Broadcasting Toto Wolff complaining to F1 race director Michael Masi about the ‘Bolshoi on wheels’ (see ‘Mazespin’) was a piece of TV genius. Soon we might get even more interesting interactions like Ferrari asking: “Can we turn our engine back up now?” or Christian Horner accidentally mouthing off about Crofty’s commentary.
Daniel Ricciardo’s comeback drive in Portugal might not have been quite ‘Wattie’ at Detroit ’82, but he still put on a show coming through from 16th to ninth. His Pirelli Preservation Prowess™) was on show both there and Spain, where he finished sixth. Monaco next, a Honey Badger speciality.
What contributed so beautifully to an astoundingly not boring Spanish GP was a mix of strategies – to two-stop or not to two-stop, that was the question. Barcelona is a track which is trickier to pass on than the last Mini Roll in the packet – meaning the Brackley boys had to think out of the pit box to beat Verstappen. A second stop gave Hamilton the pace advantage he needed to close a 26sec gap in 16 laps. Virtuoso stuff – going all out for the win… In F1? Who woulda thought it?