F1 Conundrums, No3: Formula 1 in general – This is the third in what was meant to be an occasional series of articles where an incident is chosen and then aspects of that incident considered from different perspectives, often with conflicting outcomes, and the reader would be asked their opinion on the outcome.
This week’s race had a lot of options as to which conundrum to choose, therefore I lumped them all together and called it F1.
This weekend saw the inaugural GP of the Sakhir GP circuit, the second consecutive GP to be held in the Bahrain International Racing Complex.
Last week we saw the classic GP track being used, which was 5.4km long, with 15 corners and two DRS zones. This week, to try to have a different race the ‘outer’ circuit was deployed, which linked turns 4 and 13 of the GP circuit, to cut a big chunk of the track. The outer circuit was reduced to 5.4km and eight corners.
After last week’s horrific crash, Romain Grosjean was unable to race and was replaced at Haas by Pietro Fittipaldi (grandson of former F1 Champion Emerson). Lewis Hamilton tested positive for Corona Virus and was unable to race. His place at Mercedes was taken by George Russell, vacating a seat at Williams, which was filled by Jack Aitkin.
Recipe for disaster? Lots of short fast laps, with 20 cars on track, two rookies, and an (albeit very talented) driver in the fastest car on the grid who had never scored a point in F1. Well, that wasn’t the half of it.
This race opened a can of worms to put it mildly, namely:
- Is Hamilton’s dominance due to a) His Ability (i.e he is the GOAT – aka Greatest of all time) or b) The Car (Mercedes is fastest on the grid and ‘anybody’ could win in it).
- Does Charles Leclerc EVER learn from his mistakes? Vettel complained last week (very vocally) about him diving into spaces which don’t exist and Vettel had to take evasive action to avoid a crash, effectively ruining his race).
- How does it feel for a potential race winner (Max Verstappen) to have his race ruined by an inexperienced, hot headed, aggressive young driver in Leclerc?
- Why does Sergio Perez not have a seat in F1 next year?
- Will Perez replace Albon at Red Bull?
- How will the outcome of this race affect Hamilton’s negotiations at Mercedes for 2021?
- Will Hamilton still be at Mercedes next year?
- Will George Russell be at Williams next year?
- Will Bottas be at Mercedes next year?
- Was Mercedes really using the last few races as practice for 2022?
- Why did the Mercedes pit crew suddenly forget how to change a set of wheels?
- What would have been the outcome if Mercedes hadn’t messed up their pit stop?
- Why has Ferrari STILL not managed to learn how to do a half-decent pit stop?
The list goes on and on. (Far too long for each question to be answered in this one article), still, that won’t stop readers from having their own opinion on each point. Good luck!