And breathe everybody……
Time to relax after a brilliant Grand Prix, we’re in Hong Kong for a couple of days before heading to Japan and what a place it is too. And after a hectic Sunday in the heat of Malaysia, where if I wanted a really good race to remember my 200th F1™ commentary, I certainly got it, it’s good to relax for a bit.
Looking back, as you do from time to time, what was my overriding memory of the events of Sepang?
Was it Sebastian Vettel’s bold, but ultimately costly, move down the inside at the start? That took away his and Nico Rosberg’s chances of victory? Or Nico’s even bolder, and more misjudged attempt to pass Kimi Raikkonen? A pass which earned him a 10 second penalty, one that I maintain was still on the lenient side. Nope, it was neither of those and for those that think I’m trying to be harsh on Nico, I’m not alone in this view. I’ve spoken to former F1™ drivers about this and they agreed that if the move was judged by the stewards to have been wrong, why was he effectively given a penalty that would still allow him to keep 3rd place? By barging Kimi out of the way, wrongly in the opinion of the stewards, shouldn’t he be penalised to the extent that he at least swapped places with the driver who had been on the receiving end? I’d love your thoughts on this, keep the tweets coming in – @CroftyF1
What about Lewis Hamilton? Robbed of a certain win, a win he thoroughly deserved on the day? But another mechanical issue, this time to his internal combustion engine, did for his chances. His cries of “Oh no” as he pulled off the race track, surely must have tugged at the heart strings of even his fiercest critics, and he has plenty of those it seems? If it didn’t, that’s a shame, I certainly felt for him, a moment akin to his Chinese Grand Prix in 2007 when on his way into the pits to replace tyres that looked as worn as a mangy dog, he went off into the gravel trap, never to get out. A moment that ultimately cost him the world title that year.
Whether his engine failure in Malaysia costs Lewis a title this year remains to be seen, but with 5 races to go, his luck might need to take a turn for the better you feel.