A few new Outrage Points for your social media account from Free Practice today and we’ll start with Lewis Hamilton since it is his home grand prix and he usually does very well here. So start tweeting your outrage!
The British Grand Prix will not only have those “special” compound tires that Mercedes like so much but it was also feature three DRS zones (that’s triple the pleasure for guys like Paul) and this could make it possible for drivers to keep the system open into turn one. As you might imagine, there was a crash there during practice. Lewis said, “I told you so”:
“It’s not tricky, no. It’s kind of a pointless exercise, and kind of just dangerous.
“We used to have DRS everywhere [in practice and qualifying] and we had to engage [it] and take off, and they stopped us from doing that because people were spinning off.”
“I remember yesterday, when we did the brief, I was like, ‘Ron, you should tell Charlie, someone’s going to crash’. Because the speeds we go into Turn 1 are insane.
“And what happened today? I was like, ‘told you’.
Oh the joys of DRS and how we’re having so much fun with it this year.
Curbs…or Kerbs for my British friends
The FIA got a little miffed with all the drivers taking full advantage of Club Corner so over the night, the FIA’s Charlie Whiting will summon Curb Elves (they look like Keebler elves, not Legolas, with buckets of asphalt and concrete) to put in more substantive curbs at the corner.
These will be similar to the dastardly sausage curbs in Austria that everyone broke their front wings on and forced McLaren’s Fernando Alonso to use balsa wood, tape, Flex-Seal, a toothpick, rubber bands and some 3-in-1 oil to fashion a front wing in order to charge to 8th place.
You can thank that young Frenchman, Pierre Gasly, for ruining it for everyone:
“I used all the track I could and nobody told me anything,” said Silverstone F1 rookie Pierre Gasly.
“As nobody told me anything then of course I keep going wide. For tomorrow [Saturday], I think it’s a little bit more fair for everyone [to add the kerb].
“If someone will tell me I’m guilty I’ll say, ‘Yes’, because I was going completely out, because it’s lap time and you want to go as fast as you can.
“It’s a way to make it a bit more fair between everyone and it’s probably a good idea.”
You know, no one said anything, so I figured…screw it, I’m going over there. Seems legit.
Points…trophies for everyone!
Also being discussed the the notion of giving points for all twenty positions instead of just the top 10 finishers. Sure, everyone gets a point according to comments made by Vijay Mallya who made a rare appearance at one of the only races he can attend without getting…how shall we say…”detained”.
“They’re considering whether the points system should go all the way down to 20,” said Mallya.
“Every car scores a point if they finish the race. The bottom starts with one point and then goes up.
“Or whether 10 should be extended down to 15. All these discussions took place.”
“The point that was made is that there’s a certain panache at being referred to as finishing in the top 10,” Mallya told Autosport.
“That will get diluted if you start giving points down the line.”
You think? That’s all we need…more points to count. Doesn’t this seem like a rather rudimentary and perhaps junior league discussion or does it make all the sense in the world and I’m just completely missing it?
If there were any incentive for Belgian ace, Stoffel Vandoorne, to finally beat his teammate and get the world’s F1 press off his back because hasn’t done so in a car that can barely get out of its own shadow, then the World Cup victory Belgium put down on a flopping Neymar-fueled Brazil might do it.
Hat Tip: The magicians over at Autosport