(@peartree) 17th November 2019, 18:57. However, even if you judge that it was a full safety car situation, it still reflects poorly on race control given they seemed to be rather slow to react. And magically he can still pull the SC back in the second time around despite 3 cars retiring during then (Stroll also dropped out), to give one last frenzied lap of racing. @fer-no65 @gufdamm It was more or less a carbon-copy of the Ricciardo-Magnussen incident which led to a penalty handed out to the attacking driver, so would be double-standards if this would get the racing incident-classification. Because I can show you lots of serious crashes for having the cars all together (today we have one more). It was thus left to Gasly to defend from a rampaging Hamilton â and he did so brilliantly, holding off the Briton in a thrilling drag race to the line on the final lap to claim P2. Red Bullâs silky pit work meant that Verstappen was held for 1.9s to Hamiltonâs 3.3s, allowing him to re-take the race lead when Vettel pitted for softs on Lap 50. Very good points all around. Norris: Stroll never learns from mistakes. Vettel was going into the corner with a head of steam and Leclerc was not going to give him an inch on the outside. Fer no.65 (@fer-no65) 17th November 2019, 19:03. They completed 65 laps and the 90% mark is 63.9. How is this his fault? Can we finally rename the Safety Car for something else? If this wasn’t the perfect scenario for which the VSC was invented for, I don’t know what is. He was right, with Verstappen passing him immediately into Turn 1 on the Safety Car restart on Lap 60, as Albon brilliantly muscled past Vettel for P3. Hamilton stopped again for mediums on Lap 44, with Verstappen covering his move a lap later. Having repeatedly tried and failed to get past Leclerc, Lap 51 also saw some tell-tale smoke puff from the rear of Bottasâ Mercedes. Required fields are marked *. It was also a copy of Leclerc on Norris earlier in the race. At most, I think that a virtual safety car would have comfortably sufficed for that incident – it didn’t take that long for the car to be cleared, and Bottas parked the car in about the easiest place he could have in order for the marshals to recover it. Q1 107% time - 1:13.018 Note - Leclerc drops 10 grid places for use of additional power unit element. Bottas tried to avoid a SC and make the marshalls’ job easier. Two times we had a good move with him and that, all the time, brought us into first and from then I could control the race with the tyres I had. Red Bull won the support of Mercedes on Saturday for a call to freeze Formula One's engine rules so they might continue using Honda's power unit after the Japanese have left at the end of 2021. Once the frontrunners had all pitted, then, it was Verstappen pulling away from Hamilton â at a rate that was enough for Hamilton to question both Mercedesâ decision to put him on softs and whether he had an engine issue â with Vettel on mediums ahead of Bottas on hards in fourth, Albon on mediums and Leclerc on hards sixth. I think there was a Williams cars that took much longer than rest to get behind the pack. â****** idiotâ was Magnussenâs own succinct judgement. Can you remember in the 70 years of F1 a crash with a car being towed for a so short distance under yellow flags in the inside of a corner? The gaps between each driver on every lap compared to the leader’s average lap time. READ MORE: Leclerc and Vettel apologise for race-ending clash as Ferrari boss reserves judgement on blame. Then the scything began in earnest for Leclerc, with the Ferrari man having moved easily past Pierre Gasly for P6 by Lap 10. Vettel was aggressive, meanwhile, moving sharply right to cover off Hamilton. Unbelievable. I am inclined towards the position that @phylyp takes, which is that it didn’t look like the marshals needed a safety car, given that Bottas had parked close to the access road, was easily accessible by the marshals and in a position where it was unlikely that another car would strike Bottas’s car. And while Verstappen made his eighth career win look relatively straightforward for him, it was the frantic action going on behind that will likely see the 2019 race at Interlagos remembered as a classic. If you think it was that dangerous, why were they then allowing marshals to be moving over to Bottas’s car to attach the lifting straps and to begin attaching it to the crane, which was already moving into position, before the safety car was deployed? A crucial spot to accomplish a … Essential information for the 2019 Brazilian Grand Prix, round 20 of the 2019 F1 season. Further down the order, Leclercâs plan to scythe through his midfield rivals from 14th on the grid was halted briefly on the opening lap by a plucky Lando Norris, who, having been passed by the Ferrari in Turn 11, cheekily nosed back ahead into Turn 12, before Leclerc unleashed his pace advantage up the hill to move permanently ahead. Enjoy the spectacular Formula 1™ Brazilian Grand Prix in Sao Paulo. Don’t bother guys. knightameer (@knightameer) 17th November 2019, 19:06. What a shame that if McLaren get their first trophy after nearly six years, it will be rather a phantom podium. And after a breathless race in Brazil, whoâll take the last win of the year at the visually sensational Yas Marina Circuit when the curtain comes down on 2019 on November 29-December 1? pls. He locked up, it was his fault. Like: “let’s mix everybody up for no reason car”? Shouldn’t Stroll, Vettel and LeClerc all be classified? Ricciardo was penalised for much less in France. Hamilton, meanwhile, was later judged by the stewards to have been at fault in the Albon crash, with a subsequent five-second penalty (and two points on his licence) dropping him to P7. Yet another strong race day performance from Daniel Ricciardo saw him shake off his Magnussen contact to take his third top-eight finish in a row as he claimed P6 after Hamilton's penalty, while Norris, Perez and Kvyat rounded out the top 10. PADDOCK PASS: All the reaction from a record-breaking Portuguese Grand Prix, FIA post-race press conference - Portugal, What the teams said â Race day in Portugal, âI had no paceâ â Bottas left mystified by lack of performance at Portimao, WATCH: Every one of Lewis Hamilton's 92 F1 wins, from Canada 2007 to Portugal 2020. He Locked up because he saw Albon coming across and was trying to avoid the incident. So, for Verstappen, it was redemption after his near-win back in 2018. Ironically that meant that it was Gasly, and not Albon â the man who replaced him at Red Bull â who was the first of the two to claim an F1 podium, and the second for Toro Rosso this season. 2019 Brazilian Grand Prix race chart. GechiChan (@gechichan) 17th November 2019, 19:42. for Bottas’ car there was no need for the full SC, a VSC was sufficient. Copyright: © 2020 ESPN Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved. The Autódromo José Carlos Pace in Brazil - also known as Circuit of Interlagos (meaning “between the lakes”) is located approximately 12 km outside from São Paulo. Verstappen was a potent mix of furious and inspired, and as the pair of them nipped past Leclerc on his 24-lap old mediums through Turn 12, Verstappen appeared to have enough battery power in reserve to breeze easily past Hamilton into Turn 1 and reclaim that net lead. Carlos is here only to rant about Vettel and Verstappen… Little value to add to the world apparently. Two laps previously, the mixture of Daniel Ricciardo and Kevin Magnussen down into Turn 4 had proved predictably explosive, Ricciardo leaving his braking a split second too late, tagging the Daneâs Haas and rotating it, with Ricciardo damaging his front wing. LH should get a penalty for ruining Albon’s chance of getting his first podium finish in F1. Only briefly though. Arnoud van Houwelingen (@arnoudvanhouwelingen) 17th November 2019, 19:11. However, even if you judge that it was a full safety car situation, it still reflects poorly on race control given they seemed to be rather slow to react. It’s fairly common attempt to “Mad dog” the other guy off his line so you take the corner clean. Phylyp (@phylyp) 17th November 2019, 19:07. Find out more about RaceFans and contact us here. AMG44 (@amg44) 17th November 2019, 18:59. Under that situation, it would then suggest they allowed marshals and heavy machinery to move into an unsafe position without actively trying to manage the risk. It is a racing incident. Jere (@jerejj) 17th November 2019, 18:54. Documentary: Formula 1 Race to Perfection – Episode 6 (S01E06) Documentary: Formula 1 Race to Perfection – Episode 5 (S01E05) Formula 1 2020 Round 11 – Eifel Grand Prix – Race; Formula 1 2020 Round 11 – Eifel Grand Prix – Qualifying; Formula 1 2020 Round 11 – Eifel Grand Prix – Practice It’s dangerous though and maybe there should be a rule about these kinds of aggressive feignts. Scroll to zoom, drag to pan and right-click to reset. Remember Heidfeld crash in same place from over a decade back? Robert (@gicu) 17th November 2019, 21:26. Got a potential story, tip or enquiry? Great recovery by Sainz. That safety car was right decision as the car wasnt removed quickly and being on downhill recovery vehicle had to be called in. In a dry race with yellow flag there was no danger at all in removing Bottas car from where it was. Having come agonisingly close to winning at Interlagos last year before his coming together with Esteban Ocon, a brilliant performance from Max Verstappen saw him convert pole position into his third win of the 2019 season â while a mind-boggling final few laps saw both Ferraris sensationally clash and retire, and Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton tip the other Red Bull of Alex Albon out of second, allowing Toro Rossoâs Pierre Gasly to finish a sensational P2... Verstappen was a deserving winner in the race, having been the strongest driver across both Saturday and Sunday.