Deja Vu…

Rate the Race and driver of the weekend 2017 Round 18, Mexico

Rate the race: Mean Reader score 6.84

This year’s race scored slightly higher than last year (6.45) and much higher than 2015 (4.70)

With Hamilton being 66 points ahead of nearest rival Vettel, a good race for Vettel (i.e. a win) was crucial to keep the championship going until the next race. Putting in a stunning qualifying  lap in Q3, Vettel took his 50th career pole and it looked as if the WDC could indeed continue in Brazil. However this optimism was short lived with a collision between Verstappen and Vettel taking off some of Vettel’s front wing and another between Vettel and Hamilton taking off the rest, lap one ended with the two championship leaders in the pits. Vettel had his damaged wing replaced and Hamilton his punctured tyre. Hamilton came out P20 and Vettel in P19. The rest of the race saw Vettel move up from P19 to P4 and Hamilton progress from P20 to P9, which was enough to secure his fourth WDC.

Ocon qualified in P6 and finished in P5: Ricciardo, Hulkenberg, Hartley, Ericsson and Sainz didn’t finish at all, Verstappen finished first and Alonso reminded us what great racing he could provide if only he could get himself a decent car. Vettel had to make do with the F1 Driver of the Day and Fastest lap awards.

Driver of the Weekend: Max Verstappen (60.38% of reader vote)

Determined to make up for not getting onto the podium last time out and with nothing to lose,  Verstappen set off like a Red Bull in a China shop, getting into P1 by turn one and staying there for the rest of the race. His team told him to slow down, to no avail as he didn’t listen. It was win or bust, making this his third ‘just beautiful’ career win. Well done Max!!



(Q: is the Kvyat effect real or is it all just a series of fortuitous coincidences?)


One response to “Deja Vu…

  1. I agree with Max getting the driver award, BUT can see the nuances that would cause one to chose Esteban, Lance, KMag, Lewis or Fernando. Honorable mention to Filipe, Pierre and Brendon. Marcus even gets a partial thumbs up 🙂

    Which also leads to my puzzlement over a mere race vote of 6.84. So many great stories and results and battles that were not expected. Old school here, but I thought there were just enough technical retirements to add to the show – not so much for the hapless drivers nor teams involved… and how about that short-lived Master class exhibition by Daniel after being in left field on Sat?? Too bad we did not get to actually SEE it, but sheer brilliance by the numbers.

    I usually pull for the underdogs, but have always been impressed by “that guy” and team who can grab the bull (no pun intended) by the horns on a given day and dominate.

    To me, this was realistically an 8.5 to 9 race. I voted 10 because I felt it was the best F1 race by far in many, many years!!

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