It was never going to simmer down was it? After the gamesmanship of the qualifying session, the events of the race were almost guaranteed not to be a dull affair, particularly with the eagerly awaited rain to just add that little extra to the the proceedings, something that ended up not being needed, as it all happened and produced the following reactions.
Posted on Reddit by Rageoffreys
Well, we’ll start with the controversy right off the bat as Bottas really spiced up the race in under 1 corner.
Given Valtteri’s need for a new contract the conspiracies we’re always going to fly almost immediately with a shunt like that.
Now, we’re not saying that Mercedes would pull a stunt like this, but some teams definitely would.
Posted on Reddit by IceCreamForMemes
Staying on the theories, given what some fans seem to believe, this could have actually been a directive from the FIA.
As much as luck has fallen the way of the brit in recent weeks, there’s nothing more to it than that. The image of just Hamilton lining up on the grid was ripe for ridicule, particularly with those ever present theories.
Posted on Reddit by Geoboy7
As anyone whose played the F1 games knows, some elements of the simulation leave a little to be desired.
Anyone whose played an online race and knows what some people behind are prepared to do to win won’t have been surprised in the slightest when the first lap events unfolded.
Posted on Reddit by Xinu03
Mercedes obviously would prefer to have both cars in the points, however if they can’t have that, the placement of Red Bull after isn’t exactly the worst thing for them.
Those rumours of foul play are going to have fuel for a little while longer it seems.
Posted on Reddit by erazedcitizen
If you’d heard the current driver order on lap 4 without actually seeing the race, you’d believe they were pulling your leg rather than the information they’d actually given you.
That’s why rain and changeable, unpredictable weather causes such excitement though, as potentially boring races are turned completely around.
Posted on Reddit by Ok–bro
We can’t talk about this race without talking about Ocon’s work out front to keep Vettel behind under immense pressure with a slower car.
Equally, Alonso’s work to keep a very quick Hamilton behind almost certainly enabled Ocon to take his inaugural win and guarantee valuable points for Alpine in the Constructor’s battle.
Posted on Reddit by Schmuckiii
Everyone’s seen the footage of Senna making his car as wide as the track against Mansell at Monaco and today Alonso channelled that.
Either that of the Alpine airbox is so wide their mid season update was to make the car match it.
Posted on Reddit by bingomoxi
George Russell really is a class act. Upon seeing that Williams had a real opportunity to use the pace in the car along with the difficulty to overtake and most importantly, using his car to help Latifi no matter the personal cost to his result, the Brit immediately got onto the team to say he had no problems.
If he needed a contract, that’d certainly make him more favourable, and karma gave him his first points, an excellent job all round.
Posted on Reddit by Danbuarth
A lot of tongue in cheek with this one. As much as it’s funny to laugh about thing’s always go Hamilton’s way, the 7-time champion looked completely drained by the end of the race.
It’s remarkable after how hard he had to push after a minor mistake that he actually physically made it to the podium.
Posted on Reddit by Flesh_er
Maybe they just didn’t remember the protocol after winning, maybe they’ve just got into the Olympic spirit and created a new sport of F1 Biathlon (On the cards for Paris 2024?). Either way, watching the second race to the podiums was both sublime and ridiculous.
And that’s it before the summer break. Formula 1 does as it does and after the antics of qualifying, offers up an even higher bar for the drama level to clear. Hopefully it’ll simmer down in the time off and the drivers will amp up the drama all over again. When it does, we’ll be here to round it all up with the help of the internet.
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