He did it!! He finally did it!
New regulations, new formula, new tires and a new winner. Well Vettel had won before but anything other than a merc winning feels new doesn’t it.
Ferrari had kept mum all through 2017 so far and testing showed they’re closer. It was still Mercs that dominated Saturday and Vettel eked out just enough ahead of Bottas and that was instrumental in converting P2 into win today
Vettel kept Hamilton company all through the opening stint never letting the number 44 Silver Arrow out of sight and when the latter pitted and emerged behind Verstappen, Vettel strung in good laps to emerge just a few tenths ahead of Hamilton and at that point of time the Race was won and lost and Hamilton had to suffice with 2nd. Bottas did come close though but in the end finished 3rd.
Kimi finished P4 after withholding Verstappen’s charge who finished P5
Massa ran a loner race in P6. He’ll be very happy with that, his teammate won’t be after retiring with brake issue in the second half.
The Force India converted a disappointing Saturday into a great Sunday, like they always do with Perez in 7th and new boy Ocon in 10th after battling Alonso and then Hulkenberg.
The Toro Rosso were once again the brilliant performers taking P8 and P9.
Hulkenberg finished just outside of points in P11 establishing that the Renault is behind his erstwhile team.
Behind them, Giovinazzi and Vandoorne rounded off those who finished. Giovinazzi’s performance was commendable while Vandoorne ran a horrible race with problems never leaving his side.
The list of non-finishers is long but the most heartbreaking was Haas especially after Grosjean’s performance yesterday.
Fernando Alonso ran a great race as well running into points until the very last when a suspension issue forced him out but by that time Ocon and Hulkenberg had mobbed him on the straight.
Ricciardo was the other driver who’d like to forget this weekend and his home race ended in a retirement.
So F1 is back, Ferrari won but the race overall was processional. Concerns that overtaking will be harder is sadly true. This guy’s tweet sums up today and the sport very well: