That visor cam footage is amazing. You really get to see how much the car shakes, plus it gives a good indication of how little the halo really affects a driver’s view compared to when looking at it from the outside of the car. Thanks for sharing it, @John_Scully
Hamilton looked really deflated in an interview yesterday. I get that Merc will have upgrades, but if they’re already on the back foot then it’s not promising. Their upgrades will just bring them to where RB & Ferrari are today so assuming they also bring updates too, Merc will always be playing catch-up.
I’m not quite into @Corona’s “ZZZZZzzzzzzz” territory but F1 has got to the point where almost identically expert drivers hurtle around a track in almost identically (and ludicrously) fast cars which can be a bit yawn inducing.
E.g. - the difference in qualifying times for Verstappen (pole) and Hamilton (7th on the grid) is just 676milliseconds - given the 90-odd second lap times that is just 0.75% difference in the performance of the two drivers/cars - not forgetting that there are 5 drivers inbetween, even tinier percentage points different from the lead driver.
Lots of action from #3 downwards, which fortunately meant we didn’t see anything of the Red Bulls or hear the insufferable Christian Horner until the final lap.
Ferrari’s pace doesn’t seem there quite yet. Although Leclerc did well to hold Checo back as long as he did, it was clear that - like last year - they can perform well on Saturday but don’t deliver on race day. They’ll undoubtedly mess up the strategy comme d’hab in any case.
Mercedes did better than I expected but I can’t see them winning many (any?) races this season.
Aston Martin, however, wow… Great drive by Alonso. I’m not normally a huge Lance Stroll fan but he had a great race too. Maybe I was too harsh in the past and now he’s got a decent car he’ll prove me wrong after all.
After today’s race I still don’t like Bahrain as a circuit. Would not be unhappy if it was dropped from the calendar.