THIS WEEK WE WELCOME TO THE PANEL: OLI, MATT, CALLUM AND EMMA WHO TALK THROUGH THIS WEEKEND’S RACE AT IMOLA AND WHAT THIS HISTORIC CIRCUIT MEANS TO EVERY FORMULA ONE FAN AROUND THE WORLD.
Callum discusses rumours and news from this past week, including the announcement that Pierre Gasly will remain at the Alpha Tauri team. We also touch on the news that Williams are retaining both if their drivers for next year, putting those rumours of a Perez move to bed.
Imola means a lot to the Formula One community, as it is widely associated with the tragic race weekend in 1994 which ended in the deaths of Ayrton Senna and Roland Ratzenberger. Matt takes us on a journey through that moment in history and the impact it has had on the sport. Emma pays tribute to Roland Ratzenberger, the young Austrian driver who sadly lost his life in qualifying of that weekend in 1994.
The circuit has changed since the 90’s and the panel have different views on if the sport should have returned to Imola and why the first half of the race was pretty boring. From lap 30 we saw a virtual safety car brought out by the retirement of Esteban Ocon, then the actual safety car caused by Max Verstappen beaching his Red Bull at the Tamburello corner.
This weekend was slightly different, we had no Friday practice to discuss as the race weekend consisted of two days, not that we missed the practice sessions, let’s be honest. With Mercedes grabbing another front row lock out in qualifying, with Valtteri Bottas taking pole position ahead of team mate Lewis Hamilton, we discuss the antics provided during the race. Mercedes gunning for their seventh world championship, Antonio Giovinazzi and his amazing starts of late, plus George Russell and the point he could have had. Emma gets super excited about two incidents involving Lance Stroll, a racing incident on lap 2 and the fact that he run over a mechanic during his pit stop. Matt discusses Sebastian Vettel’s 13 second pit stop and his thoughts on Ferrari’s performance.
We also discuss the retirements from the race, including Callum’s favourite for a podium, Pierre Gasly.
It was a touch and go race for Valterri Bottas, who suffered damage to his floor on lap 2. He benefited from the retirement of Max Verstappen, and with Alex Albon spinning out after the safety car restart, it gave Mercedes their seventh title, which put a massive smile on Oli’s face! A round of applause is also deserved in the midfield Daniil Kvyat made some last lap moves to take home 4th for Alpha Tauri and Charles Leckerc dragged the Ferrari home for 5th. A poor strategy decision from Racing Point left Sergio Perez in 6th.
Lewis Hamilton claimed his 93rd grand prix win, with Valterri Bottas on the podium next to him. Everyone’s favourite Aussie Daniel Ricciardo took the final podium place in a race that focused on strategy, lacked overtaking and told a great story.
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