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Episode 9 · 1 year ago

2021 Spanish GP Race Discussion

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As the battle for the championship heats up, we had another good race at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya which held the 2021 Spanish GP. This race was a battle of strategies and Mercedes came out at the top.Visit us at f1fanfiction.comIn this episode we discuss:1. Gianpiero Lambiase vs Pete Bonnington - The Battle of strategies2. Toto talks to Micheal Masi3. Red bull strategists caught snoozing4. HAM complains about tires yet again!5. Giovinazzi has a tea break at pitstop.6. Alonso, Vettle and Raikonnen have a Sunday roadtrip7. Ferrari back with a vengence!8. Ricciardo steals lando's car9. Stroll proves his worth10. Bottas being bullied in the school backyard11. FIA listens to F1Fanfiction12. F1 bought to you by Toto WolffJoin us at Socials:Twitter: @f1fanfictionInstagram: @f1fanfictionMusic: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/FanFiction By Anirudh Mendiratta @MontanaDesi on Twitter

Hey, man, toto has money everywhere now. I think anybody who ever wins total always wins. That's that's basically the formula. Forever work. Fiafone, sponsored by Toto Wolf. Hello and welcome to another episode. You are listening to Fone fan fiction. We are your hosts. I am a Ksh and this is sorry and this is a podcast to where we deconstruct the race weekend that was and wasn't this week, the Spanish Grand Prix, according to me at least, was a weekend where the race was between Gen Pierre or lambs and Pete Bonnington. What do you say, Soren? Just so people who don't know, John Pierre Lambias and Pete Bonnington are basically rese engineers for was stopping and Lewis. And Yeah, I agree that. You know, even though these amazing drivers were battling it out on the track, the real race was, you know, pretty much on the strategy side, on the pit wall, where the strategists basically, you know, made the big decisions. And Yeah, that's how this race was one and I think it was kind of unique. In this season in general, the strace, that strategy has not been a very big fact upal now, and I think this Ray is was pretty unique in that sense totally. Usually we never get to see Spanish Gran Pris being these. This exciting because that the tracks thin, the designers are sadist. He's basically broken points where you could have overtake moments and that's it. That's wort. It makes it boring. I mean the great position and maybe an initial overtake is what decides who's going to win. But this one was slightly different. Is there were more there were smarter people sitting behind pit walls and deciding what needs to happen, which is what we saw during the weekend. And not just that, though. I mean even if you know, this truck is comparatively narrower as compared to a lot of the tracks and, as you said, like you know, a lot of votings don't happen, but it speaks to how all of these teams have, you know, kind of are matching in performance. Now that we did see a lot of a vertics on track like it wasn't that it was just a train that was going by. Everybody had to really fight for their positions and hold onto them with their deal lives, while not much shuffling. There was definitely shuffling happening on that leader board. It was a good weekend. It was a good weekend for me, though I didn't like the results. As usual, handwork, Bart Rudos, Scudos to Hamilton for that hundredth pole. It's not an easy feat. It's a big achievement and the victory with obviously because of his recent engineers help, but his victory nonetheless. Yeah, yeah, definitely, I mean it just I mean it was inevitable that he was going...

...to get that hundred pool now or the next race. And Yeah, it's it's just amazing. I mean, first of all, the track itself is quite challenging, like I was driving on the track just a couple of days ago on my similar rig. But yeah, and the track is, you know, it's really good in the sense that it has really nice streets. It has a couple of them, three of them, and then it also has really technical corners and which are really punishing on your tires. And Yeah, Hamilton is a very technical driver and he basically proved his worth and got that pole position. No doubt all teams have their car testings done on this track. Is this track is is good nonetheless. But that first lab start was just so aggressive. If we were to go back to the race, honestly, I was super excited as soon as Max showed that aggression got that overtake. The interesting part was they didn't crash into I I would have accepted that result as well. then. Never do crash, though. You know that. That's one thing about them, and in fact I think in the last race both of them had actually kind of mentioned this in one form or another, that the fact that they have so much trust in each other that they will not, you know, just run into each other. They can really push their cars to the limit and still, you know, come out of it unscathed. Right, right, but it was. It was a very aggressive and and amazing, you know experience, Legend move or whatever. I check, because you can put in there, and to me that sort of was hey, this is the new race result, because you're not going to see much happening from now. And you could see Max, you know, going ahead creating that gap with Hamilton, so it's like, yeah, this is pretty much a done deal. And at that time the other exciting part was Le Clerc was also a position three because he had had an amazing start as well. Yeah, and both as as as expected in this season, at least from what I can see, he had a bad start. He was stuck behind Charles for a very long time. Yeah, and yeah, it was. That was kind of weird to see. You know, were Hamshut legs right? Yes, that's that's right. Yeah, I was pretty stoked for it. And Yeah, that's pretty awesome. None like boat as though, like he still was, in a way, still better than Paris, I would say, because if you see the whole strategy battle between Max and Lewis, the fact that Paris was not present where he was supposed to be played into the hands of mosidies. So you know, both as...

...even though, whatever people say, he still is the perfect candidate for the number two drive that they require for Hal for Lewis, agree, and press sort of not having that weekend. I'm still confused, actually, to be honest, about Peres, because Peres is performing better than the last two experiments that red bull has had, but he's sort of still a hit in a mess. He's had a few spins. Benefit of doubt, I mean he's still figuring out the cockpit. But I mean, you're you're a world class raiser doesn't take this much time to figure out the seat, although I think Perez will get there eventually. He's still better than the last two experiments and it was good to see boat as being pere as this race, because he was out on those tires forever. Both as as having fun watching boat as, to be honest, is I think he's finally proving to have his in coades, proving my point filter on, because he was out there forever on those those tires, which eventually played good for him. I think post interview when he was blocking Hamilton, if he was blocking, he said he try to block. Right, he tried to. He just did a gentle NOCHILI try to. But then Hamilton was like, I'm not dealing with this, which which makes me wonder, because it's it's interesting how mercidies gets so anxious, flustered, whatever, you know, those sort of mindset, attitudes, adjectives are again, because Magepin, I mean yeah, he was being massipin for sure, and just stupid, but but toto was on the radio. That's a first for me. And then as soon as Hamilton was getting closer to boat as again, Bono was on the radio. Don't hold back Hamilton. I'm like, what the fuck? Yeah, I mean that that was actually new, right. That graphic, you have never seen that traffic, like the radio between the team principle and Michael Mass use, the race director. That's pretty awesome. I mean, I'm glad we got to see that. It was something. I think this is something new that they are trying, and the lots of other things it seems like these that these guys are trying these days, although I don't know how much time already lose back there with with magic pin, we shouldn't have been much mean. Yes, blue flag, he'll let you go in one corner. But no, I think I think toto was just, you know, tense that Mazepen my just spin in right front of Hamilton and came out, or something like instant spin, something like a bay played due hey. But but because of that incident I'm...

...starting to like my as opin he well just could have become my favorite driver on track. Yeah, yeah, however, Yeah's. I think the thing about that is you know, as you mentioned, that that most of these probably gets a little anxious. is primarily because the fact that most of these are not used to following cars in general, they are, I feel, more fine tuned towards just leading the lap and driving in clean air. That's what they are best at. And if you've noticed this, any time Hamilton kind of is stuck behind anyone, he kind of starts backing up a lot until and unless he knows that he can like, you know, overtake the person instantly, because I feel that most ofies does not deal with the hot air coming out from the back of the car that's ahead of him, and that's why they have to account for that every time when they are stuck behind anybody else. Nor do I think they handle pressure well too, because we saw, we saw what happened with Hamilton as he crashed outed like when he wasn't doing so well, and am Alla Right, yeah, and I think like this is probably a result of them being leaders so much that they don't know how to deal with being midfield. I also sort of have negative thoughts about Mercedes here, because the way they behave it shows super favorite as him, towards Hamilton, and that sort of plays against boat as his confidence as well. Right, like, I mean, what the fuck? I think put as his contract already has a very small fight print there. That you are you're hired as a wingman. Well, I think he expects that. But true. The other thing that, the other annoying bit that is consistent now is Hamilton complaining about tires man again, like towards that chase, when he was he was chasing him Max down, he came back on radio saying he's not going to have tires towards the end and what three laps, four laps and you ver tex. I'm like, Dude, if I was there ould I just lapped you right now. Yeah, that's a bit annoying these days. I mean I last year I he did come on the Radeo sometimes, but I mean again, you know, most of the Times he would be I had like thirty seconds ahead of Max is, something like that, and he would like come up on the radio once or twice, like you know, in two a three races, saying that my tires are gone and the fastest club. But these days I think it's getting a lot more annoying that he pretty much does that every race. And right after that, clearly is stars are not going to clearly he's playing some mind games to, you know, just discourage or rather like mislead other teams. Yeah, I mean...

...nobody's buying it. Come on, yeah, now nobody's buying it. Definitely it's become the thing of, you know, crying wolf at this point. Yeah, also, I don't know if it's just to gain sympathy, if that's the sentiment right, because, oh, look how well I won, even after the adversary that I might have run into these tiles. Anyways, I mean on the other side, on the other side of the competition, Red Bull, they were sort of having not a good day as well, because they usually have that DHL fastest pit stop. This one, this one time. I think they didn't get much love from DHL this time. Yeah, I think. I think that Ur be are basically has a season pass for that award. That probably just gives it at the start of the year. That, yeah, it you word for most fuss, just pit stops. He's it. I think they probably didn't pay Dah enough funny this time. Yeah, and I think like that puts that that four point two second pits to the first bit stuff with Max and it's still I still haven't gotten my thoughts completely around it yet, but if they would have immediately pitted him after Hamilton came inside, probably they could have still had a chance to that. That first position actually the four point two second fit stop, which was the fourth first pit stop. I was a little tense at that point, but Max pulled it off pretty well. Like he I think he was the first person to put right during the first tint and he pitted and I think Hamilton pitted the next lap and we're start one. was still able to pull off a nice gap and still kind of stay ahead of Hamilton. But ye are the second pit stop that Hamilton did. I don't know what what bill was thinking. It was just weird. They could had I feel they it feels to me that red bull lost the race rather than mercendies winning. It. Yes sense that they they could had easily won the race if they could had just Mimic Hamilton strategy. That's all they had to do. Probably out of practice at this point because it's been seven years since what they want had with whitels. Well, they're like, Oh wow, yeah, this could happen. Yeah, we don't know how to handle this. Let's start learning. Credit to most of these strategic do you know, I was a little shocked when he had put it so. If you remember, like there was no radio message at also, usually you hear these box, box, box radio messages right right before the pit. I I haven't actually gone back and heard the like radio of Hamilton, but I don't think there was any message, because they do usually feature that on TV. So probably that was a very smart move. They probably had some coded message somewhere in the radio which indicated to him that you need to pit and they pitt it. And at...

...that point I was really shocked that, you know, this is either wing to be a like a master via a complete disaster kind of a situation. But yeah, they pulled it off and if you remember the like Bono, his race engineer came onto the radio and said, you know, if we have done this before, yeah, again, I'll go for it. Yeah, I think this was a plan mode decided on the table before the races as a contingency if things fell into this zone. And it did and it worked out perfectly well. So go just do that saction. Hey, folks, you're listening to fun fan fiction. If you haven't already checked us out on our social media, go right now follow us on our install and twitter. Both of our handles are at their ate. If one fan fiction, there's some amazing polls, contests posts coming out on those. So be a part of the community and join us there. Also be a part of the community with fun fantasy codes for which are also up on our social media. Sir, come follow us on our social media. If you haven't yet checked us out on our website, go check us out on fe Fan fictioncom. Reach out to us at contact us at the rate F one Fan fictioncom right to us to what you want to see in the next episode, what you do want to see in in what we do, and and just be brutal to us, because, yeah, honesty is what we want. Yeah, let's get back to the episode section. Talking about pitch stops. Geove Nazi was having an amazing and a brilliant pit stop. What was that? They got a tire which was punchured. fucked. How the Hell is it tired? functioned in their pits, man. I mean good, good spotting on the gun guy, because he saw that it was it was punched. But yeah, bunch of finding. Three of that trees in Germany with mercidies. If you remember, they had come up in that classic costumes where Hamilton, was it Hamilton or was it both? As what a terrible like fifty two pit stop or something like, and there is running around the field. I mean I didn't realize they had a puncher and as like, why is this guy running with a tire into the garage again? Are they retiring his car? What is happening? But the clock was still lawns as like, what is happening? But a one minute pit stop, man, what was nothing, nothing bad happened, which is a good part. He was having a good day, which is a good part. It is just this one moment that was hilarious. Just yeah, with what got it interesting after that was because of that pit stop, Alonzo and Geo came into striking distance and Alonso had a good overtake on Geo. Alonso was alonzo was in a different genre...

...to I think he's. He's starting to like that Alpine. ALPEAN's performing better. That all been starting to grow. On Lonzo, he starts starting to fit better into that cockpit. Yeah, just a good just a good weekend by Alonzo and he ended up pretty low on the board. I'm kind of confused at feeling as if they were yeah, good on piece. OAKON seemed to be flying through us. Was Alonso as well. And then, I don't know, I probably need to Devis it, but yeah, something terrible happened that it end up seventeen from the boot. Oh yeah, I mean at one point the hilarious part was, I think lap twenty nine or wherever, he came on to the radio saying the car is not perfect, the engine isn't performing as well as it should, and I'm like GP to engine. Just say those words and I'll but it was good to see him. I think at some point he was up there. There was there was a good battle happening on that track. He was chasing wet all and they came close a couple of moments but he never got a chance to get past him. Yeah, I think. I think there was a point where it was basically wettal followed by Alonso followed by I can and that really remind me. Is it? What I was is it? Isn't that more like a road trip that rolley you and I would take like on a stroll on a Sunday? Let's just drive behind each other so that you know we are together, and we post seemed like old friends out on a drive exactly. And and and it was really funny, like Alonso was like back trying to overtake metal on track, and then they pitted on the same lap itself and Alonso got a better pit stop than metal and he took him on the pit lane. That's that's where your spout was. Just a the over take handed off to Alonso. That to me sounds like yeah, man, I gotta take a restroom break. Okay, let's let's all stop. I'm done, I'm going to start going ahead. Yeah, something like that. That reminds me of, you know, on top gear, whenever one of those guys like messes up the rest you just leave. Oh Man, yeah, these three are the the top gear host. Who Do you think is a Jellmy clockson out of this Sherry Me Alonso, man, I think like he's that's right to be especial. Exactly what James May is right. Can and the oldest rude...

...there makes sense. What is the Richard Hammond? anyways, let's get back to have one. Yeah. So, yeah, but overall I think Alpine has improved the performance since the season, like start of the season, and it seems like they are gaining some ground. Overall. I'm hoping to see them in the top ten more often. Yeah, what they were is now and O'connor is just he's brilliant this year and I think he's doing so good. I think he has learned his lessons from his previous stints in racing point of force India at that time and also observing Mercedes, Yep, sitting in the garage. Yeah, definitely, and yeah again, ninth position. That's really good. I've got some two points. So awesome work. The other surprising team on the track has been Ferrari. Is that it? I think they just messed up that one year to fuck up with whetals career. But Oh man, that's some vengeance right, right, fuck up ore and time season, because now they are stimless with you. That's they are finishing amazing on quality. Charles has had an amazing for race. I think he's finished with six four, sixth four or something like that, for six. For Six. Science is fitting well into that car. He's had science and land over at it, like Lando, who's running third in the championship table at the moment. So far, I's definitely getting some some good change from what would they had last year. What is interesting to me, you, was to see how Lando statement has grown over the year. If you remember that statements are sorry, the which one? So last year, I think when Lando and Carlos we're going to a part one of the press interviews. Someone asked Lando, are you going to miss hi? When he says no, I think I'll just wave at him as a go. Yes, the straight and overtake, the Ferrari, that one, and how the positions and the tables everywhese. Now we're where. Carlos had a smooth and simple overtake on Lando. No waving, I'm pretty sure. Yeah, that's true. Actually right, that is. But but the thing is, you know, did you notice the like the constructor stable mcclaren still number three? And Yeah, they are the only team who have had consistent points for finishes among all mid fieldings in all resistant now and it's it's basically a repeat of last year as your as we had mentioned, you know sometime earlier in the previous episode that the secret behind McLaren's good performance pretty much is consistency and the fact that the...

...culture in the team is pretty good, that I have not seen any friction between board drivers in the previous years, as well as this year as well, till now. Yeah, although did it. I feel like this wapped cars between Lando and regarder this weekend because, well, what was lander doing and then, with the same words, what was regarded doing? Wow, yeah, that's true. You had a brilliant race. I think he gained some positions at the start of the race itself and then he held on to it and, yeah, finished sixth. That's just awesome. Like, I think this probably was the race where he like regained his confidence in the car, I guess. And look where Lando ended up and where Daniel is. So, yeah, that shows he had a brilliant race. Something seems off from Lando side and in this race. But it also the fact that, you know, he is still third in the leaderboard and I think expectations for land to have significantly increased this season from everyone and it feels like, you know, he did terribly, but he actually ended up eath which is not too bad either. Yeah, probably one of those off races. Ricardo stealing his car, or what about in the garages? I think. I think in the midnight, like the card is just sneaked into the garage, leaks, which the label doesn't think. Let's see how this car feels. Yeah, I can imagine this. Now I understand what happened. Okay, so basically he changed the cars and land is much shorter than Ricardo, so ladder wasn't able to fit in the seat very well. And that's you like heels or something, which the pendants and like drew him off. Yeah, I don't think this strategy worked with Mercedes, though, because I mean at the end of the day, boat as will still remain boat as, so even if they swapped cars. Yeah, I think Hamilton, Hamilton carries the advantage with him, that is, him himself. The other place this car to work is also with has right, because, as a pin, needs to maintain his reputation. Yeah, has has. I'm not worked worried about has. So they have me. No one's worried about us. Only Jean Hass is worried about has. No one is worried about us. Gene has to probably is like has be like, you know, I don't care about this anything. This is more of an embarrassment, I think, any time Jean goes out into the public. What's your name? I'm gene. What's your last name? I don't have one. Right, I don't even want to...

...talk about them. anyways. Let's move on now. But thinking about has, the only comparison point that comes to mind after this race is Nikita versus stroll because, in a more direct words, they bought they both bought seats into the into their table. But Stroll has this experience, if you will, that shows on the track, right, because I think towards the end of the race they were having, stroll was going at it with Gas Lee. There could have been a Harse movemental keep it in general, not to name any formal drivers, but there could have been a harse moment where both the cars could have been out right Grossa Gruge, both guys could have been out. But I think stroll just realized that. He did go out of that track onto the chicane and considered the position back to Gas Lee, and that shows right, that's the experience. Versus P are outright buying out the seat. Yep, no, definitely. I think stroll has, you know, shut the mouths of all his critics by now. He has completely proven that he totally deserves that seat, even if he has bought it. And and honestly speaking, you know, F one is a sport which requires a lot of funds and talent. Is Not all that you require, right, like, after all, you need money to build this cars and to do research and, you know, improve upon the car and everything. So, yeah, money is a very big factor in this car, I mean in the sport. So I think, I think people are and if we think about it right, like even a lot of older drivers were pay drivers. To think about it, like think about Nicolauda. He too was a pay driver, like though he had kind of funded it himself, but he pretty much got the loans on his family's name. Yeah, so, yeah, there have been legends in the sport who bought their way in, but they but you know, it's basically like this. The money can get you the foot in the door, but to stay inside you need talent, and stroll has got it. And to get appreciation, to write, like at this point the only person appreciating Nicketham Agepin is his father. Yeah, and you know, ton of bots that I see on twitter. Yeah, we're constantly depending him. Yeah, yeah, because I think the budget was split by Papa Magepin halfway. Two has an half went into the Internet. So someone could save his ass after this now. But the money factor is really awesome and and in the sense that you can see it on that track because even...

...after the points table, all of these drivers, it's adrenaline mixed with money because because it still gets you on the championship table somewhere, that there are battles all the way to the end. Right, because Latifee was going at it with with mixshure, macer Russell's been proving himself at that. Williams, I think he finished quite up then the usual Williams right. He was, oh yeah, fourteen, so that's quite up for a Williams. It's just this fire to get your team up and to prove yourself that he's nineteen drivers have shown on track and and the the exciting part for me was like towards the FAG end of the race, right after points, there was a battle for Leven and that was amazing. Right, is so dud too, simply awesome. I remember that. I saw I was seeing that and I was really confused. What is going on? It seemed like like everybody was crowding boot as. For some reason. It seemed like, you know, the playground in in a school, like in lunch time. Everybody was surrounding vote as and willing him. You was basically stuck in the battle for ten, I think. Yeah, it was stroll ghastly. Someone else, Oh God, I think, was also in the mix. Yeah, Oh, con and one more driver, somebody. And I think basically these were five cars which is traveling together and put us with the center. That was really entertaining towards. And the really awesome fact about this, reason general, was we did get to see all of that on TV. Like it's not yet just the battles in the front and I think probably a five. Listening to a point. Yeah, I definitely want to take complete I think f one fan fiction takes complete credit to this weekend. Sky Sports. Tell it has in some sense. Yep, because they basically started showing these picture and picture battles. Is same as we had mentioned in the previous episode, right. Yeah, I think like someone at Fi is is follower. He's heard us, he's seen that we like a fron TV more. So why not have sky sports also showed that way? And it was good to see. I was I was following the science versus Ricardo Battle and I didn't want to miss out on Hamilton because he was closing in the gap, and they showed that picture in picture. So yeah, Yep, that was. I feel that's the perfect way of showing multiple actions going on in the track. So, yeah, that's really awesome, because this is a unique sport in that sense, because there's no center of attention for the race. Right like the center of attention is pretty much every driver. So yeah, any battle, yeah, any battle is sent because some of these overtakes are so brilliant and I wouldn't want to miss out, even if it's make sure make a overtaking naked Rome has been for that, which which I think we probably will be seeing throughout...

...the season. Yeah, yeah, anyways, though, I think this race was Yat another good race and falls in the, you know, same theme as the other races. We're pretty much we know that this is going to turn up into a battle for the championship, though Hamilton is really leading on the battle right now, but it's clear that both of these drivers are kind of at their peak right now and just, you know, going at it, and this is just the fourth race. But yeah, I think this is the start. So we can expect a lot more from them to yeah, and you raise a very amazing point as well, which is we're not just going to see that battle for that Chad driver championship between Hamilton and Max. I think this the third spots also going to be very interesting, with Landola, cleric and and boat as. Yep, that's true, and it's really interesting. Right Lando is third, photas is somewhere down the light. Yeah, so it I think, also would affect the driver's, I mean like the constructors championship, because it kind of all depends on how pare is performs and if he's able to end up ahead of Botas, that could drastically change the plans that mescendies has for next year, because you know, that might just make them lose their constructors championship and I don't think the people are must desire going to be happy about that at all. Yeah, I mean toto has now his own money into Mercedes, so he's going to be more anxious talking to even toto has money everywhere. Now that's true to I think anybody who ever wins total always wins. That's that's basically the formula forever. One fiafone sponsored by toto wold, but it wasn't if like like basically so sec he owns mercedies. He has, I think, part share of MERCED C partly owns Ashton Martin to and he, I think he's the manager for both. As for George Russell and one another guy, I think I forget who. There was another person who total was manager of but basically he's forming this multi team conglomerate. So for folks who are somewhat interested into finance, this is what we call vested interest. This is such a conflict of interest I don't understand. How is this allowed at all? Like, yeah,...

...just doesn't make sense to me. All in all, a good weekend. I think we take a week's break before we come back, this time around to Monaco. It's going to be interesting to see Monica because while for our doesn't have a straight line pace, I think it's still got the pace to challenge the top teams. If it's not. You know those, those fast tracks, and Monacau is just right there. But historically Red Bulls had red bulls, I've always had an advantage at Monaco. Hamilton's at his speak of the career. Since seven years now it has speak has turned into Plato. Now you know amount platinum out rest. Yeah, so it's going to be an interesting race weekend from now and and folks will see you there until until the next episode. This is a fun fan fiction signing of a Bye.

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