago, the word in the Red Bull family was that Kvyat could find himself making way for Max Verstappen, by the time the F1 circus resumed following the summer break.
Whilst still behind, Kvyat now has 19 points to Ricciardo’s 35