Yes, Lewis Hamilton taking his 100th win in Formula 1 IS very significant. But is this where we should start? Is this what’s most important? In my opinion, NO. Here’s what we SHOULD be thinking about… Lewis was the first to 92 wins, surpassing what everyone believed was unsurpassable – Michael Schumacher’s 91 wins. He was then the first to 93, 94, 95… you get the picture. But for even more context, let’s consider this – Lewis Hamilton has +89% more wins than Sebastian Vettel, +96% more than Alain Prost, +144% more than Ayrton Senna, and +213% more than Fernando Alonso. If that’s not a reason to say “holy shit” then I don’t know what would be. Incredible.
The petulant child has done it again. His immature, overly aggressive, “nowhere-to-go” antics have caused yet another crash in F1. Just as he blamed Hamilton for their coming together at Silverstone, he has blamed Hamilton for the crash at Monza which took them both out of the race and out of the points. “This is what happens when you don’t give space,” the Dutch douche claimed right after the incident. Excuse me? Since when are your competitors obligated to get out the way for you? It’s clear Verstappen panicked, because he was about to be overtaken primarily as a result of Red Bull’s poor pit stop. The steering angle is not the one of a driver who is intending to make the corner. He should have backed out – like Hamilton did during the opening lap – and bided his time to see if he can regain the position. But that’s not the modus operandi of this child, is it?
P.S. – some pundits and the public alike have called this Senna-Prost-esque. Uh, NO. Not even close. Please stop the boot licking.
P.P.S. – Dear ESPN… cutting away the coverage right as Ricciardo and Norris are about to congratulate one another in parc ferme was an asinine move. Why even bother? It’s not as if you’re doing the actual coverage yourself (currently buying Sky Sports’ feed, while in the past leveraging the global feed with Will Buxton as your “man on the ground” while the two old farts commentated from a studio nowhere near the actual race).
Two things cannot physically occupy the same space. It’s no different for Formula 1 race cars. That was the case on Sunday at the 2021 British GP at Silverstone. While some have said the 10-second penalty for Lewis Hamilton was sufficient, not sufficient… Fat mouth Christian Horner – the original whiny little bitch – complaining til the sun came down… Now-F1-commentator Jolyon Palmer does an excellent job of breaking down the incident. Take a look and judge for yourself.
I won’t go into the details of Ferrari’s complete debacle at the Russian GP. Plenty of bigger media outlets have covered it in detail. And Sebastian Vettel has put up his usual baloney line of excuses and half truths to cover his ass. That his MGU-K failed mid-race was pure karma.
RevdCars has covered Vettel for nearly 10 years now in some shape or form. We have never been a fan of his. He’s over-rated. Only won the 4 titles thanks to Adrian Newey. And can only win when starting within the first 2 rows. Can’t handle competition. It’s clear that Charles Leclerc is showing who’s boss at Ferrari. And Vettel can’t stand it. He will forever be a petulant child. He’s no Schumacher. Not even close. He can only aspire to that role since he’s a fellow German.
It’s time for Vettel to leave and free up a seat for someone else. Someone who is far more qualified for a seat at the Scuderia. Go raise your kids. Go do whatever you want. But it’s time for you to leave F1 for good.
I’ll be honest. I’ve never been a fan of Sebastian Vettel. While he brought some laughs at press conferences, I’ve always felt he was over-rated. Just a look at his performance @ Ferrari is reason enough to pass judgement of this nature. The quality of the car @ Red Bull Racing masked his deficiencies and is the only reason he is a 4 time champion.
At Monza this past weekend, Vettel added yer another screw up to his long list of mistakes. It was only a few months ago that he created a hell of a kerfuffle by dangerously rejoining the track after he went off at turn 3 of the Canadian GP. He almost squeezed Lewis Hamilton into the wall by doing so but claimed he was robbed of the victory because he was handed an undeserved time penalty as a result of his own mistake. That’s not what I saw and supported the stewards’ decision.
Indeed, Vettel did basically the same BS at Monza. He made the mistake purely on his own – no one hit him, no one touched him, he just screwed up plain and simple. He can’t handle on-track pressure, as seen in recent cock-ups at Sinapore (2018), Hockenheim (2018), Monza (2018), running into the back of Verstappen at Silverstone (2019), Canada mentioned above and, now, at Monza. And while Leclerc’s move squeezing Hamilton – the penalty handed down was a piss poor decision, by the way – at least the young Monegasque can deal with the pressure, the pressure of being upfront. Vettel has shown time and time again that he can’t do the same. And this reason alone is reason enough for this guy to retire from F1 and free up that seat for someone who can actually do something with it.
It’s time to go, Sebastian. Leave and enjoy time with your family and do whatever else you may fancy. It’s time to go.
Update: As reported by Motorsport.com:
“The footage clearly captures Vettel correcting an oversteer moment as he rejoins the track – which is shown by a sharp steering wheel movement to the right by the German.
Shortly after that, however, Vettel has dispatched the oversteer and begins steering to the left to follow the direction of the circuit – suggesting he is now under control.
But a split moment later, rather than keeping to the left, Vettel is shown to release the steering wheel which allows his car to drift to the right – cutting off the route that Hamilton would have taken had he had clear space.
The movement to straighten the wheel, which put Vettel into the path of Hamilton, is believed to be key to the unanimous decision by the stewards to punish Vettel.
A further reason the stewards established was through the use of an extra CCTV camera view of the incident, which was not broadcast on the international feed, showing Vettel’s head looking in the mirrors at where Hamilton was during these moments when he was releasing the wheel to the right.
Onboard footage of the Vettel incident also shows his head looking towards the mirrors in the moment when he is drifting out, suggesting he knew where Hamilton was.
Had Vettel kept his car tight to the left once he had regained control, then there was likely enough room to have allowed Hamilton through on the right, in which case the matter would almost certainly not have been investigated.
The fact that telemetry data showed Hamilton had to brake to avoid the collision with Vettel showed how the Mercedes driver was caught out by his rival’s actions.”
I wrote at the beginning of the season that Vettel is an #overrated driver. He again showed why he’s a petulant child who cannot and won’t take responsibility for his own fuck ups by doing what he did at the 2019 Canadian Grand Prix. It was clear from the on-board that he turned his steering wheel to the right as he was exiting the grass at turn 4 to stop Lewis Hamilton from passing him. At any cost. Even if it caused a wreck. Remember Singapore when he managed to wreck himself, Raikkonen and Verstappen at the same time?
That Hamilton had to back off to avoid that collision is quod durum that Vettel impeded the former. HIs rant about how the race was “stolen” is non-sense. And to further illustrate that he’s a petulant child / bad sport, he had the audacity to move the P1 sign in front of Hamiiton’s car and replace it with the P2 sign meant for his car – which, incidentally, never made it to the “parking lot” for the top 3 finishers because he couldn’t be bother. Because he ran off to the Ferrari hospitality building to complain to Binotto about the “unfair” race. Because he didn’t want to do the interview with Martin Brundle. Because he doesn’t like how the rules played out for him. Because he cocked up and nearly caused a crash. Because he was penalized 5 seconds for that.
Grow the fuck up.
Any sort of questioning during pre-season testing has now been answered – Mercedes IS still the benchmark to beat. Ferrari have a long ways to go. #AusGP