Just a quick race report today. My buddy Alexander and I have been discussing and analyzing the first corner incident extensively. The bottom line is that Kimi saved Vettel a couple of times last year in similar situations. He backed off to save Vettel because Vettel was in front. And Vettel in the same situation today – well, he did not.
Kimi did run wide but was still in front. But Sebastian was pushing so hard to pass Kimi on the inside that replays shows he even lost his rear a bit and had to correct. Up comes Kvyat on the inside. Which is where Vettel should have braked hard to avoid contact. Kvyat saw a gap and went for it. Not much to criticize there. He may have gone in too hot that would have gotten him in danger of contact with Kimi as well if Vettel hadn’t been there. But hard to say. Which is apparent from Arrivabenes statement as well. He practically exonerated Kvyat and with that is actually implying that Vettel was the man that should have been smarter.
And Vettel shows that he knows it all too well by his actions. Apologizing on the radio. Desperately trying to blame Kvyat on the radio and in front of the cameras. I am not impressed. And I doubt Kimi is either. I hope Vettel gets it thoroughly in debriefing.
Having said that, Kimi made a stellar recovery. He was dead last twice and still finished 5th. After the crash he was 22nd. And after his second stop he was dead last as well. And it’s not like that there were any free places given away by retirements. All 22 cars finished. Which amazingly is only the 6th time that has happened in Formula 1 since 1950. Thankfully, there was a safety car that helped him out a bit.
Highlights was Kimi passing Snot-ass like it was nothing. And people wanted Bottas to replace Kimi? Don’t make me laugh. And Kimi keeping Hamilton behind him like a boss. And when Kimi came up behind Hamilton towards the end of the race, he made minced meat of the poser. #Blessed
Kimi jumps out of the car and we see Vettel desperately trying to explain his idiocy to Kimi. Kimi nods and keeps walking. Ain’t nobody got time fo that! I’ve had it with Vettel. Kimi has had the better of him so far this season. Even with Ferrari putting most of their efforts and support behind the German. And Vettel is feeling scared. And fear leads to anger. And anger leads to making ridiculous moves in the race. And that leads to suffering for the fans.
All right. I’m done. Bring on Russia.
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