Nanotech Advanced Windscreen Technology F1 Report – France 2021
What a weekend of Motorsport we had. Before I chat F1, just a few notable mentions
What a day for the Van Der Linde brothers at Monza this past weekend. In the first race on Saturday, Kelvin finished a credible 6th in his first ever race but on Sunday Kelvin took a stunning Pole for the 2nd Race and raced home to a brilliant win. Sheldon qualified 3rd and at one stage it was a one two for the brothers but Sheldon dropped back to 4th at the end. Well done Kelvin, a win in DTM and on your 25th birthday. Sensational.
And then we had aF1 in France at the Paul Ricard Circuit. After the 2019 snoozefest of a race, many were expecting another processional race. If you missed it, well you missed out on a classic race between two brilliant drivers. Lewis and Max were outstanding yesterday and Perez and Bottas also put up a great showing as well.
A mistake at turn 1 by Max Verstappen let Lewis Hamilton through into the lead and the race was on. The Red Bull Team were just more aware of the situation than Mercedes this weekend and got all their calls right.
Early rain in the morning had washed away all the rubber laid down by the F1 cars over all the sessions and the track was much “greener” than many expected. What this means is that the grip levels are much lower than they would have been had their been F1 tyre rubber on the track. This caught many out and caused much higher tyre degradation that was expected.
Ferrari’s Charles Le Clerc was first to Pit and Red Bull saw the major difference in the grip levels on a different tyre and immediately called Verstappen in. Lewis stayed out for a lap longer and that extra lap cost Hamilton the lead as Red Bull managed the undercut.
Lewis Pushed Max and Verstappen said that there was no way that he could manage the pace and the tyre deg until the end. It was a huge gamble but Red Bull decided to change their strategy and called Max Verstappen in again which dropped the Dutchman down to 4th place behind Perez, Bottas and Hamilton.
In a display of driving reminiscent of Michael Schumacher, Max Verstappen just pumped in quickest lap one after another and passed both Perez and Bottas with ease. The hunt and the race victory was on. Hamilton had tyres that were very worn and Max was on a charge. With a lap and a half to go, Verstappen caught and passed the 7 time world champion and went on to win a memorable French GP.
Many people claiming a new champion already. Hey, slow down, we have had 7 races, the points difference is 12 and we have at least 15 races to go. Calm down already and let’s enjoy race by race.
The Ugly, The Bad and the Good
The Ugly – All 3 Ferrari powered teams had a shocking race. Ferrari qualified 5th and 7th and both drivers finished way out side the points. Leclerc made an extra sop and even finished behind George Russell in the Williams. Alfa Romeo and HAAS just did the best they could. Whether it was tyre issues or just lack of power, the 3 teams have a lot of work to do for this weekend’s Styrian GP at the Red Bull Ring.
The Bad – Although the two Mclaren drivers of Norris and Ricciardo finished 5th and 6th, they were more that 50 seconds down the road from the top 4 drivers. This is very worrying for all the teams besides Mercedes and Red Bull.
The Good : George Russell finishing 12th for Williams was a superb effort by the talented Brit.
Both Aston Martin cars in the points with Vettel showing some great form again. Pierre Gasly just is a superstar and deserves a better drive going forward. Alonso turned back the years and his experience kept him in the points as well.
It was a stunning battle of strategy and sublimely fast racing in France by Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen. Bottas was also very much in it for the first part of the race but his tyres let him down or was it the team?. Well done to Max Verstappen and Red Bull Racing for their first double podium of the season with Perez passing Bottas to snatch 3rd.
This week the teams make their ways to the Red Bull Ring for a double header labelled at the Styrian GP and then the Austrian GP.
Let’s go Racing !