The only F1 race I have watched Live was in Brazil in 2010. It was an absolute snore-fest, the complete opposite of yesterday’s spectacle.
Max was doing everything right, overtaking the best drivers in the world wherever he wanted, maximising his tire strategy to perfection and miraculously passing a Mercedes engined car in a straight line.
Then 2/3rds through the race he was facing backwards and trying to rejoin the track. Initially I thought it was his fault, too eager to pull a gap on Hamilton in 2nd place. However once I saw the replay I was even more shocked to see an over-eager Esteban Ocon, a lapped driver, trying to overtake the leader of the race! A shocker and absolutely Ocon’s fault. What was he doing? Madness.
But… What was Max thinking? He was leading the race comfortably, with pace to spare and yet he picked a fight with a backmarker. He already started blocking Ocon on the main straight, defended to the inside of Turn 1 and then turned into Turn 2 as if Ocon had magically disappeared. It would have been wise to leave more room for the kamikaze who was trying to unlap himself. Ocon had nothing to lose, Max had everything to lose.
I was taught during my karting days that if I am involved in an incident, no matter how-what-where, it is my fault. I could have done something differently to have avoided the situation I found myself in.
The next time a backmarker gets close to Max, expect a different result.
What a race.