Amidst a great build-up of expectations for the #Race1000, it turned out to be a rather parade-ish, ‘ish’ only because midfield did provide some action and there was a one-off contest between Max and Sebastien Vettel.
5 time world champion, Lewis Hamilton took victory after making a better start when the lights went out. Bottas tucked behind in second with Ferrari drivers behind them. Ferrari managed to screw Charles Leclerc’s race with some questionable strategy calls but were never anywhere near the Mercedes duo to challenge them. Pierre Gasly managed to get the reward for the fastest lap.
In my view, the highlight of the race has to be Alexandor Albon’s performance and team strategy. He started from the pit lane because of his heavy accident in FP3 session yesterday and couldn’t participate in the qualifying. He finished P10 which can only be described as a stellar drive. Kimi Raikkonen with all his experience managed to gain 4 place to finish P9. Haas had disappointing race pace and couldn’t manage to get in the points. Hulkenberg had to retire for some engine issues while Daniel Ricciardo finished P7 for his first points of the season. The monkey is off his back finally.
The gap between even the top 3 teams in terms of performance has widened up and Mercedes seem to be running away with the championship after their 3rd consecutive 1-2 finish. Ferrari seems to be continuing their rather substandard strategy calls from last year but to be fair to them, they didn’t really ever had the speed to challenge Mercedes. Certainly better action was expected from #Race1000.
We move on to Azerbaijan next in a fortnight, which has traditionally provided interesting contests and we hope it will continue to do so.
Quaifying report here.
2019 Driver Standings (F1.com)
2019 Constructor Standings
|3||RED BULL RACING HONDA||52|
|5||ALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI||12|
|8||RACING POINT BWT MERCEDES||7|
|9||SCUDERIA TORO ROSSO HONDA||4|