Absolutely. An epic drive made to look so simple by Hamilton. Hard to do that in any sport.
I just wish he'd do it without the customary teenage angst.
Either that or he's just taking the piss as he knows it is broadcast
but I knew as soon as he started moaning about the tyres after about two minutes that he would be there or thereabouts at the end.
Not much else to say, he's just ****ing good isn't he and whilst I give him a hard time on this thread sometimes (which he usually invites
) , the maturity and professionalism in the way he is performing at this point in his career is fantastic. Top dog, no doubt.
The race reinforced my view that Max is the only one capable of taking it to him and winning consistently (provided that car can eventually compete with the Merc on all tracks).
As I mentioned in earlier posts though , he can't beat Hamilton over a season driving his car off the track for whatever reason. Hamilton scores too heavily even when he is having an off day , over time that crushes his competitors.
Yes he's had some luck this year but he's metronomically made the most of every opportunity as and when it has arrived. Nobody else seems to be doing that.
Verstappen is much more mature than he was but still prone to his emotions governing his actions. That overtake on Bottas was what I like and dislike about him in one manouevre.
There's nobody on the grid who would have gone for that overtake, on a Merc no less, it was breathtakingly cavalier (and overly driven by anger) but also led to a puncture that you couldn't really blame Bottas for as I'm guessing he didn't believe anyone would try that let alone pull it off.
He reminds me of a super talented boxer who gets caught early on the bridge of the nose in round 1 and then can't resist getting drawn into a scrap. Needs to temper that.
If the puncture hadn't occurred , Hamilton would have had Verstappen all over him at some point in that race.
Small margins, which for now at least, Hamilton manages better than anyone out there , which is why he deserves title No. 6 and if the relative performance of the cars remains roughly the same, will see No. 7 follow.
Hope Red Bull can bridge the performance gap so Verstappen doesn't have to take so many risks and can work on his race management a bit.
Still don't think he did a lot wrong yesterday though, the tussle with Hamilton at the start could have gone either way I guess.
Vettel seems to have rediscovered himself a bit since refusing team orders in Russia. He's a bit of a cock but I do like him
I find Leclerc a huge bore though and his car to pit radio voice (also known as his voice) just ****ing grates.
At least we didn't have to hear the forced and very unnatural sounding "get in there Lewis" from Bonington yesterday. I prefer the other guy
Finally, in what is becoming a totally rambling post, I think my favourite person in F1 is Christian Horner. The guy is just a brilliant example of what constitutes a great manager, he'd succeed in any industry.
100% the best person to be guiding Verstappen and Albon at this point and married to a Spice Girl . Living the dream