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2021 F1 Bahrain GP - Race weekend discussions

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The first RACE episode is here! The much awaited 2021 season is off and FanF1ction is here to share our thoughts. We go over some controversial moments and talk about the nail-biter that this was and how FIA plays party poopers.Topics included in this podcast:New Website! www.f1fanfiction.comQualification elevator pitchDrama even before the raceRace start#MazespinRe-start after Safety-CarThe undercut trainAlonso vs Sainz Vs VettelPitstop #2Main event - VER vs HAMDriver of the dayTeam of the day"L" of the dayEquipment used:- Mics:-- Sarang: Audio-Technica ATR2100x-- Akash – Razer Seiren Mini- AV recording: Zencastr- Post-production: Audacity, AuphonicMusic:Intro: Howling (Sting) - Gunnar OlsenOutro: Your Intro by Audionautix is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license. https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/Artist: http://audionautix.com/#F1 #Formula1 #Podcast #F1Podcast #F12020 #Formula12020 #BahrainGP #BahrainGP2021

It's lights out and away we go. It's race we can, folks, its race we can. Finally, after a long week, I hope. I'm pretty sure I didn't nail it as good as David Croft, but hey, I tried and I always wanted to, so whatever. Welcome back to a brand new episode with Fan Fiction. We are your host. I am a gosh and I'm sorry. You can listen to us on your favorite streaming or any APP that you use, wherever podcasts are available. Just go crazy with it. News for you, folks. We are now live with our website, fone Fan fictioncom. Come check us out, interact with us. We've got block posts there. Whatever we've missed talking about right now. We've got, you know, stuff coming out over there. So head over to the website again. That's fone Fan fictioncom. Well, if you don't want to go to a streaming APP for for listening to our podcast, come there and we've got a player for you there. So you know, it's a onestops off solution for you. So yeah, come on, write to US and hope to see you there soon. This is episode number four, first ever. Off It's kind with race week in play, and what a race it was nail by to the end. Well, diving into the weekend, what a race weekend it was. Right, Saren, write your thoughts on the weekend. It was worthy of a season opener. That's all I can say. It was filled with excitement at had just the right amount of drama and there. And even if the results look same as two thousand and twenty, it still was a amazing race. Yeah, nail by did to the end, drama striding off from qualifying every every lap, sort of being that hey, what's going to happen? And not just at the top, but you know, even exciting things happening in the midfield. So overall and an amazing race qualifying right, it's been an interesting qualifying for me. I think the two things that stood out is wide did but as use soft when he had that one last chance to get onto the grid, he could have probably just made it into q one. And Yeah, I would have loved to see at least one of the legends into q three. But yeah, all three of them were out. Sarah Wat's for you. Yeah, qualification itself for this race was quite interesting. A couple things with justed ut for me was a charge ruscll again with the Willstrom performance getting into Qt dracking. That Williams of the great effort by him. And the other thing was Muzzepin, or better known as muzzle spin these days. Curse some yellow flags, as there was some issue with signs. So there were two yellow flags on the track, which caused Oh con and wettill a lot of trouble. They both had to kind of they had bad lap times because of that, and wet will really got the worse of it. The interesting thing about the sport is that part things in the previous session can really really affect you in the next session, and that's what exactly happened with Betel. The drama for today's race pretty much started even before the cars were on the track. WETTAL was called to the stewards because he failed to abandon his hot lap. He did slow down for the Yellow Flags, but he was supposed to actually abandon the lap and he didn't do that. So he was caught to the stewards and he was given a five great place penalty, which should basically put him at right at the end of the crapy day. Yeah, he didn't have five places to give away, so yep. So yeah, pretty unfortunate for him. His race was going to be bad right from there itself. Talking about bad races for a moment, that Paris was having nightmares. He was. While he was getting to the rid during the formation lap, I think he had some issues and his car stalled right before, I think the last turn or something like that. And Yeah, pretty much he had to try and get that car started again, he had to get into the pit lane. They had to do an extra formation laugh this time, which basically subtracted one lap from the total time of the race. It was a very, very weird thing. Yeah, I wonder if that that extra formation lap cost was step in but hey, we'll come back to that towards the end of the episodes...

A. Stay tuned. Yeah, I think the the curse of the second race driver continued at Red Bull. I felt sad, but hey, I was so happy to see him, even though you're starting from the page, are so happy to see him at least be in that race. And then what a race it was for him as well. But YEA ray start was amazing. I think was step in being very smart in on that strait, because he just, if you saw ready, just went all the way to the right, breaking that race line, conventional race line that that drivers have taken, and obviously people on the back want to want don't want to break are so they're following him to their right. But that first turn is a left hand into the right right, so that was quite small to move from. We step in and back of the grid, at least the top five. There was so much fighting going on into that first lap itself that which sort of continued and caused momentum for quite a lot of shufflings in in the start of the race. Ferrari, very surprising, at least for me, had an amazing pace where Charles was able to eventually get hold of Pthree at a point which was, to my surprise, just amazing. I mean, first of all, for for everyone out there. I expected for I re to be back of the grid somewhere. I mean, coming off of two thousand and twenty, I didn't expect them to be where they are. But it's just been so surprising to me and Charles what a start he's had. But then not to just undermine other drivers, landown Norris, I mean that mclaire. You know, my God, that that daddy young kids just been killing at the start. Yeah, I mean my excitements all over the place because ghastly was fighting for that Pfour and Pthree, a two at a point or a start. Yeah, I mean it was. It was insane the start. It was. It was not just at the front where battles were going on, it was all throughout exactly, and that exact really interesting. People were overtaking each other. Wet will jump from P to p fourteen and it was just crazy as everywhere. Kimmy, I can in jump from P fourteen to pleven. Yeah, I mean, I think all veterans kind of for trying to gain a couple positions. It's to me that that sort of felt like, you know, experience more than just the car, because the way the way was stepping started, he sort of created that tight squeeze on the back and it and it wasn't that easy to sort of get through cars. But then you could see these were t instead of make their way using experience to their advantage, right irrespective of the type of car they had, which is amazing. One event that I lowed, at least over happened in the Star Wars magicpin spinning. Is after what he afterward here had done during qualifying. I in my head he was Grosjean to and I was like this this dude, when it end up doing something like Grossa, I had my fingers crossed. And then he's funds. I was like, okay, we're gonna have we're not going to say drama, at least in a sad way. But anyways, he's fun and any eventually at least created a safety cars, as like the race as anyways just started, which is going to be exciting. You've created a safety car. Yeah, yeah, it's safety cars. You know, I I love safety cars most of the times, but sometimes, especially at the start of the days. Yeah, it feels like it kind of neutralizes the Rama and so, yeah, but I'm glad was stopping came out better after the restart and the safety card. Basically, the good thing about safety cars is that whoever the leader of the races gets to choose when the race restarts, when the safety car goes in, and that's a very that's a very important skill for each driver to maintain the pace and restart the race at the right time, and stoppen was able to do that. Yeah, I mean, and the amazing thing he did again there was red legging safety car. Basically, for folks, is something that makes everyone goes slow on that track, in layman term, so that if there is any dig debris or anything on that track which can affect the cars and the safety of the race is taken care of. And this could go on for as long as possible and less until the the race directors feel that it's safe to continue. And when it the place where it ends is when a new lap starts and the safety cars out of the track and in this case right...

...what happened was the race restarts after the checkered flag finish line, and the beauty, the beauty that Max showed was he went as slow as possible on that Strait right before that checkered flag line so that he could keep everyone so tight, and as soon as he crossed that line he knew had to be, had to pick up ace, otherwise people could start overtaking and he went again all the way to the right, breaking the race line, and it was so beautiful from him. But but thoughts on ray start from you after after safety cars are yeah, one thing I reach had really noticed this time is that Honda was not joking when the shoe yea, they have a new engine that that thing is a rocket ship. They are matching up most of these as close as they can. And Yeah, I think this year would probably be a very strong year from Max and Red Bull, and that showed at the restart of the safety car where he was. He confidently had enough peace and he was able to keep that gap to Hamilton. Right after the restart, Hamilton was not in. What happens Dr Strange right after the safety car and he wasn't there for quite a while. So definitely they have really made big strides in the engine department there. The other interesting thing that happened right after the safety car was mixshuemacker spinning. That just kind of shows at what a terrible state has currently is that car is. I don't know what what that car is and they have pretty much as we had talked about last time, that they have pretty much said that they're not going to make any developments this year. So I I'm expecting just these events occurring again and again. He hasses the new Williams season. Yeah, that's right, we could. You could say that say that week. Definitely. Yeah, and talking about talking about crashes, ghastly had a moment of his own porch. He kind of if, I think, had he oh, break to something like that and just nudged into Ricardo and basically lost his front wing? I could see that the front wing and it's entirety broke off from the news and flew apart until on to the side of the track, and that that was a funny moment. Yeah, I mean that Honda engine bullet was was also working for their this B team. It wasn't just yeah, yeah, definitely, Alpha Tourney looked quite strong and I'm guessing if ghastly didn't have this moment in this race, I think he could have had a very good result this time. For sure. What does he was was he was he like pthree at or fighting for Pthree at some point during ray start as well, right, like it was just so yeah, I think Charles and ghastly riding at it. No, I think earlier BOTASA and Charles Hogan. Yeah, EXA, and shortly after it was ghastly and Charles talking about Charles and Buddha's I think, Ferrari, after a very long time I've are in the position to fight mercedies, and that's really great. I'm quite happy about that the remore teams who are now challenging mercedies this year. Yeah, yeah, I mean they're the safety car, as you said, right, leg is quite a ventful usually in terms of bit stops. But what? Yeah, the fights have just been amazing. I can't remember, but was there? was there also a fight between Charles and Lando at some point? Oh yeah, there were fights all over the place. I think boat has finally was able to, you know, gain some distance from Charles, because at the end of the day, Charles was definitely overdriving this car trying to fight boot as mostly still has that edge over I, and I think at some point he was able to be, know, just fly away from Charles. So Charles was basically the and ghastly was out of the pictures. Oh yeah, because of his issues. A Lando got that advantage and he was able to catch up with Charles and they were going at a corner after corner, you know, side by side. This is this wheel to wheel action is, you know, what gets me to wake up at six am in the morning towards the race, and and it was there. So, yeah, I'm a happy person today. Yeah. So, yeah, moving on, I think right after the restart, things started to settle down. Everybody was kind of getting into their pritspot, so into their positions on the track, and that's when basically...

...everybody, you know, gets into the waiting game of who is the first team that bids and, you know, basically determines the strategy as so that other people can count at it. And Yeah, I think Alpine was the first with Alonso, where they got him into the pit to change tires and forcing their opponents, you know, to take some action about that. Yeah, I mean, what orders it that you said right before he started recording? What is it? Alonso starts and undercut train right. Oh, yeah, because that's how it works. You know, one person pits and then everybody is panicking. Okay, you know, this team has bitten after respond somehow, and then everybody's choosing whether to pit now, later, undercut, over cut. It's so interesting to see. If you're seeing a race live, you know that. You know the commentators pause when there's a radio message and as soon as the first person rates, it's all team radio starting to give bats. Box, box, box, box, nay. That's and yeah, the commentary is gone for maybe two laps because teams are just but it does an interesting start to the undercut train. Right. Like undercut essentially is nothing but pitting earlier into the into the labs, so that you have that slight edge of fresher tires over folks that are already out on that track. So you have that momentum going in gaining those those extra positions, building off a Delta with with the folks that you've o were taken, and then when they pit, you get an extra edge with with that lead that you've taken. Salon just started it and and soon to follows murk. We've seen mark do this quite often. They do have a very well formulated and proven to win undercut strategy and Hamilton was right on top of it right. Oh Yeah, Murk is great at it. And not just that that. It's not only about strategy that they make. It's also about they have two drivers who are very close to each other doing the race most of the times, because of which they can create these strategies which you know, they can execute perfectly because they have somebody on the track to hold the position. They don't have to give up the position just because they're, you know, deciding on another cut right right. So there are there are essentially three types of compounds in the race, a softer, medium and a hard type of tire. So yeah, the way, the way I understand it, is soft may go shorter distance but give you better performance and then as you move towards the hard compound, it gives you lesser performance but lasts you way longer. So it was interesting to see that the first ender cut by Hamilton, they directly gave him hard, the hard tire, and it to my mind, I'm thinking he's probably go gonna go towards to the end of the race because he's done this in the past. I'll be complaining towards the end of the race that Berno, I don't have any tires, which also is ready to hear. But but, he, but, he pitted with putting on the heart tires. I was hoping for Red Bull to also stop. But I love the fact that they try to overshine and, you know, disprove Hamilton's undercut by just staying out there longer, because because Max was on the mediums, if I'm not wrong, or softs at least, and he had more, at least performance to chew out of those cars, even though Hamilton was on new tires and and it was a perfect battle of strategies. Right. It wasn't, Oh yeah, it wasn't being compelled by what the other teams doing, but they were completely in the game. It was an amazing I will beat that up, not just more dominating unlike previous seasons, and and a true, true battle of strategy is happening there. Oh Yeah, and one thing which kind of, you know, gives me the confidence that the season would be a lot more interesting than a couple of seasons that we have had in the past couple of years is that earlier on, red bull always had that deficit and performance for which they had to compensate and because of that, a lot of times they they couldn't make these gambles and strategies. They had to kind of follow what mercedies is doing, because otherwise, if you don't have, you know, enough performance in your car, you cannot do those gambles. And I think this year, since they do have that performance with them, they can actually venture out and try these new strategies out and try to beat Mercedies, not just on the track but also on strategy, and I think that that is going to make the season a lot more interested he over there. And speaking of that deficit, right like if in earlier seasons...

...red bull had their deficit, to just give that nudge to the to the top fighting teams, I think the middle of the pack is doing exactly that right now with McLaren, to my surprise again for IRI and Alpha towery as well. Right they are giving they have, they are in that range of the deficit right now to just keep that push, definitely within the Formula One point five, but keep that push even to their top teams and as we've seen right like Lando and declare going all the way up to p fours and P threes. Oh yeah, and it's quite evident this year like all the teams are so close together, I feel. I so right up till last year there was a very clear distinction between like the three tiers of teams that were there where we would say that, you know, most recent red bully were in a tear of their own, these leading midfield teams, which is basically McLaren, the former racing point, which is now Aston Martin, and I suppose also runner was. I mean now it's called Alpine, but these three teams were in one pack and the rest in the other. So I think overall this year I'm not able to do to mine, honestly, these distinctions, except for Hasson Williams, I would say, but otherwise it's a really mixed up field and that's and that we could see in this race. Even look at Alpha towery. Like unfortunately, castle, you didn't have a good race today, but Yuki, Yuki had a pretty amazing race. He was a rookie and he is a rookie and this was his first race. And Yeah, yeah, I mean even though as Lee didn't finish, I mean that does stuff luck on his side, but you know, if he would have stayed in the race, I wouldn't have been surprised to see him way up in the point. But while all this action was happening on the front, and we talked about midfield, I think the mid race section was was completely for a viewer on whatever is happening, not on the front of their is right. It was like all them Mike back in there. Oh Yeah, yeah, I think basically after Hamilton pitted and like after he was behind and was stepped in, was in the meanwhile, you know, just a cruising ahead and not gaining or not losing and same thing. Hamilton Self was cruising. Everybody was just playing the waiting game. So things kind of started getting boring at the front, but but at the midpack things were getting super interesting. I mean Yuki again like playing the strategy game. He stayed out longer everybody when they started pitting. He stayed out on the field and he got the P six position because of that. And Yeah, there was a lot going on. specially. Did you see the amazing fight between alone, Sir signs and bettle while they were going at it, you know, a hundred percent, and it was just insane to watch. I yeah, alone even called it out in his post race. Are Exactly Bang on to not have any words to describe that situation, because it was like the good old days for me. Right lungo called it out in the postway saying, yeah, we had a fund race during the middle of the race. It was some good rivalry with old friends. I know what all it was a good race, so old here. So for him also, I think the highlight of the race was, you know, bat laying his old mates on that track and I was fun. It lasted for a few laps, it was fun. Yeah, I mean unfortunately both two of these, the names, had a terrible days, but they gave us some real reaction on the track and I'm very happy about that. It was it was good to see battles so close that. I have missed this a lot in the past years. Yeah, I mean, having seen such a race is over the years and whatever was happening in the last, you know, two years, with their dominance and, you know, not a clear I will read this lay race, was me feeling like a longs it is like, yes, it's the good old days and we are back to the competition were, you know, we're longing to see, right. Yeah, yeah, so while all this was happening the midfield between the Alonso signs and battle the the flats, that Alfa Room me over, you know, just having the chill Sunday afternoon, and yeah, they were pretty much just cruising by. I didn't really...

...even see them on the screen live unless I was there more to I yeah, but I mean they just missed the points. I think they came in eleven and twelve, I guess, just one behind each other. So that's great. Actually, Alph Roomio has probably made some significant progress because last year they they could at me dream of coming eleventh and twelve. Yeah, so, yeah, great, great job, bathroom you. Meanwhile, a race leader decided to pit finally because, yeah, he probably was facing some tidy degradation issues, and so he pitted. Everybody expected that he probably would change to hearts and, you know, just drive that to the end of the race and try to make it a one stop race, but he went on to another mediums, which was kind of surprising because that essentially guaranteed that he had to pit again, because basically fi has a rule that for every race they have these mandatory tires. So what you talked about earlier when we have three compounds, so one compound is kept as a mandatory compound that you have to put on your car during the race, and for this face it was hards and since Max hadn't put heart Tis yet, by going onto the medium tires, he basically sealed the deal that he had to pit one more time on to harden. That that was a very big gamble because even though you know the fact that Hamilton was on hard it's, there was a chance that, you know, he could just go to the end, yeah, on the stires. So yeah, I mean Kudos to red bull for, you know, trying that out, and you're absolutely right. Like we've seen. We've seen Hamilton pull that off right like to everyone's surprise, just be out even to that fact that that he's limped in with three tires winning array. So he's done. But but it wasn't to see that they again went ahead with that undercut strategy for Hamilton. Lap Twenty nine, and that was the period when, I think, more decided to sort of have, you know, a mark bit stop for both that drivers. It's they they think they're probably better off with a double stack, which I'm which I was happy to see they didn't do. But again, like lap twenty nine, lap thirty or thirty one was it would it was still back to back in terms of labs and there was that effect of someone getting affected and again, sadly, this time it was good as oh yeah, but as that poor fellow, I that when he got to catch a break, I don't understand. I mean I don't. I'm not a fan of his, I've never been a fan of his, but he just has terrible luck with things somehow. Whenever most cities makes a mistake, it's always with regards to put us and the same thing happened. This time. He had horrible pit stuff. I think one of the tires was stuck. It wasn't coming over fine. He yeah that he was going good, that he was doing any good in the race either, but it I just feel sad for it because he's the one who takes it all. Yeah, that's right. I had cannot be good for his mental state. I mean in post is, in the post race, when asked how is the how is the day to day, he is mercedies had one. So I mean obviously should have been happy, but he was like, well, it was an Oksh Day. We could have done better. We didn't have the right strategies for me. And to think of it, he he came in third. It's not like he came in fourteen the something. He came in third and he looked as if he was he was dead last on the Trucko. He missed out on his chance right like since the past two years he's had this event winning strategy for the championship where he wins the first race and then he doesn't. But this time he's not one the first race, so he doesn't know what's going to happen with him through the season, I think. I think that's the ultimate mind game that he's trying to play with Hamilton. So let's see what happens this year. And I think at that point Alonso had some issues. I think he had some something, some debris stuck in his rare breaked up to something like that, and that was causing some heating issues for breaks. And Yeah, he pretty much hard to come out. Is a statement or not actually was wrong, because I never know what happened with him. Yep, YEP, they tweeted it out. Talking about is that they had some depics. Where did he? Where did you pick it up, though? I don't know. I...

...think there were a couple of incidents that happened right, I think with ghastly and stuff. So there was like pieces of carbon fiber lying around here and there, and I think we've talked about this earlier sometime. These these pieces are pretty much like shot and yeah, and you know it cuts through anything. And Yeah, so once it's like lodged inside, it's not something that you know, you could just pit and some some mechanic just puts his hand in and pulls it out. It's like really stuck there. So yeah, and then there would events happening with the other wetter into right like what he ended up hitting, Oh, con on their air and pulling off a classic Weton. So, I mean, nothing out of the ordination, nothing out of the ordinary. But yeah, what will the other legend also doing something similar? Yeah, it pains me. It pains me every time when battle does a spin. I mean he's a great driver, but I think the past two years, specially at Ferrari, has somehow, you know, broken his confidence entirely. That's why it feels me he doesn't he doesn't seem like the old wet wil we knew back in dread pool anymore. Yeah, I mean I hope he gets converted to something similar. I can, and then all we sort of want is him to not leave the sport. It's just fun seeing him on that track. And when you can do what, everyone keeps winning every race. So that we're waiting. Oh, actually, we can gamble. which lab do you think he's going to spin and put money on it? Yeah, it is forget street better. This is the new world. steatad right and give him a sound ticker. And yeah, this sounds like a really but yeah, I mean, besides this fun, we're towards the end of the race, last ten laps, I would probably say was the most exciting in terms of what was happening in the front of the back. Yeah, I want to call it. I don't want to overshadow whatever happened throughout the race, but this sort of was the main event, nail biter to the end. Yeah, when was the last time you remembered that the second position finished within one second? On off? To be honest, I don't. And it was. It's always been, whoever, I mean not always hailed. There have been other winners, but like whoever's it's being, it's sort of just being a bullet ahead. I'm a clear winner. Yeah, that's right, and that this was, you know, without any shananigans happening towards the end of the years. It's it wasn't like, you know, there was some safety card that came out just towards the end which, you know, kind of compress the pack. This was just on pure piece that Hamilton and vost up in were going Gar yeah, the only drama factor in this point was FIA, right Aur, Oh man, don't get me startained about that. Oh, you know what I feel this is just the right time to talk about, talk about the YS. Do Yeah, I think. Yeah, this is this is my time to ran. Yeah, sorry, guys, you're in for it. So yeah, I think basically Hamilton and were stopping work, going at it and we're stopping. Was Really Ginning on too Hamilton and he reached into the Dr Strange and he basically had that slight advantage in terms of having his drs open and having that twenty miles per our advantage over Hamilton, and he was able to get close to him and almost overtook him at turn for and, but while trying to do that he went off the track and right after that he got a ready miss edge saying that, you know, you have to yield the position back to back to Hamilton, because you went off the track and you cannot gain an advantage by going off the track. So, yeah, you have to yield to me. That was all the more frustrating because, a, I don't want to see Hamilton on the podium. Let's let'St I mean he's sure nice driver, blah, blah blah, but but he's a sore loser, as many of the drivers have said it on the track as well. anytimes he said of so, yeah, I was just happy Max was winning and to see that. Oh yeah, but as soon as that radio message came in, I was like, this is just favoriteism at it's best, playing along, because Hamilton's done this throughout the race. And as soon as Max getting an advantage in terms of a position, yes, but it doing it.

What what was it like? twent thirty times throughout the race. That also adds to advantage. Oh Yeah, certainly. I mean in a sport like Fone, where like every millisecond counts, doing something that gains you even like, you know, hundredth of a second, twenty nine times gains you a lot of a lot of time. So yeah, I mean I feel the blame majorly lies solely on every day for the agree, because they keep these weird rules and these weird ambiguity, which leaves this, you know, leaves the door open for such things to happen. Like let me tell you like in detail what the exact rule was and what what the issue was. So basically, Michael Massey, who's the race director, like during the during the driver's debrief that happens before the further race, he informed the drivers that turn four will not be monitored for for like track limits, and you would not be penalized as long as you don't gain an advantage by going off the of the track. But here's here, you know, lies the issue that when you say something like gain an advantage, this is this is a very subjective terminology. You know, you you have to put very definitive rules here and very definitely say what does gaining an advantage exactly means? Because what is getting in advantage? Is it overtaking while you're outside the track? Is it just going outside the track lap after lap to gain that slight hundred of a second which adds up and eventually, like you know, adds up in the whole race? Yeah, and I mean not to be little their teams, but these these folks are literally looking for every Milli second of opera unity that they can get sort of bend those rules and, you know, exploit the holdings and your wing on. I mean when you when you say an even more ambigious statement, what did you expect? Obviously the teams are going to go ahead and see how can they capitalize on exploiting it right and yeah, I mean these teams are multimillion dollar businesses. At the end of the day, they are going to try and find every single loophole that they can find, that it is the responsibility of FIA to ensure that these loopholes don't exist in the first place. And the most weird thing about it was that, okay, it's fine, they decided on this rule, but mid race, if you notice, Hamilton got this radio message saying that the hey, you have been going over, you know, going outside the track for a couple of laps now, and we're instructed to tell you that you can't do it anymore. Otherwise you would get the black and white flag and if you continue to do it, you'll get a penalty right after that. And that basically, I think, was a result of red bill complaining to to the stewards because they notice that Hamilton was consistently going of the track. And Yeah, I mean, you're changing rules while the race is going on. That just doesn't make sense to me at all. Yeah, and I wouldn't be surprised if Christian honor, who's their team principle for red bull, goes off just to chew on FIA is ears to make up point because you know, hey, this was Max's win. If you know the MBIQUT wasn't there to begin with. I certainly feel Max could have wrapped up at p one, but this is the first race of the season. I don't think they're gonna go too much at it. But nonetheless, knowing Christian honor the way he's he is in terms of being aggressive on on the management side, I think he's gonna go back and Cho on fi is years. This is particular term that I've seen a lot of people referred Christian horror as, which is a shit start, and that's exactly what he is. He's always there to like, you know, add that drama into things and make sure that you know he's he's an agent of Ko. Yeah, and a topic for a different episode, but drive to survive right, Netflix is Formula One show. They've seen, they've they've shown Christian in in a similar fashion where they've time and again shown in episodes where you see him being that aggressive. And you know, more than aggressive, I see it as a good leader, manager for your team, because he tries to find every opportunity to put his his team on the top one way or another. Yep, Yep, that's right. Yeah, I mean, yeah, it's he's always portrait that way, and I...

...from all the interviews that I've seen and everything I've that's my impression as well, that he is, you know, a great, great leader in that sense, because he's he's not afraid of, you know, putting his thoughts out there at all. Coming back to our topic at hand. So, yeah, I feel that this in a way kind of ruined the race a little for me, even though, I mean, I'm not complaining about the race. It was spectacular, it had everything that I wanted. But you know, in a sport like fone, where the slightest moment that you have can change every single thing in the race, these external factors, when they interfere with the racing somehow, you know, sucks the joy out of it for me and it just leaves a bad taste in your mouth. And I don't know, I don't understand what is a fire trying to achieve by keeping the these ambiguous rules. For me, honestly, it feels like they on purpose leave this ambiguity so that they can bend the rule to the narrative that they want to push cashus. That's right, exactly. Yeah, so, know, for that's that was exactly what I wanted to get now. For me it was also one of those memes right like the table flipping names and as soon as the checker flag was out there as like why, I mean, I was all I was so close to having a perfect Sunday race day. Hamilton crosses the line, FIA backing him, I mean not literally backing him, but like with with their discussions we are having like sort of backing him. Well, at the end of the day at the red will, at least Max was happy with the race. So and it's the first race of the season. I mean, we'll see, we'll see how it unfolds. All we know for sure that the battle between Red Bull and MERCEDIES is gonna go on throughout the season and we're gonna and we're gonna continue seeing that fight for position. One thing that I noticed was when when Hamilton won the race and the show it total wolf, who's basically the hem principle for Mercedes, when they showed to too wolf and the joy that was on his feece. Every single time till now, when I have seen toto after the race, he has I mean, you know, he's not excited or anything like it's it's become a common thing for them to win, and most of the Times they're winning, you know, by twenty sewod that. For today it fell it like most of these did earn the win in the sense that they themselves not expect to win this race. To be honest, they knew that dread pull is a faster car on track and it really felt like, yeah, he felt like he earned it. So yeah, it was. Overall it was a great race, just that FIA were party poopers and ruin a little, but overall it was a great race and I think everybody enjoyed it, including Hamilton, because if you saw Hamilton in the post race interview, the he was he was so happy. I mean he obviously he won the race, so he is happy, but I think after a long time he had to really fight for it. He had to give in everything that he had. I think, something similar to what he had to do in Turkey last year, where he would have to be at his hundred persons work. Then, yeah, there was that radio message from him as well. It leave it up to me and I mean he delivered, so hha. Shortly after that, actually, I heard a radio message on worst happens radio. Well, they basically told him they told him that, you know, if you need anything, let us know. Otherwise you're on your own leg. We are not going to stop you anymore any overall, I think we're saying it's it's an amazing race. I mean definitely it is all I hope from for race one of a brand new season with legends and amazing races and amazing teams in the race, good battle on the top, although again, I don't know if I can say it or not, but I would have hoped to see a different podium result. Hamber bought at ten as old as time any who. But Yeah, besides the FIA thing, I think it was it was an amazing weekend. Who Strode out as the driver of the day for you, so Um, for me? For me, I think it...

...would be wast happen. I I was a little confused between Hamilton and what's happen, but I think at the end of the day I am a bigger fan of was stopping on Hamilton, so I'm going to give it to him. So yeah, so what's happened? I think he he did everything right that he could do. Honestly, speaker, he a lot of people did kind of criticize him for doing that move on the outside on turn for but I don't blame her. No, Oh yeah, I agree. You know, as son I had said, if you remember that, if you don't go for that gap, you're not a race driver anymore. In fact, I feel like that was that was a perfect thing to do. I mean a Kudos to him for even doing it in the sense like he's up against a seven time world champion, way more experienced driver. He's he's way younger than him and the way he's pushing another legend is just just so amazing to see. Oh yeah, and like for sure, like he he was as well, a hundred percent in the race. He was pushing as hard as he could and he's matured so much. And Yeah, I've have no words. Like when I started watching f one and when, you know, wast happing came in and, you know, there was this buzz all around when he had came in. He had come into a fun and at that point I was not super impressed. But over the years I've seen him mature, I've seen him, you know, become a little less hot headed, but at the same time maintaining the aggression that's required. And Yeah, I think he probably really deserved the win. I wouldn't say that Hamilton doesn't resolve the win anything, but if if the weird turn for things didn't happen, I think that we're probably was stopping, would had come out better at the end of the race. Yeah, so what about you are Kash for who would be your driver of the day for today? Driver number two, as always, had this curse of Red Bull where you know it's it sense its what one two years it's just being sad to see what's been happening with driver to and it's all been Max at that team. But then to see Perez a e could as to him because coming into this team new the way he came almost at the edge of the seat towards the end of the year, not knowing if he's going to be there, not having the car that he would have hoped and, to that matter, or not not knowing if he's even going to race in his first race right with the with the pre the formation lab issues, and then he comes in and starts from pit lane finishes what all the way at p five, I think. Yeah, P Five. Just as splendid drive from him, and I'm definitely sure Christians going to be happy to see both their drivers now battling hard where I can now probably hope press is going to give that tough fight on the top along step pain. So, yeah, yeah, I mean, yeah, great job at Paris. I mean starting twenty basically from pit lane and then coming in Vth is commendable. I mean, and that basically he won the driver of the day even in the race as well. Right. So, yeah, that did bias my decision, but then it couldas to him could has right. One one special shout out that I wanted to give was for Lando, because he written excellent shop today. I mean, he drove a very good race and came in fourth, right, I think. Yeah, and yeah, he got the edge over to Cardo at the start of the race and he maintained that throughout the race. He I didn't see him much except for the fight that he had with Charles. I didn't see much on the track, but I think sometimes not as good as well, because you know just keeping your head down putting in consistent laps, that that gains your results. So, in which case, what was their team for Biday for you? So I think the team of the day for me probably is Red Bull. Yeah, I mean they executed everything perfectly. They had amazing pit stops, they have an amazing pit crew and yeah, they delivered and Strategy Wise, did everything right. Not many issues with the car, except for the one that Paris had. And overall, I think red bull got both their teams, I mean both their drivers, finishing in good positions, P two for a stopping and P Five for Paris. So, yeah, they gained quite a bit...

...of points and yeah, I think red will really shined in this race. For me, yeah, what about you, a early Alpha Toury, it will be team. We didn't see the results that we would have hoped but for me I think the way they they shun was, you know, the good tuning between their team and the drivers, the good compliment that, you know, there was happening between the between the two to the fact that before Gast Lee was was out, he was contending for, you know, points in the top five or the table. We saw Yu keep deliver on the car space, you know, getting points in his in his first race at fone. So, overall, I can see some good chemistry between the drivers and between the drivers and the team. Not The result that we would hope for, but I still think their team's, you know, done so good to be the team for the day for me, going going on the fund side. Also, let's talk about a loser for the day. Let me start here. For me it was Nikitam as a pain, even in a fun way. There is, although I had hope to see Gross Gan number two in him, but I don't. I am I'm pretty sure I'm going to see that during the season, which is just begins. For me, he was he came in, as you know, someone who wanted to prove something and was gonna be aggressive on that track. Let's do this trying to push the car's limits. Pun Not Multiple Times in qualifying, let's do this during race and spun out again. It's like, yes, you are the man. So I had fun with me. Yeah, for me he's the loser of the day. Sarah, let's see your yours. Okay, I think for me is is bout ask, primarily because, I mean, he came in third by telegament. Hey. Yeah, he came in third in the Mercedes, and he came in third with thirty seven seconds away from the first two. I mean, come on, man, what Bot us? I thought I thought that first race was when you win and this is not how you win. It's just terrible performance. He was nowhere near Hamilton throughout the race. He never even caught into a battle with wastappen. It's just shameful that this point it's good for Mercedes that they have a really good card, but otherwise that seat would not be filled by Bot us at this point of time for sure, if they didn't have, you know, probably not the best card now, but the best card that they have had till now. So yeah, that was the loser of the day. I feel like he's thinking he's the leader of Formula One point five and that's where one point five begins. Yeah, I think I think so. So basically, we have Hamilton and we're staff in Formula One. Then rested the world and towards the Ada of Nikiam as a bit and yeah, this is going to be a fun season. So I have a feeling. Well, folks, overall, what a weekend it has been. Besides all their brands and, you know, all the cribbing that we've done, it was just a great weekend to see Formula One back on track and with a bang. With this was this was an excellent banger. Besides again if I playing party poopers, but nonetheless this was an excellent weekend. Let's let's stick with that. We've been we've been your host. So this was fan fiction until next episode, until the next race weekend, or unless we have a surprised episode between the races. You can stream us on your favorite streaming APPs or wherever you get your podcast. Don't forget to check us out and on our website at f one Fan fictioncom we are live. Drop us a message. If you don't have a favorite streaming platform, come listen to us on our website. We've got block posts and exciting other stuff for you. So see you there and until next episode. Signing of bye, bye,.

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