Anyone catch the season opener? Looks like it’ll be an exciting season! Hoping to get to the Singapore race this year, we’ll see.
Some of my thoughts below, tagged for spoilers
What a final few laps! Hope we get a lot more of Verstappen and Hamilton tussling like this for the lead. Truly exciting.
It looks as though Red Bull have finally surpassed Mercedes with their car. It’s tough to judge since Perez had problems on the formation lap, but Perez managed to fight through the pack pretty well.
Verstappen… his Achilles heel is still his temper. I think they told him he had to swap positions with Hamilton and he just saw Red. His driving was totally changed after that moment. I honestly don’t think he could have overtaken Hamilton after ten laps let alone two, once they told him to swap.
Great to see Mclaren at the top of the midfield. Surprised to see them come out so strong after their PU supplier change. That’s a tricky thing to get right. Not really convinced this car suits Ricciardo’s driving style though. We’ll need to see him on some tighter circuits.
Predicting Alonso loses interest with Alpine before the season is over. Looking forward to snidely radio calls and passive aggressiveness towards the team. The stench of Cyril will hang over them all year. Maybe they’ll be able to overhaul for the new regs in '22, but for this year I don’t think we’ll see much from them.
Ferrari… nope. Another team waiting for '22.
Mazepin? More like Mazespin! Everyone’s least favorite driver, managed to get a Russian flag literally painted on the only American team in the sport . Kinda think this was the best possible outcome for him, he managed to crash out on lap 1 without taking anyone else out. I’m sure he’ll be responsible for another driver’s DNF at least once this year and then we’ll see sparks fly. Haas is another team waiting for '22.
Tsunoda will be a driver to watch. Saw him take some fantastic risks in the battle for P10, specifically against Raikonnen. At one point he closed his DRS before the car was settled, not sure if he did this on purpose or not but he managed to keep the car facing the right way - wow! Serious car control.
Overall great start to the season. If anyone is interested, an F1 journo Peter Habicht runs a US focused F1 Discord room. I usually hang out here during the odd hour races since bars aren’t open at 6 am - https://discord.gg/NHuf5Gfcd7