British GP Review | The Parc Fermé F1 Podcast Ep 790

Join Paul and me as we review the Formula 1 British Grand Prix. We cover each team and driver as they finished, talk about F1 safety and answer your questions from our Mailbag section.

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Achim

What puzzled me the most about the Ferrari strategy was that they seemed unprepared. „Go faster“, „set that lap time“, „one more lap“ … then later in the race „you are free to race“. This was the most predictable race situation and it seemed as if they were looking at each other at the pitwall asking themselves „hmm .. how do we handle this“? Any clear plan (always let them race, always favour Leclerc, always favour the faster driver …) would have worked better. When Ferrari ditched Vettel I always wondered, if Leclerc can be the guy to actually „lead“ the… Read more »

Xean Drury

Once again they were trying to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. ~X8

Worthless Opinion

On another podcast I heard someone say ‘well it’s easy to criticize in hindsight’ about the Ferrari strategy, and another person on the podcast said ‘I’m not sure it’s hindsight, because I was screaming at my TV in the moment they were doing it all wrong’ and a couple other people on the podcast were like yes me too. Of course there’s a lot we don’t know, but if all the viewers, the presenters, and the drivers could see what Ferrari’s strategists couldn’t see, it doesn’t reflect very well. One possibility is they’re actually as stupid as they look.

Worthless Opinion

This is an oversimplification, I’ll take that criticism, but I couldn’t help think as I watched the quality of the racing at the front, and the boorishness of the racing for 7th, that Max really is a bully. Take him out of the scrap at the front and everyone respects and trusts each other enough to race hard. His driving with Mick should’ve brought a penalty. Honestly with the previous generation cars I think his style was worth it because if you weren’t going to force it there wasn’t going to be anything but a procession. But now it’s possible… Read more »

Chris R

Is it just me, or has there arguably been more incidents in which the HALO has clearly saved lives since it was introduced, than incidents over the past, say, 20 years, where it would have saved lives had it been in existence? Does this say more about drivers being more careful in times where safety wasn’t as strong, as people like Stewart, Mansell, etc have hinted at, or just about the sheer luck that the HALO was invented and implemented in time for crashes that have happened and that it’s diminished since it’s been with us?

Xean Drury

I’d say incidents that would be chalked up to near misses in the past are now being attributed to ‘The halo saved his life!!!’ due to the sheer size and location of the item. I don’t think that Zhou or Hamilton (last year) incidents would have resulted in a fatality, but the Halo has certainly lowered the injury of those incidents. Grosjean however, the halo 100% saved his life. ~X8

Nigel

Your instincts are dead on. In club racing, whenever they increase the safety requirements we just drive faster and faster.