How dominant are Mercedes in F1?
Lewis Hamilton in his Mercedes destroyed any kind of opposition in the British GP qualifying. He was 0.3 quicker than his team mate Valtteri Bottas and over one second faster than anyone else. This is beyond domination.
To be very frank, we need both Mercedes cars to start from the pitlane today and then watch them pass the field and even lap them to have any form of excitement for the win. I said it after the Hungarian GP that I predict that the Merc cars will lap the entire field at Silverstone. We know that Max Verstappen in his Red Bull will do everything he is capable of but I don't think it will be nearly enough to challenge the might of the Mercedes drivers.
Gary formato and I looked at various aspects of F1 on The F1PitBox on Thursday night. Here is the link to check it out. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EntHKhSm67g We discuss the problems at Ferrari, the domination of Mercedes as well as the copying of parts and cars in F1. Give it a watch. Here are some of their astonishing stats :
Out of the 117 races since the beginning of the turbo era in 2014, Mercedes have won 86 races, making it a win percentage of 73.5%
They have taken a staggering 92 pole positions so far out of 117 races since 201, implying a percentage of 78.6%. In 2016, thing went a bit more crazy when they took 20 out of 21 pole positions. In terms of podiums, they have taken a total of 174 podiums from a possible 234. The numbers just speak for themselves.
Rumour in the paddock is that Kimi is going to retire at the end of this season. I will be sad if he does but given the machinery he is trying to compete in I cannot blame him. With the lack of power from the Ferrari engine a team like Alfa Romeo are always going to suffer in the aero department due to lack of budget and development.
The Hulk is back
Nico Hulkenberg is back in F1. Perhaps 1 race or maybe both at Silverstone. He is deputising for Sergio Perez who has been tested positive for Covid-19. Although much has been expected from the Racing Point at Silverstone, they didn't really get the qualifying result many expected. Hulkenberg didn't make it into Q3 and Stroll only achieved that feat by setting the exact same time as Pierre Gasly but doing it before the unlucky Frenchman.
Qualifying and Penalties
George Russell in his Williams made it into Q3 for the third race in a row just showing his sublime talent. Unfortunately he did receive a 5 place grid penalty for not yielding under a yellow flag incident. Daniil Kvyat will also lose 5 places on the grid due to a gearbox change in his Alpha Tauri.
Perhaps one of the surprises of qualifying was Charles Leclerc in his Ferrari. The car looks so difficult to drive yet the young Leclerc managed to be faster than the Racing Point and was only a touch slower than Max Verstappen, In race pace Leclerc will have a tough time keeping Mclaren and RP behind him but expect a gritty drive from him. Vettel has had a terrible weekend with all sorts of problems and that is compounded even more as he will start on the softer Pirelli tyre in the race which will be a significant advantage for about 3 laps and then he will be a sitting duck.
Watch out for the Mclaren's. I believe they will be very strong today. I expect a great battle between Ferrari, Racing Point and Mclaren this afternoon.
And my pick to make it in the points is with Pierre Gasly.
Enjoy the race.