I haven’t done an F1 post in quite a while! This is partly due to the fact that, if truth be told, I’ve slightly lost interest in the sport. I think it’s become rather boring this year. That’s not to mean I don’t follow it… I do but not quite as fanatical as I used to be. Anyhow! I couldn’t let this week slip past without commenting on the British GP.
If truth be told I’ve found this years season to be boring! In fact I’m not the only one to have said this – seems to be the general consensus. The Sky Sports team were debating it and asking Bernie how the sport could be fixed.
Now of course there was no way I could actually get to see the race ‘in real life’ this year (baby 2 due today!). I mean as much as I’d love to go I really didn’t want to risk giving birth at Silverstone or worse yet stuck in traffic on the way back! This being said, I couldn’t miss the British GP! Being a Brit (and therefore biased) I firmly believe this to be the highlight of the calendar – with possibly Monaco as a second.
And I am so glad I did watch it live as I could still participate on Twitter without finding out the result. It was a fantastic race! The race started off incredibly with Massa jetting the jump on Hamilton at the start. Also, Bottas also got the jump on Rosberg leading him to also passing Hamilton. So within a couple of corners it was a Williams 1-2 with both Mercs behind them.
On lap 1 the Lotuses came to blows which set off a chain reaction leading to the McLarens also coming to blows. Alonso braked to avoid running into the Lotus and skidded right into the side of Jensen. Jensen had to retire and Alonso had to pit for a new nose – coming back out at the back of the back. His saving grace is that the safety car had been deployed and so he could easily catch the pack. All of this has happened on the first lap!
As the race proceeded Bottas was gaining on Massa but Williams sent out a team order to tell them not to race – something that the critics believed to be foolish. In fairness to Williams, what I believed they were trying to do was pull out a gap between their. Cars and the Mercs. Unfortunately, I do believe that they should have let Bottas through and then pullout a gap. However as someone tweeted, was Rob Smedley really. Going to tell Massa to move aside following the Ferrari scandals couple of years ago?! I really loved this Tweet from SniffPetrol:
“Um, Felipe, the thing is, erm, Valtteri is, um, faster than… oh you know the rest…” #F1
— Sniff Petrol (@sniffpetrol) July 5, 2015
Anyhow, eventually the Mercs passed the Williamses and then the rain came in! Hamilton pitted for intermediates on lap 36 as did Vettel. This was the perfect time as the rain came down the following lap which kind of caught the Williamses out as they had to pit both cars at the same time.
The race ended with Hamilton winning, Rosberg coming second and I still don’t know where he came from, but Vettel finished third. The Williamses ended up 4th and 5th which is a pretty decent result but does make you wonder what they could’ve achieved had they let Bottas pass Massa early on.
The one thing that I will complain about is Alesha Dixon’s rendition of the anthem. Oh my god it was the worst thing ever! Hubby noticed that she got the words wrong in the second verse but according to her she changed the words. How do you change words to an anthem?! Stupid woman! Twitter went wild and really hammered her about it!
So all in all it was a pretty good race in my opinion! If you want some more light hearted reading about the race then why not check out this post?