I have even more respect for him than I already did, knowing he had to have been pretty damn good to stay that close with Max. A driver not being awful is apparently worth almost a second a lap in that car! Gasly has to have some kind of massive blackmail on RBR, is the only possible reason I can think of as to how he's still employed.
There's always an unofficial behind-the-scenes driver ranking system in the paddock that runs on its own merits, so I assume that's what's been at work.
I’m imagining Ferrari designing their whole car around Monza to save the embarrassment of losing there again.
The argument against that is Honda of course. My argument would be: Alonso driving with an Honda and praising Honda would be the absolute best PR they could ever hope for. "See, even our biggest critic is a fan now".
Yeah, the design philosophy of their car gave them initial pace and good handling but left them vulnerable and more limited in the development race, which is why Mercedes and Red Bull are starting to stretch out more and more.
He's definitely on the list of drivers who need to have an awesome second half to keep their seat. If he wins 5 times, he'll probably be back. Bottas, Gasly, Grosjean, and Kubica could all be elsewhere next season.
It kept me watching for the last few laps, thrilling stuff. I do kind of wonder why maybe Merc didn't pit Lewis at the same time as Max just to put on softs as well, but they probably didn't want to risk anything.I thought Merc had thrown away their chance when they pitted Hamilton, but it ended up being easier than expected. It's easy to criticise RB for keeping Max out but track position is a big deal in Hungary.
Also, another stellar performance from Sainz, RB must be kicking themselves for letting him slip away as they sure could do with him in that second car right now.
I think so. He started the season really strong and has just gotten worse and now back to his 2018 form.
Bottas 2.0 got his firmware rolled back to Bottas 1.25.
Max is the guy Merc would Trade Hamilton for.
Max learning his craft has still been better than loads of drivers who came and went. You'd rather see Vergne or Ericsson ?Max is finally starting to deliver. The raw talent has always been there, now he is settled and more mature behind the wheel. Max is still far from the finished article (worryingly for everyone else).
Too many damn kids come in to F1 when they are far from ready, I hate how F1 has become a "finishing school" for young talent. I don't want to watch drivers learning their craft in F1, lower categories/formula exist for a reason.